The bit is a priviledge not a right

Learning Horses Archive on March 8, 2008, 7:59 am

I have been priviledged to use my horse several times as a lesson horse. There are many people who know Precious that might find it astounding that I use her for lessons, but you couldn't ask for a better lesson horse. She is safe, responsive, willing AND doesn't just always do everything asked, she will challenge the rider slowly, when they are ready for it, improving the learning curve, but never more than they can handle.But beginners don't get access to her mouth. I worked very hard to make
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5 Reasons to LOVE Daylight Savings

Learning Horses Archive on March 5, 2008, 9:35 pm

Daylight Savings is March 9th! It is one of my favorite days of the year, here are 5 reasons I LOVE Daylight savings:1. I can ride in the outdoor arena until 7:30 (and later every day)2. I do not need a flashlight/headlamp to get to the manure pile.3. I can ride in the pasture until 7:30 (and later every day)4. We can clean paddocks without a headlamp5. I can ride anywhere I want outside until 7:30 (and later every day)Do you sense a theme here? When I first started boarding, the barn owner told
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Creative Problem Solving

Learning Horses Archive on March 5, 2008, 7:22 am

Every day I work the Parelli program and watch a video, I learn something new. I will not call it life changing, but it is horse changing. I know, I know, it is cult like in people's passion for it. I get that, but if it makes me better with my horses, than what does that matter? Here is my story for yesterday:Pam gave me some barrels she had laying around her place and we had bought a 3" 8 foot fence post when making fencing choices, so I decided to use that as a rail to practice along with my
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A place of his own

Learning Horses Archive on February 24, 2008, 6:42 pm

Moving to the farm has meant a few sacrifices for all of us and a lot of benefit for me. One of the things promised to Uriah was his own studio. It took 3 months, but yesterday he and his dad completed the conversion of our old tack room into Uriah's special practice room/studio. He will be able to study there (he is getting a 4.0 so far in his jaunt back to school) and play music instead of being in our 700 square foot house. It is almost like a club house. The great thing is now I get the house
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Back, Back, Back to basics

Learning Horses Archive on February 16, 2008, 6:36 pm

I am finally done with two weeks on the road! I did get two days home in between (and yes, I rode both days), but it is great not to start the weekend facing a hotel on the other end.Last night I managed to get a little riding done with Lily, starting with the Parelli 'Pushing Passenger' exercise. More on that another time as it is worthy of its own posting.As I moved on, I kept trying to figure out how to get Lily more on her hind-end. She is heavy on her front end (aren't they all) and I wanted
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Daddy is a ROCK STAR

Learning Horses Archive on February 12, 2008, 5:48 am

Oh yeah, Daddy Tanner (Ch. Tramac Joyride'n With Spotlite) is a rockstar and Baby Marshall is proud!First, Best of Breed at Eukanuba with a 4th group win and today Best of Breed at Westminister. OH YEAH!!!!Just wait--what Daddy has done in the show ring, Marshall wants to do in the performance ring. GO SPOTS!Congrats to Jennifer, James and Meg!
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Moments of Sheer Despiration

Learning Horses Archive on February 12, 2008, 4:42 am

I wanted to comment on Equine Mine's recent post but didn't feel that I could really express what I had to say in just a comment.In the summer of 2005 I owned 4 horses and I couldn't ride any of them. In the last three months Precious had been through a stone bruise, abcess and founder requiring my presence at the barn 2x a day and although recovering from acute symptoms we didn't know the cause, when she tore downt the fence and kicked the crap out of my new QH almost breaking her jaw. I couldn't
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Learning Horses Meets Equine Mine

Learning Horses Archive on February 3, 2008, 9:11 am

In reality I have known Equine Mine much longer than either of us have been blogging. I headed up I-5 with Precious this weekend to attend a Parelli Beginning Level 1 Clinic with Ann Kiser. I stayed with Julie and she provided me moral support today EVEN THOUGH it was the most miserable cold weather ever.I will have many details to post with pictures over the next few days. In the meantime, it is GREAT to hang out her and we always have a great time.
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Stacey Westfall

Learning Horses Archive on January 31, 2008, 4:12 pm

Elisia sent me a link and said 'Watch this, it will give you goosebumps'. The rider was Stacey Westfall riding bareback and brideless in a national competition. I don't know much about reining, but I would say it was a pretty impressive ride and there may have been a goosebump or two.Stacey had NO instructor other than her mother until she was an adult. Her mother kept asking her 'How can you get the horse to do that', from a young age she asked her to get inside the horse's head. If there is only
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8 Things to Accomplish with your horse in 2008

Learning Horses Archive on January 30, 2008, 7:20 am

One of my most dedicated readers (and most excellent blogger) MiKael's Mania tagged me with a meme of 7 things you might not know about me. I have decided since I shared 5 things last year I have my own spin on it for my horse blogging friends. And the best part about it, it isn't contagious but for all of those who have been tagged and those who have not, I challenge you to think about this question-what are 8 horse related things you want to accomplish in 2008. 1. Complete Parelli level 1 &
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Canter Departure

Learning Horses Archive on January 29, 2008, 7:24 am

Today is my 6th ride with Lily, I rode her twice at Simrat's and this is our 4th ride here at Synergy Stables. I would have liked to have ridden her more, but I got a little discouraged by the sliding saddle and the time it takes. I have since solved that problem, so no such worries.Keep in mind as I write this I have spent less than 5% of my time riding on a walk/trot/canter horse and probably less than .05% of my time cantering. Paso Finos can be very funny when they canter and mine are no exception.
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Parelli Bound

Learning Horses Archive on January 29, 2008, 7:13 am

This weekend I am off to my 1st Parelli clinic with Ann Keiser. I am very excited but also quite nervous. First, I can't decide which horse to take. My original plan was Precious but there are two issues, first, she has been off her meds for over a month and the experiment is failing in terms of her behavior (overall health is good, so I am SO GLAD for that). She is just pissy all the time AND I think she will be in heat this weekend. I will be getting her back on her meds this week. The next problem
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Can I trust you?

Learning Horses Archive on January 28, 2008, 6:54 am

I have felt a lot of emotional attachment to my animals over the years, but with my horses it has often been about getting what I wanted. Today I think Tesoro and I went to the next level of a trust and I feel my heart warming.I have been riding Tesoro primarily bareback and with a rope halter for the last few months. We have just been relaxing and enjoying each other's company. I asked Gina Gardner to give me a lesson and to get her observation about his leg/hock and to get some strengthening exercises.
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7 acres of snow

Learning Horses Archive on January 28, 2008, 6:43 am

7 acres of snowOriginally uploaded by learninghorses Today we had our Sneak Preview of Synergy Stables, but sadly we had snow. LOTs of snow. In the eight years I have lived in Oregon I have never had this much snow where I lived and although it surprised me, I have to say I did enjoy it just a tad (but don't tell anyone). Here is our pasture covered in snow.
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How To Identify Moldy Hay

Learning Horses Archive on January 25, 2008, 7:57 am

I hate moldy hay and we bought 4 tons that has lots of bad spots. Yuck, I hope we don't buy from them again! Since I will occasionally have to give Uriah feeding duty, I showed him some of the sure tell signs that hay is bad. I have to give credit to Pam the owner of R-Way Farm in Eugene for really filling out my tips.Moldy hay is BAD for horses and can cause them to colic.1. It poofs mold spores. Did you ever see those puffball mushrooms when you were a kid? The ones that when you break them filter
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Synergy Stables

Learning Horses Archive on January 24, 2008, 6:17 am

We finally have a name! I am pleased to let everyone know that Synergy Stables is officially named! You can see our site at (don't forget the OR at the end, I already did once). We are having a Sneak Preview this weekend, so I welcome you all to join us (even if only in spirit). Our tag line is 'Celebrating the Horse and Human Partnership'. I get credit for the tag line, mom gets credit for the name.We still have work to do, but we have come so far and I know (yes, I know) that
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Stand Still Silly Lily

Learning Horses Archive on January 22, 2008, 6:36 am

Lily and I went for our first ride together at my place yesterday. She just took everything in stride and I am pretty pleased (after day two) of how well she is adjusting. But ride one is always tricky (I had ridden her twice before she came here) and I had a new experience.Lily doesn't have well defined whithers which (I learned) can cause a saddle to slide. So I worked hard to get it cinched up which between stick rollers on my girth and a little puffing was quite the task. I go to mount and she
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Learning Horses welcomes Choctaw Lily

Learning Horses Archive on January 21, 2008, 7:10 am

After months of searching I found the right horse and the right situation! So today, I am pleased to let everyone know that for a short time, Choctaw Lily, a Spanish Mustang, has joined the Learning Horses family.I have been looking for a walk/trot horse to buy or lease. I decided to do so when it was becoming clear that Zapa was going to be very gaited (duh!). I originally thought I would buy, but as time went on it was becoming more and more clear that the horse I wanted and the horse I needed
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Zapa plays Soccer (in slow motion) (Trilogy)

Learning Horses Archive on January 17, 2008, 5:55 pm

I took this video of Zapa's new friend riding him while he kicks around the big green ball. Prior to this he had never played with the ball under saddle. Tomorrow I will post on How To Teach Your Horse to Play Soccer to let you know how I did it. He is going slow here (and staying calm), but over time it would be easy to pick up the pace. Isn't that CUTE???
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5 Reasons to Play Soccer with your horse (Trilogy)

Learning Horses Archive on January 14, 2008, 4:38 am

Horse Soccer will be my first Learning Horses 'Trilogy' which will include a 5 Reasons, How To and Video. Enjoy!1. Soccer teaches your horse NOT to be afraid of big scary things, a skill that translates to many different useful purposes.2. Soccer breaks up the monotony of arena work, engaging the horses brain rather than just his/her body.3. Soccer is great for bending. There are lots of turns involved in chasing the ball around the arena. Use this as a GREAT way to ask your horse to bend his/her
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