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Autumn Riding and Swordplay at Red Colt

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With the evenings getting shorter, its time to switch the hours of our Riding & Horsemanship classes back to Sunday mornings.   This is your last chance to get a series of classes in before our winter break! Autumn Riding, Horsemanship, and Mounted Combat Youth Riding & Horsemanship This course for kids aged 6-13 will introduce your child to ponies and…

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Summer Courses with Horses at Red Colt

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Summer is here at last!  Don't let the beautiful days slip through your fingers ... get out and on a horse this month!  In addition to our regular classes we have added jumping and cross country clinics this month.  Look for more clinics next month as well ... Summer Courses at Red Colt Jumping Clinic This clinic is intended for…

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Resolve to Ride in 2017

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I hate New Year's resolutions.  They don't stick, and they end up making you feel guilty before you even flip the calendar to February.  But I do like goals.  Especially goals that are useful and achievable all year round.  And whether you like New Year's resolutions or not, January is a great time to peer into the calendar ahead and…

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Tune Up Your Skills with Drop-in Classes

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We are all busy -- that's a given.  Which often makes it hard to commit to weekly classes or a full series.  We say to ourselves  "no time this month, I'll sign-up next month".  But next month, the same thing is likely to happen. There are good reasons to commit to regular pre-paid classes: The prices are usually better You…

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Summer Reading, Summer Riding

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With new series of Riding, Horsemanship and Mounted Combat having just started, I thought it may be useful to re-post links to blogs which cover topics in the curriculum.  You can use these blog posts as refreshers and checklists to support the material taught in classes.  Each group of posts is searchable under tags such as 'Horsemanship Level 1', 'Blue…

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Conformation: Built to Work

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Horsemanship Level 4: Conformation & Unsoundness pt II Previously we looked at types of horses, their differing builds and their abilities.  This week we'll examine general conformation, and what to look for when assessing any horse. Over centuries of domestication, selective breeding has created the variety of breeds and types we looked at in the last post.  However, the modern…

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On Horsemanship

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The final item on your Blue Spur checklist is: Read and demonstrate an understanding of Xenophon’s On Horsemanship. Written around 300 BCE by Xenophon the Greek, On Horsemanship is the oldest known complete work on the care and training of riding horses.  (There is an older Hittite treatise on conditioning chariot horses, and an incomplete text by Simon of Athens,…

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The Cavaliere Program: Many Goals, Many Routes

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There are a multitude of reasons people come to the Cavaliere Program: they always wanted to be a knight; they're bored with the show-ring and want a new equine activity; they want to take their swordfighting to a (literally) higher level; they want to learn about horses and riding; they were horse-crazy kids whose parents never succumbed to their "please,"…

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Hauling your … horse

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Unless you plan to do all your equine activities within a few miles of your stable, you will eventually have to deal with trailering horses. For level 3 we don't expect you to demonstrate hauling, but we do want you to: Describe how to lead in and out of a trailer There are many videos on the web describing how…

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Summer Schedule at the Stables

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This summer's schedule is a tad scattered due to various events, such as plans to re-do the arena footing, and the fact I'll be away teaching Mounted Combat in Zwiebrucken for part of July.  So I thought I'd take a break from instructional blogs to give you what scheduling I can. Intro to Mounted Combat There are still a few…

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