Author: PJ Janssen

Eyes On the Ground – Eliza Banks

Eliza Puttkamer-Banks – Guest Blogger  It takes a village…or perhaps a barn. If you think you can keep yourself and your horse moving through the levels by yourself, I will tell you that you are wrong. Hands down, throw your best punch, hate me if you want….but you’re wrong. It is so important to be a part of a program that is learning, is sharing, and is looking to also be a part of something bigger than itself. No one can train a horse to its true potential without eyes on the ground. “Question everything and practice the best answer you can find” has to be the mantra you live by from day to day when you ride. However, seek to improve the answer, and thereby the solution. I am so happy and so fortunate to have Chandelle Spargo as my associate instructor, and my important eyes on the ground! I attend clinics, take lessons and read, read, read (and we’re not talking about the Chronicle forums here, folks- books! There are a lots of books that can help you understand the movements in a way you can’t in a 45 minute lesson). I flood her with theory, and drag her (mostly willingly!) to whatever clinic I can find that might feature my own current problems I need to solve. As part of our program we also encourage working...

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Caring for your leather boots

Caring for your leather boots. You spent a lot of time searching for the perfect boot and getting the right fit. Now what? Caring for your boots can help protect your investment.   Light scuff marks – Wipe with a damp cloth and let air dry. Apply your boot polish and buff as directed.   Regular cleaning. A few times a year, clean with a leather cleaner to remove all dirt, then polish with your boot polish. Wipe mud and dirt off after every ride.   To keep them looking their best right before you go into the show...

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Cribbing

Cribbing is the gnawing or chewing of wood. The horse often arches his neck and sucks in air as he cribs. This chewing of wood can wear down the teeth and destroy property.

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Girth Fit & Saddle Cleaning

As we all know, good tack is NOT cheap. If you are spending money on the good stuff, it only makes sense to treat them as an investment, and care for them accordingly, so that they can give you a good return.

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