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There was...as in “used to be”....an old, shot with bullet holes, sign on the dirt road river crossing to my house. It had long lost it’s sturdy stance by time, occasional bumps from trucks and of course the flood waters themselves and it was leaning heavily. Well, my eyes had fallen upon that old sign and I was thinking about driving down to the river some night with tools and some WD 40 to “recover” it. One day when driving through the river, I pointed it out to my son and mentioned wanting that old sign. Upon returning from a 5 week road trip I pulled into my place so glad to be off the road for awhile. When I stepped into my bedroom, there on the floor leaning up against the wall was this sign.....”LOW WATER CROSSING”. I KNEW who had gotten it for me! Or should I say “tactically acquired”, as my son in the Army likes to call it. It made me smile to know he loved me enough to remember something I had said in passing and when coming out to my place to pick up something of his, he had the fore thought to bring what it took to relieve that old sign of it’s imprisonment to that shaky old pole. (Have you noticed how I have been cleverly careful to avoid such words as “vandalism”?) I totally look at it as more appropriately considered a RESCUE.....yes, that’s it! It wasn’t until hours later after finding the sign that I realized Colt had taken a magic marker and written me a message on the back of that old sign. I read it and got teary eyed. For on the backside he had written how he loved me, was so blessed to have me as his mother & how proud he was of me. WOW! I loved that old sign anyway, beat up, shot up, somewhat rusted and dented all over....but NOW I look at it and guess what I “see” in that old sign? Yep, you got it. I see the heart of my son’s love towards me. I see what’s written on the backside of it that no one can see, but I know is there! I see LOVE. I see my son’s heart every time I look at that sign. I don’t see the dents and blemishes.....I see TREASURE.

I think that MUST be how God see’s those of us who love Him. He see’s past the dents, imperfections and wounds and see’s our HEART. That sign is hanging inside my house, not outside with the other old signs I’ve acquired over the years. No, this one hangs in a protected environment! Someone could walk into my house and wonder WHY I would have such an old, beat up sign hanging on my living room wall. They only see the exterior, but I know what’s written on the other side that is more precious than the sign itself. I think that’s just a very small example of how God see’s us when our hearts are completely given over to Him. He see’s what’s written inside!! The love of a son or daughter who’s allowed Him to write upon our hearts.....messages of love! You see....when it all boils down....it’s not simply the thing we do or are, but the MOTIVE BEHIND who we are and what we do! God looks at what’s written inside. Why not make it a “love letter”?

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A New Generation of Horsemanship With Richard Winters

I’m aware that this article may come across as just a little self-serving. I’ve just begun a brand-new chapter in my professional career and I invite you to join me, vicariously, through this article! First, let’s begin with an issue that has everyone in the horse industry concerned: How do we get the next generation interested in and desiring to cultivate the love of horses that we nurture daily? A clinician friend of mine recently stated, “My whole clientele base is dying off!” The average clinic participants are women from 40 to 60 years of age. They started out as horse-crazy young girls and are now in a position in their lives to once again pursue that childhood dream. What will happen when those women turn 70 and 80? Where is the next generation of horse-crazy kids who will step up and carry on the traditions that we all love? Let me share with you my small contribution to this challenge. The Thacher School in Ojai, California, is a private boarding school for high school students that has been in operation for over 125 years. This school brings together the best and the brightest young people from around the country and the world to prepare them for college, universities and life. Many of these students will become tomorrow’s leaders. Along with academic excellence, The Thacher School has had a horsemanship program that is truly the centerpiece of the school’s philosophy. Over 100 years ago, Sherman Day Thacher said that the best thing for the inside of a boy (and now girl) is the outside of a horse. 14

At The Thacher School every new freshman is assigned a horse, stall and tack. These students are required to be out at the barn and have their stall cleaned and horse fed before 8 o’clock each morning, seven days a week. They will also ride for two hours, five days a week. By late spring of their freshman year, these students will have acquired horsemanship skills comparable to, and sometimes exceeding, those of some of my clinic participants. After their freshman year, students have the option of riding one, two or three terms throughout the academic year and also participate in other sports. This unique program goes far beyond simply horseback riding. Learning the skills of backcountry packing, cattle handling, gymkhana, extreme cowboy races, roping, colt starting and stadium jumping are just a few of the many horsemanship experiences to which these young people are exposed. A few months ago I received a telephone call from the Head Master of The Thacher School. He asked me the following question: “What would it take for you to come to our school to be the Horse Program Director?” This was not on my radar. After thirty-plus years in the horse industry, training, showing and teaching horsemanship, I assumed that I would maintain this course for the next ten to twenty years as well. However, after many conversations, thoughtful consideration and prayer, my wife Cheryl and I decided to accept this position and are very excited about investing our time,

energies and expertise into these amazing young lives. Honestly, if it was just going to a school and teaching young people how to ride horses, I would not have been interested in this position. However, there’s something unique about horses that have the ability to teach life-lessons in a very meaningful way. From personal responsibility and character building to self-control, horses are great teachers. These bright young people come to The Thacher School during the most formative years of their lives. In some small way, I hope to make an impact and investment in this next generation. On a practical level you will not see me out on the road at clinics or expo’s as you have in the past. Not to worry though. There are many talented young horsemen and horsewomen eager and ready to step up and take my place! We hope that you will continue to follow us through our website, Facebook, YouTube, articles and monthly e-mail newsletter. We want to stay in touch with our thousands of friends in the horse industry and continue to share horsemanship through these venues. In some ways I’ve spent the last 30-plus years preparing for this new position and chapter in my life. Thousands of you have brought me a horse to train, attended one of my clinics, or listened to one of my presentations. To you, let me just say “Thank You!” Wishing you the very best on your journey!

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EVERY TRY Counts

Allow me to ask a question. Say I asked you, ‘how much does a full grown Rhinoceros weigh? Your answer was 2 tons or three tons or you said you didn’t know. After you gave your answer you were slapped upside your head and was called stupid, that’s not the answer….. What would be your response? Would you be mad for being called stupid? I bet you would… or you should be. Would you be angry for me using a condescending tone of voice because you got it wrong? Probably! What if I asked you a series of questions and you got them wrong and you could see me getting increasingly agitated because you were just not getting it. What would your demeanor be at this point? Would you begin to become less unsure of yourself even if you knew the next answer? Probably….Me too.. Would you want to be around me anymore? Nope! Would you even like me after that? Probably not. Ask yourself why… Why would you feel those feelings? You at least tried to give the right answer, didn’t you? So what if you were wrong, you tried. Shouldn’t you have been given some credit for at least trying? Sure.. What am I getting at, what does this have to do with horses? Good question! The point is, when we are working with horses and they give us a try, ‘That Counts’. We have to be patient when it comes to horses. Be very focused for the slightest try. As we get older and the more we are with horses, the more we begin to know what is important when it comes to being with horses. We have to have that certain Feel. Feel is timing, balance and patience. When a horse tries to do what it is we are asking our timing has to be in line with our release of pressure. When our release is timed right then the horse begins to look for that point. Funny thing is, people make the BIG mistake of releasing at the wrong moment and the horse learned that’s what you wanted even though that’s not what you wanted. Yet, we accidentally taught him the wrong thing and we get mad for him doing the wrong thing when it was on us… When asking your horse for something specific and he gets it, we have to ask the same way every time… Consistency and persistency.

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LEARNING THE DRESSAGE TRAINING PYRAMID

One of the best things about dressage is that it builds upon itself and every step is based upon a training pyramid. When you understand all the “building blocks” in this pyramid, you increase your ability to achieve your goals. The Dressage Training Pyramid is a wonderful guideline for the natural training of a horse. We must not forget that dressage is a French word that means “training.” The pyramid is the guideline to which we refer as we develop our horse’s body in order to advance his training through correct collection. The Dressage Pyramid is also our guideline for the physical conditioning of our horses through progressive development. Obedience is achieved with “increasing thoroughness” when using the pyramid. Thoroughness is simply riding the horse from “back to front,” thereby connecting the legs aids to the hand aids, or, in other words, the horse’s hind legs to his mouth. Let’s take a look at each step of the Dressage Training Pyramid: 1.  Rhythm 2.    Relaxation 3.    Connection 4.    Impulsion 5.     Straightness 6.     Collection RHYTHM describes the horse’s gait. Rhythm is the energy and tempo in each gait and the speed within the gait. You must achieve control of your horse’s rhythm because without it, you will lose the connection from the horse’s hind legs to his mouth. RELAXATION is the elasticity and suppleness throughout the body of the horse at work. When a horse is relaxed he is confident, accepts the aids, and is willing. Relaxation always tells me that my horse is supple in his muscles throughout the body, especially in his neck and back. When relaxed, the hind legs swing under the horse with power and allow him to show a natural self-carriage. CONNECTION is the acceptance of the bit through the acceptance of the aids. This is when the horse responds to the leg and rein aids when cues are given. The rider can control the horse’s body alignment and his frame. When horse and rider have a good connection, the horse will reach for the bit and round his spine correctly. The horse will bear more weight

on the hind legs, bring the back up and break at the poll correctly. IMPULSION is the next step of development. Impulsion is when a horse will increase energy and thrust from the hindquarters and legs to propel himself forward. This development is necessary for the horse to bear more weight on the hind legs and lighten the forehand in order to collect his body. A horse that continues to be encouraged to bear more weight on the hind legs will engage his legs deeper under the body, thus having more energy and impulsion for self carriage, balance. He will also have more ability to do advanced movements, such as lengthening the trot and canter. More bend from the horse’s body, lateral training, and lead changes cannot be accomplished without impulsion. STRAIGHTNESS is a necessity for the horse to be balanced. Correct balance from the horse cannot be achieved without straightness. Controlling your horse’s body alignment through your leg and rein aids is how you will accomplish ideal straightness and balance in your horse. To transition your horse’s frame from long and low in training level, to developing an uphill balance and self-carriage frame in first level, you must have straightness in order for the horse to collect his frame. COLLECTION is what we all want to achieve with our horses. Collection is accomplished by strengthening the horse’s muscles and uphill carriage. The formula of “rhythm, relaxation, connection, impulsion, and straightness” is the only way you can achieve correct collection. Collection is increased engagement, lightness on the forehand and correct self-carriage. The most important formula to the pyramid of training is TIME. It takes time to develop the horse’s confidence and understanding. It is important that you take the time to become a correct rider for your horse. You should never blame the horse; only improve what you are doing to achieve positive results from your horse. You need time to learn and teach your horse the training levels. Take the time to understand that your horse will tell you when he is ready to move to more advanced maneuvers by responding with positive results. Time is the only formula that can be used to develop the horse’s strength so he can carry himself correctly and with collection.   By Lynn Palm

PALM PARTNERSHIP TRAINING ™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse We love to share our dressage backgrounds and knowledge with you and would love to have you come ride with us. You can join us at our farm in Ocala, Florida, or at one of our Ride Well Clinics on our USA Tour at a location near you. If you would like to train with Lynn & Cyril at home with Western Dressage, take advantage of the following supportive training materials: BOOKS: “Head To Toe Horsemanship” “Western Dressage—A Guide to Take You to Your First Show” “A Rider Guide to Real Collection” DVDS: “Dressage Principles for the Western Horse & Rider” Volume 1 Parts 1-5 “Dressage Principles for the Western & English Horse & Rider” Volume 2, Parts 1-3 “Let Your Horse Be Your Teacher” Parts 1&2 For more information about training courses, educational materials and much more, please visit www.lynnpalm.com or call 800-503-2824.

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When riding the backcountry across remote mountain ridges and miles of seemingly untouched terrain, being comfortable is one of your top priorities. A good nights sleep can make the difference between a beautiful day on the trail or a rough, miserable, day spent battling back pain. Tents, Bivy Sacks, and Hammocks Oh My! With the wide variety of options available for backcountry shelters it’s important to know what best fits your needs before going online and ordering the cheapest option. I spend a fair amount of the summer on the trail and in the backcountry so when I first talked with a Pacific Crest Trail through-hiker about hammocks for camping I was intrigued to say the least. At that point, for me, a hammock was a wonderful backyard nap instrument and that was it. What I didn’t realize was that in the past few years hammock technology has made huge steps forward and can provide a very versatile and economical shelter suitable for a wide variety of situations. The unique features that hammocks offer are also quite helpful when it comes to comfort and pack-ability. These many benefits make hammocks sound like the perfect option for horse camping. Let’s take a more in depth look into their advantages. A hammock can be set up anyplace where there’s an elevated attachment point. For most of us that means trees. This being the case you can quickly see how a hammock isn’t limited to that magic unicorn of a campsite where the ground is clear, level, and free of rocks, roots, and spiders. This versatility opens up many wonderful camping areas that previously weren’t accessible. Most hammocks are much lighter than the average tent and with no rigid poles can be stuffed into a very small area. This makes them perfect for campers wanting to conserve weight and space. This makes them ideal for riders camping off of their riding animals as well as 22

packers wanting to save some space. An additional point worth mentioning is how quick a hammock can go from pack to “home sweet home”. The setup time for a hammock can be much less than that of setting up a tent. When the weather’s fine this isn’t a big deal but when it’s cold and the rain clouds are rushing in it’s a wonderful thing. Apart from the lightweight, small volume, and ease of setup it’s the comfort factor of hammocks that keeps me elevated. No hard rocks digging into your back, no slope that oozes you downhill during the night, and no worries about wet ground seeping in. As long as you’ve got a couple of trees nearby you can choose to slumber anywhere that you like. The Learning Curve - The first few times that you use your hammock it will take a bit of getting used to. And there is a bit of a knack to master for a comfortable nights sleep. Let’s discuss some of the fine points of hammocking. Cold Butt Syndrome –Just like when you’re sleeping on the ground the insulation of your sleeping bag will be compressed beneath you. Compressed insulation equals no insulation. To combat this there are a variety of solutions from custom made under quilts that hang beneath the hammock to a low cost closed cell foam pad that you lay on inside the hammock. The Squeeze – First time hammockers tend to stretch their hammock too tightly in an effort to make the hammock straight. It generally doesn’t work. Instead, hang your hammock with a deep sag. It’s this sag that allows you to lay flat and even sleep on your side. The Fall – “I’d fall out” is often the first thing I hear from the uninitiated. The solution is to set up your hammock with a deep sag. Do this and it’s almost impossible to fall out. Singles Only – One of the downfalls of hammocking is that, at this point, it’s very difficult for couples to snooze together without some discomfort.

As you can see hammocks, like most things, do have some downfalls. Squeezing two people into a hammock can be daunting and it’ll be really cramped. Staying warm can be a challenge. My first hanging experience was “memorable”. I had taken the horses high into the Norse Peak Wilderness in Washington’s Cascade Range. What I didn’t think about was the amount of heat loss from the air blowing under and around the hammock. It was a rude introduction to the reality of Cold Butt Syndrome and I spent the longest part of the night huddled by the campfire; not fun. I’ve since refined the system and thankfully haven’t repeated those particular mistakes. My Setup – Of the three hammocks I have the one that I use most often is the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro. It weighs the least, packs smaller, and costs less than any of the others. And it comes with a built in mosquito net that really helps to insure a good nights rest. With the addition of a small tarp this setup offers me a rainproof, mosquito proof shelter plus a covered line to dry and protect any camping gear or tack. Overall, apart from some temperature and space restrictions, I’ve found that hammocks are an excellent alternative to the classic tent approach that many back country horsemen utilize. Hammocks can provide a comfortable and versatile solution for anyone from the weekend rider to packers venturing into the backcountry for weeks at a time. Happy horse camping!

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