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Stay Calm While Training

That is the best advice I have heard about training anything, especially horses.  At the end of the training session the horse should be calmer than when you started, and so should you.  I learned that from John Lyons, one of the best trainers out there.  I have learned a lot over the years and [...]

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I am trying to expand my horizons with my lessons/training and trail riding.  So I held my first mother/dauther trail ride recently and had a very nice time.  Four of my more experienced students and I went on a 3 hour ride including lunch.  We rode around fields, up and down roads and anywhere we [...]

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This is a 2 year old spotted saddle horse I have been training the last six weeks.  When she came to me she had only learned a few ground manners and lead very well, stood for grooming, hoof cleaning and a bath.  She was a little pushy and didn’t really know her place with the [...]

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I was on an ACTHA ride last year in Ocotober.  One of the obstacles we had to go through had jack-o-lanterns and a child in costume handing out candy.  What a great idea.  Thankfully, my litte arabian mare didn’t mind a bit.  But what would have happened had I not prepared her ahead of time. [...]

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I recently received a very nice appaloosa horse here for training that needed a refresher course on going forward.   He is a good mover, great conformation and really sweet disposition.  This big guy just didn’t want to go forward for his owner.  After working with him for a month and riding him nearly daily on trails [...]

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Training for Scary Objects You can have a “no worries” trail ride by teaching your horse to be calm around unknown objects.  Just how do you do this?  Here are a few good tips to help you have a safe and happy horse. 1.  Teach your horse from the ground first.  It doesn’t matter what [...]

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Horse in Training at Baymount This pretty little two year old horse is in training mode here at Baymount Farm in Statesville, North Carolina.  She came to us a few weeks ago as a very green horse.   She knew how to lead, stand and allow grooming and that was just about it.  BUT the owners [...]

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This is my quarter horse, Lakota. Not much to look at, but he is a very good trail horse. Not much in the arena, but then I rarely ride him in the arena. He is just a good dependable trail buddy. Goes through anything and over anything. Although, he is always hungry and does like [...]

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I love to go trail riding.  Sometimes I get a little bored on the trail just walking along waiting for the next great place to trot or canter.  Last year I joined ACTHA.   That was a lot of fun and a great place to start learning to accomodate obstacles on the trial and have fun.  [...]

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Spring is here and so is all the rain that comes with it.  I do not like riding in the mud, but if I am going to ride I haven’t much choice.  There are always different boots you can put on your horse that prevent skidding.   You can use shoes with studs that help, but….   [...]

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