How toTreat a Horses Ear Plaque

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on April 8, 2009, 4:26 pm


This horse has had ear plaque his entire life.  After several vets have tried to treat it by burning it off, the owner gave up until Rex came along and had a simple solution.  Rub baby oil on the fungus and it will kill it.  Easier said than done because this horse would not let [...]
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Glenn Randall, Sr. Hollywood Horse Trainer

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on April 3, 2009, 2:18 pm


Rex Peterson learned from the greatest horse trainer Hollywood has ever scene, Glenn Randall, Sr. the man who trained the Triggers for Roy Rogers, the horses for Ben-Hur, the last Rex for Gene Autry and many others.    Rex knew he had to learn from this master of horses.  Upon arrival at Glenn’s ranch with several [...]
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Rex Peterson Clinic April 16-17-18 Windrock Farm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 23, 2009, 4:05 pm


Plan on attending the next clinic with Rex Peterson at Windrock Farm.  Teach your horse how to have perfect ground manners, improve the communication between you and your horse, develop better quality gaits, and develop more confidence training your horse. Contact cari@cariswanson.com for details. Meet RJ, one of the famous horses Rex has trained for film, [...]
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Count Every Stride

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 20, 2009, 3:01 pm


You have heard it from many trainers-ride every stride.  This will eventually become automatic when you train yourself to count your strides.  One of my greatest teachers, Tony Mason, taught me to count the length and width of the arena.  He was adament about knowing the size of your arena and how to carve out [...]
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Patience and Persistence

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 12, 2009, 3:15 pm


This photo demonstrates hours of training.  Justin is one of the most successful movie horses, starring in Black Beauty among many other films.  Now in his mid twenties, he is enjoying retirement, however, his ears still prick up for his trainer Rex  when he comes out to feed him each day.  You must always remember [...]
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Cowboys and Indians-Happy Trails April 2009

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 2, 2009, 8:56 pm


DIED: Hightower,26. One of the most famous and talented trick horses ever to grace the silver screen, Hightower appeared in dozens of films during his long career, most notably as Pilgrim in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer (1998). He was the steed of choice for actress Julia Roberts, who bonded with him during the [...]
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Conditioning Your Horse

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 2, 2009, 8:44 pm


As Spring approaches, the show season is just around the corner.  Now is the time to consider a program to bring your horse to optimum condition considering your discipline of dressage, jumping or eventing.  It is critical to consider the age and amount of activity your horse has had in order to create an effective [...]
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American Quarter Horse Tuff, from the film “Appaloosa”

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 25, 2009, 6:26 pm


This is Tuff, owned and trained by Rex Peterson.  Tuff is one of Justin’s sons (Justin played Black Beauty), who was featured as Jeremy Irons horse in Ed Harris’ film Appaloosa.   Come meet Tuff at the AQHA Quarterfest in May, where you can help celebrate the American Quarter Horse. May 1-3, 2009 Tennessee Miller Coliseum Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Westfield Whips

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 11, 2009, 2:37 am


Westfield Whips have been designed with impeccable craftsmanship for over a century.  With perfect balance, action and flexibility, these whips never feel heavy in your hand.  All Westfield, whips are built on cores made to precise specifications to guarantee that they replicate the feel and performance standards of the original whalebone and rawhide whips which [...]
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Side Hobbles that convert to Front Hobbles

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 7, 2009, 11:23 pm


These side hobbles are made out of a soft nylon rope.  They can be used as shown laterally or converted as front hobbles.  They are a simple design easy to put on and take off.  Hobbles are used to teach a horse patience.  For the movie business, Rex has found that it is imperative that [...]
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German Martingale Designed by Rex Peterson

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 4, 2009, 3:33 am


Rex designed this German Martingale after finding it impossible to find one on the market without all the rings in each rein.  His unique design is easy to use with a simple method of adjustment using conway buckles.  These 3/4″ harness leather reins come in English style connected with a buckle or Western style in [...]
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Rex Peterson’s Hobbles

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 4, 2009, 3:03 am


Rex designed his hobbles out of a soft nylon rope connected with a metal swivel, button knots and braided sliders keep them snug.  Working in the movie business requires horses to be patient and stand for hours.  All of Rex’s horses learn to hobble as part of their basic training. Patience, patience, patience.  One of Rex [...]
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Tyler Peterson-Do Not Attempt this Without Supervision

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 3, 2009, 3:49 am


These 3 TB’s were sent for 30 days of training to Rex Peterson and his boys, nicknamed the Outlaws, because they are 5 years old were unbroke until a week ago.  This is the second day they have left the arena after 9  rides.  To learn more about how to gentle a horse, contact swansonpetersonproductions.com
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Never Try This-Ryan Walking Through His Horses Hind Legs

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 3, 2009, 3:33 am


The son of Rex Peterson learned a few things from his Dad, he can train a horse to do almost anything, including letting him walk through his horses legs.  This horse came to him as a Bronc, no cowboy in California could ride him, after 15 days he was gentle to ride. To learn how to [...]
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Rex Peterson Neck Rope Available

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 2, 2009, 7:31 pm


Cache, a 16.3 AQHA Stallion who starred in “Appaloosa” with Viggo Mortensen,  is wearing the Rex Peterson Neck Rope available for $38.00, contact the web site or email cari@cariswanson.com. Rex designed this unique neck rope using a button knot with a loop that will not slip off, no matter how hard the horse pulls back.  Since [...]
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War Bridle Lariats Available for Sale

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 2, 2009, 6:53 pm


RJ/Hidalgo’s three year old filly is wearing a war bridle, made from a 30 foot lariat now available for sale at SwansonPetersonProductions.com They are $45 plus shipping and can be purchased by emailing cari@cariswanson.com, you can either send a check or use a Visa/Mastercard. The war bridle is an invaluable tool when breaking a horse to lead, [...]
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Ryan Peterson at Equine Affaire in Pomona,Ca

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on January 28, 2009, 2:59 am


Ryan Peterson working his yellow horse in preparation for a demonstration with his father Rex in Pomona, California, thursday January 29th at 12:15 in the outdoor arena.  They will work with Doc, Ryan’s Palomino and Mr. T, one of Rex’s famous trick horses who has starred in many films including “Dreamer” and “Temple Grandin.”  This [...]
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Winter Riding

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on January 19, 2009, 12:43 am


There is only one way to ride when it is this cold, bareback!  Improve your balance and feel with your horse while staying warm on your hack.  Luckily, the forecast calls for warmer days.  Check out the January issue of the Yankee Pedlar which features RJ aka Hidalgo on the cover with an interesting profile [...]
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Hightower, Hollywood Equine Actor Obituary

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on January 12, 2009, 9:49 pm


Long life for star horse By: Tina Forde Description: Equine actor left impressive film legacy larger view larger view larger view larger view larger view larger view larger view larger view larger view larger view A famous actor died in Tehachapi Oct. 30, 2008. His name was Hightower. He was 26-years-old. That’s a good old age for [...]
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Learn to Put Your Horse’s Head Down for Easy Bridling and Handling

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on January 12, 2009, 7:19 pm


This uniquely designed tool, the Sugar String will help you teach your horse to put his head down whenever and where ever you ask him to.  Designed by Rex Peterson as an easy and humane way to teach a horse to drop his head and open his mouth for effortless bridling and clipping around the [...]
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