Horse Sense

The final item on Horsemanship 1 checklist is: 11. Demonstrate safety and common sense when working around horses This is something our examiners make note of during the whole of the horsemanship assessment. We want to see that you are calm, confident, and sensible while handling your horse. Most candidates are very good at staying…

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A Stable Situation: needs and habits of the horse

Aside from food, which was covered in last week’s post, a horse needs shelter and security.  These topics were both covered in previous posts (see links). For the Horsemanship 1 test we ask about 10. Stabling: needs and habits of the horse Along with reference to food, secure fencing, and shelter, we want to see…

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The Well-Groomed Horse

Grooming the horse is one of the most important skill sets a rider needs to have.  It allows you to check your horse for injuries, helps increase the circulation to his skin and muscles, prevents chafing from dirt under the tack, improves his appearance, and provides valuable bonding time. As you progress through your Horsemanship…

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A Horse in Hand is Worth Two in the Field: catching & haltering

The second item on the Horsemanship Level 1 checklist is: 2. Enter, approach and safely halter horse in stall or paddock There are a myriad of videos out there, but really, you can’t do it much better than this little girl: (Just watch to about 1:35 — it gets a bit chaotic when her sister…

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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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