Post by Blair Malcolm on Nov 3, 2012 21:30:27 GMT -5
We've got some new foals!
HDR Ovario Elite the Hanovarian Colt
ACS Crystal Abbey the Appaloosa Filly & RLR Lady Million the Quarter Pony.
Ovario will be a performance horse for english disciplines. Abbey will be an all rounder and hopefully a lesson/trail horse. Lady will be trained and sold to Amy Preston as a Gymkhana mount.
We got a new boarder! Rita has been a student of mine for a few years now. Her mother Tyra was a student of mine way back in the day when I first started teaching in my teens over 10 yrs ago. Tyra decided to buy her daughter a horse, and after shopping around decided that PP Spotted Pudding would be a great mount. He's a gelding and pretty much a school master. He's a been there, done that kinda guy who's perfect as a first horse.
Tyra and Rita came over right after she got off work to see the new horse.
Lunging before riding. Pudding was very well behaved and isn't hot headed at all.
Post by Blair Malcolm on Nov 5, 2012 19:59:20 GMT -5
Here are our first horses at our Heartz Paddock program. Basically we take unwanted/retired horses, train them, bring them back to health and ideally place them in one of our lesson or therapy programs or sell them to responsible homes.
These three are Arabians. The mare was a broodmare and has no training, so we're working hard to gain her trust. She won't let us catch her in the paddock yet, but she's finally letting Jesse get close.
The foals are a colt and a filly. They are both so sweet and will make lovely saddle horses. We're working on teaching them to accept a halter and to be led.
Post by Blair Malcolm on Nov 6, 2012 18:32:38 GMT -5
Liam and Rubix were out for their lesson. Liam decided to go stirrupless and try some cross rails, which he was familiar with. The thing with Rubix is, he likes to test his rider. This horse has an awesome and very forward jump. I know because I brought him to a bareback jumping show last week. When he thinks he can get his way, he'll put on the breaks whenever it's convenient. So, Liam rode with a crop, which helped a bit.
He circled around and took it from the other side, which worked!
Liam was fine, took a few more cross rails then cooled Rubix out. He has a way to go, but he's learning lol
Post by Blair Malcolm on Nov 16, 2012 14:18:24 GMT -5
Lots has been going on at the barn lately. Lots of renovations going on. Liam's been busy working, so he took some time off to hang out with Josh.
He had a huge surprise for Amy. She's been very interested in learning to ride Western, but needs a horse who's "Been there, done that." to teach her. Well, I found the perfect mount for her. Yes, the one and only SCS Mr Darcy! I'm leasing him from Smart Color Stables.
I never told Amy about this, just told her to go and close up the barn for the night. She was shocked when she saw Darcy in one of the stalls. She was beyond excited! She couldn't wait, and needed to take a lesson on him right away.
Amy is an english rider, and it's her first time learning about Western Pleasure, Reining & Gymkhana. Darcy is the perfect teacher, so tolerant and patient with her. Especially when she needs to learn to give more rein. She's use to short reins and high heads, but Darcy is very tolerant and patient with her.
She's a little clumsy handling split reins, but she'll get there. I also had to teach her the mechanics of a leverage bit, but she's very gentle.
First slide! Her seat was sloppy, but that's expected for a first time. Darcy was flawless.
It was chilly and they both worked up a bit of a sweat so it was time to cool down. Amy is so excited to do some more riding tomorrow!