So this just happened! Very proud of Two Socks! #nodrama #wildhorse #nokota
Deluxe care horse boarding, training in Northern Virginia. Hunter jumpers, pleasure, problem horse training. Riding lessons.
• 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 colt 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 and Bryan Neubert to continue her learning and ability to pass the experience on to her students. Most recently, Suzanne has become a proponent of similar methods used by Pat Puckett and Patrick King (also a Ray Hunt protégé) who offer clinics at her home, Briar Creek Farm. Quite simply, Suzanne believes it’s a lifetime journey to constantly improve your horsemanship and your relationship with your 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/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]
So this just happened! Very proud of Two Socks! #nodrama #wildhorse #nokota
Two Socks enjoyed a good grooming today and definitely has grown some. He is on ulcer meds which seem to be working, he was very stressed when he was three legged lame from the crack in his hoof, so we thought it was worth a try. His neck is much more relaxed and he has a much softer eye. That, coupled with some nuchal ligament stretches, and some releasing of the TMJ helped a lot. Lateral releases of the AO joint have really helped him as well. He actually enjoys when I put my fingers in his mouth now, I think he looks for the release! He is still a very nervous horse but we are making progress. I think he’ll be ready for the blacksmith next visit. #Nokota #wildhorse
Taking advantage of a lovely 70 degree evening here, Two Socks let me pick up all four feet today, pick out three of four with a hoof pick and even start tapping the bottom on each foot simulating what a blacksmith would need to do. His right hind crack in the hoof still bothers him as it’s not resolving in this mud. I can touch that one and sometimes lift it (with a few warning kicks) but I can’t blame him as I can tell it hurts. I was able to paint hoof dressing on his feet today, which I’m hoping will help firm up that crack so it stops splitting upward toward the coronet band. After snorting at the saddle pad a few times he let me rub him with it and then flick it over his back several times until he was relaxed and chewing. I can brush his mane and tail now, although he is very suspicious of anything with a scent. He’s so good for me, you have to just slow down and be present in the moment to be sure he’s fully relaxed and accepting. So far I’ve managed to stay “on this side of trouble” and build trust back after his gelding experience. I’m glad we’ll have warmer weather to progress!
I have the pleasure of also starting another Nokota, a 3 year old mare, Two Socks' half sister Makawee (means earth maiden in Lakota). You can see how much she looks like her brother. She started off this session not wanting to look at me out of her right eye at all (or have me touch her on her right side) and definitely did not like me in front of her where she could see me out of both eyes. It ended with her straight on, nose in my jacket, breathing deeply, resting a leg and letting me rub her ears, muzzle and entire face. #wildhorses #Nokota
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.
Two Socks Journey: Getting back on track! I decided to spend some relaxation time with the boy today, just rubbing him everywhere and rubbing him with the lead rope. I had him licking his lips and following the roped front feet (lead rope) forward again today, phew. Roped his hind feet as well just getting him to lift them up gently then setting it back down. I was pretty happy with that! I took his leather halter off (gulp) and put a rope halter on and we went for a walk around the barn where he had not seen before and he was brave! Seeing I learned where i went wrong was being the ONLY one touching him, after he was in a good place and accepting of me touching him, I asked our lovely barn-helper Julia to come try to run her hands over him. I stood there too, but slowly backed away and let her rub him on both shoulders, he was great. It was nice to teach Julia to move with him and take her hand off to remove the "pressure" when he stopped moving. I fed him some oats out of my hand, which he now enjoys and called it a day. I turned him out with Cisco and a new friend Jack (which went well) so they would be more like a mini-herd rather than just one BFF. He let me touch him when he was loose in the paddock too. Later when it was time to bring in, i did use a bucket of oats to approach, but he did lead back in to the barn like a school horse-- where he was promptly rubbed again and put away for the night with some hay. Must have paid my cable bill to get a little Disney back. ;-)
Flexible Fit Bridles really make a difference in my horses comfort and softness. If you don’t believe me just ask her.....
Briar Creek Farm & Friends of Frying Pan Park hosted clinic
Yesterday was a beautiful day to start these two lovely three year old TBX colts. Both good movers and quiet prospects, one will be a scopy large pony hunter/jumper for sure. The other will mature to 15.2 or so i think. They had a good first experience, we love the no-drama starts!
Schooling piaffe today, it is so cool to be teaching this to such a lovely horse who has such understanding of aids. Thank you Patrick King for showing me the path to do all of this with lightness, it's an amazing journey!
Beautiful sky over Briar Creek yesterday! Cisco, our lovely buckskin Quarter horse, was enjoying the breeze and warm weather. Hope everyone had some saddle time!
We are trying a new product on some of the barefoot horses here this week, Hoof Armor. It is a coating (like an epoxy) that owners can put on themselves that claims to protect soles and bottom of hooves. Stay tuned for updates!
Thank you George Morris! AMEN! I'm proud that at Briar Creek we have the opportunity to do everything from colt starting in the round pen, foundation work, cow working, to ranch roping, hunters, trail riding and dressage! If you're looking for well behaved, well rounded horses and riders that want to learn how to train their own horses, come visit! #neverstoplearning #horsewomen #notjustapassenger
Drum roll please...Seizing the #1 spot on our #Bestof2017 list and in our hearts, the man, the myth, the legend: GEORGE MORRIS! And a hard lesson for the next generation of professionals.
Wrapped up a GREAT biomechanics weekend with Jillian Kreinbring! Her knowledge of equine movement and proper body usage for performance and soundness is amazing. Thank you to the dedicated horsemen and women that always strive to do the best for their horses and students by achieving higher learning.
Nor rain, nor sleet nor snow will stop us! Jillian Kreinbring is HERE and we are starting our biomechanics clinic tonight! We have people that have traveled as far as Wisconsin, South Carolina, Ohio and North Carolina to attend and share in the horsemanship journey! Great learning ahead!
Happy Thanksgiving from Briar Creek Farm!
Protecting your horse's pelvis from a common injury: As my students prepare for the exciting Jillian Kreinbring Biomechanics course in a few weeks, I thought i would post this video i took when finding pieces of horse skeletons out in North Dakota. Keep this in mind as you walk your horse through gates, stall doors or other objects where they can sometimes clip their hip. This video allows you to see how the tip of the ilium is so small and fragile, hence the importance of properly walking horses into their stalls (or at least ensuring they have enough lead rope to make a turn safely with clearance).
Fun night with boarders and students watching the jumpers!
Using a garrocha pole isn't about the pole, it's about honing your horsemanship. That pole is a teacher for making your circles even, and ensures you are steering with your seat and legs vice hands. Great fun too! Especially at the canter!
A little Garrocha Carousel fun
PK Horsemanship Clinic @ Briar Creek
Thank you Patrick King for a wonderful clinic weeeknd! We had a great group with a love of learning that was a pleasure to host! AMAZING PHOTOS by Hannah Jones Photography!
Great weekend of learning with Patrick King! (Yes, this is Patrick going the extra mile acting out shoulder in and haunches in, etc!)
Can you change a goose's mind? Practice your sidepassing and shoulder separation work to get them to think about moving in another direction. Will they look left and look right based on your pressure without flying off?
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