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Learning the Obstacles This is my quarter horse, Lakota.  He is lazy, over weight and motivated to eat as much and as often as he can, but he is a great trail horse.   Nothing phases him on the trail, except cows.  He could never make it as a cow horse.  He has learned to go [...]

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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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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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Suggestions for Winter Riding

Too cold to ride?  Here are a few suggestions to make things a little easier. 1.  Dress in layers.   Lots of layers, long thermal underwear, several long sleeve T-shirts, a vest, keep your head and ears covered, and wear sock and glove liners.  Also, give up those riding tights or jodpurs, if you can for [...]

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I personally trained this little mare spending many, many hours in the saddle riding all over North Carolina and Virginia.  She has been on several day long trail rides and three competitive trail rides sponsored by ACTHA.  Confetti is 14.2 hands and has excellent and tough hooves.  She can go barefoot most of the time.  [...]

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Just got back from a wonderful weekend at Fort Valley Ranch, Fort Valley, VA in the Shenandoah Valley.  I read an article about this area in the Trail Rider magazine and decided it would make a great trip for my husband and I.  We have been so busy over the summer that we have not [...]

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We have been working hard to offer the public an opportunity to stretch their equestrian opportunities in an affordable and convenient way during these tough economic times.  We have been training horses for a flat monthly fee including board and lessons to the owner, plus providing riding lessons for all ages, and summer camps for children below [...]

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Reining Red Confetti

Let me introduce you to Red Confetti.  She is a beautiful 12 year old Arabian mare, unregistered.    Confetti came to us a year and a half ago from a man who was going to take her to the auction.  We all know what happens to those horses.  Not all, but most end up being abused, [...]

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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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