The Sullivan County Annual 4-H Clinic and Riding Demonstrations day was held at Oak Ridge Farm, Youngsville, NY on Sunday, May 4. Jill and Pat Welsh offered their spacious indoor arena for the event; which began at 8:30 a.m. and continued on all throughout the day, servicing a number of enthusiastic 4-Hers and their parents. Three clinicians were on hand: Marcy Ehrman, of Liberty, NY; Jeannette Moser-Orr, of Delhi, NY; and Mitzi Summers, of the Albany, NY area. [Read more…]
The New York State 4-H Horse Program provides youngsters from ages five to 18 with a great opportunity to learn the basics of horsemanship — from caring for their horses to riding and showing their horses in many different events. These programs, along with the able staff and volunteers who run them, provide a ‘life-line’ and a wealth of information for children; especially those who were not fortunate enough to grow up on a farm or with a farm family. [Read more…]
This title is meant to be taken lightly, except that as a traveling free-lance trainer and instructor, each new “case” does take on the sense of being an investigation. The past “record” of a horse is so important, but unless the human client has owned the horse for a very long time, the horse and his behavior hold all of the answers in how best to help him and his owner. The most important part of this on my part is that I have to take the time to listen to each horse as an individual, take nothing for granted, and remember that 98 per cent of the time if the horse is not doing what is asked of him it is because he does not understand, or is mentally, emotionally, or physically unable to do what he is being asked to do. [Read more…]
Sunday, April 6, turned out to be a beautiful spring day — one that was very much appreciated by all those who participated in the Sullivan County Chapter of the NYS Horse Council’s Spring Clinic. Held at the Oak Ridge Farm in Youngsville, NY, the clinic was the area’s first to be devoted to the popular “Cowboy Challenge” play days. Jill Welch who, along with her husband, Pat, owns the farm, donated the use of her indoor arena, a bright and spacious 72 x 120-foot structure with shredded rubber for comfortable footing. [Read more…]
The qualities most people want in a trail horse are that he’s calm, well-mannered, responsive, polite and intelligent. The characteristics that make for a less-than-ideal trail horse are that he’s timid, nervous, strong, unresponsive, heavy in your hands or spooky.
The trick is evaluating these qualities, when you try a horse that you are considering to buy. The nine simple and safe on the ground and under saddle tests in this article may help you in your evaluating process. [Read more…]
Recently this spring, I received an email from Cornell Cooperative Extension with information warning horse owners about “a newly emerging disease of horses — Equine Enteric Coronavirus.” It seemed important to pass along, and so I have used information for this article that was taken from information sent out by the Veterinary Support Services group at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. [Read more…]
The WNY Polo Club gave a polo demonstration at Equifest 2014 in Hamburg, NY.