Briar Creek Farm updated their info in the about section.
Briar Creek Farm updated their info in the about section.
Deluxe care horse boarding, training in Northern Virginia. Indoor & outdoor riding arena. Hosts top clinicians. Security cameras throughout property for safety.
Natural Horsemanship approach to hunter jumpers, pleasure, dressage, Garrocha, problem & young horse training. Biography & Facility Information: Private boarding facility with new 70x200 lighted indoor riding arena with mirrors, fans, large heated viewing room/classroom. Professional sound system and Wi-Fi allow for virtual lessons. 120x200 all weather footing lighted outdoor arena, heated bathr
oom & heated tack room, hot/cold water wash rack with heat lamps. 12x12 stalls with rubber mats over laser graded crushed bluestone, automatic & heated waterers in each stall and field. Eight 12x18 sheltered walk outs, 35 acres of turn out in small groups of 3-4 horses. 72' Arena footing round pen. Specializing in:
• Regaining and building confidence between horse and rider
• Ground Work (from manners to Classical In-Hand work)
• Proper Biomechanics
• Problem Solving & Trailer loading techniques to avoid stress
• OTTB (and other) re-starts
• Continual Education
• Equine Assisted Activities
• Masterson Method techniques/Body Work
• Masterson Method integrated into lessons via functional anatomy
Suzanne Liscouski, owner and trainer of Briar Creek Farm, grew up in the horse world the traditional way; pony club as a child and competing in local, state and regional equine events in her home state of Connecticut. Given her passion for horses, she attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia for her undergraduate work, renowned for their Hunter Jumper program. A horse owner since the age of 10, Suzanne’s life forever changed when she started her first c**t with Ray Hunt in 1999. From that moment forward, her methods and riding philosophy have been focused on giving the horse a "better deal," as Ray taught. At Briar Creek Farm, Suzanne can now focus on linking these principals to any and all disciplines, such as English Hunters, Dressage, Western, Western Dressage, jumping, trails/obstacles and Working Equitation. With this methodology, riders are able to link the skills taught by horsemen with whom Suzanne has studied over the decades to their specific equine goals. Hence, the business name was born for Briar Creek, “The Foundation Link.” The concept of The Foundation Link means doing more with less, making your horse a willing partner, and approaching training in a way that builds knowledge and confidence in the horse and in the rider. This holistic approach provides a solid foundation to develop confidence, safety, and a true connection with horses through in-hand work and under saddle. Suzanne continued to do clinics with Ray Hunt and was fortunate to have the honor of being Ray’s European trip planner and translator in 2002. In 2004, she began riding with other known clinicians in the training world, including the (then) little known Buck Brannaman who would later become famed as the man in the documentary “Buck.” Suzanne continues to ride with other like-minded trainers (mentored by Ray) such as Joe Wolter and Bryan Neubert to continue learning and further her ability to share her experience with her students. Most recently, Suzanne has become a proponent of similar methods used by Jillian Kreinbring and Patrick King (also a Ray Hunt protégé), who offer clinics at Briar Creek Farm. She completed Patrick King’s protégé program in 2018. Suzanne is focused on proper movement of both horse and rider as a student of pilates and several equine anatomy courses, including The Whole Horse Dissection Clinic with Ivana Ruddock, DVM, a second Dissection Clinic with Sharon May Davis, and Equinology 900 Anatomy in Clay. From c**t starting and halter breaking wild horses in North Dakota to completing Instructors Courses with Charles de Kunffy, Suzanne believes in well-rounded horsemanship. In 2019, Suzanne traveled to Portugal to ride Lusitano Stallions with the famed Valença family in an intensive Instructors course of three lessons a day: two under saddle and one in hand class. There she honed skills on world class school masters, working on Spanish Walk, piaffe, passage, canter pirouettes and other haute école maneuvers. Suzanne believes it is a lifetime journey to constantly improve one’s horsemanship and relationship with one’s horse. Suzanne is featured in a short documentary about retraining ex-racehorses, which was featured at the Napa Valley Film Festival and the NY Equus film Festival https://vimeo.com/142725309. Most recently, Suzanne has completed years of studying the Masterson Method to include all coursework through the Advanced Course, completed all Fieldwork and passed Block 1, 2, and 3 coaching. She is scheduled to test for her Certified Masterson Method Practitioner (CMMP) professional certification in January 2023. Suzanne has a B.A. from Sweet Briar College, an M.A. from American University, and was a Presidential Management Fellow prior to serving in executive leadership roles in both the Federal Government and in the IT Industry. Suzanne course designed curriculum and served as a 400 level instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy and is a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow. She has now transitioned her teaching and leadership skills as consultant and instructor inside the horse world, helping riders think differently and excel with their horses. For those with horse interests, yet no equine experience, Briar Creek Farm offers mindfulness and leadership lessons via ground work and liberty work; this has served many from small groups to corporate offsites. Message Briar Creek on Facebook or email briarcreekfarm(at)verizon.net.
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Books & Bourbon: Equestrian Club
We hope you will join us for this fun and academic journey! For calendar year 2023, Jillian Kreinbring and Suzanne Liscouski are teaming up to host an integrative equestrian book club that will guide this private group through a quintessential horsemanship journey.
Choosing from cross-discipline classics, we will start with key elements of foundation horsemanship and voyage on to renowned classical masters influenced by Nuno Oliviera, some of Nuno’s direct works, and even equine development according to German Cavalry.
We want this to be fun, yet also seek to set goals to further our collective knowledge by reading one book every other month. We will do six book club discussions on key works, provide outlines and notes to assist with the internal discussion.
As a follow up session, we will schedule additional guest lectures from key authors and influencers in the equestrian world. The year will culminate with a special wrap-up event to review the concepts discussed throughout the year and draw parallels between these international horsemen and women.
We hope you will join us and other equine enthusiasts for insights on the evolution and practice of horsemanship around the world. Each session will have ample time for Q&A.
Bring your favorite beverage for this online live event (recordings later available). Jillian and Suzanne will also share their favorite bourbon recipes and tips to keep things light! If you don’t have time to read the book(s), that’s ok! This can be your cliff notes version of some timeless works and we welcome you to the conversation.
Realizing everyone may not have all the books we seek to discuss and review, we have teamed up with Xenophon Press to offer a discount on books.
If you are interested in honing your equestrian knowledge and reading (or not reading!) one book every two months, stay tuned for further announcements as spaces will be limited to ensure proper Q&A time. More details to come soon.
Happy trails from Se Raeda Ranch and Briar Creek Farm!
All set up for Cavaletti Club today! I’m looking forward to working on stabilization, proprioception, and strengthening!
I LOVE that current studies are showing what we know to be true for the welfare of our horses. This may be a step in the right direction for dressage judges. Full study in the link below, key excerpt in my opinion "Despite the FEI (2020) guidelines stating that 'the head should remain in a steady position, as a rule slightly in front of the vertical’, there has been an increase within competitive dressage in the number of horses being ridden with the nasal plane behind the vertical (Lashley et al., 2014). Additionally, a significant relationship has been found between horses having their nasal plane behind the vertical and higher scores awarded by the judges (Lashley et al., 2014). At the same time, it was found that horses with their nasal plane behind the vertical showed significantly more conflict behaviors than those who had their nasal plane in front of the vertical (Kienapfel et al., 2014)."
In the equestrian discipline of dressage, the behavior encouraged through judging should be based on correct and welfare-centered training techniques.…
Our Thanksgiving lesson group did wonderfully! We worked on mobilizing the jaw and removing some tension before groundwork, leading our horses by a foot (with bonus scapula release), backing circles focused on foot falls and more. Nice job ladies! Photo credit: Pat Brescia
Happy Thanksgiving from Briar Creek!
Horsewomen are tough, but fear and trauma are real. I thought I’d share this from one of my favorites- Khalil Gibran - as it applies to horsemanship. I love the concept of blending with your horse like a river blends with the ocean. We go through a lot of twists and turns with horses, but once we arrive in harmony in due time there are few things so beautiful. There’s no going back, but we can have a beautiful journey forward. Enjoy the ride.
Good morning on this chilly day! Bundle up!
Gerd Heuschmann shares his view on young horses and proper movement - I love the line about giving a drivers license to a 5 year old kid! (It’s not really about the saddle - it’s about bring them up stretching and reaching). Full article link posted in comments.
We had a busy weekend this weekend with lots of obstacle and confidence building lessons. Nice job ladies!! Thank you for sharing! Teaching your horse to think and problem solve is the greatest gift you can give them!
This is an amazing opportunity!!
Manolo Mendez will be coming to Se Raeda Ranch, Boerne, TX, May 2023. Online Registration Starts 9/15 via the link below. https://www.jilliankreinbringinspired.com/manolo-mendez-usa-master-clinic-2023
Thank you Patrick King for another wonderful weekend of fun and learning! Everyone is having a wonderful time!
In almost all of my riding lessons, I often say I want to be like the Queen of England and ride until I'm in my 90's. Today marks the end of an era with Queen Elizabeth's sad passing at the age of 96. I still want to be like the Queen of England and make quiet, calm horses giving them the best understanding possible so many of us can ride until we gracefully age. Prayers to the royal family, it's surely the end of an era.
The Queen's long reign saw the world change dramatically.
In hand lesson day with Jillian Kreinbring working with Raney. We are so grateful for the opportunity! We love our Flexible Fit Bridles so we can be anatomically correct with comfortable horses! ❤️
Day one of Jillian Kreinbring Course 3 “Relaxation” was a hit with all attendees as usual! We are so blessed to have had the benefit of Jillian’s knowledge since our first hosting 2017! We are on the journey of learning and loving every minute!
Join the cheer!! How many horses do you have?!!
I am so happy that I set this goal for myself! I have just spent seven LONG days intensely focused on anatomy through Equinology 900: Anatomy in Clay course. I loved it and greatly benefited from the hands-on approach of the progressive anatomy build which provided amazing context for size, shape and function of equine muscles. From the smallest internal layers to the superficial, we built it all! Then we proceeded to palpate and paint those muscles on a live horse, which really transitioned the information from the build to practical knowledge. The homework each night of drawing the muscles in 2D to review content at the end of each day was validating and gives me something to keep in my now beautiful notebook of drawings. I am not artistic at ALL, but if you love anatomy and want to understand function for better bodywork or to be a better horseman, I highly recommend this class. I feel accomplished and can’t wait to do more!
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Finally a day that isn’t sweltering! I haven’t played with Two Socks in so long, he is such a sweet and fun boy. He picked up right where we left off over 6 months ago!
Day four of Equinology 900 for bodyworkers- I will ask for permission to post my final skeleton with all the clay muscles (very strict copyrights) The class has been great fun and a very academically challenging. I can’t believe I have this much one on one time with Debra Pattillo who literally wrote the book! We draw the muscles on paper together in class, then put them on our individual skeletons in clay, then we palpate and locate all the muscles and bony landmarks that are possible on a live horse. Then we paint the horse! I have learned I am not a very good artist but it’s amazing how much more refined my palpations have become. It is also an amazing experience as when we are taking our time building with clay, Deb tells us about how to identify problems in each area of the horse, what veterinary modalities are best used for imaging, hints on technologies and modalities that may assist with recovery. ￼￼￼I am so excited to have this experience and highly recommend ￼￼￼￼ (working on some some of my drawing homework in the pic below)
Yesterday was day one of the Equinology 900 Anatomy of Bodywork Course by Deb Pattillo. I can’t post pictures, but we each get an Equiken (TM) equine skeleton and we put each muscle in in clay. It’s amazing and really hard actually! it will be a tough but rewarding 7 days!
Rainy day geeking out printing bones on a 3D printer - we had to fuse a few so our horse is already a bit arthritic but the bones pretty accurate! (My son is amazing with his printer!)
Congratulations to Portugal 🇵🇹 and the Lusitano breed!! This awesome pair won the World Championship!
Congratulations Gilberto Filipe and Zinque das Lezirias!!!!
No words can describe the emotion and pride !!
We resume at 1:15 from lunch. Under way with Dominique Barbier - the weather is perfect in the indoor! Come spend your rainy day!
Just another exciting Saturday night studying anatomy and doing case studies for Party on!
Enjoying a rider balance clinic with Suzanne Von Dietz today! I love learning new exercises for biomechanics and connection.
If you can't make it to ride with Dominique Barbier here (or even if you can!) this looks like an amazing opportunity! Dominique will be at Briar Creek July 8-9-10 if you want to come audit and meet him. He is wonderful!
Bring Dominique Barbier to your own home with his online subscription, Journey to Lightness!
Get access to videos of interviews, question and answer sessions, lectures, and lessons. A great way to continue your studies between Dominique clinics.
Take a look at the link below for more details:
flyer by Laurie Wachter // photo by Keron Psillas of Dominique Barbier and Larapio MAC
It was a lovely breezy day to enjoy obstacle confidence building lessons at Briar Creek! I loved seeing all the progress! Nice job cowgirlin’ up ladies!
Such a wonderful weekend serving as Masterson Method Assistant to the amazing Coralie Hughes. I love using my Masterson skills to humbly help horses and their people. Thank you to amazing hosts Patrick and Lisa King!
As all my students know, I began a journey about five years ago focusing on proper movement. Almost two years ago I have focused on functional anatomy and Masterson Method full time. There is so much unity in thought with top trainers in the US and abroad about the horse not being able to truly build topline, decompress their cervical spine (neck) and use their SI joint as intended for the pelvis to give the feeling of "coming through" behind. While we all know this, it is nice to see a European study about the impact of what muscles are impacted or inaccessible when behind the vertical - and conversely what the horse CAN do when reaching --even a few degrees-- with their throatlatch open.
𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 - Behind and in Front of the Vertical – Measuring the Change https://eurodressage.com/2022/05/07/behind-and-front-vertical-measuring-change
I always share things that I hope will help others. Banamine is common in any barn - it is used for colic, pain, fever and other uses as prescribed by a vet. Most of us keep some on hand in case of emergency. It comes in a paste form for oral use, and in an injectable form for intravenous use. This emphasizes why we should NOT use it as an intramuscular injection. ￼￼￼￼￼ if you’re in a bind, and you only have the injectable form, you can still draw it up in a needle, remove the sharp needle tip, and sq**rt the syringe in their mouth until the vet gets there. Please do not inject in the muscle! ￼
The more you know, the more you know! Please read this about starting young horses. My last dissection clinic had a 7 year old on the table - gone way before her prime because her body had so much trauma. She was started at two, shown at three. Had kissing spine in 7 vertebrae and a lot more…
'Backing Your Young Horses'
Written by Vikki Fowler BVetMed BAEDT MRCVS
"There is much info around which leads the reader to think horses age more quickly when they are young and slower as they get older. There is no evidence to support this. Why would the horse be the only animal in the world that ages in a non-linear manner? It doesn’t make sense and is used as an excuse for impatient owners to justify working their immature horses.
Sitting on a horse before maturity has many dangers. It is risking kissing spine, especially if the horse is not conditioned slowly. Sending a horse away as a three year old to go from unbacked to ridden daily in 6-8 weeks is a recipe for disaster. Riding in circles on three year olds damages the hocks. Jumping four year olds is asking for stifle injuries. Pounding the roads pulling traps with two year olds damages every joint in their legs. Any joints asked to take excess pressure before maturity increases the risk of irreparable damage. Maybe a young horse puts down more long bone in response to trauma, to work, but just because a child heals quicker than an adult it's no excuse to cause such damage. An adult is still fully capable of adapting to the work load, just slower, without the collateral damage to the rest of the body.
For every horse that is backed at three and lives a long working life until they are thirty, as a Vet I can show you thousands, tens of thousands that are euthanised before they hit their teens because their bodies are broken. The exception is not the rule.
Fact: A horse ages roughly three times faster than a human, so a 90 year old human is a 30 year old horse. Both very old, usually arthritic, don’t have many of their original teeth left, and very likely retired and enjoying the finer things in life.
A 25 year old horse is a 75 year old human. Some are still happily working but some prefer retirement and an easier life. Often depending on just how hard a life they’ve lived.
A 20 year old horse is a 60 year old human. At that point where the body doesn’t work like it use to but the brain is all there and wants to be active.
A 13 year old horse is a 39 year old human. Middle aged, prime of their life where their knowledge and physical ability are about equal.
So let’s get down to the babies and work our way back up:
A 1-1.5 year old horse is getting their first adult tooth, this happens at 6 years old in a human child.
A 3 year old horse is a 9 year old child.
Not ready for work by a long stretch. We have moved past sending children down the mines.
A 4 year old horse is a 12 year old child. Often will do odd jobs for pocket money, maybe a paper round, mowing lawns etc. Basically a 4 year old horse can start a bit of light work experience to learn the ropes.
A 5 year old horse is a 15 year old teenager. Think they know it all, cocky, and ready to up their work and responsibilities. Still quite weak and not fully developed so shouldn’t be at their physical limit but can start building strength.
A 5.5 year old horse has just cut their final adult tooth, this happens at 17 years of age in a human.
A 6 year old horse is an 18 year old human. An adult.
Ready to work
An 8 year old horse has achieved full fusion of their final growth plates. This happens at 24 years of age in a human. This is the age it is safe to push a horse for their optimal performance.
Pushing your youngster too hard too young will result in the failure of many body parts. Joints, spine, tendons, ligaments as well as their brains. Waiting another year or two at the beginning could give your horse an extra 10 years of useful working life.
Be patient with your pride and joy!
Interesting fact about equine vision! At BCF, we encourage our horses to check new things out by sniffing and we also always alternate introducing a new object by alternating hands (i.e. rub with your hand, then rub new object, then hand etc). Familiar object (hand) mixed with unfamiliar object (new item) allows them to find some reassurance.
Your horse's vision is different from yours.
A horse's ability to focus on things close up is quite different from ours as humans. The human eye uses the ciliary muscles to flex the lens to adjust to focusing on things close up. The process of this type of focusing is called accommodation. It allows us to focus on an object in our hands as we are working on a project.
The horse’s ciliary muscles are too week to pull the lens for greater focus. If you are introducing a new object, the item must be held several feet away for awhile. The little focus that the horse can change takes time.
Instead, utilize the horse's stronger senses such as smell and touch. Hold the object close and allow the horse to smell the object until it's content with the information that it gathered. Another option is to place it on their shoulder and allow the horse to feel the object being introduced
-Horse Brain, Human Brain..
Wise words from Manolo!
𝗙𝗶𝘅𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗺𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 & 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗘𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗥𝘂𝗹𝗲𝘀
𝘉𝘺 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘓𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘩, 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘏𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 2013
Something to keep in mind when you lunge your horse or work him/her in-hand - or ride him/her:
Fixed headsets, fixed postures, fixed gaits for long or even short stretches of times do not build fitness, instead they build stiffness.
Too much energy/activity runs the horse down and damages its body.
Not enough energy/activity and he becomes careless and indifferent, disconnected.
Remember to vary the gaits, and the gaits within the gaits and to vary the level of activity you ask of your horse.
To develop strong and elastic muscles, tendons and ligaments your horse's body needs to gather and extend, open and close, contract and release within a healthy range of postures for his body AND his mind to thrive in unison.
His/Her posture must be able to change, his/her neck must be able to shorten, extend, lower or rise to help him/her find its equilibrium and travel in balance.
This is true of a young horse and of any horse as it progresses up in its training.
𝗙𝗶𝘅𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗽𝘀𝗲𝘀, 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲'𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 (𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻) 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲.
Bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, eyes, ears, lips, hooves, bones, everything is cells, fascia, everything is alive, constantly adjusting to movement, load, pressure, direction and thus having to be elastic, to absorb, and distribute and give and stretch.
The mind of the horse is receiving and telegraphing signals to its body constantly based on the data it receives about its environment but also based on its emotional state which impacts its tonus.
𝗕𝗼𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗱, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗳𝗹𝗲𝘅, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲. 𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀, 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗮𝗱𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗮𝘁.
We do not want to block this process.
We want our horses' balance to spring from within.
We want 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 minds engaged in responding to what 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 senses tell them.
We want to GUIDE and SHAPE, we do not want to create straight jackets for their bodies and conduct hostile take overs for their minds.
We do not know better then the horse's body, it knows how to protect itself - which is why we must learn to investigate resistances very carefully.
When we block our horse and restrict the body's ability to adjust, the horse is more likely to travel in a manner where he will hit the ground harder and wont absorb and dissipate the, energy, the shock waves throughout his entire body. His joints will have to work harder, his entire structure will suffer.
Blocking the horse's posture and demanding a high degree of activity at the same time is equally detrimental - it places too much stress on the horse's spine, pelvis, stifles, shoulders, joints and tendons and ligaments.
Photo caption: This is a young horse just beginning to lunge and learning to develop a different posture. Saying NO to fixed headsets and gaits...Why? Developing elastic muscles requires our horse's body to open and close, open and close.
Trotting in the same pace and posture for too long with make him stiff.
To keep him suple, alternate short bursts of energy with a slower pace that allows him to stretch forward, down and OUT, and relax.
We do not ask him to perform with great energy for long periods: this will over tire his body and begin damaging him.
We do not work him in a relaxed frame all the time or he will become inattentive, loose and careless.
© Caroline Larrouilh, ProudHorse Connections, 2013
𝗧𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀™️ 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗮 𝟯 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗻-𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝘂𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁 𝗴𝗼 𝘁𝗼:
I just started working with this lovely APSL mare Gina, she is Veiga line and therefore a bit fiery. They were bred for bravery in bullfighting and known for their agility. I also just realized she has canine teeth - rare in mares. What that means is that she has high testosterone levels. As we learned in a recent dissection I did with Sharon May Davis, mares with these "tushes" are great for endurance riding and extreme athletic performance. (In fact, you may get more "performance" than one needs LOL). We'll be breeding her next week (fingers crossed for ovulation). To prep for carrying a foal, she has gotten the full Briar Creek "works" so we can leave her alone during her pregnancy. She has had spring shots, Potomac Horse Fever (regional concern), rabies, West Nile and a 5 way. We used a wonderful dentist Meredith Jeffries and she's had two corrective hoof trims by Daisy Bicking. Wormed with Zimectrin Gold, and a few weeks later a Panacur Powerpack given some bloating she had which looked like a "hay belly". Once bred, we won't work with her (even in hand) until the fetus is safely far enough along. We've had her uterus cultured to rule out any bacterial issues that could impact her pregnancy (a precaution, all is clear). She's had three ultrasounds to check follicle size. We're all systems go, we just need mother nature to take her course!
Same horse June 2021 and March 2022 - thank you for the amazing hoof rehab Daisy Alexis Bicking on my performance horse. While Daisy specializes in complex founders and really tough medical cases, her wisdom in getting me hooked on BEMER has increased the quality hoof growth on my performance horse. Over time with healthy growth, Daisy was able to correct my mare’s angles, correct unbalanced and curled heels, balance medial/lateral hoof load and more. My mare is STRONGER than ever as she was unable to compensate anymore as her bone alignment was compromised. Her palmar angles are now textbook- beautiful! She saved my mare’s career and has given her a new lease on life. I am so thankful for the group of powerfully smart equine professionals I am blessed to know. If you are serious about hoof rehab I suggest you contact Daisy!
This is why starting horses too young can turn into a problem!
We are humbled to be helping out the former Lucia farm and Dave/Jody Ellis by hosting this clinic here at Briar Creek Farm. Limited to 12 riders, these four days will be fun, educational and right in our wheelhouse where natural/Vaquero horsemanship meets Dressage. For a change, I'm not the planner, so for more information contact Kathleen at [email protected]. Flyer is below for your reference, we have enough riders for a "go" but there are a few slots available.
Wise words from a wise man. Ray used to say he was the horses lawyer. It was such an honor to know him and ride with him. I'm so lucky he told me to keep writing things down as "it would mean somethin' different to you later." He was so right, it means something different every few years! (Photo credit: Martin Black)
That's a wrap! Thank you Dominique Barbier for a wonderful clinic weekend of lessons and for helping me with the beautiful double bridle (I love my FlexibleFit Equestrian gear!) Dominique will be back this summer!
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Finally a day that isn’t sweltering! I haven’t played with Two Socks in so long, he is such a sweet and fun boy. He picked up right where we left off over 6 months ago! #NokotaHorse #nokota
Rainy day geeking out printing bones on a 3D printer - we had to fuse a few so our horse is already a bit arthritic but the bones pretty accurate! (My son is amazing with his printer!)
Amazing day at The Bone Room in Aiken with Pamela Blades Eckelbarger Wendy Murdoch and Sharon May Davis! What a treat to have these discussions for a geek like me!
Briar Creek's weekend exercise...getting to your horse's brain through the feet. Speed course in how to rope a foot and get your horse to follow a feel, leading from a foot. This was Julia's first time doing this, she did a great job! I try to go through this quickly in the interest of the video fitting on Facebook, be sure you TAKE THE TIME to get your horse used to the rope before trying to rope a foot.
Free ground work exercise to help you get to your horses’ feet. How can you help your horse open gates? Step one...
I can’t wait to come home and use my new word “tak tak” to get my horses to move on. It’s a perfect energy addition!
Enjoying another great day in Portugal with Valenca Classical Riding. Spanish walk on my favorite horse Sirius.
Enjoyed my first attempt at Doma Vaquera working equitation! It can only get better as the days go by!
I really enjoyed day one in Portugal! Amazing experience on these beautiful horses! I can’t wait to share this knowledge back stateside! This is a piaffe followed by Spanish walk.
Merry Christmas! Wishing you all a blessed holiday! My new boy Two Socks (3 year old Nakota) follows me now and is the first to the gate to come in (without food bribes). This is the first time he’s been this brave, so he got his lead rope hooked on quickly after this video and I led him to the barn first before his field mates! Today would have been our friend Leo Kuntz’ 70th birthday, his baby Two Socks was showing off his best behavior.
Today we continued to work on rubbing and scratching, sneaking down the legs with my hands and introducing a grooming block (bot eraser) given the insane amount of bots eggs on him. He was really good about it alternating with my hand and i think i got about 90% of them off. I can get him to pick up his front feet briefly (not holding it up yet), and I have been working on hind legs where i can now touch him and sometimes shift his weight off of it getting ready to pick it up. We've led him (following another horse) to a field where he is eating grass with a friend. He's made best friends with our buckskin Cisco. He's not terribly interested in oats, but it starting to eat some. He has alfalfa hay that he loves, and as he got off the trailer so thirsty figured out that the automatic waterers were not that scary and has been drinking well. I also started tail lifts for relaxation and assuming i'm going to need to take his temperature at some point. I'm warm and inside and watching him through the security cameras we have, he seems pretty settled in. It's so cold the hunting gear is like a giant sleeping bag i put on every time i run out there, yes I'm aware it's stylish!
Flexible Fit Bridles really make a difference in my horses comfort and softness. If you don’t believe me just ask her.....
• Confidence Problems? • Ground Manners need work? • Trailer loading problems? • Too much horse? OTTB re-start? • Want a better relationship with your horse? Trailer-in lessons available on Saturdays. New students - Free 30 minute assessment/consult about you and your horse. Suzanne Liscouski, owner and trainer, grew up in the horse world the traditional way, through pony club as a child, competing in local, state and regional events, and through Sweet Briar College’s equestrian Hunter-Jumper program. Since 1999 when she started her first c**t with Ray Hunt, her methods and riding philosophy have been honed to give the horse a "better deal" as Ray taught. What does that mean? It means doing more with less, making your horse a willing partner, and approaching training in a way that is meaningful to the horse and to the rider. You don’t have to be a cowboy to adapt these foundational methods to your discipline. Rather, this holistic approach provides a solid foundation to develop confidence, safety, and a true connection with your horse. The horsemanship is a foundation link to your discipline and your relationship with your horse. Suzanne continued to do clinics with Ray Hunt (who mentored Buck Brannaman) and was fortunate to have the honor of being Ray’s European trip planner and translator in 2002. In 2004 she began riding with other known clinicians in the training world, including the (then) little known Buck Brannaman who would later become known as the man in the excellent documentary “Buck.” Suzanne continues to ride with Buck when he comes to the East, and other like minded trainers (that Ray mentored before passing on) such as Joe Wolter (cow working and horsemanship, annually) and Bryan Neubert to continue her learning and ability to pass the experience on to her students. Most recently, Suzanne has studied classic Vaquero horsemanship from Pat Puckett and practices the art of the Garrocha with Patrick King (also a Ray Hunt protégé) who offer clinics at her home, Briar Creek Farm. In fact, Suzanne is featured in some of Patrick’s DVD’s. Quite simply, Suzanne believes it’s a lifetime journey to constantly improve your horsemanship and your relationship with your horse. She has completed Charles deKunffy’s Instructor Course in 2017. Suzanne has studied intensive biomechanics courses with Jillian Krienbring in 2017, has completed the Equine Touch Foundation’s Whole Horse Dissection clinic in May 2018. This intensive study of equine motion provided by Dr. Ivana Ruddock proved a valuable and unique experience to further knowledge of proper training and movement of the horse. As her understanding of Biomechanics grew, Suzanne chose to couple the lightness found in groundwork/foundation work with her understanding of biomechanics, focusing on how to ask the horse to balance itself under the weight of a rider. In 2019, Suzanne attended the Instructors’ Group of students training at The Valenca Academy outside of Lisbon, Portugal riding Lusitano Stallions to further her feel of riding highly and Internationally renowned dressage horses.
Suzanne is featured in a short documentary about retraining ex-racehorses, which was featured at the Napa Valley film festival and the NY Equus film Festival. https://vimeo.com/100371098. Suzanne has a BA from Sweet Briar College, a Master of Arts degree, and was a Presidential Management Fellow prior to serving in Federal Government for 15 years. Now a consultant inside the horse world, she can help you think differently and excel with your horse. Follow us on Facebook Briar Creek Farm (https://www.facebook.com/BriarcreekfarmVA/?ref=bookmarks ) Call 2022532644 for more information, or email [email protected]
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