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OIHS22 - Class 3 - Art of War and Kris Cole, up - 2022 - Richfield Video Archive
Another beautiful piece of work from Allyson! ❤️. So grateful for her!
Connection: I believe art is a connection, like passing on a flame.
Connection..."I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive so beautiful as a horse. "
Channing Therrien and her lovely bay Morgan mare, Hylees Reflection (ZZ Top X Hylees Diamond Fantasy)
Connection...If we could read the minds of animals, we would find only truths.
Connection...Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.
This goes for us trainers as well…
Connection...It is the horse's gift to connect us with Heaven and our own footsteps.
Shelly Mizrahi and her 6 year old Morgan gelding Art of War (Whispering War Chant x Alliteration)
The whorls on a horses body can give us great insight to the inner working of the horse. When the fetus is developing in the womb the skin and the brain develop at the same time, before the eighteenth week of gestation. Because they develop at the same time changes in the fetus create corresponding changes in the skin and hair growth. These give us a window, an outside mark, that shows us what is happening on the inside.
Whorls on the forehead show us a horses temperament. Whorls on the body show us how their muscles and conformation affect their movement.
🐴 High Whorl~High whorled horses are extroverts, are very invested in the external world, everything going on around them. They want to go, to be moving all the time. Emotional and sensitive they will be as brave as they can be and eager to please with a sensitive supportive rider or a nervous wreck with a harsh rider who doesn't give the support they need.
🐴 Center Whorl~A single center whorl doesn't tell us much except that we don't see any extremes of temperament based on the whorl. In order to get a good idea of the temperament we would need to look at the whole head to get clues from the rest of the features
🐴 Low Whorl~A low whorl shows an introvert. A horse who is content within themselves. They are thinking, processing the information around them. Sometimes people make the mistake of underestimating their intelligence because they don’t respond immediately, which is a major mistake. Introverts can be extremely intelligent, they just don’t run around telling everyone about it like an extrovert does. They have a quiet, droll sense of humor.
🐴 High Side by Side Double Whorls~High double side by side whorls show a horse who is a left brain extrovert, with some right brain extrovert mixed in. They are sensitive, extremely quick learners. Bold, calm, curious, and confident, they can concentrate intently on a job but will get bored with repetition. You have to give them a reason to be interested. They can be a super power in the right hands, or they can completely run over a person.
🐴 Stacked Double Whorls~Stacked double whorls show a horse with a double personality, quiet and excitable, spooky but trustworthy. They are sensitive and need a rider who understands them. In the right hands they can make great horses whose quirks keep life interesting, in the wrong hands they can be neurotic.
🐎 Body whorls~When there is a single whorl on the body, without a matching whorl on the other side, the horse will prefer to bend in that direction, around the whorl.
🐎 Throatlatch Whorls~Large whorls in the throatlatch area will cause a horse to want to carry their head in front of vertical. They wont want to tuck their nose down tightly and will often carry extra muscle on the base of their neck.
🐎 Only looking at the whorls on a horses forehead limits the wealth of information we can gather. What whorls does you horse have? On the forehead and all across their body? 🐎
By Noche Miller
Find the book Understanding Horse Whorls, THE guide to what we can tell about the inside of the horse by looking at the clues on the outside. Just click here: https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Horse-Whorls-Noche-Miller/dp/B09CRTST71/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1I43Z0D0UBPYB&keywords=understanding+horse+whorls&qid=1650986794&sprefix=understanding+horse+w%2Caps%2C224&sr=8-1
“It’s absolutely mind boggling if you think about it.
Your horse gets absolutely nothing out of being competitive for you. Not a darn thing. Of course horses are bred for specific jobs, or they’re bred to be athletic to a certain degree. However, horses don’t wake up thinking about chasing cans, or cows, or flying over jumps.
They have no idea how much money is added to the pot.
They have no idea that this is a qualifier. They have no idea that this is the short go.
And DESPITE us... DESPITE our nerves, our flaws, our incorrect ques, our huge emotions, they get the job done to their very best ability. Even when we fail them by letting our emotions get in the way, they come back and they try again. For US. Whoa. Let that sink in. If only we could all be so understanding.
To think of an animal that is forgiving and flexible enough to put up with the repetition of practice, the intense nerves of the rider, the stress of hauling and still meet you at the gate for scratches is MIND. BLOWING.
If you haven’t done so lately. Thank your horse.
If you’re successful, thank the horses that put you there and made you. Thank the horses that gave everything they had for you simply because you ASKED them to.
If you’re still on the journey to success, thank the horses that made you fall in love with your sport and who have helped give you the confidence to want to learn more and be better.
We can never stop learning as horsemen and horsewomen, and by continuing our education every horse in our future will be better off.
Next time you head to the arena leave your ego at the door and thank your horse!”
Bridle Creek Stables is happy to announce that we have had a stall added to our section here at Cavallino Farm for a horse in training!! PM or call me to find out more about all the amenities we can offer you and your horse!!!
What To Do When Your Horse Pulls
“Pulling” is something that is absolutely under your control and something you can change if you focus on your aids and timing.
Some people have already kicked off their show season and some people are gearing up for next month. Take time to remember the following, we look forward to everyone this year.
1. Horses don’t get broke at home. Be brave and enter!
2. EVERY disappointment at the show is a learning opportunity..... Be humble, be open to change.
3. Everyone gets nervous. Everyone has bad days. Everyone makes mistakes. Literally: EVERYONE!
4. Don’t watch others in the warmup ring and start changing what you have been doing - if you see something cool or you want to step up your game that’s homework for after the show!
5. When we run out of knowledge, we often punish our horses. Seek help instead.
6. Be a competitor! But be a horseman first. There is always someone watching who sees you as a role model.
7. Supporting your fellow competitors and engaging with people will enrich your show life.
8. Know the rules of competition! Make sure your attire and tack is legal. Read the rule book, ask questions and be well prepared.
9. Have FUN, don’t sweat the small stuff!
Thank you Liz Haben for sharing this!
Human nature says that if we are doing 8 out of 10 things well, the 2 out of 10 things we are struggling with are the things that occupy 80-90% of our thoughts.
We start to beat ourselves down for those 2 things instead of celebrating the 8 things we are doing well.
Pretty soon, the thing we love becomes the biggest source of exhaustion and frustration.
If we’re not careful, we can do this to ourselves in horsemanship, our careers, and other aspects of our lives, too.
Allow yourself to celebrate your successes. No one has it all figured out yet. Give yourself the grace to learn and fail. Failure is part of the journey.
Kristin Newswanger, Jenny Ninios, Channing Therrien, Shelly Mizrahi, Lauren Ligas…
The outside rein is the most underused and poorly understood of all the aids, and here’s why.
Guess who had the biggest trot and who had the slowest canter? 😁
We love seeing everyone riding together!
THE FRONTAL LOBE OF THE HORSE’S BRAIN IS NEARLY NON-EXISTENT.
How does this apply to schooling/training? Frontal lobes are involved in higher mental functions such as reasoning. This means that horses cannot reason or plan to be naughty. They cannot be blamed for bad behavior or poor performance. They cannot recognize future consequences. Horses simply react to the situation. They learn through conditioning and memory.
I see and hear so many riders anthropomorphize their horses instead of finding better training tools. Phrases such as, ‘he just likes to be difficult’ or ‘this pony is so naughty’ or ‘he understands or knows what I want, but won’t do it’, or ‘he moves his hindquarters at every halt just to irritate me’. Horses do not know what we want unless we explain it in a manner that they can understand immediately.
A few months ago a rider told me how her horse ‘just does not want to co-operate’. It started with overt flight behavior and then became a subtle ‘snatchy’ movement of the nose. I asked her whether it could be due to discomfort. She answered, ‘no, she is just naughty’. It turned out that the horse was suffering from laminitis and was in severe discomfort! It made me want to cry.
At the moment I am training a young horse from scratch. I also used phrases such as, ‘she has a short fuse’ and ‘she challenges me every step of the way’. Then I realized that everything I was doing on this horse was completely new to her. I realized how frightening that must be for an animal with no reasoning ability. She was actually trying hard to understand me, but when new instructions were a tad confusing, she showed me in no uncertain terms that she did not understand it. The horse’s reactions to learning new skills all depends on personality. This particular horse is extremely sensitive and an introvert. Utopia, my older horse, is less sensitive and a complete extrovert. She can deal with much more pressure than the youngster. The message for me is that I must train each horse with the kind of pressure which they can deal with. Each horse has a different tolerance for pressure. Us riders have to be adaptable to each horse’s ability to deal with pressure. Personally I find that most behavioral problems stem from confusion, discomfort and too much pressure. Photo is the equine brain in front of the human brain.
Thanks to Karin Blignault for the info!!
Good morning everyone!! The updated, refreshed website is live! Show season is sooner than you think, well for us southerners anyway, and we are accepting a limited number of horses for training! Feel free to browse the website and be sure to watch the cool video! Give me a call and see what we can do for you and your horse!! www.BridleCreekstable.com
Located in Pinellas county, FL, Bridle Creek Stables is a full-service show facility specializing in horse training for Morgans and American Saddlebreds.
""When a lot of folks can't get a horse to operate on a feel, in a snaffle, what most are going to tell you "hell, get a little more bridle, get a little more shank on it, get a chain on it" and then when he's really wanting to flip over then "tie his head down". If he really runs into the tie down then "get a bicycle chain over his nose".............I mean it DOESN'T STOP, IT BECOMES MEDIEVAL WHAT THEY DO.
But when you get a horse to where he's operating on a feel; it doesn't make much difference what you have.
Whereas a lot of people leave the snaffle bit because they flunked out, they failed...............and then they go and get another bit.
Of course these tack salesmen love that. They go and get another bit and then they flunk out in it, ruin their horse. Then they ruin them in that, then get another bit and then pretty soon they've got a whole wall full of bits and they still can't operate the damn thing.
All that money they've wasted on bits; they could've probably bought a decent saddle for the horse so he didn't have to put up with the junk they were riding in. Now that would have been something that would have been worthwhile.
So if you don't get it done in the snaffle (the basics that a horse needs, the fundamental movements that all horses need to do for whatever you have in mind for them) before moving on to something else, well............you're not going to get it."" - Buck Brannaman.
Image of Buck is by Heather Kessler - https://www.facebook.com/kesslerphoto
Just a few of the photos from the Ligas family photo shoot. Sorry for delay, was having FB issues. 😊
I DID NOT KNOW... by Alissa Kelly
I did not know a horse could bring people into your life that end up meaning the most to you.
I did not know a horse could make the hardest days of your life bearable.
I did not know a horse could teach you to put others first.
I did not know a horse could remind you time and time again that your gut is always right.
I did not know a horse could break your heart.
I did not know a horse could pick you up when you have fallen apart.
I did not know a horse could teach you to dream again, after you thought it was not possible.
I did not know a horse could make you believe in yourself.
I did not know a horse could teach responsibility, work ethic, and dedication.
I did not know a horse could make you believe in something when no one else does.
I did not know a horse could make you learn to forgive and forget.
I did not know a horse could humble you faster than you can say humble.
I did not know a horse could make you a winner.
I did not know a horse could also teach you how to lose gracefully.
I did not know a horse could instill patience in you.
I did not know a horse could make you listen better.
I did not know a horse could give you their heart.
I did not know a horse could change your life.
I did not know a horse could do all these things...
but now I know. ❤️❤️
Bridle Creek Stables updated their address.
"Stretch your arm out to the side, holding something like a pencil vertically in your hand. Look straight ahead. You won’t see the pencil in this position. You can’t even see your arm. Now move your arm slowly in a wide outstretched semi-circle toward the front, keeping your eyes focused on a distant point in front of you. The pencil remains invisible until it reaches almost a 45-degree angle. Human vision is limited to roughly 45 degrees on either side of our noses, for a total of about 90 degrees. By contrast, if we held a pencil straight out from the side of a horse’s head, it would be almost in the center of his vision. With eyes on the sides of his head, he catches a 340-degree view, almost four times greater than the range we see. Imagine what would happen if we humans had four times more vision to process every second of the day. We’d be edgy, too!" Janet Jones in Horse Brain, Human Brain, published by TSB. ❤️ 🐴 📕
Janet Jones, PhD, will be speaking at in West Springfield, MA! Don't miss her talks on Saturday and Sunday on the Seminar Stage in the Better Living Center--we promise it will change the way you think about horses and their behavior! See you in West Springfield. 😄
Even though the banquet isn’t until January, the Florida Morgan Horse Association (which includes some very competitive friends from GA and AL) has posted their Year End High Point Winners! Join me in congratulating Channing Therrien and her horses on their Awards!!
First up is Hylee’s Reflection wo is Champion Amateur Hunter Pleasure Horse! Next is Zwee who is Champion Open English Pleasure Horse! And last but certainly not least is Channing who is Reserve Champion Overall Amateur Rider!! Proud trainer moment!! 😃🥰🍾
Even though the banquet isn’t until January, I’d like to Congratulate Channing Therrien and her horses on their Florida Morgan Horse Association (which includes some very competitive friends from Ga and AL) year end High Point Awards. First up is Zwee who is Champion Open English Pleasure Horse, next up is Hylee’s Reflection who is Champion Amateur Hunter Pleasure, and last but certainly not least is Channing who is Reserve Champion Overall Amateur Rider!! Proud Trainer Moment. 🥰🍾😃🤩
2021 Summer's End Horse Show
2021 Summer's End Horse Show
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We are ready to roll here at Blue Ridge! Horses working great and it’s supposed to cool down tomorrow. Watch for Victoria and her two special hunters giving it all they’ve got in I’m sure what will be large deep Jr Ex Hunter Pleasure, Youth Hunter Pleasure, and Hunt Seat Equitation classes.
Ready to go in OKC! Horses working great, kids come tomorrow 😁
Congratulations Lauren! Welcome to the Bridle Creek family! 2018 will be a good year 😊
Just wanting to let everybody know who came today to watch me ride this new horse want them to know thank you so much for coming I enjoyed the new baby in our family she will have a phenomenal time at Kris Cole‘s barn
Come see us in Barn 4 and meet the awesome horses we have for sale!
Ready for Oklahoma 2017!
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