What’s News & Happenings
Super huge scheduling conflict-Saddle fit lecture on Nov. 4 is canceled. Since the lectures here at the farm are held in the indoor which can be cold if we are not active, we will reschedule that one in the spring. Meanwhile, if anyone wants to schedule a lecture for their club or group, inside and let me know. The only thing better for me than riding in saddles is talking them.
October 13th was our 36th Clinic !
Thank you to everyone that came out this year, I think we had a great time and saw lots of light bulbs come on and horses improve. Since winter or hurricanes can keep us indoors, I would like to remind you that you don’t have to be riding to be training. The 12 steps or some form of them can be done in the stall or the isle way of the barn, ground tying and grooming all counts as training. A little bit of time every day will go a lot further than an hour on Sunday.
Every time you feed your horse it is a training opportunity. Lead him in and out of the stall instead of letting him run. Do a couple of turn on the haunches, disengagements and backing. Ask him to back up and wait when you put the feed in the bucket. Ground tie when changing blankets. All this counts! In case you need some ideas or guidance, I am scheduling a clinic in December that should be titled “what to do with my horse when it is too cold, icy, wet or dark to ride.”
Weather permitting we are going to have a Kindergarten Clinic on December 8 at 9am until? depending on how many horses are entered. The whole clinic will be ground work keeping in mind that the ultimate goal is riding.
We will be focusing on ground manners, leadership, controlling the feet and proper lunging. Pre-registration is not required since I realize most will want to wait and see how the weather is. The clinic will be held in the indoor. Please let me know if you are tentatively planning to come.
The fees will be $100 for horses and $25 for auditors.
HORSE BIOMECHANICS SYMPOSIUM IN SOUTHERN PINES WITH DR. GERD HEUSCHMANN
A couple of weeks ago, Micki & I traveled to Southern Pines, NC to hear Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, German veterinarian, trainer and the author of the books Tug of War and Balancing Act. His lecture and his books emphasize the importance of classical training methods as they build our horses up mentally and physically so that they can perform the tasks that we ask of them. Regardless of the discipline or breed, the horse is still a horse; the skeleton is basically the same. Dr. Gerd gave us the scientific reasons why we should do certain things in our training and why we should not do others. I love the whys! Now we have a scientific explanation for why the 12 steps work.
Fall and winter lessons move to Saturdays
November 17 and 24 will be lesson days at Buck N Horse Hollow. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the schedule.
A NOTE ABOUT CLIPPING AND BLANKETING
This time of the year I get a lot of questions about blanketing. Basically most horses don't need blankets. What they do need is plenty of hay and shelter. One estimate is that your horse will consume 5 times as much hay in the winter as he does summer. I would say that is exactly right with my horses. I give my horses all the hay they want to eat. If they waste it, I gave them too much. The digestive system of a horse is not meant to eat breakfast and dinner like a human. They are meant to be eating/grazing almost every waking moment of their day. So, if you are concerned about keeping your horse warm, give them more hay to eat.
If your horse does need a blanket because his hair coat is short or you want to keep it short, be sure to get turnouts and or stable blankets with wither relief. A blanket too tight over the withers can cause damage like a saddle.
If you are clipping, I would recommend doing it in November so that some of the hair coat will grow back before the real cold comes to PA. Also, remember to leave the hair in the saddle area. As the hair grows back, the tiny little stubbles or new hair follicle can become very irritated and cause back soreness.
I have a few of the Ogilvy friction free saddle pads in the saddle trailer. They basically stick to the horse's back and stick to the saddle and the friction goes to the inside of the pad instead of the horse's back. I also have the Schleese cotton wither relief dressage pads. These pads have a nice soft stick on the horse's back and a really nice wither relief shape to prevent any rubbing on the withers. I have used the same one for a couple years now, they clean up really nice with a little scrub brush and a hose or you can put them in a machine.
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TTYS (Talk To You Soon) & God Bless
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BUCK N HORSE HOLLOW
6 Buck Dr. Carlisle PA 17015
Specializing in "Helping Horses With Their People" for 30 years.