Author: PJ Janssen

Are you a good boarder?

  Do you keep your horse at a boarding facility?   Ways to be a good boarder…   Do you:   Clean up after you groom or pick your horses feet?   Keep the aisle tidy?   Keep the tack room neat?   Only use your own brushes on your horse.     If you borrow something, put it back.   If you use someone else’s products, replace them.   Try to be considerate to other riders in the ring.   Are you courteous to other boarders?   Is your horse well behaved?   Any other suggestions? Send them to us – info@tollboothsaddle.com        ...

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Blanketing Terms – what do they all mean?

Blanketing Terms & Information You see all the terms on the packaging of horse blankets, but what do they all mean? Denier – It is a unit of textile measurement. The higher the denier, the stronger the fabric. A 1200 D blanket is more durable than a 600D blanket. Ripstop – Many blankets have their fabric woven in such a way that will make them resistant to ripping and tearing. Horse blanket weights – Lite – This will have little or no fill Medium – Has 155 to 255 grams of fill Heavy – Has 250 to 370 grams of fill There are blankets with 400 grams of fill for very cold harsh conditions. Stable blankets are usually not waterproof, and they are made from a lower denier fabric. Turnout blankets are waterproof and are a higher denier fabric ranging from 600 to 1800 denier   Some blankets will come with a detachable neck, such as the one shown above.  Others will have a neck attached (not removable) High Neck blankets have a neck that comes almost half way up the horses neck, as shown below.   Standard neck blankets usually come up to around the horses withers/ The blankets or sheets you chose for your horse will depend a lot on the conditions your horse lives in – shelter or little to no shelter, Is your horse clipped?...

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One Pattern – Two Ways! – By Mary Ann Brewer

July 5, 2018 One Pattern – Two Ways! This is a different take on the traditional figure 8 pattern which is below.  In this pattern, draw the horse from between the barrels toward you, when he reaches you, turn with him – shoulder to shoulder and then send him out and around the outside of the first barrel. Repeat Draw your horse toward you, now go the other way, circle with him, shoulder to shoulder and send him out and around the second barrel, Again, draw him toward you and then praise and make much of your horse! To advance this pattern you can ask your horse to walk when you send him away and ask him to trot when he is coming toward you, eventually asking him to canter toward you! You may need to trot backward during the draw phase, thus ‘being the change you want to see in your horse’ In this more traditional figure 8 you can create more drive,  more ability to send your horse away. You’ll need a bit of a longer rope to play with these patterns at higher speeds. I like this pattern for so many relationship building ideas. Balancing your ability to send your horse away and bring him back at any speed, rather than just having your horse follow you. Helping you and your horse become puzzle solvers Your...

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Marvelous Mantras! by Mary Ann Brewer

June 18, 2018 Marvelous Mantras! Mantras are a way for us (the human) to clear our minds and help our horses.  Essentially a mantra is a way to protect us from a run amok imagination, limiting thoughts or beliefs. When we think, and what we think matters to our horses. Our thoughts become our actions and what we put in our thoughts eventually comes out.  This is the way brains work, They are essentially like computers and can only give you what has been input. And, just like computers, the most recent or most often in-put information is what the brain gives us first. Think of it this way, even though you didn’t make the pound sign (#) a hast tag (#), do a google search and see what it gives you! By popular demand and repetition, the pound sign became a hashtag. Take this thinking to our horses What we see, hear and say all the time is what is seeding our subconscious (our mind).  Our brains answer our questions based on popular demand and repetition. Since horses are mind readers, there is nowhere to hide! Let’s use a Mantra! To protect ourselves and ultimately our horses from run amok thinking, a mantra can help. A mantra is: something positive personal easy to remember and perhaps rhythmical designed by you to help you remember who you want to...

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Helping the Herd-bound Horse.

Helping the Herd-bound Horse. So there I was surfing Facebook when I see a post with a video of a herd-bound horse who wont be ridden away from her herd. I was stunned at how many posts there were giving advice. I was further stunned when I read post after post after post after post, advising this horse-owner to “Beat that horse” “Show her who’s boss” “If she gets away with it now, it will be worse next time”  “Get some spurs and a dressage whip” “Hire a professional who will be more aggressive with her” I don’t know, I though there were more people who understood horses!  Here is how I would help the herd-bound horse. Horses, being herd animals (it’s DNA) have a basic need of being together for safety. You know, safety in numbers. If your horse does not want to leave with you, then your horse does not feel safe with you.  Period. You need to become someone who your horse feels safe with. First of all, stop thinking you know what’s going on with your horse and cleanly observe, just the facts.  Like she looked left, she looked right she swished her tail, one ear is facing me and the other is facing backward. Get use to observing putting emotion and interpretation aside for a bit.  You can download my free e-book, it’s a 16 page...

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