I Love Horses Day!

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Did You Know ?

Horse lovers  across the nation, celebrate today each year, July 15 as
I LOVE HORSES DAY! It is one of their favorite “unofficial” holidays.

This day pays tribute to, and honors, the horse.

Why horses are good for Kids

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I’ll never forget when Briar came to me and asked to quit dance. She was dancing competitively since age 4 and at age six she was dancing 4 nights a week for about 3hrs each night. She would then have events or competitions on the weekend our during the week. We lived and breathed dance, it was a wonderful experience that had finally come to an end. She was burned out and wanted to try something else. So she said Horses!

Well, I knew nothing about horses, nothing! But, I thought it must be cheaper then dance and I would regain some “me” time. So, I went on DSCF0852this search for horseback riding lessons. I went through many trainers. But, that experience lead us to competitions and ownership. Now we live and breath horses. I have a little more “me” time but I actually gained a lot more quality time with Briar and we love every minute of it.

Horseback riding is so much more then the act of riding. Riding provides exercise and freedom that only a rider can understand. It gives the child a sense of power that translates into self confidence. It puts them in control of a part of their life that helps them solve problems and release pre-teen frustrations. Anyone who rides will tell you it takes self control, perseverance, patience, problem solving skills ,strength and a will to never give up, because horses have a mind of their own and training them takes skill.

Horse shows provide another set of skills. They learn to prepare and care for the horses during the shows. They learn to socialize with others and create lasting friendships. They learn what constructive criticism is and what not so constructive criticism feels like. But, that’s okay, because they learn life is not always fair. They learn how to present themselves and be judged.

This kind of exposure creates well rounded, talented, hardworking, strong kids that understand there is more to the world then just themselves.
It can be a dangerous sport, but all sports have their risks. With proper training and the use of safety equipment it is safe and rewarding. I encourage everyone to at least ride once and get a glimpse of that freedom.
Please share your thoughts on kids and riding or what you love about riding.

 

Teaching Bingo How to Bow

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Bingo is such a sweet horse with a real desire to make you happy. He has been showing western pleasure and English equitation for many years. However, that is not his favorite thing to do. Bingo would prefer to play. He loves trail courses because he has to use his mind to figure them out. He loves entertaining himself, he’s a real ham!

So, when my daughter said she was going to teach Bingo how to bow, I thought he would enjoy all the extra treats but would never actually learn to bow. I was wrong!

He loves it and it’s just one more game he gets to do before he has to really work. Bowing also helps loosen up a horse and keeps them limber.

 

Here’s how to teach your horse how to bow.

Start out with a treat, showing your horse what you have. Take the treat and hold it down near your horse’s knees. When he understands that he needs to look for the treat down below, start bringing the treat back so that it is in between his legs. Continue bringing it back until he needs to bend down and bow in order to reach the treat. It may take a few sessions to teach him, but if you add the voice aid to bow, he will soon learn what you want and start bowing when asked.
 

Learning with treats
Learning with treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Belle

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Belle
Belle

Swirlology, The Study of Hair Swirls or Whorls in Horses

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So, I heard about the swirl from one of my daughters trainers about a year ago. She told me that our horse Bingo had a great personality and was a genital soul with above average intelligence based off this swirl. I thought she was making this up, so I would feel comfortable around Bingo. I did not realize there was so much information on this subject. It not only gives you a look into a horses personality it also tells you if they are left hoof or right hoof. Giving you an opportunity to maximize their potential.

 

Here is a detail article written by Charlotte Cannon at Foxpointfarm.com. It is incredible the depth of information provided and a how well written the article is. Enjoy!!!

foxpointfarm.com – Full Article by Charlotte Cannon Updated 11/11/12

 

From the most ancient times, man has studied the world around him for signs and clues. Horses have been a huge fascination since 30,000 BC when they were first drawn on the walls of caves. Ancient students of the horse may have studied things and made conclusions that we find foolish today. But as with everything that is old and becomes new again, the study of swirls, although rarely shared insights, experiences and knowledge, has always has had its believers. Here we will uncover some of the ideas and help you better understand how they work and influence who and what your horse is and who and what he may become.

Foxpointfarm.com
Photo from Fox Point Farm.com

I have studied everything about horses in great detail from conformation – form to function; to horse personalities – which jobs suit which personality. Thinking horsemen are always striving to understand and maximize their horses more fully. Studying the swirls or whorls (trichoglyphs) of hair on a horse’s face, head and body can offer many important clues to both personality and performance. Swirls and their placement give us a greater understanding of the energy flow through the horse. By accurately reading the swirls, one can choose the horse partner that is best suited to his or her goals, or reject an unsuitable horse before time, money and emotion are invested. Swirls can lead us to a deeper understanding and acceptance of our horses… Read more here: http://foxpointfarm.com/Swirlology.html

New Mexico APHA Shows

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Green Chile Classic

Wrights Arena – 28 Western Rd. Stanley NM 87056  4f3c32_8a6ef341c9fb454d89eaca7b65fef368_png_srz_216_245_75_22_0_50_1_20_0

Dates: July 19-20,2014

Judges: TBA

Links:

http://www.nmpainthorse.org/

http://www.nmpainthorse.org/#!green-chile-classic/c3p6

http://media.wix.com/ugd/4f3c32_80338f61b0c149f891767391e6ad8a63.pdf