The awards committee at our saddle club came up with a neat party favor one year, the pocket halter. A finely braided strand of rope, about eight feet long, attached to a metal ring, and boasting a leather “tail”, the pocket halter will be part of my “going out the door” gear from now on. It fits in the large pocket of your barn jacket, and serves many purposes. As the name implies, it becomes an instant halter, ready in seconds to catch the wayward horse or other critter. You would not want to tie a horse in this arrangement because you could squeeze its head off. On th
The Thoroughbred gelding had been jumping the green and white, two-foot flower jump for days. This was just another routine schooling. As the horse cantered the line, his rider balanced over the balls of her feet in a classic two-point. She shortened the reins for better contact, looked ahead, and prepared herself for liftoff. The horse pricked his ears toward the jump, boldly cantered forward, then skidded to a halt, swerved right, then left, then right and, feeling his rider come unbalanced, scrambled away from the jump. She hauled on the reins, but the gelding continued his mad scramble. The rider slammed to the ground, head first. She didn’t move. Others in the arena ran to help, but seconds later, she stood up on her own. She was shaken and covered in the mud of the puddle her body hit.
"There are two parts to a rider really moving in harmony with the horse. First, the rider’s hips must move to follow the horse’s movement. The second thing is relaxation. To nail the lead change, you must move and work as one." - America's Horse Daily
This is one of the best articles I've read on getting the flying lead change. It's also got links for building your horse up to the flying lead change.
Hobbes, Cooper and Diva together placed in the top four in one of the Hunter on the Flat classes at the CSU Fall Schooling show.
Cooper, a Paint - Warmblood cross, did a great job in his first class ever in the CSU Equine Center stadium. Cooper is for sale as a lady's or child's eventer prospect.
"The jump with the green box under it is evil."
"And I did it all with no bit in my mouth."
It doesn't look like much, just a box covered in green astro-turf, a couple of rails squaring off the top, and some wings, but this is the jump they all hated, and it had the most refusals of any jump at the show.
"The Chore Horse competition is a test of skill for driver and horses. There is a prescribed course of different tasks that must be attempted in the correct sequence. The tasks are all things that a working team would have to do in the course of their work. Teams are judged on disposition, power, versatility, precision and agility."- The Cochrane Eagle
Bonnie (background, below) and her pal, Little Bit, take a grazing break. We notice that our older horses move much better during grazing season. The constant movement lubricates stiff joints. And yes, we are happy to say that Bonnie's Gorilla-Taped grazing muzzle continues to hold up. (Bonnie is a real-life horse character in the novel, Winning Bet, a clean read for 'tweens and teens.)
Our very own Kalinda and Kalvin had a great day at the Colorado Horse Park earlier this month. Kalvin pulled an 8th out of this dressage ride, but redeemed himself in the stadium jumping and over the cross country course. The duo ended up first overall in the Beginner Novice division! For those of us who know and love Kalvin, this win highlighted a long journey of faith and determination on Kalinda's part. Last year, Kalvin achieved the singular feat of leaping the arena fence sideways, and taking much of it with him. (Photo compliments of Cayla Stone.)