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Head to the posey county fairgrounds today for the horse show! Shows starts at noon. See you there!

Long but good read Thanks everyone for your continued support!

Long but good read
Thanks everyone for your continued support!

Why don’t young horsemen and women want a career in the horse industry??? [There is something we can all learn from this]

Over the last few years I’ve had quite a few young aspiring horse trainers come spend time learning from us. A select few decide to keep pursuing, but why do the majority decide to enjoy horses as a hobby and get a ‘real job’?? Their answer has always been the same… Clients.

During their time working here I’m an open book with them. They get exposure to the training side of things, they are welcome to be near when clients are around to witness and learn from those interactions as well as even the office administration and finances.

I have never tried to make the job seem more glamorous than it is as that would be totally disrespectful to each of our students and leave them unprepared should they decide to pursue it as a career.

These students are in the barn every day seeing and are a part of the hard work that goes into caring for and training each horse. They are a part of the early morning and late evening discussions as we strategize how to best prepare each horse for their owner, home life, discipline and career. They too want to be a horse trainer because they love the horse and many of them have the skills necessary. Hell- they even lose sleep over trying to figure out how to better help a horse and it’s not even their client… They have a love for the horse. But then they get to wondering if it’s really a career they want to dedicate their lives to…

The number one reason most of them haven’t wanted to pursue horse training as a career.

But why??? Well that’s pretty obvious so let’s be honest. Clients can say, do and not do some ridiculous things- many of which are downright disrespectful, self centered and at times totally irrational. But that’s not just clients, that’s humans.

It’s these interactions where people make emotionally based decisions, lose their temper, say disrespectful things without regard for who their impacting and much more that leaves a lasting impact on these young professionals. Now I’m not saying they don’t need to have some thicker skin- life requires that regardless of your career choice. But the real lesson is in what we as horse trainers can do to better set us and our clients up for the best experience possible and what clients can do so they and their horse trainer have the best experience possible.

All of this is rooted in developing ourselves to be the best version of ourselves and well… most people aren’t willing to put in the work and therefore they do and say some crappy things. That’s on them though because Rule #2- “Don’t take anything personally.”

As horse trainers we have to realize there are things we MUST do to protect ourselves mentally and emotionally as well as our business. This protection is what helps maintain a healthy dynamic to where we can enjoy our jobs, horses and the clients we work with. This is a pivotal part of our professional mentorship programs. Here’s a few general guidelines that are simple yet highly effective.
- Set Boundaries (every relationship needs them)
- Create simple processes & systems that are predicable and organized (client intake processes, update processes, systems for handling mishaps and more)
- Clearly & Consistently Communicate (this is often HOW you go about WHAT you’re doing)
- Try to understand where the other party is truly coming from before responding or assuming (answer questions with questions until you have enough information to accurately reply)
- …and more…

As the client:
What can we learn from the fact that the number one reason young professionals don’t want to enter the industry is because of their exposure to the realities of training horses for clients?
- Take the time to learn about their philosophy and techniques your trainer believes in (this makes for a sound investment in your horse and your experience, avoids a lot of basic conversations & uneducated questioning of the trainer’s program that you can learn about before even reaching out to them. Plus an easy way to encourage a trainer to do their very best with your horse is to be able to communicate you’ve been learning their program & that’ll serve you and your horse every time)
- You hired a horse trainer not a pen pal (Be mindful of your trainers time when visiting snd communicating, they have a lot of responsibilities to ensure your horse gets the very best care and education. When you visit or receive an update, you’re only getting a glimpse into the day to day happenings, so if you’re unsure about something ask questions with a curious -not judge mental- mindset to learn, then make your judgement.)
- Make factual based decisions (remember, you sent your horse to the trainer because you trust them, things happen and when they do, flying off the handle with an emotionally fed and based perspective does nothing beneficial and often time only creates resentment because again you may not have all the facts. Ask questions, get the facts, have an adult discussion- that means calm and collected, then make a decision. This goes for trainers too)
- Remember your trainer wants the absolute best for your horse (Principle: you’ll find what you are looking for. So if every time you touch base or visit and you’re looking for what needs improvement or you’re reminding the trainer of how the horse used to be- you’ll find all the holes, you won’t turn the page to allow that horse to move on from their past and one will never acknowledge the improvements. Vice versus. It takes a balance.)

There are a lot of incredible young professionals wanting to serve the horse industry. As a mentor for them I want to do everything I can to help prepare them, and frankly I’m not concerned when one decides another career path- this is NOT for everyone.

But what is for everyone both Professional and Client- is having a healthy relationship that leads to a great experience for both. This takes intentionality, grace, understanding, maturity and plenty more.

I hope we can all be willing to take a step back from time to time and view things from an outside perspective before jumping to a conclusion, sending a text or saying something crass.

It would save us all quite a bit of emotional exhaustion and might even be what keeps a young or even seasoned professional AND CLIENTS in the industry.

At the end of the day, we all want the best for each horse and each other. Let’s do our best, and do better each day, to better serve our fellow humans and horses.

-Colton Woods

Welcome Ace!Formally a camp ondessonk  horse  he is the newest addition to our lesson program. He is settling in this we...

Welcome Ace!

Formally a camp ondessonk horse he is the newest addition to our lesson program. He is settling in this week and will be evaluated and begin merging into lessons next week. Ace is a 21 year old standardbred gelding. What’s one more big dark horse?


ISO farrier to come to clients house in New Harmony to pull a shoe

We hope you were able to visit the The Vanderburgh County Fair this week. Morgan and Savana both did amazing with their ...

We hope you were able to visit the The Vanderburgh County Fair this week. Morgan and Savana both did amazing with their horses. Some highlights include:

Morgan and her boy Boston came in 3rd out of 18 in their walk trot class!! 5th in halter and 3rd in in-hand trail

Savana and her girl Monkey Sue got 3rd in English halter and 6th in English walk trot!!

Both girls kicked butt today in the speed events too despite it being the hottest day of the year. Good job girls keep up the hard work!


When I look over all the horses in this event this year, I see horses that came to us without any potential of a future, by and large.

These horses were starving, slaughter bound, troubled, abandoned, feral or ill, for the most part.

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Come join us today to cheer on the Hoof Beats kids at the Posey County Fairgrounds!!
Horse Show starts at noon. See you there!!

Thank you Scott Conner!!!

Thank you Scott Conner!!!

Thank you Scott Conner!!!



As you prepare for fun in the sun with your favorite equine, make sure you understand how the combination of heat and humidity can take the fun part out the equation — and potentially even turn into a dangerous situation for your horse.

When riding in hot weather, remember to take precautions and use your common sense. Remain vigilant for dehydration and for signs of heat exhaustion, as the situation can quickly escalate into heat stroke. If your horse looks hot and tired, it's time for a drink, a cold bath and a break in the shade.

Consult your veterinarian for more information, or learn more about the signs of heat stroke on our website at https://aaep.org/issue/heat-stroke

We have several senior equines at Hoof Beats. All horses require specialized care based on their age, amount of work, cl...

We have several senior equines at Hoof Beats.

All horses require specialized care based on their age, amount of work, climate, etc. All our senior horses have special diets based on their specific needs. Many times we see skinny horses and the usual excuse is “oh he’s really old”. But age should never be an excuse for a horse’s body condition. With proper veterinary care and diet, horses are living longer and longer these days. 15 years is no longer considered “old” for a horse. Many horses still compete well into their 20s, which was unheard of 50 years ago.

Here are some of our seniors 💜


The Riderless Horse: one of the oldest and most moving military traditions in a full honor funeral is the riderless, caparisoned horse. The horse is led behind the caisson wearing an empty saddle with the rider’s boots reversed in the stirrups, indicating the warrior will never ride again.

Let’s all join in this Memorial Day weekend to remember the heroes we have lost and the families they leave behind.

Thanks to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) for this portrait of the Riderless Horse. Photo by Shelli Breidenbach Photography.

Hats off to the smartest horse in the barn and her human, Savana Schneider, who graduates from Mater Dei today!!!

Hats off to the smartest horse in the barn and her human, Savana Schneider, who graduates from Mater Dei today!!!

Hats off to the smartest horse in the barn and her human, Savana Schneider, who graduates from Mater Dei today!!!

Come watch and support Hoof Beats at the horse rescue today! Show starts at 10am see you there!

Come watch and support Hoof Beats at the horse rescue today! Show starts at 10am see you there!

Come watch and support Hoof Beats at the horse rescue today! Show starts at 10am see you there!

We love our buttercup-free pastures!! Buttercup is the beautiful yellow flowers you see everywhere. 🌼🌼Unfortunately it i...

We love our buttercup-free pastures!!
Buttercup is the beautiful yellow flowers you see everywhere. 🌼🌼Unfortunately it is not edible for our horses. It’s toxic in high quantities, extremely hard to get rid of, and it takes over the edible grasses. Luckily the horses do not enjoy the bitter taste and will not eat it unless it is their last resort.
We have been working hard to fix our pastures for the past few years and we still have work to do but just look at these happy horses!!

Who needs a kitten??!!They are through PAWS and will come fully vetted, fixed and microchipped once they ready for adopt...

Who needs a kitten??!!

They are through PAWS and will come fully vetted, fixed and microchipped once they ready for adoption

💜🐎💜🐎What a great show we had yesterday!! The weather was awesome and the horses were (mostly) good 🤪 I wanted to thank t...


What a great show we had yesterday!! The weather was awesome and the horses were (mostly) good 🤪 I wanted to thank the parents, everyone who make days like this possible, and the kids for all their hard work.
Some highlights;

🥇Emma and Leia got a 1st place in halter
🥇Mackenzie and Sacara got 1st in hunter hack
🥇Robert and Foxi 1st in poles
🏆Savana and Monkey ran a 9.7 and 9.8 second arena race
🏆Morgan won for best bronco ride (twice!)
🏆Daphne and Cheeky had an amazing first show together. Cheeky was PERFECT.
🥉Ari did her first show ever and got a 3rd in flags and made her rotten pony listen to her.
🎖Emma (the horse) has had a great recovery, was a very good girl, and finished the night with a 10 second arena race time.
🎖Allison and Wade got brownie points for getting in the arena and having fun
🎖Becca wins most graceful dismount 💜


Come out today to watch our awesome horse and rider pairs compete at the Posey County Saddle club show. At the posey county fairgrounds. Show starts at 12p.m

Good luck to Savana and Monkey, Daphne and Cheeky, Robert and Foxi, Morgan and Boston, Mackenzie and Sacara, Emma and leia, Allison and Wade, Ari and Petey!!

The BEST information about bits I’ve seen yet

The BEST information about bits I’ve seen yet

A bit is only as harsh as the hands that hold it - true.

If the rider is good enough, it doesn’t matter what bit the horse has in - false.

Usain Bolt could not have broken those world records if his running shoes were too tight. Cristiano Ronaldo would not have won champion league titles if his boots were too large. Lewis Hamilton would not be a 7 time world champion if he didn’t fit perfectly in his car.

Horses are not one size fits all. They might have large tongues, low palates, fleshy lips or knife edge bars. They might have a dry mouth or produce excessive saliva. They may freeze with the bit or they might fidget constantly. Some have a very small interdental space leaving almost no room for a bit, and some have their first cheek teeth ahead of their lip corners. I generally tell clients that they can choose the cheek pieces but the horse gets to choose the mouthpiece of their bit.

But that choice goes deeper than their individual anatomy. Horses are living, breathing, feeling animals that have preferences. Some horses prefer tongue pressure, a lot of horses hate palate pressure and open their mouths to escape it, some will put their tongue over the bit if there is any tongue pressure, where others will throw their head if the bars are pressured. The horse gets to have an opinion on where their bit acts too. A happy horse will be an easy horse.

Anyone can make these assessments. You don’t need any specialist equipment. Just experience, and an understanding of what is normal, to know how your horse varies from the “normal”. If in doubt, ask your EDT, vet or a bit specialist.

A little about the bit mouthpieces, there are 4 main types, straight bars, single jointed, double jointed and multi jointed.

Straight bars - a mullen mouth will act mostly on the tongue with a little lip corner pressure. Often straight bars will have a port for tongue relief. The bigger the port, the more tongue relief so the more pressure is placed on the bars and lip corners whilst less is applied on the tongue. Straight bars do not have palate pressure when fitted correctly but if the port is too large, it will hit the palate. Straight bars are very still by their nature. They are good for horses that mess with the bit a lot, crunch the bit, put their tongue over (with an appropriate port for tongue relief), or sit behind the bit, over bent. They are not good for horses that are strong or lean.

Single jointed - these act mostly on the bars and corners of the mouth and less so on the tongue surface. But they squeeze the tongue from the sides in a nutcracker action, and the joint can hit the horses palate. This will cause the horse to open its mouth to escape that palate pressure. There are some anatomical single jointed bits which curve with the horses mouth and reduce these side effects. Being more mobile than a straight bar, the horse is less likely to lean. Better suited for those that dislike tongue pressure but are too strong for a straight bar.

Double jointed - there are 4 types, peanut, french link, Dr Bristol and barrel. All double jointed bits share pressure equally across the tongue, bars and lip corners.
A peanut is smooth and rounded so very gentle. This is generally the ideal starting place when starting along the journey to find your horses ideal bit, or as the first “grown up” bit for a youngster.
The french link has a plate which sits flat on the tongue, the edges and joints can cause more uneven tongue pressure than the peanut. This bit takes very little space between tongue and palate, suited for those with large tongues and low palates.
A Dr Bristol plate lies opposite to the tongue, meaning the plate edge digs in the tongue making it quite a harsh bit, even in gentle hands. A horse can not move into the riders hands for a true outline with this bit.
Barrel bits act as a straight bar when in action but each side moves independently. Barrel bits can come with ports to offer more tongue relief. These are ideal for horses that like a straight bar but become confused and require the reins to work independently to understand the rider clearly, or perhaps lean on one rein in a straight bar.

Multi jointed - apart from the chain bits which I won’t mention, these are mostly Waterfords with many joints across the mouthpiece. These act equally on the tongue, lip corners and bars. Be careful when choosing these bits as the cheaper versions have joints on the lip corners which nip and bruise. Better quality Waterfords have short straight sections for the lips. Lots of joints prevent the horse from taking hold of the bit. Good for those that lean or are strong. Keep in mind they can prevent the horse from moving into the hand for a true outline due to the mobility of the bit. Similar to the French link, the joints can cause uneven pressure across the tongue and those joints tend to make these bits chunky so not ideal for those with big tongues or small mouths.

Other considerations -

Bit material - horses with dry mouths find stainless steel very uncomfortable. A horse needs a moist mouth to be comfortable with a bit in their mouth. Warmer metals like sweet iron encourage the horse to salivate and makes them more comfortable. Copper rollers or other mobile parts can encourage a horse to mouth the bit and produce saliva, but may also encourage the horse to mess and fidget with their mouths and heads. Some horses hate all types of metal and prefer the softer feel of nathe or plastic. These need to be inspected very regularly as they are easy to damage and can have sharp points. The plastic/nathe bits are very good for those that over bend or sit behind the bit.

Over salivating - some horses produce large amounts of saliva. This is uncomfortable and distracting for the horse. Consider sitting in the dentists chair desperate to swallow, it’s not a pleasant feeling. These horses need a bit that remains as still as possible and does not encourage salivation to be comfortable.

Bit positioning- the old advice use to be you should see 2 wrinkles in the corner of the mouth when the bit is in the correct place but this varies between bits. For example, a straight bar needs to be a little lower than a jointed as a jointed bit lays lower on the tongue so needs to be a little higher at the cheek. Some ponies, in particular shetlands and welsh ponies, have shortened noses with normal sized teeth which brings the first cheek tooth forward of the lip corners. These need the bit to be lower than normal. Those with very fleshy lips will also need the bit a little lower to allow space for them. Be sure to part the horses lips with the bit in place and check the position in relation to the lips, teeth and tongue.

Bit thickness - the fleshier the horses mouth and larger the tongue, the finer the bit needs to be to fit between the tongue and palate, too thick a bit and the horse wont be able to close its mouth. Thicker bits tend to be gentler as the pressure is spread further, where the horses mouth has space to accommodate.

Bit width - if a bit is too narrow, it will pull the lips into the teeth and cause internal bruising (even when the teeth are perfectly smooth and rounded) or cheek and lip ulcers (if the teeth are sharp). It can also cause external nipping if a loose ring. If the bit is too wide, it will not act on the intended areas of the mouth and the bit can slide across the mouth. Generally speaking, with the bit pulled tight across the mouth, a little finger sideways on should be visible each side, no more, no less.

Bitless/hackamore bridles - some horses have no/almost no space for a bit. With big tongues, low palates, short interdental spaces and fleshy lips, some horses just can’t comfortably take a bit and may prefer an alternative.

Bit rings - eggbutts are better for horses that sit behind the bit and over bend, loose rings are better for horses that lean or take hold of the bit.

Cheek pieces - there are many many options for cheek pieces, gags, drop cheeks, full cheeks, D rings, Pelhams etc etc. Once you have found the mouthpiece your horse likes, you can find a cheek piece that suits you and the horse for the discipline you are in and your capabilities. But the horse chooses the mouthpiece.

Please remember to make sure your horse’s teeth are perfect before messing around with their bit. Get a BAEDT qualified EDT or a dental trained vet to check out your horse. Do not assume you would know if your horse is in pain. They are very good at hiding pain and humans are very poor at picking up on their subtle signs.

EDIT - it has been brought to my attention that the Dr Bristol has been used incorrectly for the last century. Apparently according to the patent, the inventer intended the bit to be used the other way up which makes the bit a more ‘anatomical’ French link and would be a gentler bit.


428 S Posey County Line Rd
Evansville, IN

General information

Hoof Beats Stable is a friendly, fun loving barn, located two miles from USI on the westside of Evansville. We offer both english and western riding lessons, a full care boarding facility, lease a horse program, training, a large indoor arena for riding in every weather. LESSONS; We offer western and english private riding lessons at $20 per half hour in our 120 x 60 lighted indoor arena BOARDING; 18 10 x 10 stalls Tack rooms Hay, grained and watered daily Turn out daily (weather permitting) Full use of facility (includes indoor arena) Hours: 8am-8pm Competitive prices Vet and Farrier available Exercising and training available




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Huge Thank You to Rachelle for coming out to Posey County Coop today for our Purina Check-R-Board Days. The kids loved getting up close to your beautiful horses and had a great time painting them. Thank you very much Hoof Beat Stables!!! Looking forward to working with you all in the future. Posey County Coop
Zap's Tavern (formerly known as Weinzapfel's) is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Riding Hope. Riding Hope is a not-for-profit that I am very passionate about. Riding Hope offers hippotherapy for a wide variety of special needs children. It is absolutely amazing on how the hippotherapy helps the children physically and even emotionally. If you are interested in attending this event, tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. I will have availability to tickets tonight from 5pm-8pm.
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Serenity enjoying her lesson on Sunday.
Troy Knight enjoying his lesson on Sunday thank you Rachelle.