Of course each new horse-rider combination I am asked to work with presents almost a forensic approach to the entire process. There must never be the tendency to group each new pair in a common expectation or theme. Each half of the pair brings their own history, memories, level of energy, expectations and goals which must be dealt with in a highly individualized process. To expect the same level of progress and current ability from different combinations would be ludicrous and possibly damaging to the learning-training process. [Read more…]
The classy show stallion in the riding ring was moving its legs at a furious pace, but its steps were so small that the horse itself was hardly moving forward. This is the “fino” gait, performed by show horses of the gaited breed Paso Fino.
The expert rider and trainer in the saddle was Rick Shaffer, of R&S Paso Finos, Somerset, PA.
“This is strictly for show horses and breeding horses,” he said. “You wouldn’t want a show Paso Fino to take you over a mountain. You wouldn’t get anywhere. It’s the gait of a show horse. But a Paso Fino will give you the smoothest possible ride.” [Read more…]
Does your horse need boots?
Absolutely. Even if your horse is a light-working weekend warrior with straight legs and no soundness problems, there’s always a chance he’ll stumble, step on himself, or get tangled up in something that could lead to an injury. By outfitting him in some kind of leg protection you can prevent potential injuries from such incidents. It’s a simple step that can prevent a lot of not-so-simple problems. The focus in this article is on the boots that protect or support the cannon bone and fetlock area. [Read more…]
Dave and Susie Rohrbach have built their life-long passion for horses into a highly successful — if unusual — business that allows them to spend their time doing what they love. They have been successful because they understand that for many people, special events can be enhanced by the addition of horses. [Read more…]
I consider riding to be the most difficult sport in which to achieve above average skills. The process of becoming proficient involves physical skill, balance, and control. It can and should become a very intellectual process, as a new language has to be taught to the rider — the language of adjusting the rider’s body so that the horse recognizes kinesthetic and tactile signals that he has already been taught. [Read more…]
It’s the season to start looking for fantastic presents for the riders on your Christmas list or for you. What better than a new saddle?
Because the wrong saddle can have many harmful effects, buying the right one requires almost as much research and deliberation as buying a horse. To prevent a costly case of buyer’s remorse, here’s some advice to keep handy for your next saddle-hunting expedition. [Read more…]
In spite of stormy weather and excessive mud, Herkimer County’s 5th annual Family Day at the Farm took place as scheduled, with folks coming from far and wide to attend.
Hosted by Ray Hulten and Judy Mijares of Raycliff Quarter Horse Farm, the event featured a variety of family entertainment including hay rides, music, food, crafts, face painting, vendors and games, such as spoon and egg races, Tug of War and hay bale tossing. Farrier Jeremy Brundage provided hoof-trimming demonstrations on Raycliff Farm horses. [Read more…]
It’s amazing how quickly the summer has passed… and almost as if by magic, the cooler nights of autumn have mingled in with those last days of summer, turning the leaves to their autumnal glory, and making thoughts focus on preparing for the cold weather to come. For many horse keepers, it means increasing the amount of hay they feed; for those who are fortunate to have their horses pastured all summer, it will signal the time to start introducing hay to their horses’ diet, and making sure that the barn is filled. [Read more…]