Off side! Navigating your way around a horse

This is the first in a series of posts that will look at the individual requirements in the Horsemanship stream of the Cavaliere Program, beginning with Level 1.  Even if you already have your Horsemanship 1 it is worthwhile reviewing this material, as subsequent levels are all built upon this foundation.  The first item on…

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Red Cords on the Rooftop at Red Colt

First off a huge thanks to those who stayed after Riding & Horsemanship or came out to volunteer for the work party last Sunday.  Despite weather that rotated through freezing cold, sunshine, and sudden corn snow, much was accomplished.  We got the new shelter up, Michael beat the blackberry jungle into submission, Kirsten, Kat &…

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Horsebows and Handoffs

Cupid’s arrow miss its mark?  Maybe you were just moving too fast!  For those with a need for speed there are two events coming up this spring that are likely to set your heart a-flutter. Mounted Games Clinic Date: March 30th to April 1st Closing date: February 24th Place: Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre, 21973 132nd…

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Gimme Shelter!

Needs of the Horse part II:  Shelter In respect to last week’s topic, food, and this week’s, shelter, humans and horses are opposite.  Horses eat and drink an enormous quantity compared to us, and the consequences of going hungry or thirsty are potentially more serious (ulcers, colic, and other digestive upset) than they are for…

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English or Western, part II

Last week we looked at the relative merits English and Western saddles.  This week we’re looking at the much thornier issue of reining style.  It’s one of the hardest adjustments to make when switching from one type of riding to the other, and proponents of each will often argue fiercely against the other. In dressage,…

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English or Western?

I’m often asked why we use English saddles in our Cavaliere program.  After all, doesn’t the western saddle, with it’s high pommel and cantle, better mimic the shape of the medieval jousting saddle?  Isn’t it easier for beginners to stay secure in the embrace of all that extra leather?  The short answer to both these…

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Cavaliere 2012

What’s up in the next few months in the Mounted Combat Program? Riding & Horsemanship Our next series of Riding & Horsemanship classes begin Sunday January 15th.  These classes are for all levels and cover the information needed to progress through our Horsemanship levels, followed by a minimum 30 minute Riding session to help you…

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Horsey Holiday Fun

A mixed bag of (sometimes barely) equine related frivolity for you this week: Bronies Seriously?  When I heard this interview on Q a couple of weeks ago I had to do a reality check to make sure it wasn’t actually April 1st.  But apparently there’s a sub-culture of twenty-something guys who watch My Little Pony…

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Open wide!

It was dentistry day at Red Colt yesterday. Unlike us, horses have teeth that grow throughout their lives.  In the wild equines forage constantly on tough plants, which causes them to wear their molars down.  Domesticated horses don’t get the same chewing regime and can wear their teeth down unevenly, causing sharp hooks or points…

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Test your knowledge

The UK Pony Club has just launched a new ‘Pony Prep’ website: http://www.ponyprep.org/training.php While it is quite obviously aimed at the younger set, it nonetheless has some good instructional videos and simple quizzes you can take to test your knowledge: especially useful for those assessing Horsemanship level 1 on the 27th.  You don’t need to…

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Are you game?

Excellence takes many forms in the equestrian world.  There is the elegance of dressage, the precision of jumping, the savvy of a good cow-horse and the bravery of an eventer.  But for breathtaking ‘wow’ factor it’s hard to beat the excitement of Mounted Games and the amazing athleticism of the riders and ponies who play…

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