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Monthly Archive for December, 2009

Riding Clinics

Well I am finally going to hold my first two day clinic in Louisburg, NC for a client of mine.  Never thought I would progress this far when I started teaching and training again.  You see, I have been training horses for quite sometime and teaching riding lessons since 1994.  I did quit for a [...]

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I had written a little about Sir Alex on December 6, 2009 when I first acquired him.  Since then he was shipped to my house at midnight two weeks ago.  I fell in love with this horse the minute I saw him on the trailer.  I knew he was special when I watched the video of him [...]

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I remember my first horse.  I was 28 years old and purchased a mix breed that was advertised as a TWH.  If there was walker in him, I didn’t know it.  But I had fun and learned a lot.   AND I KNEW IT ALL!  Afterall, I had watched all the westerns with my Dad;  John [...]

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If you are a trail rider, and you have been bored with the same trails year after year, you need to look into ACTHA.us .  I recently started to feel I need a more challenging trail experience, so I signed onto the American Competitive Trail Horse Association website.   I quickly discovered I needed to brush [...]

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Picked up a few pounds since Thanksgiving?  Expecting and dreading picking up a few more over Christmas and New Years?  Tired of sucking it in every time you zip up?  Yeah, me too!  Forget about walking 20 minutes a day, getting on the treadmill or killing yourself with aerobic exercises.   Ride a horse! Riding lessons [...]

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This is the back of a Tennessee Walking Horse, commonly known as a gaited horse.    They use these horses a lot in field trials for their quiet disposition, forgiveness of our stupidity and long, smooth stride that covers a lot of ground quickly.  Keeping their backs healthy and fit is so very important for the [...]

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A Word About Round Penning

Know what your goals are.  Don’t just round pen to wear your horse down and don’t round pen unless you have a specific goal in mind for training.  For example, when I round pen a horse the first thing I want to teach that horse is to look at me for direction.  Then I want [...]

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Serenade, an Update

I have in the past posted about Sera, our thoroughbred mare we adopted a few months ago.  She came from Leighton Farms in Maryland, a race horse  rescue farm.  A wonderful lady had adopted her from there, then found she did not have the resources to keep her since she was moving away.  So we [...]

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Winter Riding and a Fit Horse

Let’s face it, when cold weather comes around most of us want to hibernate. It’s not much fun going out in the cold to ride, especially if it is wet out. And in Statesville, North Carolina it seems all we have is wet winters. Cold one day, warm the next, plus rain…… Shorter days, yucky [...]

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Sir Alex will be coming to us by the middle of December.  Sir Alex is a wonderfully bred standardbred who won lots of mulah as a two year old, but as a three year old didn’t progress as quickly as a racer.  So his owners at the time decided to sell him and since he [...]

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