RJ and TJ on the set of Hidalgo in Morocco

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 20, 2009, 6:10 pm


After 5 years from its premiere, the Disney film “Hidalgo” remains popular among many horse lovers. Every week I receive emails from fans asking about the number of horses used in making this epic tale. Here are good friends, Viggo Mortensen (the human star) and Rex Peterson (the horse trainer) on TJ and [...]
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Congratulations Joa and Kestrel

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 13, 2009, 1:07 pm


Joa rode a beautiful dressage test with her best score ever, 31.1! After her test, she thanked the judge with a bow from Kestrel. Show jumping proved to be a breeze, Kestrel flew over each jump effortlessly. The cross country rode flawlessly, with Joa and Kestrel coming in at the perfect time. [...]
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Rope Halters with Lead Ropes

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 8, 2009, 12:49 pm


Mashantum models the new rope halters made by Rex Peterson, each halter and lead rope is hand tied with a braided noseband designed to fit each horse individually. You can purchase them from directly from Rex
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Rex Peterson Clinic

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on June 27, 2009, 12:30 pm


Al I can say is Thank you so much Rex and Cari for your wonderful job and safety you gave Tye. He was terriffied of the monster horse trailer that bites, but you guys showed Tye the way to over come his fear of the trailer by being gentle and patience and so understanding about [...]
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Cosmo

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on June 18, 2009, 2:15 pm


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Viggo Mortensen on Rex Peterson

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on June 16, 2009, 12:16 pm


I have had the privilege of learning about horses and riding from Rex Peterson, and the good fortune to watch up-close the remarkable results he achieves with even the most challenging of horses and riders. He has guided me through the movies “Hidalgo” and “Appaloosa”, and I have been lucky to become his friend and [...]
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The Farrier’s Admonishment by Mike Bromley

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on June 10, 2009, 2:15 pm


The horse is a beautiful creature So proud and so bold This we can see for ourselves No need to be told A beautiful creature Right down past his knees I look and behold! What are these??? For his feet are contracted Wry-footed, quarter-cracked And bent Without good feet He’s not worth a cent For to see a horse limp Gives me grief untold And if Someone’s at fault I’ve been [...]
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Rex Peterson and Tuff at Quarter Fest

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on June 4, 2009, 1:12 am


Here is Rex Peterson with Tuff at Quarterfest in Nashville TN:
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Starting Young Horses

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on June 3, 2009, 10:33 pm


Started the chestnut filly a week ago, she wanted to buck but we would not let her, she tried everything but would not be allowed to be ignorant so now a week into her training she is obedient and listening to the legs and hands and seat of the rider. Bella learns to canter along side [...]
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Cross Country Training

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on June 3, 2009, 12:45 pm


Remember to practice schooling your cross country jumps with rhythm and balance as the basic criteria when approaching a fence.  You must also be straight to the jump and coming at it with an appropriate speed.  Practice makes perfect, so be sure to take your time and do your homework.
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Dogs on a Jump

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 29, 2009, 6:38 pm


Will your horse clear these pooches??
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Stop the Horse from Wringing his Tail

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 27, 2009, 2:34 pm


At a recent clinic, Rex Peterson introduced this Ancora to a Grand Prix dressage horse who wrings his tail in piaffe and passage. This simple device known as the Ancora, will help your horse stop wringing his tail, thus putting all his energy into his work.  The bells on the bottom also teach him to not [...]
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Master Horseman Rex Peterson

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 19, 2009, 5:29 pm


“I can’t” is not in his vernacular.  Spoken from the man who has trained horses to fall into lion pits, fight on command, bury a horse alive, drive a team of ten horses, roman ride, trick ride, round up a herd of over 500 horses in less than an hour, and many other seemingly impossible [...]
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Breaking Young Horses to Saddle

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 18, 2009, 11:28 pm


Last weekend we broke 2 young horses to accept the saddle and rider.  Here you can see Rex controlling this young gelding for his first ride.  Steele stays close to Cache as he learns to accept the aids from the rider.  Rex is able to stop the horse from bucking or rearing with the neck [...]
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Rex Peterson and Cari Swanson Clinic, Alfred NY

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 17, 2009, 6:09 pm


Rex trains a group of students how to teach the horses how to bow, say Yes and NO and do a camel stretch.  One client wanted to lay her filly down which was easy under Rex’s direction. At the same time, Cari trained several students in dressage and jumping sessions.  This beautiful kind palomino quarter horse [...]
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Rex Peterson Clinic Ballston Spa

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 17, 2009, 5:14 pm


Barb works with her mare teaching her to laydown and get up on command.  She learned the bow at last years clinic with Rex and went a step further laying her down completely. Clinics with Rex are always fun because clients work on a variety of horse training issues from improving the canter, working on Spanish [...]
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Horse Training to an Extreme

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 10, 2009, 1:22 pm


Check out this new Youtube video of Rex Peterson working Tuff at Liberty Teaching a horse to trust and work this well takes hours and hours of patience.
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Tuff Performs at Quarterfest

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 5, 2009, 11:12 pm


We just returned from a successful weekend in Nashville, TN where the AQHA hosted the first of many Quarterfest Events honoring the Quarter Horse from many aspects of the horse world.  Reining, roping, mounted shooters, trail classes and amazing performances each evening kept us all busy each day.  Tuff  (from the films Flicka, Van Helsing, [...]
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Elegant Athlete

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on April 27, 2009, 12:03 pm


17 hand gelding, very elegant, easy to ride, this horse is a very special guy.  If you are looking for an Equitation horse, jumper, dressage or event horse, he is talented, a bold jumper, light to the aids and a true gentleman on the ground.  At 6 years old, he shows tremendous promise to excel [...]
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Rex Peterson Trains Miley Cyrus

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on April 21, 2009, 11:10 pm


Last summer, Rex trained Miley to ride this grey gelding for her new movie, Hannah Montana:  The Movie there is one scene where he has to pull the wig off of Miley’s character to reveal her true identity.  This stunt took hours of training and the horse performed on cue to grab the wig without [...]
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