November 2012

What’s News & Happenings
The Saddle Fit Lecture is rescheduled for this Saturday, December 1 at Buck N Horse Hollow in the indoor at 10 am. Bring a chair and a friend. We still have room for 1 more saddle fit evaluation after the lecture. In case of inclement weather check the web site schedule page for any notices or cancellations.

Saturday Lesson Schedule for December is December 15 & 22. Contact me at to get on the schedule.

The Kindergarten Clinic is scheduled for Saturday Dec. 8th The whole clinic will be ground work aka ground manners keeping in mind that the ultimate goal is riding a happy obedient safe horse. I would like to remind everyone that what we humans call poor ground manners is actually our horses experiencing lack of leadership, insecurity and fear. Dr. Gerd Heuschmann said "it is like the person is getting beat up by the horse." Bottom line, no one is happy.

At our groundwork clinics (Kindergarten) we focus mainly on learning to communicate with our horses in their language. Proper leading, learning to control the feet through timing, rhythm and positive reinforcement will not only improve your horse's responsiveness under saddle but it is guaranteed to improve your relationship with your horse. The fees will be $100 for horses and $25 for auditors.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! to all the riders that competed at Fort Valley in their Specialized Saddles. I heard you all did quite well. Keep up the good work! And thank you very much for the referrals and helping me help the horses.

Presidential Election, Halloween Hurricane, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, hunting season, Christmas........does anyone still have time for their horse? Well, I am here to remind you to make time for your horse!

• Horsemanship is a very clear case of you get out of it what you put into it.
• Quality of time is more important than quantity of time, so remember to be focused and consistent with your horse.
• Repetition is the mildest form of punishment and inconsistency is the mildest form of abuse.

At our lessons and clinics we emphasize on being a kind but assertive herd leader through communication that horses understand. Horses are not humans; they don't think, see, feel, act or have needs like a human. Horses are herd animals and in the herd there is a leader and everyone else follows. Those are the rules. They are hard wired to like it that way. Now, I know that there is not one single horse person reading this that doesn't already know that horses are herd animals, however what some people don't realize is how to communicate to their horse that they are the herd leader.

Do this simple exercise, with a halter and a lead walk, stop, turn and trot your horse from both sides. The important part of this equation is that the human is the leader and the horse follows. Like a trail ride everyone just follows the horse in front. When you tell your horse with your body language that you are walking fast or slow, the horse is reacting. When you stop, back or turn, the horse is reacting. When you take off trotting the horse follows he reacts. When you look up it means you are looking for the wolves and choosing the best route, when you look down that means you are not leading and someone else needs to worry about those things. When you stand with your toes facing your horse it means to him no one is going anywhere. When you move your feet, it means move your feet. That is what they understand. We call this horse rules; the language that horses understand.

Now, if you try to lead your horse around the ring and he goes too fast or slow, pushes into you, won't stand still, he is basically out of control. What we call poor ground manners, horses call lack of leadership.

The reason why I am emphasizing this ground work is because I have seen people totally give up on training their horse because they are not having fun and the horse is so out of control that no one is safe to be around them. And a few others are close. Please for your horses sake, take the extra time to do this ground work and help your horse to be a better citizen. I guarantee your horse is not happy. Happy horses are relaxed, have no worries, they hardly ever spook, they don't kick or bite at people, they are easy to catch, easy to saddle, easy to mount, pretty much agreeable and try to do anything you ask as long as they can physically and understand mentally.
If you want your horse to like you (thankfully most of you do care if your horse likes you!) give him what he needs to feel safe and happy, he needs you to be a good herd leader. Unfortunately some horses have been let go for so long that they require a little more firm at first, but it is only temporary. Tom Dorrance, the Father of Natural Horsemanship said "be as gentle as possible and as firm as necessary." It truly is the kindest gift you can give your horse.

Keeping in line with my goal to be more organized, I have made a list of everything we have to offer for sale both new and used. Check it out, we may have something you want or need.

Please send me your pictures for our Schleese, Specialized and TW Saddlery web site pages.


As always, thank you for reading the e-newsletter and for helping me with my mission to help horses with their people. I sincerely hope you all have a very wonderful and safe holiday season celebrating with your friends and family.

TTYS (Talk To You Soon) & God Bless