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Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on April 13, 2008, 4:21 pm


Cari with Peter Stone from Stone Horses with the likeness of RJ Masterbug.  A limited edition of these beautiful models were made and can be purchased from stonehorses.com.  RJ was on the friday morning TV program in Columbus, Ohio.  He is at the Equine Affaire to meet his fans.  Many people have come to visit [...]
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RJ Masterbug meets his fans in Columbus Ohio

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on April 11, 2008, 5:04 pm


Peter Stone of Stone horses created a limited edition of RJ Masterbug. RJ is right next to the booth where you can buy one of the limited editions of this model. RJ is meeting and greeting his fans at the Ohio Equine Affaire over the weekend. It is amazing how many people are [...]
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RJ Masterbug hoofprint t-shirts

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on April 1, 2008, 10:36 pm


http://www.cafepress.com/rj_hidalgo Go to Cafepress to purchase RJ t-shirts
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What is Classical Dressage?

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on April 1, 2008, 10:18 pm


  In sixth-century B.C. Greece, Xenophon wrote the first riding manual, the classic Art of Horsemanship, in which he emphasized training the horse through kindness and reward. He recognized that training a horse required building a relationship with another being, whose integrity both physical [...]
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Dressage Horse Free Lease-first level

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 24, 2008, 12:19 pm


  Elegant Selle Francais Mare by Tout Feu d’Hex, 14 years old, 16 hands forward thinking, elastic, supple mover, well schooled contact cari@cariswanson for more information and to schedule an appt to try her
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Super Event Mare

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 24, 2008, 12:15 pm


Cora is an elegant 8 year old TB/Hann cross, supple elastic gaits, forward moving, sound and sane, bold and brave to the jumps, INCREDIBLE jumper, Cora has a ten canter,  she has done many hunter/jumper shows, Cora has schooled cross country with no problems or issues, hacks out in groups or alone, will win dressage every time. a super athlete [...]
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Kids Clinic at Windrock Farm all Summer

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 23, 2008, 7:12 pm


Ten lucky kids can sign up for the Kids Clinic at Windrock Farm this summer, bring your pony or horse or lease one of ours to learn how your horse thinks, how to ride in balance with confidence, ride on trails, compete in monthly competitions at the farm for ribbons and prizes. contact cari@cariswanson.com to sign up
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Muscle Tone in the Equine Athlete

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 19, 2008, 1:01 pm


  Muscle tone refers to the degree of tension in the muscles, even at rest. Each animal has a unique basic muscle tone, which may range from low to high. Very supple horses usually have low muscle tone–thei movement is thus free and loose-whereas horses with high muscle tone usually have short, choppy movement. [...]
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Museum of Natural History Exhibits the Horse May 17-Jan 5, 2009

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 19, 2008, 12:55 pm


The Horse will examine the powerful and continuing relationship between the horse and humans. The exhibition will explore the origins of the horse family, extending back over more than 50 million years; examine early interactions between horses and humans that led to horse domestication; and see how horses have, over time, changed warfare, trade, transportation, [...]
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Breed to RJ Masterbug for Exceptional Horses

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 15, 2008, 5:44 pm


RJ Masterbug’s breeding says it alL… Versatile… His sire VR MASTER BUG - RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION, Superior Halter Horse, Congress Champion, APHA Champion, World & Reserve World Champion Sire, Honor Roll Halter & Honor Roll Performance Sire. VR Master Bug has his R.O.M. In Western Pleasure, and also has Reining Points His sire side says [...]
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Tony Mason Clinic at Windrock Farm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 13, 2008, 10:50 pm


Tonys’ Tips - From Tony Mason. There is no Dressage without Geometry.  Start with the Straight line.  The first part of Balance is in the steady going forward without undue effort.   Over riding is the first problem and ninety percent of the difficulties are created by  “over work means lost balance”.  The scales of the riders [...]
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Rex Peterson Clinic at Windrock Farm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on March 10, 2008, 11:45 pm


  Rex returns to Windrock Farm in the Spring to teach a clinic on how to control your horse better.    You will also see him work with one of his best trick horses, RJ, the star from the Disney classic film “Hidalgo”. sign up early for a space in the Clinic, as it always fills up [...]
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Cosmo –Irish Sport Horse

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 17, 2008, 5:15 pm


  Stunning imported Irish Sport Horse, grandson of King of Diamonds, elastic supple movement, excels in dressage and jumping, super eventing prospect, talent to go advanced, a wonderful personality, easy to work with, you want him in your family Cosmo was the star of the clinic last weekend demonstrating his super temperament and  athletic ability.  His eye [...]
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Understanding Your Horses Back

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 6, 2008, 11:46 pm


Did you know that horses have around 56 vertebrae which form a supporting framework for the neck, back and tail?  There are 7 cervical (neck), 18 thoracic (withers and saddle region), 6 lumbar (loin region), 5 sacral (croup region) and about 20 caudal (tail region) vertebrae.  The degree of movement varies greatly in different regions. Consider [...]
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RJ/Hidalgo in Repose

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 4, 2008, 3:13 pm


RJ takes a moment to reflect on life.  Photo by eg Simson
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Successful Clinic at Oakendale Farm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 4, 2008, 3:05 pm


Over a dozen horses and riders turned out for an informative clinic at Oakendale on a beautiful February day.  The focus was on how to effectively communicate with your horse.  This photo is an example of how the riders learned to bend the neck of their horses while mounted.  Essentially a carrot stretch from the [...]
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RJ/Hidalgo

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 1, 2008, 4:54 pm


Although RJ is very particular about his footing, he romped around in the snow to show off his favorite trick, standing on his hind legs.  He always lights up when a camera is around, always aware of where the camera is located.
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RJ/Hidalgo poses for the camera

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 1, 2008, 2:42 pm


RJ playing up for the camera, racing around in the snow showing us all his tricks, this image was captured by Kaitlyn Schultz.
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RJ aka Hidalgo in the Snow

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on January 20, 2008, 7:00 pm


The cold weather does not bother RJ, he loves running around in the fresh snow. However, these cold temperatures can be hard on horses, so take care to make sure they have plenty of fresh water at all times to prevent dehydration.  Horses tolerate cold better than heat, however be sure they are warm under blankets [...]
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Ruben Morales in Brasil

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on January 10, 2008, 11:36 pm


Ruben has a unique way with all equines, horses, donkeys, mules and even zebras.  He has a talent to feel the animal and “read” his mind.  This is an innate ability which makes everything Ruben does around horses look easy but care should be taken to consider safety the number one priority at all times.  [...]
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