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Once upon a time. Lots of horses kept me thin & fit. Sigh. I would love to visit Alex. Gotta call Myra one of these days...
10/16/2021

Once upon a time. Lots of horses kept me thin & fit. Sigh. I would love to visit Alex. Gotta call Myra one of these days. 💙

Banner Day. Got the souvenir pic of Biltmore between the ears. 😂 26.1 miles. 2nd LD. First Top Ten. At completion the ve...
09/24/2021

Banner Day. Got the souvenir pic of Biltmore between the ears. 😂 26.1 miles. 2nd LD. First Top Ten. At completion the vet asked me if I even rode him :) and I felt so incredibly proud that I teared up a little bit. 💙. Hot Shot placed 7th.
Whoot! Whoot! 🐎👍⭐😘🐎

Made it! Vetted in! Hot Shot so chill :) 💙
09/23/2021

Made it! Vetted in! Hot Shot so chill :) 💙

Photos from Frog Field Farm's post
09/05/2021

Photos from Frog Field Farm's post

Tonight Dodged all the storms and got a great ride in :) 💙 Hope everyone stayed safe!
08/18/2021

Tonight
Dodged all the storms and got a great ride in
:) 💙 Hope everyone stayed safe!

08/10/2021

You Know Darn WellWhen You Cast Your Spell....
08/06/2021

You Know Darn Well
When You Cast Your Spell....

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08/01/2021

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07/31/2021

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Friendship Between a Horse And Malamute Caught In Mesmerizing Photos
02/23/2020
Friendship Between a Horse And Malamute Caught In Mesmerizing Photos

Friendship Between a Horse And Malamute Caught In Mesmerizing Photos

This gallery is created by Russian photographer, Svetlana Pisareva perfectly shows this unique bond, it’s a friendship between a husky dog and a beautiful grey horse that blends well with the snow around them. The images are so good we wouldn’t be surprised if we see these two staring in their o...

Four simple rules for preventing winter colic
02/16/2020
Four simple rules for preventing winter colic

Four simple rules for preventing winter colic

When the weather turns colder, certain types of colic are more common. But four measures can help protect your horse from seasonal pains in the gut.

02/11/2020
Burch Farm

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Who knew a miniature pony could be so entertaining! This one is a week old!
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National Equine Resource Network
01/25/2020

National Equine Resource Network

Horses do speak, but only to those who listen.

Soul Alchemy
11/10/2019

Soul Alchemy

"We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth." ― Henry Beston

Girl With The Ball Cap
09/25/2019

Girl With The Ball Cap

Gene Carter, the last man to sit on the legendary Man o' War, passed away today at the age of 93. He was still working forty hours a week at the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park. I had the pleasure of spending countless hours with him during my hundreds of visits over the years, and he was one of the best people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I would say "rest easy," but I know he won't. Resting was the one thing this man wasn't much good at. Instead, I wish him a happy reunion with Lill and CH Gypsy Supreme.

06/16/2019
Reese Waters

Reese Waters

Serena Williams new Nike Commercial 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Love my Ovation Helmets!!!
03/27/2019

Love my Ovation Helmets!!!

Want to stand out in the ring this spring? 🤩💎 The Ovation Riding Z-6 Glitz Helmet will add a touch of bling ✨ without breaking the bank and is available in 5 fashion forward color options. Visit https://bit.ly/2MfZcnn to find your shine!

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03/23/2019

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Hear Hear
03/12/2019

Hear Hear

For this week’s tip I’d like to introduce a concept from Darren Harday called “the Compound Effect” that I have applied in many areas of my life for many years now, and in particular to the sport of Dressage and how I approach my horses’ training. I have scratched the surface of this concept in several of my previous posts, but I’d like to dive deeper into it today.

The Compound Effect is an approach based on the idea that small, seemingly insignificant daily, consistent actions and choices, will build momentum towards greater pay offs on the long term, rather than implementing much larger but short term changes. If I can give you an example related to life choices in general, it would be to make small changes in your diet daily to lose or maintain a certain weight on the long term, instead of going through a 30-day drastic diet for which the benefits might not last. Or to stick to a routine of working out or going for a walk for 20min every day, and creating a habit, rather than perhaps signing up a very difficult gym bootcamp and quitting after two weeks.

When it comes to dressage, and in fact training horses in general, we will only be rewarded publicly (with good show results for example) by small and consistent actions we take every day privately. Each small action taken separately might not seem important if we do not follow through. For example, deciding not to ride today because it is too cold, or because you are tired. Yet, it is because you offer a routine to your horse, with regular rides, that you end up winning the championships at the end of the season. Not because you hurry up riding your horse frequently two weeks before a show. We are only human, some days I am tired, or I have a tight schedule, but I always make the effort to at the very least get my horse tacked up and give it a short ride.



We live in a world where instant result and instant gratification are accessible everywhere. And this is not at all an issue that we can only attribute to millennials! In the horse world, we can witness every day this category of riders who will indulge in expecting very quick results through short term actions such as changing trainer each time they face an obstacle, or going into a frantic mission (driven by worry and fear) of changing the saddle, diet, turnout schedule, barn, tack whenever a problem is being faced in the training. I vividly remember a particular rider I got acquainted with who kept importing horses from Europe with a dream of each horse being their next big thing. Until the horse would start to be too naughty, too spooky or would start to develop an issue in the training. It would then be sold and another horse would be imported. The pattern kept continuing with at least 6 horses. Because what was sought after is an instant result with the expectation of not having to overcome problems and having a straight path to the olympics. This is pure delusion.
Pay offs will only happen if you stick to providing consistency in the training program, hard work, self-discipline, patience, and accept to fail over and over. This is not to say that you shouldn’t make small adjustments to your trajectory to solve a problem A or B, but if you make an adjustment you need to give yourself and the horse time before seeing positive results out of it.

Sometimes we have this false belief that successful riders at the top of our sport are some kind of heroes, who were born with different abilities, and that they could make any horse instantly look amazing. I do not believe this is true, however I can assure you that each of them apply this concept, even if they never heard about it. They most likely have very strict discipline, and provide a very consistent training to their horses. On the long term, they can make any horse look amazing if you give them enough time, because of the compound effect.

Now let’s be realistic, showing up to ride your horse on a cold or a hot day while other riders don’t is not the only reason why you will get a bigger pay off than they do down the road. What has to happen also, is to apply consistent actions to yourself and to the horse under saddle that will lead you to make your partnership progress. This is where having a good coach or trainer, being emotionally balanced while riding, being physically balanced while riding, being tactful with the horse when needed, and correct the horse when needed comes into play.

If we consider the example of three riders who have the same skills, the exact same horse, and let’s imagine the same potential access to training, we can definitely consider 3 different outcomes if we look at it from the lens of the Compound Effect:

Rider 1: make it a priority to ride her horse 5 days a week despite being busy with work, family obligations and being exhausted sometimes. She takes one lesson a week and makes sure to ask her trainer about her homework in between each lesson and actually works on it while riding on her own. Her philosophy is to let the horse makes a mistake and correct it tactfully each time it is required, without ever getting frustrated. On a cold day when her horse is naughty and she gets a bit scared, she still gives him a good workout on the lunge line or exceptionally ask her trainer to get on it. Each morning she stretches and does 10min of yoga pauses as she believes staying flexible will help her riding. Before going to bed, instead of watching TV she reads Charlotte Dujardin book The Dancing Horse, or watches Training videos on Youtube for 20 min. Her goal is to progress one level up each year with her horse, and she has a plan with her trainer on how to achieve her Bronze medal by next year.



Rider 2: will not ride the horse when temperatures rise above 80F or below 40F, having a month off here and there won’t kill the horse, will it?! She just changed trainer because honestly they kept doing the same things each week to fix that late change her horse has, and she really wants to do third level this year. Her trainer wanted to work on straightness and canter quality, whereas she thinks they need to practice the change itself over and over. Maybe she should actually bump him up to fourth level, because he might just need a more challenging test to be better. She doesn’t see the need to exercise herself, but the horse is on 4 different supplements because he is very stiff on the right rein. She is starting to be a bit scared of the horse lately because he keeps bolting after his changes; when he does that she puts him away. It’s not worth getting hurt, tomorrow will be a better ride. She wishes she could buy a horse more trained and with more talent so she could get her medals faster.



Rider 3: will ride pretty consistently 2 or 3 times a week, get a lesson with the local trainer at her barn once a week, they don’t really have a plan or objectives for her horse training but she thinks it is important to take lessons regularly. She has a great rapport with her horse, yet she has to admit they have been pretty much stagnating at the same level for years now. She always wanted to show but she thinks she is not talented enough compared to other riders, let’s be realistic.

Looking at these 3 scenarii, which rider do you think will get successful on the long run? I can pretty much assure that riders like Rider 1 will get that horse up the levels successfully and get her medals. Yes, they will have obstacles to overcome, and sometimes she will have a disastrous show. But eventually she will earn all her medals’ scores. Because she is doing a handful of actions consistently over time, which will create a huge reward down the road.

Rider 2 is doing the exact opposite; she is making small poor choices every day, as well as massive changes each time she overcomes a problem, which will lead her to failure on the long run. And of course, she will blame the horse, the previous owner of the horse, and the trainer(s) for her lack of success.

Rider 3 is creating a situation that Tony Robbins calls the “no man’s land”; she is neither compelling good nor bad choices daily, she is just staying in her comfort zone, refusing to overcome failure and obstacles and accepting the reality as it is, rather than pursuing her dreams. This my friend is when you wake up when your horse is 18 years old and you still struggle to do the same exercises than when the horse was 8, even though you have taken on and off lessons all your life, and wonder what the hell happened? It is never too late, regardless of your and the horse’s age, to start implementing small changes every day, raising your standards and getting out of your comfort zone one step at a time. Dressage is one of the few equestrian sports when both the rider and the horse can compete at a later age!



Dressage is a sport of hard work requiring to do small, seemingly insignificant, yet consistent things daily, believing that it will compound into a great reward. When someone criticizes one of my horses in the present moment, I never take it personally because I know for a fact that in X number of years, if I keep applying what I am doing today, this horse will be amazing in the eyes of the public. When people think that I’ve been lucky to find such a nice horse, that the horse is naturally talented and I probably spent a lot of money for it...I do not protest even though this is not the reality. It is my biggest reward in the contrary, because it means that what I’ve done consistently made the horse appear that way. Your strength is to believe that your horse IS already amazing, your job is to make it happen patiently in the background by applying consistent, small, yet powerful actions.

On the picture: Southern Belle SWF, photo credit: Susan Stickle

Vincent Flores
USDF Gold, Gold Bar, Silver & Bronze Medalist
Vincent Flores Dressage, LLC
http://vfdressage.webs.com/

03/04/2019
Keep the art of classical riding at the SRS

Keep the art of classical riding at the SRS

Schulquadrille mit 12 Reitern aus dem Jahre 1995
Quadrille with 12 riders dating from 1995

(Before privatisation and change of the trainings methods)
(Vor der Privatisierungund Änderung der Trainingsmethoden)

Quelle: Freundeskreis der Klassischen Wiener Reitkunst

The Helpful Art Teacher
03/03/2019

The Helpful Art Teacher

02/17/2019
ZDoggMD

Important Stuff

If you've got young daughters, please watch this.

Yes
02/17/2019

Yes

I get it, a majority of kids love to jump. I do too. I look forward to my weekly jump schooling session and competitions. Jumping is part of the motivation, for me, that goes into flat-work.

What I struggle with is the kids who who jump everyday, any-day. Whats more infuriating is the parents that encourage it.

A pony or a horse only has so many jumps in its life. A pony is not built or bred to be jumped everyday. Especially now that we are in the middle of summer, the ground is rock hard.

I just have to go on social media and witness the daily array of photos and videos of kids jumping their ponies. Day after day.

There are three reasons why as a general rule, my horses are limited to jump schooling one to two times a week.
-The basics. Limiting my jump schooling sessions encourages me to focus on the flatwork. anyone who had me as a coach will have heard me say, 'jumping is just flatwork over sticks'. One wise coach taught me this years ago. 99% of the issues I have jumping can be corrected by going back to the flatwork.
-Injury prevention. Horses are not designed to jump and jump and jump everyday. You risk lameness and the potential of a pony 'breaking down'. The impact of daily jumping is increased when the ground gets rock hard, like right now.
-Boredom. My horses love to jump. Just like humans horses get bored of doing the same thing again and again and again. Every week my horses routine is a mixture of hacking, flat-work, fitness work (especially Hippo), and jump schooling.

To the parents, this is your job to educate your kid. And its starts right at the beginning when they are learning to jump. Its saying 'No, the pony has jumped enough', when they plead to keep on going. Its your job to listen to the coaches when they say enough jumping. Its your job to teach your kid about the idea of quality jumping over quantity jumping.

A horse/pony only has a limited number of jumps. If for nothing else then the sake of the horse think quality of quantity, less jumping better jumping.



P.C Jane Thompson, throwback to Taupo 3DE 2018, Hippo's most recent eventing start.

Isn't God Grand?
02/08/2019

Isn't God Grand?

The magnificent horse...golden slippers or fairy slippers (eponychium) is the soft capsule-like shield around the foals hooves, which protects the mare's uterus and birth canal during pregnancy and birth.

Approximately 24 hours after birth, there’s hardly any evidence of this miracle!

Since mother and baby might have to flee a predator, the babies hooves have to be at the ready. So the golden slippers protect the birth canal from completely formed hooves, while allowing the baby to run quickly if needed, when shedded off, after birth.

Mother Nature at her best!

Stolen Horse International-NetPosse.com
01/30/2019

Stolen Horse International-NetPosse.com

JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT: This does not have anything to do with missing horses. Sometimes we just want to take a break from the heartbreak we see on a daily basis.

So, have you ever wondered if your horse prefers to be scratched or patted as a reward? Well, a group of scientists in England investigated the effects of patting versus wither-scratching in 10 riding school horses. Which do you think is better?

Have a great week and don't forget to share one of our NetPosse Alerts and help a victim out today.

Read the full article here: https://www.wahpetondailynews.com/community/to-scratch-or-pat-that-is-the-question/article_4a8af542-2114-11e9-96cf-87f68d6b83de.html

Temple Grandin on Looking through the Eyes of Animals
01/28/2019
Temple Grandin on Looking through the Eyes of Animals

Temple Grandin on Looking through the Eyes of Animals

How do animals perceive the world? Differently than us, animal behaviorist Temple Grandin told a Tufts audience on January 8. But it’s important to remember that even though that’s the case, she said, they have emotions like ours.

Wow
01/18/2019

Wow

The importance of radiography!!! A client who just took ownership of this horse wanted us to take radiographs to assess why his hoof was malformed. He had some abscesses that had popped out at the coronet band. The radiographs took us all by surprise!! Nobody knows how long this guy had a nail in that foot. Plus he was barely lame!!! 😯😯

After a nerve block was performed, the nail was removed. We soaked his foot with betadine and water to help clean out the bacteria. He now has some antibiotic paste in the nail hole and his foot is wrapped. He also got a tetanus booster and started on systemic antibiotics.

This is one lucky horse! This could have turned out much worse for him. We are definitely not out of the woods yet, but it looks like he should make a full recovery.

Horse and Hound always has a mobile radiograph unit on the truck! We are always ready and excited to take some pictures to better diagnose issues with your horse. Or dog. Or cat. Or goat. Whatever you have, we can take it! 📸📸🐎🐕🐈🦄🦓🐖🐄🐐🐫🦆📸📸

Fox Run Equine Center
01/16/2019

Fox Run Equine Center

Don't Worry, Be Happy: 5 Ways to Fight Riding Burnout
07/26/2018
Don't Worry, Be Happy: 5 Ways to Fight Riding Burnout

Don't Worry, Be Happy: 5 Ways to Fight Riding Burnout

I remember getting frustrated so many times with my riding career as I became more focused, and, okay - a little obsessed - with my results. I wanted to prove to myself (and maybe a few others) that I was a good rider, and I needed those baby blues as evidence. I was trapped in a vicious cycle - the...

REI
07/22/2018
REI

REI

Doctors are prescribing time in nature. And new research shows these 'scripts can help reduce stress among low-income patients.

07/12/2018
Catterick Racecourse

Haha the cow wins

Absolute carnage in the St. Teresa's Charity Pantomime Horse Race!!

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