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Rules...Rules..

Rules!! by Crystal Lyons

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’ve enjoyed several state parks over the years, but this is the first time I was ever kicked out of one. I was riding in the Smokey Mts. and headed out with Camo (my dog) running alongside. After a fairly long ride, I came to the top of a gorgeous, several tiered waterfall and headed on down the road to where I could see it from the bottom up. Well….I came upon this place where the road looped way on around and down below, you could see the road looping back. Well heck….why take the road waaaaay around when you can simply bail your horse over the side and go straight down the hill?? Makes perfect sense to me….. I DID see a sign saying that wasn’t allowed but, I just figured that was there for those who can’t ride. So off the hillside we went and happily that much closer to the desired destination. I did happen to hear a man’s voice hol-

lering something, but since I HAD seen the sign that read “NOT to do”…..I figured it best to pretend I didn’t hear. You know…. like the men do us women! Well I enjoyed the ride, the waterfall and all else I could explore horseback and was walking my horse down this road when a park ranger drove up and got out of his truck. He seemed particularly agitated as he approached me and I could hear a couple other guys on his radio, saying that they “couldn’t find the girl”. He first wanted some I.D. I’m like….I don’t carry ID on me when I ride! Then He wanted to know my license plate #. “Are you kidding?” I haven’t a CLUE what it is other than Texas plates. So I politely told him where my truck was parked… TX plates….a 2 ton Freightliner. There’s no other rig like it in the parking lot. Well….it seems several Park Rangers had been scouring all over the park trying to find me because of all the rules I broke…..3 to be exact. (I could only think of 1…..ok….2…..if you counted that it was PROBABLY NOT according to their rules that I be carrying a gun in my boot) The Park Ranger who had me captured started off with rule #1…..my dog wasn’t on a leash. You are KIDDING me! Talk about a set up for a wreck! But he assured me the trail riders rode with

their dogs on a leash. I responded that I had dogs that MINDED. And Camo was perfect proof of that as I had told her to sit and stay right beside my horse, which she did. Rule #2 was the “do not ride over the hill” one…..yep….got that. As

You are KIDDING me!

we continued to visit, I asked “why all the rules”? He answered my questions and I understood why all this malarkey had to be done because of the volume of people coming through the park. I asked him what the 3rd rule was that I broke and he said….”I forgot….you got me all flustered”! I could see him visibly relaxing as he discovered I wasn’t a trouble maker….just a Texas cowgirl used to riding where there wasn’t all these ridiculous rules. Well….even though we had an enjoyable visit….I still got kicked out of the park for that day only. I actually think he was protecting me from getting a ticket from some other agitated Park Rangers. But I made a Park Ranger lighten up and laugh……and I had the good sense NOT tell him about the pistol in my boot. Dadgum rules….they take so much of the fun away!!!

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Consistent Hoof Care for Every Horse is needed every six to eight weeks

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The Beginning T

his article is a precursor to the articles that are coming. In this article I will attempt to explain what the next several articles will be about. These next few articles are going to be about “Ground Play” from my ‘From the Ground Up’ concepts ‘Skills Learning School’ events. In these articles entitled, ‘Ground Play’, I will be attempting to relay the information of the ‘ground skills’ I feel, are a necessity to helping the horse to understand what we are asking when we get in the saddle; And for us, also, to begin to understand the horse. This “Ground Play” concept is something we see the horses do every day. If we will study the horses in the pasture we will see every one of these concepts. Each one has a specific purpose. These “Ground Play” concepts are designed to help put us in the leadership role. I don’t like the term boss or Alpha. Leader is a better term for me. If we think of ‘boss’ or ‘Alpha’ we tend to think in terms of making the horse. I had rather think in terms of ‘teaching’ the horse. Every time we are with our horses, we are teaching; whether good or bad. So, for that reason alone I need to know how the horse thinks and think as the horse does.

In these “Ground Play” concepts we learn some things such as controlling the horses’ feet, whether moving or standing still; which direction to move in; concepts of moving off pressure and why; we will be learning to ask the right questions or ask the questions correctly. Everything we do on the ground does, in some way, transfer to the saddle. This “Ground Play” helps to, also, develop a Thinking Horse. A horse that understands what it is we are asking. It will be our specific body posture our horse will begin recognize as our language and get in tune with it. There will be several AH HA moments as we go through the concepts with our horses. This “Ground Play” series, when used properly, will help to build the horses’ trust in you and yours’ in your horse. You will see how to and why developing a relationship with your horse and a communication system with your horse is so invaluable. It’s MOST important to have such a system. All these concepts are important but I feel the most important concept is, we will begin to develop more of an understanding of your horses’ actions and why they do what they do. AND, you will learn to work/play with the horse that showed up.

Jim Swanner

Don’t miss these next few articles and Blogs of some important information to help you and your horse. So, watch for the next few articles to be about where to begin with your horse and where these concepts will take you. Your horse will ‘Thank you’.

• Jim Swanner is an internationally known Natural Horseman clinician, Keynote speaker, Instructor, teacher and writer • Jim is the host of ‘All About Horses’ radio each Monday morning at 9:30 CST wkac1080.com • Jim is the owner of KIN Stables in Athens, AL where he operates a Natural Horsemanship school and a Horse Boarding facility and also teaches the basics of horseback riding. • Jim has several DVDs/CDs about how to teach horses. • Jim was a Clinician at the Alabama Horse Fair in 2013 and 2015 • Member: Board of Director Alabama Horse Council • Chairperson for March 5/6 2016 Alabama Horse Fair • Writer for: The Valley Star; The Star Sportsman newspapers, Tennessee Valley Agriculture Magazine; Horse and Ranch Magazine • Jim does one-on-one skills learning sessions, group sessions, Mini Clinics, Skills Learning School-1-2 or 3 day events at his facility or yours. Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jim.swanner.9 (personal) www.facebook.com/JimSwanner (professional) www.facebook.com/jimswannermedia 13124 Carter Road Athens, AL 35611 To get more information go to JimSwanner.com or contact Jim directly at 256-874-6781.

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With Richard Winters Horsemanship

o, I’m not talking about your hips. We’ll leave that to the equitation experts and another article. I want to talk about your horses’ hip or hindquarters and how important it is to have control over this part of his body. As you’re working on advancing and refining your horsemanship, hindquarter control will be a huge part of executing maneuvers smoothly and correctly. I was recently at a reined cow horse show and was observing the reining portion of the competition. One rider in particular caught my eye. As he was transitioning from the large fast circle to the small slow circle, something very distinct happened. At the moment of transition he picked up a soft feel and the horse bridled nicely. At the same moment the horses’ hip moved to the inside of the circle. This posture allwed the rider to see his horses’ inside eye. The horses’ shoulders were up and the horses’ hindquarters we’re driving forward with the hip to the inside. The execution of this maneuver not only looked great but also kept the horse from making mistakes such as breaking gait, falling out of lead behind or anticipating a lead change when not asked. If you can put your horse in this kind of posture and frame it will also help with a myriad of other problems you might be encountering. Canter departures, lead changes and spins are just a few of the maneuvers that can be improved if we, and our horse, can master this movement. Moving the hip over is very similar to what our dressage friends might call the haunches in or “travers”. Whether at the walk, trot or lope, both disciplines would agree that forward movement is essential. When I ask my horse to move his hip to the inside I envision the idea of pushing or driving his inside hip up toward his inside eye. All the while maintaining forward movement. When executed correctly, I should be able to draw an imaginary line from my horses’ inside hipbone straight to his inside eye without the line running into any other part of his body. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Your horse must move off of your leg. There needs to be a basic understanding, with no questions asked, that your horse yield away from your leg every time you ask. This begins with a simple “leg yield” with your horse slightly counter bent. That means if you’re stepping sideways to the left you can see the corner of his right eye. This is 16

where it starts. However, as you advance your horse, you’re striving for less counter bend and more straightness in his body. Does your horse move off your leg without the use of spurs? If so, that’s great. If not, spurs could become a useful tool to help you to be more exact and precise with your aids. With your horse moving off of your leg, begin to ask specifically for him to move his hip over. Start this at the standstill. While keeping your horses’ head, neck and shoulders as straight as possible, move your leg back and in asking your horse to move his hip over one step. Envision your horse being hobbled in front. You want him to keep his front end in one place. You also do not want to see your horses’ outside eye. In other words, if you’re moving the hip to the left, you do not want to see his right eye as you did in the simple leg yield. As you advance this maneuver you’ll begin to see more consistently the eye on the same side in which the hip is moving. You also need to begin thinking about where you are applying your leg aid. When moving the hip over, you want your foot or spur to move back to just in front of where a rear cinch would lay. Often times a rider is unaware of where the spur is touching. If you have a back cinch, don’t just spur the leather cinch. That’s some horses best kept secret! With your horse moving his hip over well at the standstill, it is time to ask for this maneuver with forward movement. Now it becomes very important that you have softness in the horses’ head and neck and also good shoulder control. All body control exercises are interconnected. As you gain softness and control over one part of your horses’ body, it will complement and help you as you work on the next part. You might find it beneficial to start pushing the hip over along a fence line. This will help you and your horse maintain more straightness and give you a frame of reference as you are introducing hindquarter control with forward movement. Remember, you want to push the hip to the inside while maintaining the ability to see your horses’ inside eye at the same time. If I am pushing my horses’ hip to the left it would mean that I have a little more contact with my left rein while using my right leg back and in. As with everything else, this maneuver must first be taught at the slower speeds. I would begin at the walk and get my horse very comfortable obtaining this posture.

Spur placement for moving your horses’ hip.

First teach your horse to yield the hindquarters while standing still. I’m using the fence to help introduce “haunches in.”

Then I would begin to ask for this at the trot and then ultimately at the lope. I’ve had the opportunity to be around and learn from some of the world’s greatest western This filly is reaching forward and left with her right hind leg. performance horse trainers. Every one of them, without exception, works on this maneuver of moving the hip over. Each of them might go about it a little different way. Although the techniques might vary, the outcome for each horse is strikingly similar. Get that hip over. Perfecting this maneuver will help you and your horse advance your horsemanship to the next level.

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May June 2016 Every Monday - Burrell Horse Auction, Horse & Tack Sale: Tack 6:00, Horse 8:00; 6450 Bates Pike, Cleveland TN 423-472-0805 First Tuesday of every month National Racking Horse Assoc, Choo Choo Chapter meets at Wally’s Restaurant in East Ridge Tn @ 7pm. New members and visitors always welcome! Jerry Clark 423-667-0440 Fourth Thursday of every month Gordon County Saddle Club monthly meeting @ Gordon County Agricultural Service Center Visitors welcome! Info: (770) 548-5956 First Monday of every month Club Meeting 7:00 pm Last Monday of every month BOD Meeting 7:00 pm Murray County Saddle Club Murray County Saddle Club.com First Monday of every month Meeting 7pm Bartow County Saddle Club bartowcountysaddleclub.org 3rd Saturday each month - GA Catoosa County Saddle Club For the 2016 show season...we will be going back to the 3rd saturday each month for our shows....will seem like old times with lots of new people.....looking forward to it. facebook.com/catoosacountysaddleclub

MAY April 30 - May 1- GA GHF/Massey Ferguson Dressage @ The Horse Park Ann Genovese 404-289-9328 Georgia International Horse Park May 1- GA Horseshow Ventures (H,J) Morgan Taylor 770-827-0175 Wills Park Equestrian Center; willspark.com

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May 13-14 -GA Freedom Rodeo Travis Young 404-401-5110 Wills Park Equestrian Center; willspark.com

May 19-21 - AL American Saddle Bred Association of Alabama NE AL Agri-Business Center info@nealagribusinesscenter.com

May 13-14 -TN Roane State Community College Expo Ctr National Barrel Horse Association Exhibitions 10am, race 2pm Both Arenas $5 per person Brea Hodge 865-773-6285

May 20 - GA Bartow County Saddle Club Friday Night Lights Barrel Show bartowcountysaddleclub.org

May 14 - TN TVHA Horse Show Iron City Arena www.ironcityarena.com May 14- GA Bartow County Saddle Club NWGHA open show performance classes 10:00 am; bartowcountysaddleclub.org

May 7 - AL Mid-South Paint Horse Show NE AL Agri-Business Center info@nealagribusinesscenter.com

May 15 - GA Bartow County Saddle Club NWGHA Running Show 11am bartowcountysaddleclub.org

May 7-8- TN Smoky Mtn Horse Show Series Jumper Classic - English Trail Challenge - western 865.306.1196 Roane State Community College Expo Ctr horseshowsarefunagain.com

May 14 - GA Gordon County Saddle Club Annual Fundraiser Event - Riding for a Cure Dry Creek Trails, Armuchee Ga. Registration 9am; Info: (770) 548-5956 www.gordoncountysaddleclub.com

May 8 - TN Grassland Ranch Buckle Series Iron City Arena www.ironcityarena.com

May 14 -GA Nooga Barrel Racing Club Extreme Trail Challenge Buckle Series State Line Arena; 423-619-4467 Check us out on Facebook

May 12-15 -TN Spinning in the Rein Murfreesboro, Tennessee ; Miller Coliseum tnrha.org

May 14 - TN Choo Choo Chapter NRHA Racking Horse Show - Spring Jamboree Tri-State Exhibition Center, Cleveland, TN

May 20 -GA Nooga Barrel Racing Club Friday Night Lights JACKPOTS Warm-ups: 6-8 pm/Racing at 8 pm State Line Arena; 423-619-4467 Check us out on Facebook May 20-21 - TN Tennessee Livestock Center National Spotted Saddle Horse Show Contact: Donna Fletcher 615-890-2864 May 20-22- GA St Jude Fun Weekend Murray County Saddle Club.com May 21- TN Tennessee Valley Roping Association Team Roping; Rope 10 am Sharp! www.TVRA.info Eric Graham 256-717-4266 May 21 - TN Meridian Equine Education Center Lebanon, TN Open Horse Show Series English Flat, Jumping, Western, Ranch Reining show start time 9:00 AM . MeridianEquine.com for info May 21 - GA Family Friendly Horse Show Two Creeks Saddle Club Western Pleasure, Ranch Riding, Barrel and Pole, for more info See us on Facebook

Please call before you haul. Always verify dates and times BEFORE you travel. FREE CALENDAR of EVENTS LISTINGS: If you would like to include an event please Contact: Lisa Fetzner , 423-933-4968, Info@horsenranchmag.com

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May 21 - TN Smoky Mtn Horse Show Series-Driving Class 865.306.1196 Tri-State Exhibition Center, Cleveland, TN horseshowsarefunagain.com May 21 - GA Double Points Catoosa County Saddle Club Jerry Clark 423-667-0440 facebook.com/catoosacountysaddleclub May 21 - TN NBHA09 Iron City Arena www.ironcityarena.com May 21- TN Roane State Community College Expo Ctr National Team Roping League Regionals 8am to 6pm Indoor Arena Pam Smith 423-575-2295

May 28 - TN Sweetwater Valley Saddle Club Open Horse Show @ 4pm sweetwatervalleysaddleclub.com May 28-29 - TN Remember Our Troops Volunteer Ranch Horse Association volrha.com Miller Coliseum, Murfreesboro, TN

May 28-30- TN Roane State Community College Expo Ctr TQHA Hillbilly Classic 8am to 8pm Both Arenas Beth Merritt 865-599-9627

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June 2-4- TN Roane State Community College Expo Ctr Region 4 - H 8am - 10pm Both Arenas Free to Spectators Jenny Yeary 931-788-1020

May 23 -GA GHJA Clinic Kathryn Jones 678-549-7012 Wills Park Equestrian Center; willspark.com

June 3-4- GA 3rd Fun Show 7pm; 4th Open Show 4pm Murray County Saddle Club.com

May 27-30 AL ALQHA.com - Summer Sizzler W.O. Crawford Arena, Montgomery, AL Show Manager: Danny Anderson (205) 874-5965 Show Secretary: Debbie Wall Email: yellowhorsecrt@comcast.net May 28 - TN TVHA Horse Show Iron City Arena www.ironcityarena.com May 28 -GA Rolling Hills Saddle Club; (H,J,W,B) Info Line 770-338-0143 Wills Park Equestrian Center; willspark.com May 28- GA Rivermont Horse Show 9:30 am Rivermont Farms 706-676-5566 rivermontfarms.com

June 18-19- AL US Team Roping Sat, June 18, 8am – Sun, June 19, 10pm NE AL Agri-Business Center info@nealagribusinesscenter.com

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May 28-29 - AL Northeast Alabama Cutting Horse Assoc. NE AL Agri-Business Center info@nealagribusinesscenter.com

May 21-22 -GA Bolshoi Benefit Horse show(H,J) Kathryn Jones 678-549-7012 Wills Park Equestrian Center; willspark.com

May 27-28 - TN Outlaw Pro Rodeo Fri 8Pm Sat 8Pm Contact Travis Presley 865-388-9494 Or Tri - State 423-476-9310 Tri-State Exhibition Center, Cleveland, TN

June 9-12 - TN TN Reining Horse Assn. Roane State Community College Expo Ctr 8am - 10pm Both Arenas Free to Spectators Nick Cowan 423-851-2543

June 4 - GA Open Show 3 pm Copper Basin Riding Club copperbasinridingclub.org June 4- GA Bartow County Saddle Club NWGHA open show performance classes 10:00 am; bartowcountysaddleclub.org June 5 - GA Bartow County Saddle Club NWGHA Running Show 11am bartowcountysaddleclub.org June 6-10 - TN Meridian Equine Education Center Lebanon, TN Kids Summer Horse Day Camps Online Registration and info at MeridianEquine.com Rodeo Week June 6-10 Everything Horses Camp June 20-24 Little Tykes July 11-15 Intensive Advanced Camp July 18-22 June 9-12 - TN Slide into Summer inc. Green Reiner Celebration Harriman, Tennessee - Stafford Expo Center www.tnrha.org

May 28 - GA Barrel Series @CCSC Copper Basin Riding Club copperbasinridingclub.org

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June 10- GA Murray County Relay for Life 12pm Murray County Saddle Club.com

June 10-11 - TN UPHA Chapter 8 Saddlebread Show Tri-State Exhibition Center, Cleveland, TN June 11 - TN TVHA Horse Show Iron City Arena www.ironcityarena.com

June 11-12 - AL Dixie Long Riders Mounted Shooters Sat, June 11, 9am – Sun, June 12, 4pm NE AL Agri-Business Center info@nealagribusinesscenter.com

June 11-12 -GA GSDC of North Georgia Holly Bryan open 470-239-7067 Wills Park Equestrian Center; willspark.com June 11- GA Rolling Hills Saddle Club (H,J,W,B) Also classes for special needs riders Wills Park Equestrian Center rollinghillssc.org or like Rolling Hills Saddle Club on Facebook June 12 -GA Animal Rescue Fair -Cheryl Flanagan Wills Park Equestrian Center; willspark.com June 15-18 - TN Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity Horse Show7PM Each Night Tri-State Exhibition Center, Cleveland, TN June 17-19 -GA Good Old Summertime Horse Show (H, J) Cheryl Sims 404-518-919 Wills Park Equestrian Center; willspark.com June 17 -GA Nooga Barrel Racing Club Friday Night Lights JACKPOTS Warm-ups: 6-8 pm/Racing at 8 pm State Line Arena; 423-619-4467 Check us out on Facebook June 17 - GA Bartow County Saddle Club Friday Night Lights Barrel Show bartowcountysaddleclub.org June 18 - GA Catoosa County Saddle Club Jerry Clark 423-667-0440 facebook.com/catoosacountysaddleclub

June 21-23 - TN All- Abilities Equestrian Summer Camp, Denise 423-339-2517 Tri-State Exhibition Center, Cleveland, TN June 25- AL AQHA Horse Show Sat, June 25, 8am – Sun, June 26, 5pm NE AL Agri-Business Center info@nealagribusinesscenter.com June 25-26 - TN Smoky Mtn Horse Show Series25th-English-Hunter Derby 26th-Western-Driving Class Roane State Community College Expo Ctr horseshowsarefunagain.com June 25 - GA Barrel Series @CCSC Copper Basin Riding Club copperbasinridingclub.org June 25- GA Rivermont Horse Show 9:30 am Rivermont Farms 706-676-5566 rivermontfarms.com June 25 - TN Sweetwater Valley Saddle Club Open Horse Show @ 4pm sweetwatervalleysaddleclub.com June 25- TN Tennessee Valley Roping Association Team Roping; Rope 10 am Sharp! www.TVRA.info Eric Graham 256-717-4266 June 25-26 -GA Elite Show Jumping (H,J) Vic Russell 678-858-7192 Wills Park Equestrian Center; willspark.com June 25-26 - TN 2 Day Horse Owner Trim and Horse Shoeing Workshops at Meridian Equine Education Center Lebanon, TN More Info at MeridianEquine.com

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The Future of

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here’s a new discipline that’s taking the equestrian world by storm and changing the face and future of western horsemanship. Have you heard of it? Are you competing in it? Maybe you’re riding your horse with these principles in mind during your everyday training but don’t even know it. Heck, maybe you’ve been doing it for years before it really even had a name. What is this new discipline? What could be causing such changes in the horse world? Western Dressage, that’s what. Western horses, being educated and developed with the principles of classical Dressage. The western horse has long been known as a working partner on the ranch. Dressage horses are often idealized for their athletic ability, beauty, and strength. The Western Dressage horse will be developed as a strong and beautiful athlete that still has the ability to be a working partner on the ranch… talk about an elite equine! Aside from creating such a partner, what are some of the specific draws to Western Dressage for riders that are getting into this sport and helping it to be one of the fastest growing disciplines in the world? “Now What?” Thanks to horsemen like Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, and their successors, along with the wave of “natural horsemanship,” many more horse owners are establishing great foundations with their horses based on mutual understanding, emotional stability, and disciplined control. Once this foundation has been laid, many owners find themselves faced with the questions “Now What?” or “Where do I go from here?” For many western riders, Western Dressage IS the Now What. Once control is not an issue and the horses are emotionally solid and mentally connected to their rider, the rider is ready to develop them physically into an athlete that is mentally AND physically engaged. The progressive nature of Dressage and Western Dressage is appealing, as well. There is always another level of progression that the rider is working to attain. There is, basically, a ladder to climb that will take the horse and rider to higher and higher levels of

athletic performance and synchronicity. Standardized Expectations and Feedback Many modern horse owners have become disillusioned with horse show classes that are judged in a large simultaneous group. It’s easy to feel disheartened when ribbons are chosen from a judge’s personalized perspective. One often wonders if the winning performance was really worth the blue ribbon or if that horse and rider just happened to be the “best of the worst” in the ring at that time. And for many riders in many classes, the different between a ribbon and “getting the gate” may feel like simply a judge’s preference of movement, color, breed, or tack. We’ve all seen it happen – there’s no denying it. Western Dressage is scored just like traditional dressage (keeping western gaits and tendencies in mind), with standardization for how points are earned (or lost). This takes out the idea of a judge’s breed preference or affinity for bay horses over chestnuts or any such nonsense. Each movement in a test is scored, along with general attributes like the rider’s equitation and use of aids, the horse’s gaits, submission, etc. Often a few pieces of each performance hold more importance, and those scores are doubled. Along with a score, there’s a space on each test for the judge to offer comments and critiques of movements and general attributes. This is found to be very helpful, as the riders now know what to work on to improve their performances for the next time around. Occupational Breakdowns One of the reasons why I find Western Dressage not only appealing but necessary to our modern western horses is the expectation and development of improved carriage and frame. Many western horses are going lame simply by the nature of their job. Expected to be slow and smooth in gait, with a low head set, most are taught to perform in a way that limits the movement of their joints and muscles. Limiting proper movement and adding more weight to the forehand by causing unnatural and unnecessary low head

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carriage is puts a horse at a tremendously higher risk for front end lameness. I’m not suggesting that we want a Western Dressage horse to be “fast and rough” simply because I am saying that forcing a horse to be “slow and smooth” has the potential to do his body harm… what I am saying is that the horse’s natural movement and carriage is being developed and enhanced through training that encourages proper carriage within the realm of his conformation. A few other reasons that seem to be drawing folks to Western Dressage: Self Improvement – To bring out the best in your horse on a continuous basis, you yourself need to continuously improve. Confidence – Some riders may have lost confidence in their riding abilities, and having a larger saddle built more for utility seems to give them a sense of confidence to help them tackle their fears. Bling – YES, bling! Dressage with a Western flair! While not as “blinged-up” as we see some competitive western outfits, Western Dressage certainly makes more room for personal style and appeal. Fun – Everything is more fun with likeminded friends. Thanks to the competitive avenues for Western Dressage (traditional Dressage schooling shows, online virtual shows, and more) many riders are joining teams and finding themselves interacting more with other folks that share the same horsemanship goals. With all of these reasons to be trying Western Dressage, I have to ask… and you should have expected this…. What is YOUR reason for wanting to get started with Western Dressage? Share a comment with us and let us know what got you and your horse interested in Western Dressage!

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Tips for Trail Riders

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nless you’re one of the fortunate few that has immediate access to trails you most likely have to load your mounts and haul to the trails. With that in mind let’s take a moment to consider what goes into hauling our horses and mules. The effort involved with towing starts long before we arrive at the trail head or even hook up the trailer. Consider the training aspect of trailering a horse. Just as we might not enjoy riding down the road in a noisy, bumpy, and drafty trailer, most horses tend to be a bit leery of this dark box, fortunately given enough time and patience most equines learn to tolerate the process. Most of us have had experience with a horse that refuses to load or races out of the trailer. Practice obedience and calmness by asking him to walk forward, stand quietly, and back up on your command. The objective is for your horse to walk quietly into the trailer, stand there for a bit, and then calmly back out on your command. How long it takes to get here depends on you and your horse. Teaching your horse to load takes patience, trust and much groundwork before he’ll be a consistent loader. But once that happens he’ll step into any trailer when asked and unload easily and relaxed when you arrive at the trailhead. Quiet and confident trailering equates into a pleasurable ride for both of you.

Trail of the Month George Washington National Forest, Hussy Mountain Horse Camp, Virginia

George Washington National Forest is situated at nearly the opposite corner of Virginia from the spot on edge of the Potomac River where the eponymous first President was born on February 22, 1732. Just over 300 miles from President Washington’s birthplace, Hussy Mountain Horse Camp enjoys easy access from Interstate 81 and is within a several-hour drive from Knoxville Tennessee. Riding out of Hussy Mountain Horse Camp sets you in the middle of the rugged and beautiful Appalachian Mountains extending from Georgia to Maine. Hussy Mountain offers horse and mule riders grand diversity in both trails and scenery during your ride. From the 67-mile Virginia Highlands Horse Trail to any of the many shorter loop trails surrounding the camp, Hussy Mountain is a terrific place to explore on your horse. As the word “mountain” in the name suggests, most of the trails in this area range over and along the tree-covered ridge tops with occasional forays into the bottom hollows. One of the benefits of this ridge top riding experience is the grand vistas that peek out from 22

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