Tis the season.
Developing great horses and thoughtful horsemen is our passion!
Operating as usual
Tis the season.
Be accountable to your horse, to your ride, to your role in the results you are or are not getting- both in that moment, AND in the long term.
All three statements below are true- but only one is key to this situation, and the other two are secondary to that.
Remember this when things go wrong.... AND when things go right. (Fyi- you're accountable for your successes too ;-) )
It was a good day for a clinic.
Everyone worked hard and I truly hope went away inspired to continue through the winter.
See everyone in the spring for the Intermediate/Advanced Showmanship Clinic
Hey guys 👇 big info 😀
Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving this beautiful day!
Start date, January 2023.
Assistant Barn Manager
This is a part time, 1099 position. Work required generally takes from 4-6 hours. Mornings. 5-6 days/week. Minimum 1 weekend day required. During the summer multiple weekends will be needed. (Exact weekly schedule is flexible as well as exact start times)
Ideal candidate would be a young equine professional starting their career or even a mother looking to fill time and earn $$ until kids get home from school.
Candidate must be responsible, and possess basic equine husbandry and handling skills.
Work required: all daily activities related to high quality care of 10-15 show horses of all ages. Included but not limited to cleaning, hay, water but NOT including grain meals (in those situations it's extra $) turnout and in, the occasional blanket change, as well as all the general upkeep of keeping a training barn in CLEAN, condition- including but not limited to sweeping, raking and removal of cobwebs. (Does NOT include arena management except for moisture control)
Candidate must be able to lift 50lbs, be comfortable on their feet for extended periods, and be able to take constructive criticism.
Compensation starts at $75/day with increases available for performance. (Approximate pay rate equivalent to $15-$18.50/hour)
Additional options of stalls, lessons, and or training space may be discussed- **for the right candidate**.
This is not a riding position.
Things we do that just make sense: keep a hammer by the entry way into the barn.
You've all seen the posts- "Loud people make quiet horses".... or "If my horse has a problem with they wear it as a hat".
The problem with both of these things is that they involve a technique known as "flooding". The truth of it is, that most often "loud people" make anxious horses.
Before you get all, "Ohhh, I heard about flooding... " and start hating on it, understand that like all techniques that have come about they came about for a reason, and that like most all techniques there is a time and a place for such things. The problem occurs when they are applied as a blanket principal with no regard to time, place or context. "Flooding" in particular runs into trouble when the horse has no context for how to deal with the stimuli you're flooding him.
So, if loud people make anxious horses, do quiet people make confident horses? The answer is not necessarily. If a horse is never exposed to those things that push him outside his comfort zone, how is he to develop the tools necessary to deal with them? The answer is- he can't. Ideally, a horseman needs to be a mix of loud and quiet, depending upon what that horse needs in that moment. The trick, of course, is knowing which to be, and why.
If ever you wanted to understand better why your horse reacts the way they do, and thereby how you should act to influence the behaviour you desire- this book is a great start.
(Also it would make a great Christmas present for any horse lover on your list🎄🎁)
Another one of those things we do that just makes sense:
We use NYLON WEB slow feed hay bags.
I know, you're probably thinking... um, yeah, so what?
Bear with me a moment, while I tell a story about one of those "one-in-a-million" moments. We were at a horse show with a bunch of yearlings, and junior horses and my good, but green senior hunter undersaddle gelding. Finishing for the day we had the opportunity to grab about 4 hours of sleep, so I hung one of those string net hay bags HIGH, very HIGH, in my geldings stall and went off to grab some shut eye.
(This was before all the "studies" about the deleterious effects of hanging a hay bag too high, or the damage the knots in a net do to equine teeth)
Returning to the grounds a few hours later, the gentleman stalled behind us- a very well known trainer based out of Florida now- had a story to tell. Turns out that after we left, my gelding rolled. Somehow, he managed to catch the heel of a hind shoe on his hay bag, and that nylon rope wedged right in tight against the last nail. My gelding was trapped, hanging by a hind foot on his back. This gentleman heard his struggles, and being the horseman that he is, immediately set to work to free my horse. Unfortunately, due to where the stall door/hay bag/ and the way my horse was positioned this required him to enter the stall, straddle my gelding's belly, and cut the hay bag from there. All of which went without a hitch, thankfully.
(I did mention this was my 'good' gelding, right. Whoa means whoa, dammit)
How my horse ever got his foot near that hay bag in the first place was (and remains) a mystery. We all agreed that the bag, even allowing that it was now half empty, was no where near low enough to have been a hazard. It was a situation that defied physics and falls firmly into the category- "horses will be horses".
Miraculously, my horse wasn't very sore from this accident (SO thankful he recieved help so quickly!) and he went on to show, and do well, that day. Still, it taught me one thing---- the narrower the diameter of a rope the more the likelihood of it slipping into a space it was never intended for.
As most of the horses here are shod, and I do believe that hanging hay bags too high (even if they only get them to eat out of for the overnight) can have some negative impact on their physiological well being, I needed a solution that was the safest of all available.
Hellllloooo, nylon webbing. Can it slip in between a hoof and a shoe? Sure. But the likelihood of that happening is even smaller than what happened to my gelding in the story above. It's also not likely to hook into a halter, or a blanket. Can it? Sure. Horses will be horses, after all.... and they are endlessly inventive when it comes to finding ways to potentially harm themselves. The good news is that if it does, its also not likely to hook in securely, meaning the slightest struggle from your horse should pull them free.
We've used nylon web bags exclusively for the last 7 years. What we've found is if you pick a brand that weaves the horizontal and the vertical into a "lattice" pattern, you'll have a product that LASTS. We use Tough-1 and SmartPak, with the SmartPak being the easier to load because it has a metal reinforcement in the top that helps hold it open---- the drawback is, it has a metal reinforcement in the top that after awhile protrudes and needs to be removed.
The Derby Originals in the picture will be our next purchase- for those we want to be able to give an entire bale (or at least most of one) to at a time... ideal for horse shows!
My 3k horses stand in with my 40k horses.
I’ve had a five hundred dollar horse earn me 100k.
I’ve watched a 35k horse become a five hundred dollar horse with 1 X-ray.
(And back again... many times... either through blood, sweat, and tears.. or whomever was doing the xray)
I owned a mare who earned 107k , who I bought for 700.
Horses don’t know what you paid , they don’t know what they’ve won.
But they know how you treat them.
There’s not a single horse on our place that’s treated any differently then the others. You can’t put a price tag on a soul.
Today as I walked my pastures. I pet the noses of winners who’s owners failed them. I pet the noses of horses who could have been winners had they been given the chance.
Today I kissed the noses of baby’s who one day can become winners, if their owners bring them to their full potential.
Horses know no dollar value.
They do know if you love and believe in them.
Feed them & they shall feed you.
So so true ♥️
2016 16h APHA all-around gelding by Invite The Artist. Shown in HUS, SMS and HS Eq. Ready to show or close in HMS and WP. Very lightly started over cavalletti and small fences and loved it. Appreciates a busy barn, and is novice suitable under trainer supervision. No maintenance required. 1️⃣0️⃣k. Currently enjoying the northern winter off.. owner says must go before the snow gets too deep. Mexico, NY
Justin, outside, at horse show, lesson with Youth rider
😍 getting closer 😍
The boys have been hard at work making big improvements to the "small barn".
Coming spring of 2023- 2 Equitation & Horsemanship clinics. There will be an Intro level and troubleshooting clinic the end of March and an Advanced clinic the beginning of April.
Exact dates TBD. Stay tuned! 🎉
We have an available training opening starting January 1. Get a jump on the new year! Attending major national Pinto and Paint events as well as local open, AQHA, PtHA, APHA and ApHC shows.
Things we do that just make sense around here: #5 ✨️
We use a stall sifter. Specifically we use a Brockwood Stall Shi*fter. We've used other brands, but the Brockwood actually outperforms those in terms of durability and ease of use.
With the exception of the absolute neatest horses - no hay waste, and they p*e and p**p in the same spot, this is a ⏳️ time saver. ⏳️ Manually sifting by fork takes anywhere from 8-25 minutes per stall depending on how neat the occupant is and how much bedding you use. (We use liners and bed at 4-6" deep)
Average horses hit around the 17-20 minute per stall mark. With the sifter, from set-up to finish you are at 8-10 minutes per stall.
It saves effort. 💪 Repetitive motion strain- mucker's shoulder or mucker's elbow are real things. Personally I have tears in my wrist extensor in my forearm and lateral epicondylitis- also called tennis elbow- from years of mucking. The pain culminated in not even being able to pick up a TISSUE. While the motion is still repetitive, it's a shoveling motion, with a different grip, AND less reps. You have ONE body. When it fails, you don't get another. Take care of this one.
You use less bedding. 💰💰💰 On average we are seeing (depending on the variables of weather, time inside, etc..) a savings on our bedding bill from 25% to 50% (it averages around 33%) 😳😳😳😳 we have some tricks to help leverage that number, but based on *our* bedding bill we will have recouped the cost of this sifter in 10 months.
Our manure pile is smaller... and higher quality! We sell our composted manure. We make wayyy more than we can sell, however. Also, it's a pittance, but it is an additional revenue stream, and now the only thing going over there is urine soaked bedding, pure manure, and some waste hay. The breakdown is faster and the quality is up. Less eye-sore, we can sell for more if we want to, and less time each week handling our waste a second time. If you're in a location where you have to pay for manure removal- this is HUGE! 💰💰💰
If your wheelbarrow headed to the manure pile doesn't look like the one in the pic👇 you NEED a Brockwood. Trust me. Get ahold of the older gentleman that sells them- he can answer ANY question, and he keeps track of all units sold. This company is his baby!... tell him we sent you! 👋
Keep your selfie game strong. Teach your horse to smile.
Ella Blunt & The Stride Guide. AQHA/APHA (RR) gelding.
We take all sizes here ;-) 😘
Things we do that just make sense #4-
Winter is coming and we all hate frozen snaps!!❄️❄️
First thing we do is grab our WD-40 from the grooming area and winterize our snaps. Spraying WD-40 (water displacement-40)inside your snaps will force the accumulated moisture out of the inner workings, along with lubricating the spring and pins.
Then we make sure to fasten our snaps always with triggers pointing down to help prevent moisture from getting inside again.
No water.... No ice. You're welcome. ;-)
Get 4.5" double ended snaps off Amazon for $1.75 EA. (wow!) If you only have a few, easy going horses, you may want to upgrade quality and spend more, but if you have many horses, or highly destructive horses- this is about the best price going.
Don't buy the wrong horse. Read the ad. Ask the questions.
Pro tip: if it has an extensive show career, or more specifically is a young horse being groomed for a show career, and nothing in the ad mentions Trail Riding... chances are, if they were taken out on trails, the handful of times it was done- no matter how good they were- just like anything else, is not enough to make them a reliable partner at it.
Buy smart. Don't be like these guys.
(Edit: this isn't to say that show horses can't be excellent trail riding partners. Quite the contrary- they can excell at it and it's good for them mentally. However, unless it's specifically mentioned, the seller isn't considering it a marketable strength. If it's the primary job you're looking for your horse to do and it's not already toward the top of their resume, be prepared to put in some work)
Hilarious commercial, well, that's what i though :DMafia buy 'worlds best' racing horse for half their money, then bet the rest of their money on the race......
We will be offering a "Basics of Showmanship" clinic the Sunday following Thanksgiving. (11/27)
Showmanship skills can be worked on any time you're handling your horse. You don't need an indoor, warm weather, or even much space. Working on Set ups and stopping square and perfecting your inspections can be accomplished in a barn aisleway. (For those days when you're stuck inside by the weather every year)
It's our hope to inspire you through the winter season, give you improved horse handling skills that transfer to other areas, increase you and your horse's partnership bond, and maybe we can all burn a little Thanksgiving meal off together!
VERY LIMITED space available. $100 head. Some stalls available. Watch for the actual event to be created and shared for more information.
Things we do here that just make sense #3:
We use hay protection. Specifically, we use Big Bale Buddies.
Our horses don't live out during the winter. It's largely impractical due to the weather and their work schedules. Still they need their turnout and when the snow is on the ground they need something to eat AND keep them out of trouble. We have our own hay made off our land- lovely square bales- but feeding those out is cold, time consuming work. So we buy the best round bales we can find.
The worst feeling after spending premium $$💸 on gorgeous hay that's been carefully stored inside is to put it out and the horses stomp on some of it...and worse... because the horses aren't on it a lot its exposed to (lots of) rain and (even more) snow. Before you know it, and before the horses can eat it all, it's a disgusting mess.
You might as well just light your money on fire. You already have horses to begin with, so isn't using crisp $100s as kindling just the next step🙊🤷♀️😂
Seriously, though... these have been a blessing. They protect our investment. Much cheaper than a hay hut, and easy to store in the spring when the paddock grass comes in.
We got ours here- https://amzn.to/3Fu7RkJ
2016 gelding. 15.3h. Extremely well broke- has enough maintenance issues that may keep him from the show pen without substantial $$ investment or being ok with lower level competition or a hit and miss schedule, but that's OK since he just wants to trail ride occasionally and be a pasture puff anyway. Easy to handle, great for vet and farrier, awesome babysitter for young stock in the pasture, husband horse quality (drinking couch) when riding in a group, would prefer next level up from rank beginner when riding alone. Just an all around good soul that doesn't have a big place in our program and deserves that ideal soft landing. Lower 4 figures. Ideal situations ONLY.
4yo 15h gelding. Rides and drives. Take him trail riding one day and go ride a dressage test or ranch riding pattern the next. Drag things off him. Shoot off him. Western saddle, hunt saddle, dressage saddle, NO saddle.... he doesn't care. Great for vet and farrier. Baths and vacuums are ok. Clippers are a work in progress. Will work for any level of rider, but the better you are, the more you'll get out of him- recommended for Intermediate and up. Real life unicorns are not cheap. 25,×××.
#2 "thing that just makes sense here"- we keep WD-40 in our grooming box. From sticking hinges, latches, pins, squeaky wheelbarrow tires, snaps- what have you!- we have one FAVORITE use for it, however.........
Sometimes we go through a lot of Magic Cushion around here- either here at home, or especially at shows where horses spend a lot of time walking on sub-optimal footing. It's messy, sticky, stuff. Even if you wear gloves, you get it on your hands. If your horse lays down with it in they often get it on themselves. The quickest, easiest, way to remove it from yourself or your horse? WD-40.
Spray it on generously, wipe it off.
This also works for pine sap for turned out horses, or horses stalled in fresh rough cut.
(And Pine tar, turpentine, reducine, and all sorta of sticky tropicals, but especially the counter-irritants)
Get Magic Cushion here: https://amzn.to/3WdXsQg
Get WD-40 here: https://amzn.to/3TNPsUj
As a play off the tik-tok trend of "..things we do that just make sense.." we're going to have a new series of tips, tricks and hacks!
#1- Thing we do that just makes sense here....
We use Forever Forks- flexible tine, curved basket forks. Supposedly rated such that a tractor can drive over them and they don't break (we haven't tested THAT!) we use these because, let's face it- at some point your help is going to step on one of these and try to use it like it's a pointed shovel.. or a rake. 😳🤦♀️🤷♀️
Get your Forever Fork head here... they conveniently fit most all handles! https://amzn.to/3U7LfdS
WHERE'S MY OPEN SHOW, 4-H, LOCAL AQHA PEEPS AT?
2013 AQHA mare. 15.1h. Suitable for a novice under professional supervision. Ranch or western pleasure, take your pick. 9.5k. Negotiable to right situation. Located Central NY.
2013 AQHA mare. Western Pleasure or Ranch, youth or Amateur, 4h through lower level AQHA
Sneak p*ekin' 👀 today's video of a little amateur/youth/open show/4h friendly mare that can do the pleasure OR the ranch. Sweet and fun!
She was a back burner type thats just been in steady work for the first time since she was 3 this summer. She's priced in the upper 4 figures. PM me if you want the video tonight before I share it publicly.
9yo AQHA mare.
Be sure to add us to your show schedule for 2023!!!
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I don't care how long you've been doing this... every horse you come across has something to teach you, if you just listen. Maybe the lesson isn't a new one. Maybe it's just a gentle reminder of something in a new way, or the right way in that moment so that it really sticks.
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The cool thing about putting other riders on a horse is it gives you a great idea of where they REALLY are at with their training, and sometimes, if you're lucky, and you've been working on a specific problem area, it can give you clear insight into the source. 💡 #thelightbulbgoesoff
Continuing to improve in her less favorite all around events (🤣) Ella & The Stride Guide placed 5th/6th/3rd with scores of 77, 76 1/2, and 80 in competitive Youth Showmanship class.
He wasn't about to set any speed records, but he was good and quiet and that was what I asked of him. ❤️🦄 #Zeus #unicornintraining
Ella and Bruno getting it right on their way to winning Champion Youth English for the second day
Ella and Bruno proving that no matter how many times it goes right, sometimes it just doesn't. #horseskeepyouhumble
Some horses just possess a special "it" factor. We just have to hone it.. #unicornintraining #gettingthembroke
Considering that cantering, leads, and steering while cantering on the correct lead are all new to him, I'm pretty impressed with Zeus. Both super greenies had a great day- they rose (and exceeded) our expectations for them. I will say he's on track. Time to work on more shoulder control... both to set him up to learn how to really turnaround, and to keep him from even *thinking* that dragging me back to the line up is an option 😆
From straight lines down the side of the road to confidently making shapes in the wide open. He's shaping up into one neat as hell riding horse. Vid cred: Ella
I thought I'd check and see how my former buggy horse would do without a bit in his mouth, or reins pulling on his head. He was understandably confused at first, but I think he did just fine for his first time. 🦄 #Zeus #unicornintraining #gettingthembroke #4yo #canadianchevalxmorgan
Some days he knows he's a fancy show horse, some days he doesn't. #letthembehorses #gettingthembroke #thestrideguide
Barn hack #929104 For those barn dogs and cats blowing their coats- if you don't have an undercoat rake handy those black combs by Goody work great. (Also.works great on Donkey foreheads😂)
I really love this horse, and he's finally starting to figure it out and TRY.❤️🔥 Always Kiss Goodnite (Kissin The Girls × Goodbars N Laces) and his owner, Margaret Roberts
This just goes to show.... not every horse is easy to lunge AND video. Some, if you get just this--><-- much out of position, or even breathe in a way that sounds like "whoa"... you are done. 😂😂
As nice as it is to have a horse come together for you, it's much nicer when you can get them and the owner together. #gettingthembroke
Then you have the babies that act like they came out of the womb being saddled. (They did not come out being lunged while also videoing however 🤦♀️🤣)
This is this ones version of a very bad day... he's not easy, but see why I can't really call him "tough"? 🤣❤💋 #myfavoriteredsquirrel #gettingthembroke #alwayskissgoodnite He's at that push, pull, bump around stage, which is never particularly pretty, but the lightbulb is starting to go off. I hope, for his sake, his front end catches up to the height of the back end soon 🤦♀️🤷♀️🦄