Everyday Wisdom – Mounting Block Mishaps
Jul20

Everyday Wisdom – Mounting Block Mishaps

By subscriber Vanessa Larocque and Alice Champlin                         Vanessa leads Hadley properly. They two are in step. His head is in a natural head set, no stress here, and parallel to her shoulder. Vanessa is “in charge.” If Hadley is lazy and not moving forward, Vanessa taps him gently on the flank with her dressage crop (in her right hand) telling him to pick up the pace. The more you practice leading horses properly the easier it gets and the more you are in control of the situation. Vanessa prefers to use a rope halter for the “teachable” moments in horsemanship. The rope halter gives her leverage; when Vanessa applies pressure Hadley feels tension over the poll and near the nose bridge and across the face. The rope halter is a tool that is to be taken seriously as it can also hurt a horse if used improperly. In other words, “DON’T YANK THE HORSE” especially when they are in a rope halter. Vanessa knows whenever teaching a horse something new, you allow time. She intentionally  set aside at least an hour today to work on leading skills before she tackles the mounting block.   Vanessa deliberately leads Hadley improperly to demonstrate how easily people get hurt because they are leading a horse wrong. If he lunges forward, he will knock her down. If he pulls back, he’ll wrench her arm or shoulder.                                             After showing Hadley the mounting block, Vanessa squares him up with the with it then stands on it. She wants to get him accustomed to her being there. She rubs his back and verbally tells Hadley to “stand.”  This becomes an daily ritual as she reminds Hadley consistently what her expectations are. Hadley learns through repetition, he is to stand quietly when it comes to the mounting block.  ...

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The GOOD HORSE – “BRONSON” July’s Horse of the Month
Jul01

The GOOD HORSE – “BRONSON” July’s Horse of the Month

The GOOD HORSE – “Bronson” By owner Bianca Lukasik Thank you Malibu Feed Bin for your gracious prize for “Bronson” and his family.             Our story begins with the rescue of a Lusitano, gelding named “Bronson.” A year ago, when we first met Bronson we had high hopes of bringing him home. He was standing in a pile of filth; his head was tied straight up to a tree and bound by a rope and chain. He had bleeding lacerations running down both front legs resulting from a cruel and unconscionable act known as “rope tripping.” Horses that fall prey to this inhumane practice are usually used for entertainment purposes before slaughter. The horse is terrorized and chased out of a shoot or pen only to have a single rope thrown around the pastern forcing the horse to flip over on its back; the outcome is usually a horse with a broken leg or snapped spine. Bronson was lucky enough to escape this horrible fate thanks to our perfect timing. We rescued him from a hellish situation and everyday he shows us how grateful he is. Bronson has shown great promise in the area of three-day eventing and has shown a natural aptitude for the sport both physically and mentally. He’s improves strength-wise thanks to the right diet, supplements and the right amount of exercise. Good ownership has helped on my part and the right training, with Jessica Karlsson, has also been a great help. Bronson is full of life, love and has a commanding presence; he draws you in. Our whole family adores him. I can’t believe how satisfying it is to see a horse transformed from a starving, neglected, abused animal and become a healthy, energetic, and happy equine. He got there because people wanted to save him. It’s awe-inspiring to see Bronson achieve and through recovery we are reminded how terribly he has suffered but yet he still has such a will to live and allow people love him again. Happy horsing,...

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THE GOOD PONY – “Smokey” June’s HOM
Jun01

THE GOOD PONY – “Smokey” June’s HOM

  “Smokey” thinks that he is a horse – no one bothered to explain to him that he is only 12.2 hands.  I bought Smokey when my first daughter was born – he was 4 years old, and I bought him 5 minutes after meeting him.  He is the best little guy.  He is a welsh type B, and turns 9 next month. If you ask Sophia, my four year old, she will tell you that he is as close to a unicorn as they come. She loves to trot, and her legs are finally long enough to kick and make Smokey go.  He is the dirtiest pony, and loves to roll. Keeping him somewhat clean is a full time job. Smokey is still learning, but he has a heart of gold, and loves his kids. He is an adventure pony on the trail, and a flashy gentleman in the show ring, but best of all, he lives in the front yard where he gives kisses to parents and kids in the neighborhood every day. For submitting “Smokey,” Sarah has won a prize from Agoura...

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EQUINE BENEFITS – Come Celebrate THE DAY OF THE HORSE
May18

EQUINE BENEFITS – Come Celebrate THE DAY OF THE HORSE

  Day of the Horse Don’t miss this great tradition celebrating the history and culture of our vibrant equestrian community in the Conejo Valley. Day of the Horse is an annual event that is open to the public that is full of fun activities aimed to educate and spread knowledge about horses. This event celebrates fun, food and entertainment on our beautiful 30-acre equestrian park.  Our goal is to host a family oriented event that brings our residents and businesses together for an enjoyable day!   We welcome vendors! To reserve booth space, please complete our registration form www.eticorral37.org/events You may visit our website for event updates at www.eticorral37.org or Email at eticorral37@yahoo.com   Event Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm ·      Horse Demonstrations ·      Kids Corner ·      Shave-It Truck Exhibitors: ·      Foxfield Drill Team ·      Valley View Vaulters ·      Chemaine Hurtado, Symphony Dressage Vendors: ·      Animal Guardians Horse Rescue ·      Bright Star Saddlery ·      Greater LA Paint Horse Club ·      DAC Horse Vitamins & Supplements ·      Two Bit Woodworks ·      Created by Ken ·      Wrapped N Ribbons   Conejo Creek Equestrian Park 1350 E Avenida De Las Flores, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 www.eticorral37.org...

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THE GOOD HORSE – Loving “Jack” Pony of the Month for May
May01

THE GOOD HORSE – Loving “Jack” Pony of the Month for May

Pony Jack is “Horse of the Month” and we are so lucky to have his 9-year-old owner tell his story. Kalianne leased Jack for two years before her parents purchased him. Good Ponies are hard to find and Jack is special. Acquiring him took patient persistance but well worth it.   Kalianne and Jack have won a prize from the Calabasas Saddlery.                   Kalianne and Jack have a special bond of empowerment and trust. This is what horses do for young people – they teach commitment and perseverance. DF77DBF4-856C-44D8-8BD3-984EB07B1CD5.MOV                ...

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Everyday Wisdom – Don’t Toss Those Blankets! Repair them!
May01

Everyday Wisdom – Don’t Toss Those Blankets! Repair them!

After the winter season, is a great time to purchase new blankets because a lot of them are on sale at this time of year. But before you open your wallet, take a look at your existing inventory and see if some of those blankets can be refurbished and repaired. A good blanket is hard to find especially when it comes to fit and fill content.  These paisley blankets have a light insulation perfect for the Southern California climate and I like the fit. When Hadley ripped the lining of his blue one, replacing it was gonna to be tough and expensive. So instead I headed to my local dry cleaners and laundry service. “Marine’s Cleaners” on Topanga Canyon Blvd not only laundered the blanket but repaired the lining for under $50. Not bad compared to the cost of a new blanket especially since the blue one is longer available. For other blankets that needed buckle and strapping repair, I headed to the local cobbler or shoe repair. Conveniently located right next to the dry cleaners!  To my surprise, I found that two area “A” lister hunter/jumper barns had already enlisted Mike’s help in blanket repair.  Mike also repairs boots, bridles,  halters and does some minor work on saddles. A word to the wise – Before you head to the cobbler or the dry cleaners launder the blankets at home or at a laundromat. Nobody wants a smelly blanket in their shop so take pity on the shop owner. I prefer the laundromat but I am careful to check with the owner to make sure I can use their large machines. I frequently hose the blankets off and let them air dry before taking them to the laundromat. This eliminates a lot of dirt, hair and shavings that might clog a washing machine. Happy horsing!...

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