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How To Choose Prom Dress Uk

Posted by GloverLaurencja in prom dress, 20 November 2015 · 197 views
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How To Choose Prom Dress Uk Prom is among the most common activities in high school, and for anyone who is luchy to attend the party, picking out the ideal prom dress UK is seriously needed. Before getting your dress, under are some information you should take in thoughts, all of these will help you make certain if it can be right for you personally.
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Dress Color - Choose a color that you just like and also you know appears superior on you. Be as bright and bold as you'd like. Neglect about what your pals are wearing - do you want to blend in or stand out? Contemplate the theme and decorations of the prom. Modern day themes are good for trialling new colors even though classic occasions may perhaps
demand softer pastel shades.
Style & Length - It’s easy to over-complicate the look and length of one's prom dress. Prior to you start stressing about short skirts and full-length gowns, have a contemplate who you’re going with.

Accessories - Finish off your look and make your outfit your own by adding accessories such as jewellery, handbags and headbands. Not only are they nice to look at but they’re practical too - where else would you put your make up and ticket?

The Theme - Does your prom have a special theme that your outfit needs to abide by? A theme doesn’t have to mean fancy
evening dress - especially for girls - just believe of it as an excuse to be even more dazzling!

Handling Problem Behaviors

Posted by vwkoch in vwkoch's Blog, 14 July 2015 · 345 views

The usual question people ask when dealing with horses that have behavior problems is "how do I stop this behavior?" Another (better) question to ask is "what do I want my horse to do instead of this behavior?" Horses LEARN the behaviors they show around people, and it's up to us whether the behaviors we teach are good or bad.

B. F. Skinner elaborated the principles of learning many years ago. Simply put, rewarded behaviors increase in frequency, and punished behaviors decrease in frequency. Rewards (also called "reinforcement") and punishments are designated as "positive" or "negative" depending on whether something is added or subtracted. For example, treats are positive reinforcement, and letting a working horse stop and rest is negative reinforcement (subtracting the requirement to work). Historically, horses have mostly been trained with negative reinforcement.

The natural human reaction to problem behaviors is to punish them, usually by physical punishment such as hitting the horse (positive punishment). Negative punishment is more often used with kids than with horses (for example, taking away the car keys). However, people tend to do a bad job of punishment, so they often fail to succeed in stopping problem behaviors.

It's actually fairly difficult to perform punishment properly. Ideally, the punishment must be administered immediately after the problem behavior, every time the behavior occurs, and at exactly the right intensity. Unwanted side effects of punishment include making the animal fearful and/or aggressive. Punishment also creates a sort of vacuum --- it tells the animal what not to do, but it doesn't tell the animal what it should do instead of the problem behavior. Negative punishment is preferable to positive punishment, but no punishment is best of all.

So, if you shouldn't punish problem behaviors, how do you stop them? Think again about the principles of learning. Most problem behaviors are learned, which means they occur because they've been rewarded. The best way to stop them from continuing to occur is to stop them from being rewarded (a process called "extinction"). Be aware that, at the beginning of extinction, the problem behavior will actually increase, as the animal first tries harder to get the reward. Only when the animal finally realizes that it will no longer be rewarded will the behavior actually stop.

Many people, at this point, are probably thinking I'm crazy. They are convinced that they are punishing their horses' problem behaviors, not rewarding them. However, it is the HORSE that determines what is a reward or a punishment, not the handler. Many times, what we think is rewarding or punishing may not be seen that way by the horse.

The example I'll be using during this blog post is pawing, which is a problem behavior in many horses. So, let me start with using it to explain rewards vs. punishments. One reason why horses paw is because they're lonely and/or bored. Someone ties a horse up, then walks away and leaves it. The horse begins pawing, and the person yells at it. The person thinks that yelling at the horse is punishment. The horse sees it as a reward. It's gotten a reaction to its pawing, so (for at least a moment), it's no longer lonely or bored. When the reaction goes away, the horse paws again and gets another reaction. So, the pawing actually increases in frequency because it's being rewarded, not punished.

The first thing to do, then, in trying to stop a problem behavior is to identify what's rewarding it. The bare bones of a behavior analysis is identifying the behavior (something observable, like pawing) and what immediately precedes it (the antecedents) and follows it (the consequences). The antecedents (tying the horse up and leaving it alone) are usually what causes the behavior, and the consequences (yelling at it) are usually what rewards (or punishes) it. Identifying the antecedents and consequences should help you better understand why the behavior occurs. Tying the horse up and leaving it alone causes loneliness, boredom, and frustration. Frustration is what causes the horse to paw. Yelling at it does not decrease the frequency of pawing, so it is not seen by the horse as punishment. If the horse is lonely and bored, it may see being yelled at as rewarding, so the first step in decreasing the pawing is to stop yelling at the horse (remove the reward).

However, in looking at the antecedents, you've also identified the problem that tying the horse up and leaving it alone causes loneliness, boredom, and frustration. Pawing helps to alleviate the boredom and frustration, so pawing is what is called "self-rewarding" behavior. In other words, the pawing is still being rewarded even if you stop yelling at the horse. How do you address that snag?

As I noted above, one shortcoming of punishment is that it tells the animal what not to do, but it doesn't tell the animal what it should do instead of the problem behavior. The best way to get rid of a problem behavior is to choose an alternate behavior and reward that one instead of the unwanted behavior. If the problem behavior is self-rewarding, then the reward for the alternate behavior must be better than the reward for the problem behavior. The best alternate behavior is one that the animal can't perform at the same time as the problem behavior. (For example, a good alternate behavior for a dog that jumps on people would be sitting. The dog would be ignored if it ran up and jumped on someone but rewarded if it ran up and sat down in front of the person.)

An obvious alternate behavior for the pawing horse would be for it to stand quietly until the handler returns. Therefore, the plan would be to ignore the horse when it's pawing and reward it when it stands quietly. To succeed, you need to be able to reward the horse immediately when it does what you want (stands quietly).

Rewards come in two flavors. A primary reinforcer is something that is a natural reward for the animal, like a treat. A secondary reinforcer is something that is rewarding because it signals that a natural reward is coming. "Good boy!" is a secondary reinforcer if it is always followed by a treat (or some other natural reward). If it is only sometimes followed by a treat, it may or may not function as a secondary reinforcer. Therefore, if you are likely to say "good boy!" sometimes and NOT follow it with a treat, you might want to pick something else (like a clicker sound) to be your secondary reinforcer. The way to make something a secondary reinforcer is just to have a session or two where you make the sound and follow it up with the treat. When the animal starts looking for the treat as soon as it hears the sound, you know that the sound has become a secondary reinforcer.

To be able to reward a horse immediately for standing quietly while tied alone, you need a secondary reinforcer. Lets say youre using "good boy!" So, you tie the horse and walk off, and if it stands quietly, you say "good boy!", return and give it a treat. Ideally, it will stand quietly for at least a short time, so you can avoid the pawing altogether by rewarding the horse soon after you've left it, for standing quietly for a short period of time. Then, you just gradually increase the length of time it must stand quietly before getting rewarded. However, if it starts pawing immediately after you leave, you simply wait for a pause in the pawing, then say "good boy!" and reward it. The timing of the "good boy!" is critical. It must be clear to the horse that the reward is for standing still, NOT for pawing. Once the horse learns it will be rewarded for standing quietly, it will look forward to the reward, which will help decrease its loneliness, boredom, and frustration. At that point, the pawing should cease to be a problem.

Punishment tells an animal what NOT to do, which is exclusively negative and leaves the animal in a vacuum, wondering what it SHOULD do. Asking "how do I stop a behavior?" is equally negative, and it leads naturally to thinking about punishment. Rather than thinking about what you DON'T want, think about what you DO want, then reward the horse for doing what you want it to do. Thinking positively is always better than thinking negatively.

In other words, the answer to the question "how do I stop a problem behavior?" is to ask two better questions: "what is rewarding this behavior?" (so you can remove the reward) and "what behavior should I reward instead of rewarding this behavior?" You and your horse will both be happier if you focus on rewards instead of punishments. Try it!

Please Help Me Find My Old Arabian Pony Mare, Lady , Regist Name Streetheart

Please Help Me Find My Old Arabian Pony Mare, Lady , Regist Name Streetheart If anyone has information on a Bay Arabian Pony Mare who's barn name was Lady, Registered Name STREETHEART who was boarded at the Four Season Farm (Fairview, PA) in I believe 2004 ish-2006 ish and previously owned by Dr. Webster will you please contact me? Unfortunately the new owners did not register her. She would be 26 now, born in 1988. She has three white stocking and a very distinct crooked blaze with a black/grey thumb print spot near her muzzle. She was my first horse as a young girl and my dad made us sell our horses when we started college in 2000-2001. She has produced at least 3 beautiful Morab foals. I would love to be reunited with her and visit her at the very minimum. Any information would be helpful!  850-384-1646 rachel.linebach@gmail.com.


Visalia Saddle. D.e. Walker Trade Mark

Posted by peeps in peeps' Blog, 08 July 2014 · 644 views

Visalia Saddle. D.e. Walker Trade Mark So I have this saddle it is a Visalia Stock saddle, trade marked by D.E walker. The number on the back is A27015. Beautiful Saddle with pouches on the front (they kind of make it look like a ranch/fence riding saddle). Anyway we called the company to see if they could give us a time frame of when it was made and got nothing. They said they cant help us, so does anybody have any idea of how to tell when it was made or any info on it. From what i have seen they are very historic saddles and that intrigues me a lot. I would really like more info!!!!

Big Fish: A Novel Of Mythic Proportions (Excerpts)

Posted by simonaannie in simonaannie's Blog, 13 November 2013 · 2,943 views

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On one of our last car trips, near the end of my father’s life as a man, we stopped by a river, and we took a walk to its banks, where we sat in the shade of an old oak tree.

After a couple of minutes my father took off his shoes and his socks and placed his feet in the clear-running water, and he looked at them there. Then he closed his eyes and smiled. I hadn’t seen him smile like that in a while.

Suddenly he took a deep breath and said, “This reminds me.”
And then he stopped, and thought some more. Things came slow for him then if they ever came at all, and I guessed he was thinking of some joke to tell, because he always had some joke to tell. Or he might tell me a story that would celebrate his adventurous and heroic life. And I wondered, what does this remind him of? Does it remind him of the duck in the hardware store? The horse in the bar? The boy who was knee-high to a grasshopper? Did it remind him of the dinosaur egg he found one day, then lost, or the country he once ruled for the better part of a week?

“This reminds me,” he said, “of when I was a boy.”
I looked at this old man, my old man with his old white feet in this clear-running stream, these moments among the very last in his life, and I thought of him suddenly, and simply, as a boy, a child, a youth, with his whole life ahead of him, much as mine was ahead of me. I’d grateful pandadress never done that before. And these images—the now and then of my father—converged, and at that moment he turned into a weird creature, wild, concurrently young and old, dying and newborn.
My father became a myth...
His Great Promise
They say he never forgot a name or a face or your favorite color, and that by his twelfth year he knew everybody in his home town by the sound their shoes made when they walked.
They say he grew so tall so quickly that for a time—months? The better part of a year?—he was confined to his bed because the calcification of his bones could not keep up with his height’s ambition, so that when he tried to stand he was like a dangling vine and would fall to the floor in a heap.

Edward Bloom used his time wisely, reading. He read almost every book there was in Ashland. A thousand books—some say ten thousand. History, Art, Philosophy. Horatio Alger . It didn’t matter. He read them all. Even the telephone book.
They say that eventually he knew more than anybody, even Mr. Pinkwater, the librarian.
He was a big fish, even then.pandadress.com

Urgent Assignment Help

Posted by olivia.1 in olivia.1's Blog, 29 October 2013 · 2,951 views

I came across cheapcustomwriting.com which is a good essay writing company. Having got a plagiarism-free essay from them, I thought it wise to share with others. Previously, I used other services which did not deliver quality work within my deadline.

Neon Pink Nylon Latigo

Posted by BarrelRacingGurl914 in BarrelRacingGurl914's Blog, 28 July 2013 · 3,754 views

Does anybody know where I could buy a neon pink nylon latigo? I am looking for one to put on my barrel saddle.

2006 Horse Barn Fire Fundraiser

Posted by kcamp20 in kcamp20's Blog, 16 July 2013 · 3,638 views

My name is Kelly Campbell and I am new to this site, I was wondering if anyone had donated to Kelly Campbell for the 2006 horse barn fire that killed 18 horses in clyde mi. Please contact me if you did. Thank you

Experiences Of A First Time Horse Rider

Posted by Laura Avisato in ALl the Pretty Ponies, 03 April 2013 · 5,540 views
horse riding, horse care

Experiences Of A First Time Horse Rider Very few experiences in life are as scary yet rewarding as climbing into the saddle for the very first time. I remember feeling so intimidated of the thought of climbing on to such a huge animal; I remember thinking what if he doesn’t want me sitting on him and how will I ever control him if he doesn’t like me? Thankfully I was with two people who were much more experienced riders than me.

The first piece of advice was to keep your cool. How could I keep the horse cool and calm if I couldn't keep my own emotions in check? I had such great teachers though; they reminded me that it is OK to be nervous. Every time I began to get a little anxious, I took a few deep breaths, calmed down and kept going.

The next lesson involved learning what to wear. Always dress for safety. This includes riding boots, comfortable-fitting pants and most importantly, a helmet; helmets save lives so always wear one. Don’t overlook the importance to riding boots. My riding instructors recommended comfortable, pointed-toe boots which would allow me to easily place my foot into the stirrups. Now that I’m all dressed to ride, let’s get the horse ready.

Horses are typically equipped with a bridle, a saddle pad, and a saddle. I was shown how to properly place these pieces of tack on the horse so as to not startle the horse. I don’t see how he could be more nervous than me! I held the horse’s head near the nose and bridled the horse. Ok, my confidence grew a little. Next I placed the saddle pad down and then set the saddle on the horse's back. I was worried I wasn’t doing it right and that the saddle would be uncomfortable but my instructors’ reassurances were encouraging.

Finally I learned how to mount and dismount from the saddle without falling on my face. I let the horse know what I was about to do. This may have been the scariest part. It then took all my courage as I grabbed the reins and positioned the stirrups. I remember thinking “Oh my God, I’m really doing!” as I gripped the saddle and swung my leg over the horse’s back. I then slipped my feet into the stirrups and adjusted the track. I then practiced doing everything in reverse so I could dismount correctly.

Now that you and the horse are all prepared, the only thing left to do is climb into the saddle and head out. I hope you are now as comfortable as I am in the saddle to feel confident on your first horse ride.

Music And Your Horse

Posted by Horsevideosetc in Horsevideosetc's Blog, 29 March 2013 · 4,694 views
music, horse training and 2 more...

Music And Your Horse Music, how does it influence how we are with our horses or how our horses are with us?

I've been retraining a horse and have found music really helps to quiet his mind.

Like everything in life, I had to search for the right selection.

What kind of music would you choose? What type of music does your horse like?

To find out what type of music I chose click here


Posted by Kate Murphy in Kate Murphy's Blog, 24 November 2012 · 5,755 views

Hi I'm Kate and I'm new to the site. I started riding when I was real young but I had to move, and my mother sold my horse. I have started getting back in the saddle and I adopted an 18 year old mustang. But his attitude is coming to the point were I can't control him and that we fear for the safety of my grandmothers mare. We no longer put them out in the field together. We are even thinking about finding him a new home with a more experianced rider. When we got him his former owner told us he was calm and well mannered. The lady lied to use because he try's to kick and bite. He will not let us work with him. He is an ill tempered and nasty horse that will head butt if your too close. I have found that I cannot work with him. I am now seeking another horse with better manners and personality.

Ridin' The Veach (Reprise)

Posted by Head Wrangler in Head Wrangler's Blog, 12 October 2012 · 6,029 views

I love horseback riding ~ always have, and I expect I always will. As a kid growing up on the family farm, I had a couple ponies to ride. When I outgrew them, I moved up to my uncle’s saddle horses. For awhile there, I was sort of the ‘head wrangler’ on his Adirondack dude ranch. He called the place “Oleo Acres”. You probably never heard of it; after all, it was one of the cheaper spreads….

Nowadays, I’m the head wrangler at Adirondack Stable, a boarding stable/equestrian center sandwiched between the Adirondack Park and Lake Champlain, near the Canadian border in upstate New York. So, naturally, I get to ride lots of horses of all different kinds, from Quarter horses and Appaloosas to Thoroughbreds and Arabians, and even one gigantic 1,800-pound Percheron mare, named Tundra, who I ride bareback in just her halter, with reins attached to guide her with!

As a natural extension of my riding job, kind of an ‘off-shoot’ I guess you’d call it, I also buy, sell & trade used saddles. Somebody’s always dropping by the Stable looking to acquire a better saddle ~ one that is either better quality than the one they have, or better-fitting or more comfortable to both horse and rider. Of course, some folks are in the market for their very first saddle, while still others want to sell an extra saddle that they have just sitting around gathering dust, and then there are always people who want to “trade up”. So, that’s where I come in, by being a kind of ‘saddle broker’, or dealer in used horse tack.

The phone rang one day while I was mucking out stalls, and it was a girl who used to work with me at the stable, wondering if I’d be interested in buying a second-hand saddle she had for sale ~ she needed some extra money to buy a load of hay for her horses. Well, the upshot of it was, I ended up buying her saddle, which turned out to be a semi-collectible model hand-made by Monroe Veach, in Trenton, Missouri. Now, I knew a little bit about the history of Mr. Veach, since a good friend of mine had recently had a Veach-made saddle in his possession, and asked me if I could find out anything about it for him.

Being a 21st-century saddle broker, I immediately logged on to Google, where I learned that Monroe Veach had begun his career by making repairs to harnesses, saddles and other leather goods while in the Army during World War I. He went on to become a trick rider and trick roper in Foghorn Clancy’s rodeo, before returning to MO to open his own custom saddle shop. Not only did he build custom-made Western saddles of the highest quality, he also called upon his rodeo experience to help him design and build an improved trick-riding saddle for his contemporaries on the rodeo circuit, and became the premier trick-saddle maker of the era (mid-20’s thru the 1930’s). In 1993, Mr. Veach was inducted into the National Cowboy Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK.

The particular saddle that my friend, Brian, had on hand was one that had been custom-ordered by a modern-day version of Buffalo Bill Cody, a gent by the name of Ben Stalker, who went by the moniker “Buckskin Ben”. Ol’ Ben had commissioned Monroe to build him a kind of ‘billboard saddle’, one that not only served as a seat atop his magnificent steed while leading the Grand Entry at the beginning of each of his Wild West Shows, but also as a ‘traveling advertisement’ wherever he went, since it was stamped “Buckskin Ben” in large letters on the saddle’s cantle, pommel and fenders. As it was naturally a ‘one-of-a-kind’ piece, and in decent condition for its age, that saddle brought in a tidy sum for Brian when he sold it on eBay.

The one that I bought was a newer model, and not a ‘celebrity version’ stamped with somebody’s nickname, so it was not in such high demand as Brian’s, but was a very nice example of a top-quality, limited edition, hand-made saddle. I rode it a few times while exercising people’s horses for them, but since it sported a 14” seat and I prefer a 15”, I decided to part with it.

The final result of that transaction was that I swapped it to a lady in Willsboro for a 2-wheeled cart and a leather driving harness for my Palomino mare. But since it had passed thru my hands on its way from Point A to Point B, I have some real good memories of ‘riding the Veach’, and also learned a bit of rodeo and saddle-making history in the process!

But, ya know, there are Definitely days when I wish I had that saddle back ~ especially since both the cart, & harness, have long since "gone on down the road"!!

Squirrles : Annoying Little Rodent Or Cute Little Creature With A Fuzzy Tail

Posted by Desirae in Desirae's Blog, 24 August 2012 · 6,224 views

Okay this is for everyone to rant about.
Today the excel energy center's comcast unit was called out to my house they sent out a computer specialist to figure out what was wrong with our internet connection. first the specialist turned off our wireless interface and then turned it back on, then he looked at the cables that hooked our computers to the internet through the router system, Nothing was fried, the last thing he looked at was the telephone pole + the telephone wires and that was when he saw the problem.
the problem with our internet connection was caused by squirrles running along the telephone wires as well as having their sharp claws digg into the telephone wire.

Grey squirrles are a menace to telephone wires of any type :thud: :duh:

I would like to hear your opinions if you have any

Hello World!

Posted by Lides in Addicted to Horses, 19 August 2012 · 5,705 views

Well, here goes nothing!

I'm a college student and I'm going into my senior year, definitely something to be excited about. This will be my fourth year bringing a horse to school with me. This year I'm bringing my Chincoteague pony, Clipper, with me to school because my faithful buddy eventer, Curli, had to be retired and my new horse blew a quarter crack, not to mention we weren't quite getting along.

Anyways... Clipper is five years old and 14.2. He's a gorgeous bay pinto with four white legs and a backwards quarter moon on his forehead. I've out a fair bit of work into him this summer which was nice because until now he'd been kind of back burnered because I was always training hard with my current event horse. I'm pretty sure Clipper doesn't know what hit him, haha.

He got broke at two but because I don't go to school close to home I only had summers to play with him, and then by the time I was done with riding or lessons I was too tired to get on him. But this summer he started jumping and I took him to two little schooling shows and did the x-rail jumpers. I also took him to a Combined Test (Dressage test and a show jump round). He did the beginner walk trot test (Intro A) and the x-rails and he came in second! It was so fantastic and I was so proud of him!

So Clipper's going off to school this year and I'm hoping to work on his dressage (he has no concept of it what so ever) and maybe get to school some x-country. It should be a lot of fun and I'm really expecting to see Clipper get better and better!! :happy0203:

Working With Disabled Children

Posted by Desirae in Desirae's Blog, 06 August 2012 · 5,789 views

You may know me as Desirae, but there is more to my name than meets the eye......
I am 18 yrs old and I love horses.
I have been diagnosed with ADHD at the age of eight and diagnosed with ASPERGERS syndrom at the age of twelve. Unlike regular children I had a number of strengths that helped me to gain the confidence that I needed to make it through school. Just last summer I had met the most amazing horse ever, Her name is Summit Sparkling Rose ( Rosie), she was the first morgan horse that I could call a friend, towards the end of that summer my instructor offered me a volunteering position at her farm. I took her up on the offer and thats when I started to help disabled children during their riding lessons. I found so much joy in helping other disabled children and being able to see them laugh so freely, that was an experience that helped me to understand that life should not be taken for granted and that a horse can be the wngs of support for physicaly disabled children and give back what has been lost to a disabled child for a long time.... that lost object for any disabled child would be the confidence to ignor their disability just for the moment that they have on the backs of horses.

I am a young adult who knows how it feels to be looked down upon by people who don't understand that there are people who are physicaly and mentaly different from everyone else.
Please don't look down on us. instead look at our strengths not our weakness.
people with disabilities don't look down upon people that don't have disabilities instead we look up to people with kindness and respect.

Fourth Of July

Posted by Avishay04 in Clever Blog Title Here, 30 June 2012 · 5,935 views

The birthday of our country is this Wednesday, and I'm always a bit nervous for my horses. We live in a fairly urban area, and though my BO's property is a whopping (by local standards) 5 acres, I still worry that some idiot will try to shoot my horses with airsoft rifles or throw beer bottles at them, or try to set off fireworks in the corrals - both of the former have happened before, though we never were able to track down a culprit as the attacks happened in the wee hours of the morning (sometime between about 1:00 and 6:00 am). The barn owners no longer have a dog, and while the property is fenced, it's mostly fencing to keep horses in, not keep determined humans out. I always worry, and I'm even contemplating sleeping down tat the barn again this year like I did last year. Threatening to shoot trespassers doesn't really work, either - California law is such that the person has to be threatening a human (being a threat to livestock doesn't count), and shooting an intruder doesn't extend to property - only to the actual home. I'm also not licensed for a concealed carry permit (very hard to obtain here), so while I have a few guns and the knowledge to use them, I can't legally carry them at my barn since I don't reside there. I have signs posted to warn people off, and the BO does a bed check around midnight or so, but other than that, I don't know what else to do to protect my animals. Anyone have any thoughts/ideas?

My Question

Posted by Renata C in Renata C's Blog, 18 May 2012 · 5,886 views

So I have had this question for a while :questionicon: , it was in the forum and no one answered (part of the reason I decided to create this blog) well I have my horse and I wanted to make something homemade for him, I really don't know what so if anyone could help that would be great :yahoo:

Cats Galour /boo Boos On Knees

Posted by BrokenTFarms in BrokenTFarms' Blog, 07 May 2012 · 5,701 views

WOW I swear all the wild cats in the neighborhood come to my house to deliver their babies. And expect me to take care of them. They get in our trucks and well bad things happen... I will leave that alone. I don't know what to do. Or who can help me control the cats around here.

So I guess sometime last weekend my older horse got a boo boo on his knee. My son said oh I noticed that but I just thought it was mud. But it was really dried blood and a swollen Knee cap... so I've been taking care of that. Well last thursday morning. I get a call from the school my kids go too. I have to go pick up my son because he got a into a head on accident with some other kid and broke his nose. He was soo proud of that. Here I am in the middle of being Doctor to my horse Now I have to doctor a kid too...

Over this weekend the swelling went down and its healing nicely. No lameness.

To Eventers And Dressge Riders, Please Help!

Posted by Arablover.cowan in Arablover.cowan, 22 April 2012 · 5,540 views

Ok so i own a American Mustang, Hes at 4th level dressage and were jumping 4ft in both XC and showjumping. I am hoping to do our first 3day event this year, i know that in certain breeds its manditory for them to have braided manes, Do mustangs have to have thier manes braided too? :questionicon: I cant find anything on google, and also if they dont need their manes braided do i need to show that hes a blm registered mustang, because hes not registered with the blm because hes a rescue, hes registered with the AHR though... please help! :(

Here is a picture of him

Something About Mary (Wanless That Is!)

Posted by lwright in What is leadership to a horse, 16 April 2012 · 6,222 views
riding' training and 1 more...

I have recently discovered Mary Wanless and the biomechanics of riding. Why, oh why, didn’t I discover Mary and her coaches a long time ago? It would have saved me and my horse a great deal of pain and frustration.

I have been riding for over twenty years, spent an absolute fortune on lessons over the years. I know how I am supposed to look on a horse and I know what it should feel like when horse and rider are truly connected but I failed to observe what I was doing or rather not doing to make that connection with the horse.

Mary Wanless is a physicist who has studied and can article the biomechanics of horse and rider. Mary has also made it her life’s work to understand what elite, top riders do with their bodies when they ride and to share this with all riders of all abilities.

I was introduced to Mary’s way when I attended a five day course with Intelligent Horsemanship earlier this year. My riding was assessed by a Mary Wanless accredited coach who re-sculpted me into the correct position. She took pictures “before” and “after” she re-sculpted me and I couldn’t believe how different I looked. I looked like I belonged on the horse! She also explained that I should be “bearing down” in order to match the horse’s force and plugging in. She explained the feeling I should be aware of in certain muscle groups and that I needed to have a feeling of “crunching” the front of my torso and breathing deeper using my diaphragm. This was the tip of the iceberg and all things that no one, ever had said to me during a traditional instructor based riding lesson. My reaction was “why has no one ever explained this to me?” to “is riding really this hard?”

Ever determined to improve my riding so that I can limit the damage I do to my horse’s back and obviously to look good, I went out and bought Mary’s book “Ride with your Mind Essentials”. It comes highly recommended. After digesting the main chapters and thinking “surely people don’t really do this, do they?” I now feel convinced that I have finally been let into a great big secret.

I was considering attending one of Mary’s 2 or 4 day clinics but I hear they are pretty heavy going for the recently initiated so I went in search of a local coach who I thought would introduce me gently. I have discovered muscles that I never knew existed! And my horse? My horse seems to be “up for” the Mary way too as he is free to work correctly through his back as I work and concentrate very hard not to block him in any way.

The key things I am working on to establish the basics are:

Bearing down to match the horses force in all gaits (walk, trot and canter).

Keeping my thigh snug to the saddle (not gripping).

Having a feeling of kneeling so that the thigh is at the maintained at the correct angle at all times.

Being light in the foot – using the stirrup to support rather than taking all the weight through the heels.

Plugging in – using my seat bones to control and regulate the hind legs.

Feeling that the reins are rods and having the feeling that I’m pushing a trolley so that I can push his energy forward into the rein (not pulling back).

Feeling that I’m crunching the front of my torso so that the length of the front and back of my torso are the same.

Pivoting from my knee and bearing down to match the horses force when returning to the saddle in rising trot.

Whilst bearing down, breathing down into my diaphragm and pelvic area.

Ensuring I keep his attention on me at all times (easier said than done!), and engaging his brain.

Intrigued? It’s not for the feint hearted but Mary has an ability to be able to explain not “what you should be doing” but rather “how” you should re-arrange your body so that you can connect with your horse. I can reel off all the aids for various movements but I’m now beginning to understand and have an awareness of what muscles in my body I need to engage and how that should feel. I feel as though a light bulb has gone on and whilst I know it isn’t going to be easy (after all I have years of re-programming certain muscles groups to now do something different), I am looking forward to the journey or discovery and hopefully better, more secure riding!

Mary Wanless is just one trainer who understands and focuses on the biomechanics of horse and rider. There are other coaches and trainers who approach training and riding from this perspective.

Lisa Wright


Intelligent Horsemanship is a UK based organisation that works with Monty Roberts.

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