How to tie your own rope halter

Learning Horses Archive on August 28, 2007, 12:36 am


I have always liked the selection at Natural Horse Supply, but didn't realize they actually had published instructions on how to Tie Your How Rope Halter (and not just putting it on either). If I can ever figure it out, I'll post a video. The instructions are well written, but I have a feeling it is like riding a bike, it will take some time, but once you have it-VIOLA! Rope halters!
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Oh how greatful!!

Learning Horses Archive on August 27, 2007, 1:45 pm


Yesterday I saw two TV shows that gave me a good quick reality check to help me realize how grateful I should be. One was shown on PBS at it was about animal rescue after Katrina. Oh how I cried watching those dogs being saved.Then I watched Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition (seriously, I love that show), it was about a family whose house had burned down then three months later their oldest son was killed in a car accident. So many tears.I am so grateful for everything I have, the love and health
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5 Reasons to Watch someone else ride your horse

Learning Horses Archive on August 27, 2007, 4:17 am


I recently saw a video of myself riding one of my horses and then got to watch A. (initals to protect the innocent) ride Zapa and remembered HOW GOOD it is to watch someone else ride your horses.1. You can look for signs of lameness. If you have a horse who has had any lameness problems, sometimes you can get lulled into a false sense of soundness when you ride him/her all the time. Watching your horse being riding can really help you identify when there might be a problem.2. It can stretch the
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How to Buy a Used Horse Trailer

Learning Horses Archive on August 26, 2007, 4:53 pm


Equispirit offers a great newsletter on horse trailers and this one came to me recently.What should I look for in a used trailer?A used horse trailer should have all the same criteria that we havelisted for a new trailer, but in this case, the condition is anadded consideration. * Make sure the floor and undercarriage are in good condition. This goes for both wood and aluminum floors, and structural beams under the floor. * Check the suspension and tires. * Know if the brakes work, and find out
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Learning Horses RIDES!

Learning Horses Archive on August 25, 2007, 5:34 am


Here is a video of me riding Moonlight Tesoro at the Friday night Demo during the Lynn Gallup Clinic I hosted in July. He is awfully fun to ride. I was trying to neck rein, but he was going a little to fast, notice we broke into the canter a few times in the corners.It is fun to watch this video with the music, but I am starting to get very concerned about Tesoro's hocks. His movement doesn't look perfect in this video and I have seen him being ridden a TON, so I really know how this horse should
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Paso Fino Fun Day at Reed's Ranch

Learning Horses Archive on August 24, 2007, 6:44 am


I had a great time at the Paso Fino Fun Day at the Reed's Ranch. I came up on Friday and stayed with Bruce and Betty. Santana's owner Bette and I went out for a twilight trail ride, her FIRST on Santana! Yeehaw!Tesoro and Santana were not happy about being displaced so when it came my time to ride on Saturday, well, it was a bit of a disaster. I did get Tesoro to do the poles and barrels, only when no one was watching. I'm thinking I forgot to breathe when there was a stopwatch! Oh well, more work
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Horses of Central Park

Learning Horses Archive on August 20, 2007, 6:10 am


In May of this year, I had the opportunity to visit Central Park in New York for the first time. New York itself was as I expected. Loud, dirty, crowded and (the unexpected) foul smelling. When I actually left the office on time for my last evening in New York, I tried hard to make it to the various tourist spots, but the one I wanted to see the most was Central Park.There were two reasons I was dying to see the green oasis in the center of madness. The first is obvious, being from Oregon, I needed
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Silly Girl!

Learning Horses Archive on August 10, 2007, 1:13 am


This video was taken at the Evergreen Gaited Showcase of a friend's horse. After she was done with her classes for the day, her owner would tell her she was done. If you approached her and asked her if she wanted to go for a ride, this was her reaction.
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Where in the world is Learning Horses

Learning Horses Archive on August 9, 2007, 9:44 pm


OK, so I get it, I have been absent from the blogging world. Summer is meant for riding, not blogging and I have been taking full advantage of that.So, to bring you up to speed:In early July I went to the Evergreen Gaited Horse Show. Tesoro and I only rode in two classes and I was really pleased with his performance (minus one particular behavior that we will work on), but I came down with a terrible cold, so that combined with very warm temperatures kept me out of classes for the rest of the weekend.When
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Mental Preparation

Learning Horses Archive on July 2, 2007, 3:45 pm


I have decided to take Tesoro to the Evergreen Gaited Showcase in two weeks. I have been riding Tesoro consistently so I feel like he is in good shape and there are only 3 Paso Fino classes, so between that and a few OGB (Open Gaited Breed) classes, we will take it pretty easy.What I plan to spend a lot of time on this time is mentally preparing myself for the show. Tesoro is SO sensitive that when I am doing anything but relaxing, he is translating my tension into poor performance. I am going to
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How to Work with someone you admire

Learning Horses Archive on June 30, 2007, 3:39 am


Several years ago I read an article by a woman named Lynn Gallup in Paso Fino Horse World. I decided at that time that I wanted to meet her. I know that she and I had some similar views and philosophies about Paso Finos (and horses in general). I tried to arrange her to judge a show out here, but timing never worked out. We corresponded 1-2x a year and this year I asked her if she would be interested in being a clinician out west. Lynn has never been to the Northwest so I will be her tour guide
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5 Reasons to ride bareback

Learning Horses Archive on June 14, 2007, 5:00 am


My lessons with Julie have got me working on my bareback riding. Here are my 5 reasons why you should ride bareback.1. It takes less time. Bareback means you don't have to put on a saddle, so you can save at least 5 minutes not messing with that bulky thing!2. It is great for toning your legs. No matter how much and how often you ride, a good bareback session will leave you with what my mom calls 'horse crotch'. I sure feel it the next day, but it is excellent for those inner thighs!3. It greatly
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Still Learning. . .

Learning Horses Archive on June 5, 2007, 2:43 pm


I've been lackluster about posting lately, but I promise, there is a lot going on. First, I have some new responsibilites at work so I am very focused on making that successful. Did I mention my company is being purchased by Yahoo!?Second, we are trying to sell our house. Well, not trying, the For Sale sign went in the lawn yesterday, but it has been a ton of work (and looks great by the way). So if you know anyone who wants a 1420 sq ft home in Eugene OR with a shop, garage, family room on an 8700
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How to Give a Pony Ride

Learning Horses Archive on May 29, 2007, 1:25 pm


I love sharing my horses and offering children their first rides. If I can be the first person that they are exposed to, I can teach first about safety and then about fun.Here is how I conduct a pony ride to make sure everyone stays safe and the child (and parents) have a good experience.First, make sure you have a horse suitable for pony rides. Horses are smart creatures and many of them will understand that they need to be much more gentle with children, but not all horses are suitable to give
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What happens when you push a horse too far?

Learning Horses Archive on May 19, 2007, 12:39 am


I think horses are awfully patient. As riders and owners we don't speak their language, they allow us to ride them even though we are predators and we all know of horses who have acted totally different with children rather than adults.But what happens when you push a horse too far? Well, there is worse case scenario when we ask for an unachievable jump or impossible distances and we push them physically so they are no longer sound. But I was thinking more in terms of pushing them mentally and the
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Trailer Ties: How Stretchy is Your Elastic?

Learning Horses Archive on May 18, 2007, 3:05 pm


I trailer a lot. I know some people trailer more, but I have probably hauled 15,000 miles (possibly more) or so in the last 5 years. I like to go to shows, to events, trail riding and for lessons.In general, my horses are very good in the trailer (Precious wasn't always that way) and I have gotten a little lax in how I manage trailering. Last night when I get to Julie's to use her round pen, I take Zapa out of the trailer first. I then go up to Santana and before I can get him unhooked, he backs
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Riding Bareback in a Rope Halter

Learning Horses Archive on May 17, 2007, 4:15 pm


Well, I did it. I rode Zapa on Tuesday! It has been more than 6 months and needless to say, I was very nervous. What made me even more nervous was that I did it bareback and in a rope halter! I went for another lesson with Julie (gosh I love her) who helped me with some round pen work. She asked me if I was ready to get on him and in a moment of braveness I said 'Sure!'. I grabbed my helmet and after some swinging around, I sat on him. I WAS SO NERVOUS!But I relaxed and we got moving around the
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Stateline Tack has been sold!

Learning Horses Archive on May 15, 2007, 3:27 pm


I know I am a little slow in getting this reported, but Stateline Tack has been sold to the company that owns Country Supply. If you don't know who Country Supply is, think again, they own the popular Horse.com.Stateline Tack will be closing its doors within the PetSmart stores. So, if you live near a PetSmart, keep your eyes and ears open, there may be discounting coming your way.
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How to measure your grain

Learning Horses Archive on May 3, 2007, 9:28 pm


In my short time as a horse owner I have seen a number of ways to give horse grain. There is the 'coffee can' method, measure out 1/2 or 1/3 or an entire coffee can, the 'handfuls' method and the guesstimate method.In reality none of these are as effective as weighing your grain. Every grain will weigh differently and it is imperative to weigh your grain prior to feeding. Two pounds of oats is not the same as two pounds of senior.That said, once it is weighed you can figure out what that volume
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Equestrian Spam Comments

Learning Horses Archive on May 1, 2007, 6:07 pm


Who is Kelly and why is she spamming us?There is someone named Kelly who has a blogger profile and keeps putting spam like comments on different horse blogs. I have gotten two from her and seen her on other sites. Below is the letter I wrote to the company she is promoting. I'll be interested to know if I get a response. Oh, I think I forgot my email. In case you folks come here it is learninghorses@yahoo.com.To equestrian related website (no link love from me!):There is someone named Kelly who
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