“In search of lightness” –Rex Petersen

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on January 5, 2009, 7:02 am


One thing Rex stresses, and consistently demonstrates, is the importance of lightness. Master horsemen and horsewomen are at one with their mounts. They communicate beyond words and even at times beyond touch. In mastering that light touch you’re mastering your ability to be one with your horse. Study with Rex to hone these skills.
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Horse Wisdom Training DVD’s

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on December 29, 2008, 5:35 pm


Rex introduces Mr. T, a famous Hollywood horse to a meeting of five 4-H Clubs in Johnsonville, Texas. Watching Rex work with horses is magic. Imagine watching Baryshnikov dance, Beethoven compose, Picasso paint, or Fitzgerald write, you are watching genius at work. Everything looks effortless and easy when in fact his technique is a highly systematic [...]
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RJ Can Jump!

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on December 15, 2008, 7:04 pm


Rex Peterson demonstrates his skills training RJ to free jump a course.
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Rex Peterson Training DVD Preview Video

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on December 15, 2008, 6:59 pm


Take a look at this preview for the first three discs of Rex Peterson’s Horse Wisdom DVD series. You can order DVDs from www.SwansonPetersonProductions.com
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“My way is not the only way.” –Rex Peterson

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on December 15, 2008, 5:08 pm


I’ve noticed a tendency in the horse world toward dogmatic styles. “Do it my way,” and the implication . . . you idiot! Maybe it’s just something I’ve noticed and others haven’t. Of course when you get around the real pros there is a modesty and a genuine hunger to learn. They know their way isn’t [...]
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Notes from the USDF Convention in Denver last week

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on December 10, 2008, 7:31 pm


I attended judges meetings where discussion was all about how to score consistently and how to develop a methodology that the riders and trainers can understand. The emphasis was on the riders score which is multiplied times 3 in an effort to encourage riders to learn to ride more effectively and correctly. The collective scores [...]
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Beechnut, Equine Actor from City Slickers (1981-2008)

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on December 9, 2008, 3:11 pm


Beechnut, the beloved horse of Billy Crystal died at the age of 27.  “Beechnut was in many ways my best friend, he was incredibly human in his instincts.” says Billy. Billy bought Beechnut after he met him on the set of “City Slickers”.  Many may remember when Billy rode Beechnut on stage while hosting the 1991 [...]
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It’s time for some holiday shopping at Windrock Farm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on December 1, 2008, 6:07 pm


It’s high season for Christmas and holiday shopping. During this holiday season Windrock Farm is offering the first three of Rex Peterson’s Horse Wisdom training videos. Through Christmas we’re offering a 20% discount if you buy two full sets of the video series—or more. Also, we are offering free shipping on all products through Christmas–unless [...]
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Rex Peterson Clinic at Windrock Farm Nov 22-25

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 27, 2008, 1:56 pm


At the last clinic, Rex worked with several horses who had bad behavioural problems,  here is Nate, a four year old TB who had learned some bad habits and needed to go back to basics.  Watching this young horse transform over the few days was remarkable. He is a kind horse who wants to be [...]
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Rex Peterson Horse Training Clinics

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 25, 2008, 6:09 pm


This young 2 year old filly was just started under saddle and shows tremendous confidence with her rider.  Rex believes in starting horses the right way to avoid any mistakes.  Horses are born a blank chalk board and 99.9% of their bad habits are created by us.  Each horse is an individual and each horse [...]
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If you missed meeting RJ and Rex Peterson…

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 25, 2008, 12:59 pm


you can still see them on youtube, just visit RJ Masterbug with Rex Peterson at the Equine Affaire Note that there are 2 parts to the presentation taken by a loyal fan. Here is RJ warming up with Rex picking up a bag with his autograph on it.  If you would like a bag, send $15 to [...]
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A final note from the airport

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 18, 2008, 9:04 pm


The plane leaves shortly. I am beginning the journey home to the Sonoran Desert. I had the priveledge of working with Rex, Cari and two horses today. One of the horses demonstrated a remarkable transformation under the capable tuteladge of Mr. Peterson. The large gelding has been girthy and recently he’s taken to occassionally bucking. This is nerve wracking [...]
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Jim and Duende

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 18, 2008, 12:54 am


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As light fades into a November night

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 18, 2008, 12:06 am


We’re back at Windrock Farm after five days in Masschusetts. Today I got a late start. My final mount of the day was Spanish-native Duende, an Andalusian stallion. Duende is a gray in the horse world, but to most people he is what they would simply call a white stallion. As the two of us left [...]
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2008 Equine Affaire drawing to a close

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 16, 2008, 7:14 pm


Rex and RJ just finished their final demonstration to a pleased crowd. We have three hours remaining at this year’s Equine Affaire–an event that shouldn’t be missed for horse lovers. The thing that stands out the most from our time here is the number of devoted fans of RJ because of the film “Hidalgo.” This stallion is truly a star. Men [...]
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Rex at work

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 15, 2008, 10:47 pm


Rex at work at the Equine Affaire. We’re wrapping up on Saturday and have one day to go. It’s been a crazy day here. We’re tucked in a back corner  so we only have mobs of people part of the time. Tomorrow’s demonstration is at 1 PM at the Youth Pavillion in the Mallory Complex. [...]
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East meets West

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 14, 2008, 5:16 pm


When Cari met Rex Peterson in 2005 she had no idea what she was in for. Last night at the Equine Affaire in West Springfield, Massachusetts, an artistic version of their relationship played out. Two riders captivated the crowd at the Eastern States Expo Coliseum with a performance titled “East meets West.” A top dressage [...]
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Hello from the Equine Affaire

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 13, 2008, 6:00 pm


Rex greets his fans today at the Equine Affaire in West Springfield, Mass.
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Rex Peterson’s Horse Wisdom Training DVD’s Now Available

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 12, 2008, 1:05 pm


Visit swansonpetersonproductions.com to learn more about the first set of training DVD’s available from Rex Peterson.  You also have the opportunity to meet Rex with one of his best Trick horses, RJ Masterbug at the Equine Affaire this week in W. Springfield Mass.  Rex Peterson Training DVD’s
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Guest entry—Final preparations

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 11, 2008, 4:30 pm


Today is a busy day at Windrock Farm as we make final preparations for the Equine Affaire in West Springfield, Massachusetts and Rex’s arrival. We are excited to launch the initial three videos in the new series–Rex Peterson’s Horse Wisdom: One Step Makes a Thousand. Please send an email to any and all friends who may [...]
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