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Greetings from The Horse Ranch !

October 2007

Hope this finds you all happy and well! There has been lots going on at The Horse Ranch that we are excited to tell you about:: •

The Stages & Assessment Program

Three Month 2008 Horsemanship Course 1

2008 Camps and High & Wild Dates set, with a brand new week added “High & Wild Colt Starting, Young Horse Development & Problem Solving”

First DVD released! The 2007 High & Wild Wilderness Adventures captured on DVD. Hear what others had to say and see why this is the highlight of our year...

Upcoming Events... November 2-9 Glenn has been invited to tour some of the finest and largest Lusitano breeding facilities in Brazil. While there he has been asked to do some colt starting demonstrations, as you can imagine we are extremely honored to be able take part in such an amazing opportunity. November 16 “Earn Your Horses Respect “ Evening Demo & Workshop, Prince George BC November 17 & 18 Stage 1 & 2 “On The Ground” Clinic, Prince George BC. For more info or to Preregister contact Corrine at 250 961 4079 fordfc@telus.net or Kelly Anne at 250 649 8838.


3 Month Horsemanship Course Get ready to live your dream! Glenn's vision is of empowering people to dream of the extraordinary, and to help them turn their dreams into reality making the world a better place for horses. May 2008 will mark the start of the journey with the 2008 Horsemanship Course 1, the first in a series with more to follow that can be joined in partially or fully depending on how big the dream‌or accelerated of learning pace you choose. This course is for those aspiring to make a life long lasting change of excellence in the way they interact with horses, and will allow students to progress and develop their skills at a pace far exceeding regular approaches. We’ve designed the course so that it will fit each individual level of experience and ability to progress at a pace that is possible yet challenging.

The 2008 Horsemanship Course 1 will encompass aspects of Glenn’s Stages Program, and will take place at The Horse Ranch with a three week High & Wild Wilderness component providing a challenging learning environment and horses in their most natural form. (See High & Wild Colt Starting, Young Horse Development & Problem Solving) For complete information and prerequisites please visit our website at www.thehorseranch.com


Stages & Assessment Program The Stages & Assessment Program is a system to follow to help the student and their horse, and receive feedback on their horsemanship. The tasks in each stage are simply meant to be: •

A diagnostic tool in which you can see where you are at in your horsemanship and receive help and feedback in some key areas.

To act as a check and balance to make sure you have certain aspects of your horsemanship solid enough to build on before you go on.

To act as a guide to help you know what maximum stage of clinic/camp you should be in – we always believe there is no minimum stage of clinic, you can’t get the foundation stages too good, and you will never stop learning because as a student your understanding and ability to hear/interpret with higher understanding of all that is said will be constantly changing. In order to receive feedback and officially pass Stages 1 to 10, please print off the applicable task sheet from www.thehorseranch.com, put your contact information on it, and have someone tape you doing the tasks with your horse. When you successfully complete each stage, we will send you a certificate and sticker that makes up the color of a rainbow down the length of your carrot or horseman’s stick – with the last color at the end being gold of course – the reward of the knowledge you will have acquired by that point is just that – pure gold. Grandfathering from the Parelli Levels Program: The Stages and Assessment program is compatible with the Parelli Levels program. If you have had an official Parelli levels assessment with Glenn in the past and would like to be grandfathered into the Stages Program, check the chart on our website to see where you would be at, let us know and we will send you out a certificate and the stickers to make up the stages for your carrot stick. If you did the Parelli Assessment with an instructor other than Glenn, please submit a copy of your official Parelli certificate.


Q&A With Glenn & Dealer I need help. My mare doesn’t want to be caught. She's in a paddock with other horses. She was never thrilled about being caught, but now she's really digging in her heels since this past weekend. She's a six year old Standardbred mare off the track and demonstrates amazing speed. When we approach her (food isn’t a big motivator) she just avoids us by turning and trotting away, but not as if she's scared. She is great at deeking us and hides around other boarded horses and the round hay bale. We’ve had her for about a month and in that time we’ve saddled and ridden her (she has only been driven) and have had her lope/canter and trot (she was a pacer). We have ridden her in the fields and on the trails—no spooking at all. Once we get the halter or rope around her neck she's no problem at all; she’ll follow me. When she was lower in the herd ranks (when she first arrived at the stable) she was easy to catch but now that she has worked her way up the ranks, she is more pushy to get to places of her choice. I’m fully planning to play the 7 games from the Parelli home package as it worked tremendously with our other horses. But if I can’t even get close to the mare how do I get started? Please help if you can. -Nancy Doner Hello Nancy The quick answer to the question is to use the herd (other horses) as a draw and put yourself between the herd and the horse that doesn’t want to be caught soon she will give up and allow you to catch her. Don’t allow her back with the herd, work yourself calmly and casually until she finds herself outside the herd. Horses being herd animals get comfortable within the herd and uncomfortable away, the further away and the longer they are separated the more willing they will be to come to you or to stand and allow you to walk up and catch them. Once you’ve caught the horse, brush it, feed it some oats, and let it go. Horses will become very easy to catch after a week or two of this. If you would like a more broad relationship than that, I would make sure the time I spend with my horse was as much fun for them as it was for me so I could change the relationship to where my horse wanted to be caught because it couldn’t wait to find out what it was going to learn today, presenting everything in a manner that earns the horses respect, builds their confidence and communicating in a language that the horse understands. If we can think of things from the horse’s perspective we can create a willing exuberant horse that wants to join us. It is a position or relationship that takes time, effort and knowledge to get but it is well worth the journey. All the best, Glenn


Pride (sold)

Rockit

Nitro (sold)

Turbo (sold)

The 2007 Babies of the Horse Ranch—Sired by Genuine Jet Smooth

Weaning Foals Its getting to that time of year where a lot of people are starting to think about weaning their foals. It can be a stressful time for both mare and foal. Not being able to nurse and being separated from its mother or herd it has been living with throughout the summer is very traumatic for the foal. The mare keeps producing milk for a period of time after being away from her foal and her utter and teats can get very tender and swollen. There are a few ways to minimize the stress and discomfort that both will go through. One of the ways we have found to work very well is to have the mare and foal separated only by a fence made of wooden planks or pipe so they can’t hurt themselves. There is enough distance between the rails or pipe at the right height so that if the mare stood next to the fence the foal could reach through and nurse, which relieves some of the pressure on the mares teats and udder and give the foal a much needed drink while they are both making the transition. As the days go by the mare will periodically go for water or to eat for longer periods of time, the milk production will slowly stop which will be much more comfortable than stopping nursing completely. She will separate herself from the foal at a pace that is more comfortable and natural for her. Being able to see each other and have contact makes things much less stressful for both. If possible, another thing you can do to help your foals throughout the weaning period and winter is leave an older horse in the pen with your foals that they are used to living with to act as a babysitter or calming effect for the youngsters.

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