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Rudy Horsemanship We encourage equestrians to Dream Bigger with their horse, and then we show them how to live those dreams! What are your current horse goals?

Davin and Danee Rudy run Rudy Horsemanship based in Jonestown PA. They teach clinics and lessons on and off farm. Their student are doing everything from learning basics and ground work, to earning their bronze Dressage rider medals, riding bridleless, jumping, obstacles,and more. Danee has competed through PSG level Dressage on the same mustang that she gentled for the 2008 Midwest mustang makeov

Davin and Danee Rudy run Rudy Horsemanship based in Jonestown PA. They teach clinics and lessons on and off farm. Their student are doing everything from learning basics and ground work, to earning their bronze Dressage rider medals, riding bridleless, jumping, obstacles,and more. Danee has competed through PSG level Dressage on the same mustang that she gentled for the 2008 Midwest mustang makeov

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High/low syndrome. Lots of horses have a high heel/clubby foot on one side, and a long toe/sling under heel on the other...
05/18/2022

High/low syndrome.
Lots of horses have a high heel/clubby foot on one side, and a long toe/sling under heel on the other…
The second picture is why. If Ducky always grazed in this stance, he would likely get a slightly clubby left front. Thankfully, he stands ALL the ways, as you can see in the first picture.
Foals are dramatic because their legs are so long and necks are so short! But many tall adult horses have this same conundrum.

We keep an eye on all our horses of every age and trim appropriately as needed to help prevent asymmetric issues. Correct riding and groundwork also helps to keep the horse even.

Other postures matter too- I had a student whose horse twisted his neck so badly traveling left. Finally realized he had a hay feeder in his stall and the way he stood at it he had his head twisted, nose left, ears right, the WHOLE time while eating!!!!

Btw- maybe check your own posture too…. How you sit on your car, which side you sleep on, which hip you drop while standing- it all has a huge effect on your body!!

05/17/2022

Cara Klothe is coming this Saturday (5/21) to Rudy Horsemanship to give some of our students lessons (including Danee and Lise!). We originally had not publicized it as we were not doing it as an official clinic. However she is open to a couple more riders and......... auditors!! If any one would like a one hour private lesson with an amazing Grand Prix trainer, let me (Lisé) know via text @610-390-8554 or email [email protected].

The Cost is $95 for the lesson and $20 for Auditors.

**as a side note for any Western Dressage riders...there are 2 of us riding with her.**

🤯🤯🤯Ok y’all- this meme was just shared in a group for utilizing positive reinforcement for training horses. That context...
05/16/2022

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Ok y’all- this meme was just shared in a group for utilizing positive reinforcement for training horses. That context TOTALLY flipped the meaning!!! In this particular group, trainers utilize positive reinforcement AND pressure and release, so this group is OK with leadership- however some groups that preach pure positive reinforcement only actually think of leadership as a terrible concept. I personally do believe in leadership, but it sure gives new meaning to this meme!!! 

So the lesson here, is that as a leader, your horse may not exactly love everything you are working on, but praise and cookies sure increases the likelihood that your horse enjoys the session as a whole!!!!

Still be a leader, but be a fair and fun leader that praises often.

On the flip- they did a study where they took kids who liked to draw, and gave them gold stars for their best art work, which the kids loved. Then they stopped giving gold stars and THE KIDS STOPPED DRAWING!!!! The intrinsic enjoyment they received from drawing was robbed when they started attaching the enjoyment to the gold star instead of the act of drawing.

I’m not sure how to tell people when to use each, but when horses learn the benefit of an exercise just for the benefit of the exercise, I do think that’s better than cookies.

For example, I’ve taught basic dressage to some very stiff inverted horses, and they quickly learned that this dressage stuff FEELS GREAT!!!! No praise needed beyond the release of pressure and a few verbals so they know when they’ve got it right. Teaching a bow, or Spanish walk, or flying lead change- ALL THE COOKIES! Those things may have value to the human, but are not intrinsically beneficial or fun for the horse. Teaching a horse to climb up over the big pile of sand we currently have- that is intrinsically fun and they feel confident afterwards. But putting their head down to be bridled- not so much.

Apparently it’s “make your own hat day” at Rudy Horsemanship. TeeHee created some nice symmetrical streamers. Isa went f...
05/15/2022

Apparently it’s “make your own hat day” at Rudy Horsemanship.
TeeHee created some nice symmetrical streamers.
Isa went for the flowing veil effect.
Rende, masculine as usual, appeared to make a mud bowler.
Great job to all who participated.
(Should I tell them it’s a bit late for the derby, and quite early for Devon?)

05/15/2022

Our beginners spend SO much time doing this exercise. This is a good reminder to check in on the advanced riders!

The truth about school masters…If you grew up on cheap green ponies it was easy to feel a little snarky towards The girl...
05/14/2022

The truth about school masters…
If you grew up on cheap green ponies it was easy to feel a little snarky towards The girl on the made show pony. If you are showing training level on your inverted OTTB, it can be hard to not feel jealous towards the person showing second level on their been-there-done-that imported PSG warmblood.

But let me tell ya, riding a horse that knows WAY more than you is NOT easier. It’s not always harder either – but it’s definitely different! In this picture, Gina is literally just trying to find out how to get Rave to walk a straight line!! I think they did every lateral movement, plus invented a few, just trying to go straight down the long side! And that is pretty much most students first experience on this Pony. Rave was my PSG mount, plus way way more. He has a massive bag of tricks, quiver of arrows, tools in the box, and cards in the Rolodex!! Students regularly find themselves stuck in the passage, or he starts setting up for “old man levade”, or they can’t get out of renvers, or his canter collects to practically on the spot and no amount of kicking sends him forwards!!! The great news is, none of his antics are scary- he’s always doing exactly what he thinks he is supposed to, and students typically love feeling higher level movements even if they have no idea what they are! But if I wanted one of my students to do a training or first level dressage test on a lesson horse at an actual show and do well, Rave would probably be the last one I would choose!
He has so many buttons, and they are so tiny, and placed so close together that he can be quite difficult. People also describe riding him as being quite magical during those moment when they get to feel how their seat really does control the tempo, or taste their first REAL inside leg to outside rein connection. School masters can be frustrating but are also worth their weight in gold for teaching students advanced concepts that otherwise might elude them for years, or even for life, otherwise.
But a rarely are they easy!!!!

How you halter means a lot… If you ask the horse to drop their head to halter and unhalter, it influences how they appro...
05/14/2022

How you halter means a lot…

If you ask the horse to drop their head to halter and unhalter, it influences how they approach you, and how they stand for bridling.

Because we use rope halters, we teach putting the crown piece up over first, then bringing the horse toward us a bit, and then putting the nose piece on. I see so many do the nose first, then fling the crown over, smacking either the horse’s head, or our own. Or they have web or leather halters and drag it across the ears. I used to do things those ways, but when I find better ways, I teach myself to consistently use the better way.

Same with my students. I will always teach them the best that I know (without robbing them of whatever stage they are currently in), but if I learn a better method, I’ll use it and teach it to then as well.

Pic- today kiddos worked on tying the rope halter in a more coordinated way. (We also did horse and tack part reviews, looked at old horse teeth and young horse teeth, filled and properly hung a hay bag, and talked about measuring horses, ponies, and minis. )

OMG-fit race horses that have never seen a chain or whip.  What do you know- not only is it possible, but it clearly wor...
05/11/2022
SAVVY RACING

OMG-fit race horses that have never seen a chain or whip. What do you know- not only is it possible, but it clearly works BETTER!!!!!
It turns out, that when you teach a horse to think and learn and have basic riding horse manners and knowledge (first it’s a horse, THEN it’s a race horse) they are happier, don’t need drugs, break down less, perform just as well, and go onto other disciplines without needing years of detoxing and retraining.

Savvy Racing was created to show that racehorses can be developed to willingly partner with a human without the need for force, fear, or intimidation. By utilizing trust and respect to build...

So often we have a fall that rocks us to the core. To get passed it, we usually have to rewrite our muscle memory. Let’s...
05/10/2022

So often we have a fall that rocks us to the core. To get passed it, we usually have to rewrite our muscle memory.

Let’s say the horse took off down the long side and threw you into the wall in the corner. First we would just walk and make sure your hips are moving with the horse, that your position and balance are correct, and that you also are even left/right. It’s amazing how often after a fall we subconsciously start leaning forward and we lock up our hips. Fear can really mess with our position so first we just have to get balanced and moving again.
Then we work on a few sitting trot steps, to sitting way back, heels way down, and HALT. Repeat repeat! I have my students practice so many sitting trot to halt transitions. I make sure they are really sitting back and down and not pulling themselves forward with the reins. Then we might trot right at the corner and halt a bunch of times. Then we do posting trot to sit/halt. Then faster trot to sit/halt. Then two point to sit/halt. Then half hanging off the horse to center/sit/halt.
The whole idea is that we have the student learn how to get back into a strong position sitting back, heels down, and then proactively stop the horse.
Too many times when things go wrong our body suddenly turns into a bump on a log and we become victim to whatever the horse is doing. We really must teach our muscle memory how to sit deep, lean back, and stop the horse in any circumstance.

I don’t have Rider‘s practice one or two one-rein-halts… we practice hundreds of them. It has to be automatic. When your horse spooks is not the time to be trying to teach your body how to respond during a spook- it’s too late. With Horses, we know darn well the unexpected is going to happen. We don’t let it blindside us- we prepare, prepare prepare.
And when we are well prepared, we are more confident. When we lack confidence is because we absolutely know in the pit of our stomach that something isn’t right!!!!

I can’t believe how many times I hear someone talking about their own fear as if it is ridiculous or unjustified. Meanwhile, I’m like, “you shattered your arm- You got that fear pretty honest.” Or, well yeah, “you don’t have any more tools now than you did when you got hurt so of course you’re still scared!!”

When we are fearful, it’s usually for really good reasons. If you can’t, from a walk, hop your horse using your seat correctly without even thinking about it, then there is no sense in working on anything else. When you have that down pretty automatically, try it from the trot. Do 500 of them.
Sit back, heels down, halt.
Sit back, heels down, halt.
Sit back, heels down, halt.
Sit back, heels down, halt.
Sit back, heels down, halt.
Sit back, heels down, halt.
Ring the bell, feed the dog. Ring the bell, feed the dog. Ring the bell, feed the dog.
You want to train yourself better than Pavlov’s dogs. You want to absolutely 100% indoctrinate yourself that if the Horse as much as sneezes that your heels go down, and you sit back, and you are ready to halt!!!!!
You’ll be amazed at how much more confident you feel when you know that your muscle memory is prepared to help you out instead of getting you into trouble.

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81 Huckleberry Rd
Jonestown, PA
17038

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Our Background includes... ~ Teaching Adult Amatuers ~ Balanced seat ~ Classical Dressage ~ Biomechanics (Horse and Rider) ~ Bridle-less Riding ~ Competetive Jumping ~ Ground Manners ~ Problem Horses ~ Rider Confidence ~ Starting Young Horses ~ Trailer Loading ~ Competetive Trail ~ Trick Training ~ Ranch Roping ~ Round Pen Work ~ Side Saddle ~ Versatility ...and much, much more!!!

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Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 9pm
Sunday 9am - 9pm

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Credit to Rudy Horsemanship for this brilliant meme
Overcoming our instincts. • I read a post by Rudy Horsemanship that talked about how we ask our horses to overcome their instincts every time we interact with them. And yet, people often find it incredibly challenging to overcome their own instincts. What instincts could those be? • Think about when your horse spooks on the trail and your first instinct is to learn forward and pull back. Or when you ask for the lope and tense every muscle in your body. Or when working a new horse on the ground and your body language conveys aggression instead of softness. Those instincts. • Sure, they’re instincts for a reason - they seek to protect us from real or perceived threats. But in order to become softer, more responsive, more honest horsemen and women, we must figure out a way to short-circuit these instincts and force our bodies into agreeing with our logical brains. • Certainly easier said than done! It’s all achieved through hours in the saddle, reflecting on our rides, and being in tune with our own bodies and our horse’s body. We are all on a constant pursuit of training ourselves (and our horses) to achieve greater things together, working in ways our instincts may suggest otherwise, than we could alone.
This past Sunday, Thorncroft welcomed Danee and Davin Rudy of Rudy Horsemanship for Get Effective: A Rudy Horsemanship Clinic. Working with Thorncroft instructors and fellow equestrians in our community, Danee and Davin worked with participants in groundwork sessions followed by mounted lessons. There were many "light bulb" moments with everyone walking away with a great deal of new knowledge to implement in their lessons or personal riding. Continuing education is a cornerstone of our teaching philosophy and we aim to offer several clinics to our staff and community on a variety of topics each year. We wish to thank Danee and Davin for sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with our staff! Thank you to Kristyn for the photographs!
I feel like I could have written this myself but Rudy Horsemanship does it much better! Agreeeeeee. I always hear people say “oh I’m not ready for a lesson with so-and-so”, but the truth is that there is nobody better to learn the basics from than someone who has gone up the levels!
We are hosting a Virtual Open House, here on FB, on Dec 10 at 7pm EST. Listen to this video to find out what it's all about.
Timing Of The Aids Clinic, Sept 2019
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Danee Rudy I’m trying to Refer someone named Meghan Whitall to you The best way I can figure is to do it this way:-)
Hi what day/time do you have Lexi signed up for the vaulting clinic? Thanks