20/20 Horsemanship

20/20 Horsemanship Horsemanship and riding lessons for all ages and abilities. Specializing in natural horsemanship training for horse and rider. We believe in a whole horse approach to learning.
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The Welsh Cob is one of 3 Welsh breeds. The section A is a smaller pony with fine bone structure, and the 2nd is the Wel...
04/20/2020

The Welsh Cob is one of 3 Welsh breeds. The section A is a smaller pony with fine bone structure, and the 2nd is the Welsh mountain pony, a medium pony with a sturdier structure.
Lily and Fetti and Welsh mountain ponies. Cj is a section A. For those of you that k ow CJ, compared the difference between him and this Cob. Pretty big difference! (Besides the fact this cob is in optimal condition!)

“If someone would have told me the first horse I would ride at an FEI level would be a barely backed, 6-year-old Welsh Cob, found from a random internet search, I’d have thought they were crazy…” Read about Valerie Goodman’s adventures with Bryan the Cob here: https://yourdressage.org/2020/04/17/pint-sized-equine-partner-bryan-the-cob/

Terrific learning resource!
04/20/2020

Terrific learning resource!

The USDF Education Library is now even more organized. All items within the library can now be sorted by audio files (Dressage On the Go), Articles, and the Video Library. Members can press on the filter to view items or they can press the filter they’d like and search for a topic. Example: press video library and search sport horse for all sport horse videos. Explore the Education Library here: https://www.usdf.org/education/university/kb/

The Chronicle Of The Horse
04/17/2020
The Chronicle Of The Horse

The Chronicle Of The Horse

In honor of what would’ve been the 2020 World Cup Finals this week and for #ThrowbackThursday, we’re revisiting the 2005 Dressage Final and Brentina and Debbie McDonald’s memorable freestyle, a compilation of 1970s hits such as the Commodores’ “Brick House” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” Said McDonald at the time, “I also want this freestyle to be fun for the audience. And if they know a little about Brentina’s [competitive] history, I hope they can see the humor in my musical choice.”

He looks nice!
04/17/2020

He looks nice!

⭐⭐ NEW ADOPTABLE HORSE ⭐⭐

ISN'T HE CLEVER is one of his sire's leading money earners and he's ready to take his talent and drive into the sport or pleasure world!

⭐ 2009 Thoroughbred Gelding
⭐ 16h
⭐ horseadoption.com/horse_detail/178

A son of 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones, “Bob” successfully raced for five years and retired SOUND with NO KNOWN INJURIES. After his racing career, his trainer used him to help other racehorses on the track as a pony horse. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances left him looking for a new place to call home in the beginning of February, so he took the long trailer ride from New Mexico to our Pennsylvania facility (the hauler said he's a great shipper!) to find his perfect partner!

Bob arrived with a very short tail. Our guess is that he was turned out with some youngsters who found his tail rather tasty! Nonetheless, he is a handsome guy with solid bone structure.

In the stall, he enjoys his snuggle time. Bob has good manners on the ground. He is quiet in the barn and has no vices. Bob gets along well with others and makes new friends easily. He is easy to handle on the ground and leads to and from the field well. Bob enjoys grooming and bath time. He stands well for the farrier and is currently wearing front steel shoes.

Under saddle, Bob is a comfortable, athletic, well-balanced ride and has natural way of going. He enjoys learning new things and demonstrates a willingness to learn. He enjoys getting right to work and having a job to do. Bob is best suited for an experienced horseperson—at least an advanced intermediate rider with help from a trainer. We see him going in any direction—he could be successful in the arena, on hunter paces, out fox hunting or in any other number of pursuits!

FMI: horseadoption.com/horse_detail/178

#rehabretrainrehome #adoptdontshop #righthorse #myrighthorse #recyclearacehorse #raisedtoracerecycledtoride #ottb

04/14/2020

Another question for you all....
Anyone interested in purchasing trail rides on the W & OD in Leesburg? We have easy access...

04/13/2020

In an effort to help others during our stay at home order, we at 20/20 Horsemanship are wondering....

How many of you do not own your own horse?
If you don’t own or lease, do you currently ride?

Please leave comments!

If you don’t ride, is there anything we can do to help you increase your horsey knowledge?

Are you interested in learning by watching videos? What kinds of horse related topics are you interested in learning about?

We are putting together several e-courses and would like input from riders and NON riders, owners and non owners. I for one am always learning, and love to read and watch videos to expand my knowledge.

Thank you for sharing!

Finally found something.
03/31/2020

Finally found something.

Are you worried about your pet during the coronavirus outbreak? At this time, there’s no evidence that pets can get sick from the virus or spread the virus in the United States. COVID-19 spreads mostly from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Learn the steps you should take to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe: http://bit.ly/33DJ8Wt

CDC
03/31/2020

CDC

Are you worried about your pet during the coronavirus outbreak? At this time, there’s no evidence that pets can get sick from the virus or spread the virus in the United States. COVID-19 spreads mostly from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Learn the steps you should take to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe: http://bit.ly/33DJ8Wt

03/31/2020

We offer riding and horsemanship lessons for all ages and abilities.

Our most popular monthly package of services includes 4 riding lessons and 1 unmounted Horsemanship class (soon to be held online). Monthly cost is $300, monthly recurring memberships are $260.

Subscribing Members receive bonuses of:

1.Private student only Facebook group
2.Goal setting worksheet and coaching
3.Admittance into the Hemet Cover Club (students are awarded a different colored helmet cover for each new level achieved.)
4.Opportunity to hack or trail ride with Loretta. (Depending on abilities)
5. Opportunities to use a school horse in a show or ride off property.
6. Awards are given to students who keep a logbook of hours ridden, when determined # of hours are achieved.

Please PM for details.
Best wishes to all.

03/25/2020

We would like everyone to know that during this COVID19 crisis, 20/20 Horsemanship is open. The governor has told us that our industry is essential, in that our horses rely on us to feed and care for them daily. Some VA lawyers are stating that includes riding and exercise, to maintain the health, physical & mental well being of the animals.

My daughter and myself are the ONLY employees. We are only traveling to the barn and home. We do NOT HAVE BOARDERS. We are a very small, private riding lesson facility. When you come for a PRIVATE lesson during this time, there will be no more than 5 people at the barn. We are disinfecting tools, doorknobs and equipment etc...

This is a hard time for everyone. Being outside, getting fresh air, and exercise with a horse can offer you a much needed mental break. We invite you to continue your private lessons, or give us a shout if you’d like to begin.

Additionally, we are putting together an e-learning set of courses. We are excited to offer this and it will be free to current students. Please keep an eye open for it!

Thank you everyone.

Tips to Keep Your Barn Safe From Spreading Coronavirus | The Plaid Horse Magazine
03/19/2020
Tips to Keep Your Barn Safe From Spreading Coronavirus | The Plaid Horse Magazine

Tips to Keep Your Barn Safe From Spreading Coronavirus | The Plaid Horse Magazine

BlogsOutside the Ring Tips to Keep Your Barn Safe From Spreading Coronavirus March 17, 2020 Photo © Lauren Mauldin BY LAUREN MAULDIN You can’t deny it—we’re in interesting times right now. In the span of about a week, the coronavirus went from being “just the flu” mostly in other countrie...

03/17/2020

No Kentucky 3 day, no Kentucky Derby.
I’m not complaining. I expected it.
It’s just scary and crazy and uncertain to be living in a time to see things like this happen. Casinos and tracks shut down in MD. Kentucky 3 day has been running for 42 years. Let’s hope our preplanning saves many lives.

03/13/2020
Blanka Satora Horse Show

Blanka Satora Horse Show

Who knew a miniature pony could be so entertaining! This one is a week old!

03/06/2020

Hey guys, if you were going to start taking riding lessons, what are 2 things that would be important to you?

Or, if you were looking for a place for your child to learn, what are some things that you would want for them?

Just trying to stay on top of things!

Thank you!

03/04/2020

Ok here we go. I figured it out! Making it easy now! Lol. I know there’s plenty of you out there that want to ride Blue! He’s got 4 shoes again and ready to work!

03/04/2020

Lots of new ideas have sprung up since spring is around the corner! (Or is it here???)

Semi private lessons: 2-3 students within same age range and ability. Benefit from watching and learning from each other.

Monthly barn night: Fun demonstrations while eating pizza and veggies, cookies and of course carrots for ponies.

Horsemanship for all: All students signing up in the new programs, along with current private lesson students are invited and encouraged to attend, AT NO CHARGE, the twice a month Horsemanship classes. These will last between 50-90 minutes, depending on Q & A. There will also be snacks provided. In addition, current students will be invited to teach some of the sections!

Tomorrow is March 1! That means our new programs are ready to roll out. If you are someone, or know someone, interested ...
02/29/2020

Tomorrow is March 1! That means our new programs are ready to roll out. If you are someone, or know someone, interested in horses and don’t know where or how to get going, we have just the class for you. A small, 3 person group, grouped by ages, geared toward beginners. One weekly riding lesson and twice monthly Horsemanship lessons. 6 classes per month. Only $300/month.
The first month or two is in a private lesson setting. That way students can acclimate to some of the skills needed before entering a group setting. This is a $450 value for only $300.
Contact Loretta to get on the schedule. Messaging on FB OR
[email protected] or
www.2020horsemanship.com
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02/02/2020

We are getting ready for ...
SUMMER CAMP!!
6 weeks of camp this year! 2 weeks each, June July and August!
Details soon!

02/02/2020

Lots of things going on here!
We’ve got a ton of things for sale:
sheets and blankets, stirrups, corner feeders, scoops, saddle racks, bridle hooks, sidepull rope halter bridle and more! Will post pics and prices!

11/03/2019

Half day horse camp in Leesburg on Monday and Tuesday the 4th and 5th, and Monday the 11th, Veterans Day.
9am-1pm

Leesburg Move Celebration - Free
07/08/2019
Leesburg Move Celebration - Free

Leesburg Move Celebration - Free

Jul-9-2019 ~ Jul-21-2019 - Offering specials for NEW CLIENTS! Purchase 3 lessons and get the 4th FREE! Perfect for students new to horses to get their feet wet! ****Schedule a 30 minute intro to horses lesson-FREE****FREE riding evaluation for experienced riders****

07/06/2019

Anyone out there that was interested in renting the Lily Pons facility, the property manager is willing to be flexible/work something out regarding the monthly lease fee.
Still no housing, but if price was stopping you please let me know so I can give you his number!

07/06/2019

7 Must-Know Horse-Safety Principles

Do you know *the* most important equine-safety principles?
Just to be sure...read on!

JENNIFER FORSBERG MEYERJUL 11, 2016

Horseback riding can be a dangerous sport. You can make it less so by maintaining the right mindset and following key rules. To dramatically reduce your likelihood of injury over a lifetime around horses, consider the following basic principles.

[READ: Trail Riding Safety]

Credit: Photo by Alana Harrison
Credit: Photo by Alana Harrison

1. Learn from experts. An ounce of advice can save untold pounds of trouble. Seek qualified help in selecting the right horse for you. Also make sure your expertise is sufficient both for the horse you ride and the type of riding you want to do.

If it’s not, lessons, clinics, coaching, and professional horse training are all options to consider until the appropriate horsemanship skills are well established. Then, whenever you bump up to something more challenging—say, you want to advance from trail riding to trail trials, or from rail classes to timed events—get help at least until you become “acclimated” in your new sport.

2. Use common sense. Think, plan ahead, and troubleshoot to keep mishaps from occurring. Minimize risk with constant mindfulness—of your horse’s point of view and how he might respond to something. That saves you from tying him to that rickety post, for example, or trying to ride him through that boggy spot.

Avoid over-facing yourself or your horse. If a niggling voice inside says, “Awfully windy for a trail ride,” or “Are we really ready for a show this big?,” listen to it.

[READ: Learn This Horse Safety Habit]

3. Insist on respect. Use groundwork exercises as needed to establish who’s in charge, then provide regular reminders. Don’t let your horse develop bad habits, such as pushing into your space or failing to pay attention to you. A respectful horse is a safer horse, period.

4. Avoid urgency. Time or goal pressures can prompt you to cut corners and hurry, both of which are safety hazards. Take the time it takes to prepare your horse for any new endeavor. Give him a chance to absorb learning and respond calmly. Never try to force him into anything.

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5. Be observant. Stay calm, focused, and alert anytime you’re on or around your horse. It’s your responsibility to monitor him and attend to his needs. Is he in pain? That can prompt unsafe behavior. Is he in a spooky mood? Ditch the planned activity and work on desensitizing instead. Is he acting fat and sassy? Consider how your feeding regimen may be affecting his overall attitude (see above box).

6. Gear up. At a minimum, always wear boots with a heel and reinforced toe. Also consider using a certified equestrian safety helmet and breakaway/safety stirrups (which lessen the risk of getting hung up and dragged).

7. Make safety a habit. Do things the right way every time, every ride, with every horse (even so-called “bombproof” ones). If something’s become habitual—such as “getting the fresh out” before riding your horse—you don’t have to waste time deliberating the issue every time you ride. You just do it…and stay safe.

BY JENNIFER FORSBERG MEYER

06/09/2019

It’s official. We are leaving Lily Pons after 2 years 8 months. We love the facility. However, the commuting (2 hours daily),along with the maintenance, has just taken its toll on me. Time to be closer to home. I will be bringing most of the herd to a farm in Leesburg, VA. Details will follow.

05/28/2019

This lovely (so far dry) spring weather has allowed our horses and ponies a lot of well deserved extra time outside! And none of them have scratches! Yippee!

Buy 4 Get one FREE! - Free
05/03/2019
Buy 4 Get one FREE! - Free

Buy 4 Get one FREE! - Free

May-6-2019 ~ May-20-2019 - Purchase 4 riding or horsemanship lessons at the regular price, $65.00, and get the 5th lesson FREE! Take advantage of this offer it won’t last long! Lessons are one hour, private, and scheduled in advance.

I try to teach beginners, and children, that everything we do creates a habit. So even if they are tacking up Piero, the...
03/09/2019
Experienced U.K. Rider Dies When Lead Rope Wraps Around Her Neck

I try to teach beginners, and children, that everything we do creates a habit. So even if they are tacking up Piero, the tried and true bomb proof pony, they need to conduct themselves the same way they would if they didn’t know the horse. Carefully.

In a tragic accident, an experienced rider was killed when a lead rope became wrapped around her neck and the horse bolted.

03/04/2019
SLT Kentucky Three Day Giveaway

SLT Kentucky Three Day Giveaway

State Line Tack is an online horse tack store specializing in both English and Western horse tack, including Western and English saddles, bridles, horse bits, saddle pads, and more. We also carry thousands of horse supplies including supplements, wormers, grooming supplies, pest control products, an...

01/20/2019

Would anyone be interested in some type of equine/tae kwon do?
I’m just putting thoughts together.

I really enjoyed reading this newsletter. I’m all about positive thinking and am always trying to live in the ‘Now’ as m...
12/24/2018
Fear Of Failure -

I really enjoyed reading this newsletter. I’m all about positive thinking and am always trying to live in the ‘Now’ as my horses do. I hope you enjoy it too!
Parents of students:please let them read this!

  Fear is one of those crazy emotions that is in everyone,...

12/13/2018

This post starts with HE IS FINE.

Piero coliced last night. He and all the horses on the farm got wound up when s horse and trailer showed up. Lots of carrying on antics. Piero was showing off moves never seen before!
30 or so minutes later he took s nice roll and layer down for a while and then got up. Seemed normal. He never runs around so it’d be natural to think he was resting. Then someone noticed him laying down again a bit later but when I looked he was up walking around. Mean time we were dealing with our unexpected guest, which is a very high maintenance human and horse that had just been worked on at a clinic. Needless to say I was trying to figure out this horse’s new feed routine etc...
Ponies got brought in later than usual.
Lauren went out to get them and Piero was flat out, had rolled in mud, covered in cold wet mud, and was shivering, from either shock or cold I didn’t know.
I called Dr Wagner and in the mean time I gave him banamine and we put a cooler over him and just tried to make him comfortable. We heard a ton of gut sounds so I really did not think he was colicing. His temp was 97 making him hypothermic, on top of the vet deducing from our description, that he had gas colic.
I will say, while awaiting the vet, and she was fast, his eyes were just blank. I was holding it together telling him about all the kids and even adults that love him and that he’s taught and thanking him for all his hard work. Lauren was crying so I figured I needed to be strong for him. We stayed with him until midnight. Changed his cooler/blanket combo and finally went home. This morning he was better and had pooped 3 piles, and life is in his eyes again.
Please Piero, you must be immortal.
No responses necessary, but if you love P write something and I’ll make sure he gets the list of his fans.
Thank you!

Address

39802 Thomas Mill Rd
Leesburg, VA
20175

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 973-0780

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