Parasites Part 1: Proof of Concept

Learning Horses Archive on March 29, 2011, 2:45 am

I can't promise that I will have a lot to say about horses in 2011, but there is a topic I want to cover: Parasites. I have been on a journey of learning about parasites because of my friend Christine. She confided in me about a year ago that she had developed a method for testing horses for parasites that any horse owner can do. You know what? I didn't even know what that meant. Why would I want to test my horse? Why would I need to test a horse? I was completely clueless.A year later, I know so
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The glorious versitle paso fino

Learning Horses Archive on November 12, 2010, 3:07 am

I was sent this link in my most recent copy of the Northwest Paso Fino Horse Association newsletter. It is a fun video to watch whether or not you love Paso Finos. Here is what you will see:1. Beautiful gait. This quick footed stallion has a lovely smooth gait.2. Versitility: Showing the canter & jump, it illustrates how a Paso Fino can do more than ride around in a circle.3. Agility. Sideways movments (halfpass, sidepass) are movements for a diagionally gaited horse, for a Paso Fino the difficulty
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Working both sides

Learning Horses Archive on November 7, 2010, 3:08 am

I'm lucky. I'm ambidexterious. I almost do stuff as easily with my left hand as I can with my dominant right hand. I have been that way most of my life and probably chose being right handed because I live in a right handed world.Being comfortable with both sides of my body has given me a great advantage in the horse world. I am always leading my horses on both sides, my riding is pretty balanced, and it is easy to make sure I am doing things from both sides.Well today, when I was working with Phaedre,
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Why I Ride: Being a Better Me

Learning Horses Archive on May 18, 2010, 5:47 am

Ariat is having a contest to win a trip to the FEI World Equestrian Games this year in Kentucky. I stumbled on the contest late last night when I was researching tall boots (that is a whole other post). The question it asks is: Why I Ride?I was going to ponder my response when I realized there were only a couple of hours left to enter, so here is my post. Please vote for me, maybe I'll take you with me if I win! :) Contest details
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How to Teach Your Horse to Spook

Learning Horses Archive on May 1, 2010, 6:20 am

I don't want to talk about teaching your horse to spook in place, at that, I am not an expert. Rather, I want to discuss the behaviors you should engage in as a rider to ensure your horse jumps, snorts and acts squirrley at every opportunity.I recently did many of these things to turn my ho-hum Morgan who had never spooked into a spooking machine after her first bobble. I am sure if you engage in these activities, I can guarentee you that your horse will spook.1. Worry. Worry that everything might
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How to Fit a Saddle: For Women!

Learning Horses Archive on April 24, 2010, 6:48 am

I actually don't know that much about saddle fitting and what a shame. There is so much around biomechanics of both horses and humans that a well fit saddle can save hundreds of hours in resistance, injury and training, not to mention lots of saved money from vet bills, chiropracters, multiple saddle purchases and most of all-saved aggrivation.I have been looking for a dressage saddle for several months and sitting in every one I could try for over a year. Today, I sat in one that was comfortable.
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How to: Approach and Retreat-Little Objects

Learning Horses Archive on January 13, 2010, 5:28 am

I got a question recently on how someone can get wet things near their horses head. This is one of my favorite topics, approach and retreat. There are a lot of different theories about approach and retreat, but I want to tell you the story of where the term 'broke' comes from in reference to horses.I read Monty Roberts book 'The Man Who Listen's To Horses' a few years ago. What stuck with me most was the story about horse a 'broke'. Simply, it would be tied to a post and tormented with objects until
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Learning Horses Archive on December 29, 2009, 5:52 am

There is a lot of discussion about balance when it comes to horses, usually in reference to us as riders. We are always looking for a way to better position our bodies, create better harmony and sometimes, for ways to just not fall off of our horses.But there is another kind of balance, how do you marry two disparate disciplines to find what will work for both and leave your conscious clear. Confused? Hold tight, let me explain.If you are a new reader or a (very) faithful longtime reader, you will
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Tounge Relief

Learning Horses Archive on December 29, 2009, 4:29 am

What exactly is tounge relief and why would you care about it? Well, first it is important to undertand the types of bit pressure. You can review my post on Types of Bit Pressure for a quick tutorial.Many bits restrict the tounge, even though that may not be the main point of the pressure. The Myler's contend in A Whole Bit Better, that a horse generally needs more tounge relief as they get finished. That is possibly true, but what I really believe is, you will know when there is something wrong
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Tune Up

Learning Horses Archive on December 21, 2009, 4:48 am

It has been a long time since I have posted on Suffice to say, a lot has happened for me in the last year, but the most recent result is that I am now living back in Portland. I moved back a couple of weeks ago and I am enjoying the city life.Precious will be staying at Synergy Stables, our farm in Junction City, OR. Phaedre will be with me at Heavenly Ranch in Banks. For the short term, I have brought Precious up with me for a tune-up. I haven't ridden her much in the last couple
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Dianne Sept Lesson

Learning Horses Archive on October 10, 2008, 4:33 am

Today I had a lesson from Diane Sept. She is a connected riding instructor with a very long history in gaited horses. We are concerned about Pidgeon Fever in our area so I we are leaving horses at home, but someone let me borrow their Tennessee Walker.Although not everything Diane taught me was new, the way it was put together was entirely new. First, the lesson focused on me, not my horse, which was a NICE change of pace. I have gotten to a point with my riding where I get less and less feedback
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Horse Slaugther-My Perspective

Learning Horses Archive on September 19, 2008, 5:02 am

On a message group I belong to, there has been a dialogue about horse slaugther. Many people have weighed in, most in support of slaughter. I rarely state my opinions publicly, but here goes. Remember, it is just my opinion. Here is what I wrote:It is an interesting conversation. There are many pros and cons. I have only had horses for seven years, so I haven't seen the cycles that many of you have, but here is my greatest concern:When there was a meat buyer at auction, there was a bottom value
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Back on purpose

Learning Horses Archive on September 15, 2008, 6:19 am

I started this blog almost 2 years ago because I didn't even know what a blog was and my new job was to work with website publishers. Over time, the blog evolved and for a good run, I posted a lot of information that was to help people with their horses. Now that two years is passed I know more about online advertising that most people that run a website and I have seemed to have lost the focus of that good run.How did that happen? Well, I forgot about my purpose. Although I am not a seasoned horse
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Horse Vacation-Jerri Style

Learning Horses Archive on September 12, 2008, 5:53 am

On Saturday I start my official 'horse vacation' where my goal is to ride a horse every day for 9 days, most days more than one.Here is how it will start:Parelli Advanced Level 2 clinic in Bend. Not sure if I'm ready for an advanced level 2 clinic, but I'm going to give it a shot. I'm taking Tesoro. It will be my first clinic with Marc Rhea a 3 Star Instructor. I'm looking forward to something different.Although I have great friends in Bend, I decided to stay in a hotel so I can go to my room, take
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Phaedre is home

Learning Horses Archive on August 29, 2008, 7:46 pm

I took 4 lessons on Phaedre with Julie this week and then I brought her home. There were some sticky patches, but overall she is doing SO good. She moves beautifully and in time she will be a spectacular horse. The most amazing thing is nothing really seems to phase her. I couldn't be more thrilled with my new pony. I plan to ride her for the next four days and then back for another lesson Thursday.
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The Phaedre Ride

Learning Horses Archive on August 25, 2008, 4:53 am

Today, I rode Miss Phaedre for the first time. She is obviously becoming Julie's horse as she wasn't greating me at the stall, so I am glad she is coming home this week. But Julie has been doing a great job with her and getting on was uneventful-EXACTLY how it is supposed to be. I struggled to get her to trot and we didn't try the canter, but Julie noticed when she got on to school her afterwards that her legs were really far foward. Then I started looking at the saddle and indeed, I had it WAY
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Horsin' Around

Learning Horses Archive on July 26, 2008, 3:31 am

Today was an amazing day for me and my girls. So I am not sure if I have officially told everyone that I love mares. I feel like even though they have good days and bad days (just like me) and that their love is hard to earn (like me), and it takes them a while to build trust (like me), once you have patience, love and trust they will be very true to you. By the way, I feel the same way about male dalmatians. :)When I was looking for horse to buy, I knew I wanted a mare, but I would take the *right*
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Liberty Begins

Learning Horses Archive on July 14, 2008, 6:27 am

So in my lesson with Ann Kiser this week I wanted to work on 2 things. Beginning my liberty work and the canter. I need both to pass my level 2 and I just didn't know where to start with liberty. Ann suggested that I start playing all 7 games with my rope on the ground rather than just taking off her halter and leadrope, just to 'test' how my work is. I found some holes (hind end disengagement) and today I took the halter off for the first time.I played Friendly, driving and porcupine, the first
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My Parelli Plan

Learning Horses Archive on July 14, 2008, 6:14 am

So, I have decided I will do one post in defense of Parelli, then I the subject for me is no longer up for debate or defense. First, I think it is important to know my plan. My goal is to be a Parelli professional by the end of 2010. I will need a level 3 horse and to attend training at their center in Colorado (and who knows, rules may change by then), but no matter for me, that is the goal. I will leave Yahoo!, technology and "corporate" America to get paid to help people learn about horses.And
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My new main squeeze

Learning Horses Archive on June 20, 2008, 6:01 am

So, I'm in love. Yes, its true, I have fallen head over heels for a machine. This is a nicely painted hay squeeze. What does it do you ask? Well on the other side of this dafty machine it has forks that stick out to the side that can *hug* a stack of hay and pick it up. You know what else it can do? Put hay into the loft, push it back and all you have to do is pay someone. This weekend we put our winter hay, all 15.8 tons in the loft and I didn't touch ONE lousy bale. We buy from a guy right down
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