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'Dr. Suz Says' Last month I wrote an article on 'feel' as it pertains to training and handling horses. An introduction really as volumes could be written on the topic to demonstrate its importance and how it is applied to training and everyday riding. Feel , as well as timing are two of the most important elements in training horses and are never applied at the exclusion of balance. These three elements, feel, timing and balance, are essentially braided together and are so important in training horses effectively and maximizing responsiveness and performance from your horse, yet are often the most difficult to teach. Throughout our time together in this monthly series you'll hear me refer to these terms and gradually you will gain a better concept of what they mean, how they are applied, and ways to improve your training by perfecting them in your program. For now I'd like to introduce the basic concepts of each of these elements and next month I'll begin to show how they apply to a specific training method. As I mentioned in our last article, feel is the ability to detect through your hands (by way of the reins or lead rope), seat, or by observation what your horse is doing around you, to you, or because of you. And, it is the ability to appropriately communicate and gauge your response to your horse's actions or your active request for some desired response from your horse. For example, if I want my horse yield his jaw or soften when I make contact with the mouth by taking up on the reins, I have to know first of all if he does so immediately, if he

gives some delay by ignoring the contact but then responds to it somewhat, if he actively fights the contact by pulling away from it, or if he passively fights the contact by being 'dead' to it and showing no response at all. Each of these very different responses from your horse to a specific request by you must first be 'felt' by you and distinguished as different and subsequently requires a slightly different response from you to correct appropriately. Much as we would like to think that training is all 'cookie cutter' in terms of one problem, one fix indeed it is not. It's very difficult to give a single solution for a training problem because to fix it one must 'feel' what is going on and adjust the method or degree of correction based on the feel of the horse. That said, there are generalities which trainers such as myself can make to help simplify the process and help you develop your horse's training. Feel is also the ability to distinguish subtle differences among horses based on personality/individuality so that you can make necessary alterations in your approach to training them to maximize their learning experience. For example, breed differences and conformation, past experiences of some horses, and personality will all effect the way in which a horse responds to a given method of training. As a handler/trainer we must assess each horse and recognize these differences to maximize the learned response to training. A draft horse is simply not going to back up with the same cadence or athleticism as a Quarter Horse. Nor is a Quarter Horse going to have the same extension at the trot as a warm blood. Nonetheless, each of these horses can be taught to do the same techniques but in teaching the techniques we must be aware of where each is starting from and gauge our requests accordingly. For example, when I teach a Quarter Horse to back up, likely he will tolerate and respond with accurate movement to pressure in front of him and with some degree of quickness about him. However if I use the same amount of pressure on an Arabian he may burst with anxiety at first and never realize what I'm asking him to do. So, I would necessarily adjust the degree of pressure on the Arabian to a low level or use a different technique altogether to get the desired response and accuracy in the movement, build the confidence and understanding of the horse, etc before I would expect speed and agility during the maneuver. In the above examples you might speculate how timing in training/handling comes into play. Not only are we using feel to obtain better responses in our training program but timing is also intricately involved. When you think of timing, think of addition and subtraction. When do I add a request, cue or new subject to my horse's training and when do I subtract it or not ask of it altogether? In the example of yielding the jaw, we have to feel the resistance in the jaw first, then gauge an appropriate response to that resistance by matching it with a pull or 'hold' which we must also feel in our fingers and hands. But in

order for the training to work we have to time the release (subtraction of the hold) exactly so that the horse is rewarded for giving or yielding in response to our hold. In this way we teach the horse to yield the jaw because he comes to trust that when we make contact with the bit through the reins and he softens in response to it, he will be rewarded with a release. If the reward never comes, that is, if our timing is off and we do not release in response to the horse's give then he will never learn the desired response. Timing and feel are intricately related and they must both be mastered for effective training to take place. In the same way, knowing when to add more information to your horse's training program and when to just let your horse 'soak' in the information you've already taught it and for how long before advancing to new information is key to effective and long lasting training. Have you heard the expressions "too much too soon" and "too little, too late"? They apply to many things including horse training but again the implications of these expressions are often difficult to convey with respect to training your horse. Sometimes it pays to add to your requests and sometimes it pays to subtract from them. And again, many things including breed differences, individualities etc, come into play when making the decisions to add or subtract in training and most of how trainers realize this is by experience working with horses - they just have a feel for it. One example comes to mind: lead changes. Often many people struggle with this technique when in fact it really is quite simple if you break it down. However it does require a great deal of coordination, thought and ability from both horse and rider. One of the biggest mistakes I think people make in teaching the lead change, assuming their techniques are accurate, is asking for too many too soon. Because some people and horses struggle with getting the lead change, once they get it they think they must follow by adding another one or 10 more before they quit for the day as if that will clinch the deal and the horse will never forget how to do it again. In reality, adding too much may cause your horse to think he didn't do something correctly and as a result he may get anxious about it. However, if you were to 'subtract' eight from that scenario and quit on two and let the horse soak on what he has accomplished, likely he will be much more willing and relaxed about performing it again the next day. That is, in this case your training may likely be enhanced by doing less rather than more. Sometimes the reverse is true and you do need to ask more of your horse to build responsiveness and coach them to new heights but knowing when to do so, ie, timing it right is key to your success. So how does balance play into all of this message on training and how does it interplay with timing and feel ? A direct approach to balance can mean developing balance in your seat and hands which ultimately requires that you also develop good timing and feel with your aids. For example, when communicating through the reins, there is always some sort of necessary balance between the

inside and outside reins and this varies according to the movement or maneuver you are trying to obtain. However, balance is also about the structure of your training program as it applies to variation in what you teach your horses and the atmosphere in which you teach it. If you drill your horse on the same maneuvers and techniques day in and day out and in the same environment, you will see them become dull and reach a point where they become less responsive in their movements. However, if you build your program around teaching your horse many different techniques including different styles of training, you will create an environment that is much more conducive to learning. As a result, your horse will become much more willing to learn and will advance his skills on many levels and at the same time do so with a much improved attitude. It's very easy to build balance into your training program by incorporating multiple different lessons into your week's worth of training and by varying the environment in which you train from the indoor arena, to the outdoor arena, or even better onto the trail. At Next Level Horsemanship we teach our horses many things to balance out their training. Our reining horses for example will learn to bow and lay down and also to spin a 360 0 turn and melt into a sliding stop. They will also be eloquently mannered on the trail and some may even drive a carriage. Versatility is the key to longevity in performance and attitude and does not distract from focus and precision or accuracy in a well managed training program. When training your horses keep in mind the elements of timing, feel, and balance and make it a priority to learn as much as you can about mastering these. If you do so, you will begin to open an entire new world of possibilities for your training program and you will see enhanced performance and a deeper bond between you and your horse. If you have questions or comments on any of today's material, please contact Suzanne at Suzanne Myers, M.S., PhD Next Level HorsemanshipTM 790 Shady Dell Road Port Matilda, PA 16870

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Wazee Riders Horse Club We are excited to be using the new fairgrounds in 2010!! One year can make such a difference. The Wazee Riders Horse Club of Black River Falls announces that their annual Open Pleasure Horse Show will be held June 20 th. Our show will be held in the indoor arena at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Hwy 54 West, Black River Falls WI. The Jackson County Fairgrounds under went an entire transformation during 2009. Almost all of the old buildings were razed or sold. The grounds were leveled, additional electrical and water piping was installed and the new buildings are up! The new Horse Barn has 56 box stalls plus numerous tie stalls. There are new concrete wash stalls conveniently located next to the horse barn. There is also plenty of parking. Our club along with the 4H Horse Project put in a new outdoor arena next to the horse barn. We will also be building an announcer stand with lunch and storage areas. This will be wheel chair accessible. Any donations toward this project would be appreciated. Our Open Pleasure show has been approved for the Wisconsin State Horse Council Championship Challenge series. It has also been approved for the WWHSA - Western Wisconsin Horse Show Association high point series. We have many classes available : halter, showmanship, western and english and the big hit: REINING! We are also offering a jackpot GAITED class. Bring your gaited horses out and let them “strut their stuff�. We enjoy seeing many different breeds from ponies to quarter horses to arabians & saddlebreds. This year we are also adding an afternoon GAME SHOW in the outdoor arena the day of our pleasure show. A lunch stand will be on the grounds during the show. Our Club also offers Game Shows during the summer which are held in the outdoor arena. The normal Thursday night game shows will start at 5:30 pm and continue during the summer months. Wazee Riders members ride for high point awards at the Thursday game shows. Stop in and join us either as a spectator or a rider. Contact for additional information or show bills and preregistration forms. Submitted by Diane Aldach Wazee Riders Horse Club


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By now most of us are well into our performance and show seasons and hopefully, some of the horses we’ve been working with so hard are fulfilling the promise we saw in them. At the farms of MABC and ARROW members there are some stunning new foals from our MABC stallions on the ground, all of whom will someday be eligible for the MABC events ranging from endurance and flat racing to halter and sport horse competitions because their sires were MABC nominated. All with nice payouts!

Meanwhile, some of the sires themselves are involved or competing at venues such as The Midwest Horse Fair, My Pleasant Meadows Race Track and local shows. Perhaps next time we will have photos of some of the foals and their winning sires. Don’t forget, now stallions of any breed can be nominated to MABC as long as the progeny can be registered as half-Arabians. Your exceptional Quarter Horse stallion, your Morgan, your Paint or your Thoroughbred stallion can, and should, reap the benefits of being of being MABC nominated. If nominated, your stallion can be shown at the MABC Stallion exhibition in August at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Jefferson, WI, they will be advertised all year on our website, and their halfArab progeny can participate in some of the MABC events. We are also looking forward to the ARROW races at Richland Center, WI during their county fair in September, not 2006 Race in Richland Center only the Arabian races, but the Junior and Open races too, which Left: Melinda riding I Ofthe Flame are open to any breed, even un-registered horses. If there are Right: Kris Glaze riding Count the Cash sufficient entries of one registered breed, say Quarter Horses, there can be a race just for that breed. The Junior races are for younger riders, ages 13-17 (any of you who currently do speed events such as barrel racing or just love to ride at full speed!) these too are open to any contact any member for more information. Remember, all you young speed demons out there, save the dates for the Richland County Fair! If you are interested in nominating a Stallion to MABC or you just want more information on our clubs: Call Sandy Weber at 608-666-2394 or Pamela Fullerton at 715675-4115. We would love to hear from you! Midwest Arabian Breeders Club Amateur Racehorse Representatives of Wisconsin

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IN SUPPORT OF HONESTY IN BREEDING Sirs: The proposal recently aired in "The Finishline" to have a second DNA test at the time a racing Arabian is tattooed is the SINGLE BEST IDEA to come along since scoundrels began racing Anglos wrapped in AHA papers. If anyone in charge thinks the average race owner/trainer doesn't recognize Thoroughbred blood (and works) when we see them, then those must be the same folks who still think the emperor is wearing a wonderful new set of clothes...The rest of us know better and are gradually, or quickly, depending on how disheartened we are by such blatant dishonesty, getting out of racing and into other endeavors. Wonder why the owners, trainers and fields are down at Delaware? Personally, I don't want my Arabians, especially my stakes quality Arabians, being beaten by ringers. And...I refuse to join "them" which is the answer I most often hear to the problem. Their presence on the Arabian race track is as offensive to true Arabian breeders and trainers as is the presence of those greased up giraffes in the Arabian show ring passing for well conformed 'standards of the breed'. Tell me, if there is no dishonesty occurring, what would be the problem with a second test? Cost? As Arabian owners/trainers we're already spending twice as much to race our horses for a tenth of the purses, so obviously, we're not doing it strictly for monetary gain... Time? The labs can do a DNA check of a previously done test within 10 days if they are encouraged by AHA and AJC. That's a non-issue. The only real issue would be to discover that the race horse in question doesn't match the DNA of the purported parentage...Something AHA and AJC would have to have the guts to address. I fully support the proposal of a second test. It is a start toward, not just a level playing field for real Arabian owners, but a return to breeding that supports the HONEST improvement of a superb performance breed, one I have loved and respected for decades. Even though I fully understand it would take years to eliminate the major effects of the current problem, isn't it time we made a start? Please support a rule requiring a second DNA test at the time the Arabian is tattooed for racing. Attorney Pamela Fullerton O/T Resolute Farms Racing Athens WI 54411

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Midwest Equine Online Upcoming Events June 4-6: Palomino Exhibitors Association of Wisconsin , Auction and Open Show. Contact Rose Motelet 608-455-1411 or visit 5: MABC & ARROW summer meeting. CANCELLED was bumped up to May 23, sorry. Contact: Sandy 608-666-2394 10: Wazee Riders Summer Gymkhana series, Jackson Co. Fairgrounds, Black River Falls, WI 715-964-2107 12-13: Stock Horse of WI Member Appreciation Clinic, Idlewild Farms, Sturgeon Bay, WI. Contact Brandon Schopf - President 920-495-2280 or Wendy Woldt 920-856-6335 20: Wazee Riders Open Pleasure Horse Show , Jackson County Fairgrounds, Black River Falls, WI. Info at 715-964-2107 24: Wazee Riders Summer Gymkhana series , Jackson Co Fairgrounds, Black River Falls, WI. 715-964-2107 July 8: Wazee Riders Summer Gymkhana series, Jackson Co. Fairgrounds, Black River Falls, WI 715-964-2107 15-18: The Morgan Masterpiece, “A� Rated Morgan Charity Horse Show , Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh, WI or 22: Wazee Riders Summer Gymkhana series, Jackson Co. Fairgrounds, Black River Falls, WI 715-964-2107 30-31 and August 1 st: Palomino Exhibitors Association of Wisconsin, Auction and Open Show. Contact Rose Motelet 608-455-1411 or visit August 5: Wazee Riders Summer Gymkhana series, Jackson Co. Fairgrounds, Black River Falls, WI 715-964-2107 15: Summer Sizzler Benefit Horse Show , 9 am, Davisburg, MI at the Oakland County Fairgrounds for more info go to 21: Midwest Arabian Breeders Club Stallion Avenue and presentation along with Halter and SHIH futurity competitions, 6 pm start, held during Jericho show stated below. 608-666-2394 or 21-22: Jericho Productions All Breed Open Pleasure Show , Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Jefferson, WI. Arabian, Morgan and overall show, silent auction, stallion exhibition.

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