Author: PJ Janssen

Groundwork that Transfers to Riding.

Groundwork that Transfers to Riding. By – Mary Ann Brewer When you think of groundwork, what are you actually doing?  Maybe lunging or round penning, maybe cross tying?  These are all potentially helpful skills to teach your horse but do they help you in your riding? Here are two tips to transfer your groundwork into riding and to create a horse who is as light as a want to!  Tip one: When you interact with your horse on the ground, do it from the riding area.  This will create a habit for your horse of listening to you from behind him (behind his head and neck.)  He will learn to think back to you on the ground so you’ll have a more attentive and connected horse when you ride without the use of bits or tie downs. For more on helping your horse to follow your intention see the blog post called “Horses Push” Horses tend to put their human’s in front of them.  This way, the prey animal can keep an eye on their predators! It takes a certain amount of trust to give over leadership.  In a natural herd of horses, the leader does not necessarily go first. If you find it hard to get back to the riding area and send your horse forward see the blog post called “Horses Push.” You’ll want to be able to lead your horse from the riding area on both the...

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Wounds: When to Call the Vet

Wounds: When to Call the Vet Katharine J Porter, VMD   We all know the scenario: You head out to the barn to feed, or to bring your equine partner in from a day of turnout, and see that somehow, despite all your precautions, your horse has managed to sustain a wound. After the initial dismay of how your horse could have possibly injured himself, you are faced with the question: Do I need to call the vet or can I manage this wound on my own? One sure and steadfast rule is that it is NEVER wrong to call your veterinarian if your horse has a wound, or if you have any concerns or questions. Otherwise, listed below are a few characteristics to look for when you are evaluating a wound on your horse that would indicate the wound should be evaluated by a veterinarian. Full Thickness Lacerations: Full thickness lacerations extend entirely through the skin (the epidermis and dermis), exposing or involving deeper tissues. A trick to determine if a wound is full thickness is to place a clean or gloved finger (if your horse will allow you to safely do so) on one skin edge and pull back. If the opposite skin edge moves with your edge, the wound is partial thickness at that location (a laceration may only be full thickness at certain sections along...

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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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