Benefits of Going to a Horse Arena

Katie works at an excellent horse arena. Many people come to this great riding arena to participate in many different equestrians shows and tournaments. They definitely want to show off their excellent equine friends and show everyone all the great tricks and commands that they can do. Many people that come to these great shows want to watch excellent equestrian talent from the finest equine trainers, breeders and owners. Because of the many spectators and great public interest, equestrian training is a very competitive sport and its many spectators definitely enjoy both watching and actively participating in cheering on their favorite excellent horses to victory. They definitely value the sport’s competitive nature and they think it’s great to watch and cheer for.

The spectators say the equestrian sports are both excellent and fascinating because they require many hours of raw dedication and talent. It is necessary to have both a great jockey and an excellent equine specimen to excel in these many events. Many other sports don’t require so many hours comprised of such raw dedication to achieve success. The jockey and the equine competitors must be both great individually, but they must be excellent as a pair and know how to work together to accomplish the task set at hand for them and to win the many different events that they compete in together; equestrian events truly are a team sports.

It is very important to remember that many jockeys don’t simply become excellent overnight. It takes many years of hard works and great sacrifice to become an excellent jockey. Katie knows many jockeys who have given up excellent social lives in order to succeed at their personal careers who consider it worth the sacrifice because it is something that they find excellent and love very much.

The same is true for many of the equine competitors – they also do not become great competitors overnight or with a small number of hours put in to achieving the ultimate goal. Many owners choose these goals for their foals before they are even born, many owners are definitely careful to make very certain that their future equestrian competitors have excellent breeding and are born with great genetics in order to help them succeed in the world of equestrians competitions.

Katie has helped work many great equestrian shows and she really enjoys attending them and loves the competitive and exciting atmosphere. She loves watching so many excellent equine competitors together in one place and thinks it’s a very beautiful sight to see so many great equine competitors and their jockeys focused on definitely doing their best in the competition. Sometimes, Katie helps to judge these excellent equine competitors and sometimes she has a difficult time deciding which of these great equine competitors is best because of how excellently they all perform in the competition. There are many great reasons to attend equestrian shows but Katie thinks that the most excellent reason to attend such an event is to watch the equine competitors, which she says are great and absolutely beautiful. Katie says that she definitely loves watching these great equine competitors and thinks you will definitely love it too.

Chuck Stewart has visited many horse arenas and riding arenas with his daughter who rides horses in shows.

How To Choose Quality Horse Barns

Are you an animal lover who is looking to start your own business? Why not try something unique? For example, have you ever considered investing in a ranch, or specifically a horse ranch? Having the ability to breed horses can open up many business possibilities such as racing and even giving historical tours and carriage rides to visitors.

If you decide to embark on this interesting business opportunity, the first thing you will need to consider is investing in a horse barn. Because the horses will be your golden goose, not to mention the recipients of your love, it is crucial for them to receive the best horse barns as shelters. Finding a barn that was made specifically for your horses will guarantee it is one of the more comfy shelters around. If you do decide to embark on this business endeavor you will have the luxury of choosing between the various models in your design choice offered.

Among the typical barn models selected by ranch managers are those that are entirely covered. This means that they include full walls that will cover horses from different elements particularly for use during the night and winter. You might also want to consider one built with a roll-up gate. These gates are easily rolled up in the daytime when the horses are going to eat and then rolled down during at night, all without requiring heavy lifting.

Aside from completely protected horse barns, you will also discover those that are made open. This means that they are made mostly of frames and rooftops so they will serve as good day shelter for the horses. Here they can very easily be released when it is time for them to do their daily jogging workout routines or just grazing.

There are even a few hybrid styles that will allow you to integrate these two designs in one. Generally, these barns are made to be large in terms of size so they can have both the covered and frame shelters. The main structure consists of the covered shelter and then you’ll find the framed shelter on its sides so you can quickly bring them outside. The benefit is that you will have two structures in one so it will be an excellent value for your money.

No matter what size of horse barns you need, you should get them from companies that offer custom made structures. No ranch and environment are identical. Therefore you want the best structure ideal for your unique ranch.

When buying a custom made barn or a buying from a place with many models to choose from, you will need to tell them of the number of horse that you will be housing. Not only will this help them decide on the ideal square footage, but it is necessary so they can put the correct number of partitioning for each horse in the ranch.

Finally, make sure to purchase horse barns that are built with long lasting construction materials such as steel or durable wood. This can assure you that you will have a top-notch barn that will last for generations of new horses. Plus, a barn that will stand the test of time will also serve as a good investment since it will continue to provide years of value to your ranch. After all, you just need to take a drive through the country to see how long a quality built horse barn will last.

Outdoor sheds are different but in some ways similar to horse barns. Both of them are used for storage and both of them are best for the outdoors. Really the only difference is the things that you store in each one of them.

How to Train Your Horse to Accept the Trailer

Horses survive in the wild thanks to their fight or flight instinct. Horses were never cave dwellers and this made sense from a horse’s point of view because being trapped in a cave meant death. A trailer is as dark and ominous to a horse as a cave, so be patient when trailer training your horse, you are asking him to do the exact opposite of what his instincts are telling him: to enter a dark and enclosed area!

Many horses are initially fearful of being led into a trailer so it’s best to breakdown the experience in order not to overwhelm the horse. An easy way to achieve this is to walk your horse over a thick sheet of plywood placed on the ground. Allow him to look at the plywood and smell it and don’t force him over it. A lot of coaxing helps relax the horse. Try this several times until the horse is comfortable walking over it.

In the next step of the exercise try raising the sheet over some 4x4s but make sure it is strong enough to safely bear the weight of the horse otherwise it may break and scare the horse. Place some grain or hay onto the raised plywood to encourage the horse to step onto it and to reinforce the idea that this is a pleasant experience.

Enlist the help of some friends to hold plastic sheets in order to fashion a chute or tunnel for the horse to walk through. Make it wider at one end and narrower at the other, emulating a trailer. Again, coax the horse gently to walk through this makeshift chute. Once the horse is comfortable doing this, you can try creating a tent like tunnel using a plastic sheet for the horse to walk under. Your helpers can stand on hay bates to reach the desired height.

These easy steps should help trailer train the most difficult of horses because you have broken down the process for them making it easier to accept. Breaking down any exercise in this way makes the horse less prone to being overwhelmed by a situation and more accepting.

Work at your horse’s pace and remember to remain patient and calm at all times. A lot of gentle encouraging goes a long way and patience is definitely a virtue with horses. Once your horse is going through the above mentioned exercises confidently it’s time to introduce the actual trailer.

Use a long lead rope and confidently walk your horse to the trailer without any hesitation, if you hesitate your horse will too. If the horse refuses to load, turn him around and try again. Keep doing this in a firm and calm manner until the horse loads. Once the horse is in the trailer, praise him profusely and offer him a reward for a job well done.

Lead him out calmly and repeat again, feed him in the trailer then unload him. Don’t leave the horse in the trailer for long periods of time initially; your aim is to enable him to feel calm being led into the trailer led into the trailer.

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John Hawkes: Australian Horse Trainer

John Hawkes is a former Adelaide jockey who continued his passion for horses as a full-time trainer since 1971. Prior to 1971, Hawkes was a part time trainer in an era where dual licensing was allowed on the Australian racing circuit. His career as a full time trainer got a jumpstart in the 1972 VRC Oaks scoring his first Group 1 win with Toltrice. Other notable accomplishments during the decade were the 1972 SAJC South Australian Oaks won by Little Papoose, and a second Oaks in 1978 with Runaway Bridge. English Wonder brought Hawkes the SAJC South Australian Derby in 1982. Through the 1980s, Hawkes finished second in the SA trainers’ premiership on most occasions, after which he moved to Melbourne in 1989.

His move to Melbourne from Sydney launched the beginning of a long partnership with the ‘chicken kings’ Bob and Jack Ingham, a lucky venture that brought Hawkes nine premierships. These included four BMW’s the two AJC Australian Derbys, two Australian Cups, and the Cox Plate, and Caulfield Cup. During his partnership with the Inghams, Hawkes managed the stables in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. His association with the Inghams lasted until the end of 2007, becoming the most successful owner-trainer combination, after which Hawkes decided to go it alone.

John Hawkes’ statistics as a thoroughbred racehorse trainer is what makes him one of the most renowned trainers today, admired and honored by many in the Australian racing fraternity. 96 Group 1 wins is no mean task with over 540 stakes wins and a record number of 334 victories in a single season (2001-2002). Among his major triumphs are 2 Golden Slippers as well. By earning $ 11.2 million during the 1998-99, Hawkes re-wrote the record books. In the 1999-2000 season he set another Australian record, bringing home 315 ½ winners.

Among Hawkes’ most successful champion horses under his command were Octagonal and Lonhro. At the Ingham stable, Octagonal won the 1995 Cox Plate and was the 2-year-old Australian Champion as well. Success followed in the 1996 AJC Australian Derby and the BMW, and the 1997 Australian Cup and BMC. The never say die attitude of Octagonal resulted in 13 wins from just 27 starts. Lonhro, a progeny of Octagonal, went on to win 24 races from 32 starts and was an Australian Horse of the Year. One of the cups to elude John Hawkes for a long time was the Caulfield Cup, which took 36 years. In the 2005 edition Railings brought Hawkes his first Caulfield Cup, beating Eye Popper by half a head.

Hawkes began his new training operation along with his sons Wayne and Michael in November 2007, after parting ways with the Inghams. Mentality was his first lucky Group 1 winner in the George Main Stakes at Randwick in 2008. Hawkes’ training records brought him the recognition he deserved with an induction into the Australian Hall of Fame in 2004. Who knows, Hawkes and his family partnership may be on the way to rewriting the record books once again

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How to Train a Yearling Horse For Horseback

Most people have no idea how to train a yearling horse or what to do with them. So they just practice getting them haltered maybe pick up the feet and then turn them out in pasture until they are 2 or 3 years old, then begin training. Well I look at that time in between as time wasted.

There are many things you can do such as teaching your yearling god basics on the ground. Though don’t make things into a big training session because a yearling is still young has to have time to develop physically and their attention span is usually a lil short. So I suggest working on the little things. Work him in the halter rope and ask him to bend and flex his neck, teach him to yield to pressure form the lead rope. Rub them all over in the stall or out in the open to get them comfortable with being handled.

Also while in the stall, round pen or small area introduce your yearling to some equipment that he’ll have to wear in the next year or so. Introduce him to the saddle blanket and saddle pad. Rub it all over his body head, neck, back and hind quarters. Handle his legs and feet a lot he’ll need to be able to stand still an be handled at trimming time. Another good exercise is teaching him to ground tie. Place the lead rope on the ground under his neck and step back 2 or 3ft if he moves back him up a couple of steps the ground tie him again until he stands still and honors that rope on the ground. Also begin some trailer loading with him. Use some small obstacles outside for your yearling to walk over & jump over.

Use tarps, poles, I also like to use a makeshift 6’wooden bridge to walk over. I also like to teach my yearlings to walk through water especially when it rains. Teach your horse to lunge. Expose your yearling to all sorts of things use your imagination be creative. By the time your horse reaches two years old and its time to start riding he’ll be well prepared and you’ll sure be glad because it will make starting your horse under saddle so much easier and when your start riding those thing learned on the ground will relate to the saddle.

Successful Horse Training is based on the belief that you can build a balanced relationship with your horse using simple but assertive methods that result in gaining trust and respect from your horse. I consult and provide helpful information & resources to enhance your horsemanship.

The Large Plush Horse and Training Horses with Sweets

You would be hard pressed to find a child that has not asked to have a horse or pony as a pet. With the enormous costs associated with keeping a horse, however, the reality is, the child will likely have to settle for a large plush horse instead. As far as toys go, a child could do much worse than having a large plush horse – some of them are so lifelike in fact, they won’t ever feel like they have missed out on having the real thing.

In 2008, a study was conducted on twelve, two year old quarter horses, to determine whether or not training them when they were fed sweet food, made any difference in the animal. The horses wore pedometers, wristwatch-heart monitors hanging from their saddles, and Ace bandages attached to their left front leg above the knee so as to measure heart rate and the number of steps the horses took while being trained.

The study, conducted by Montana State University, found that horses fed a mix of corn, oats, barley, and molasses (called “sweet grain” or “sweet feed”) disobeyed more and were more fearful as compared to horses fed only hay. Horses that ate the grain mixed food, resisted the saddle more, startled easier, and bucked and ran more while in training. While early training of horses usually lasts just 30 days, trainers are under time constraints to give young horses the foundation they need to go on to more advanced training. As is the case, so as to maximize the time spent training, the study suggests that trainers may want to refrain from feeding horses a diet that will increase their energy.

For the study, horse trainer Wade Black, trained the animals five days a week for a period of three weeks. Half the horses being trained were only given hay to eat which was a mixture of alfalfa and grass. The other horses, were not only given hay daily, but also five pounds of sweet grain. Both groups of horses ate as much hay and drank as much water as they wanted. During the 30 to 40 minute a day training sessions, Black had no idea which horse had eaten grain and which had only eaten hay. Along with the recording of heart rate and the number of steps the horses took, the study also measured get-up-and-go, obedience, and separation anxiety. According to animal nutritionist Jan Bowman, when separated from the herd, the horses that had been eating both grain and hay were more upset than the horses that had been eating only hay. They were also more lively, whinnied more and were less submissive.

As Bowman pointed out “we don’t want to give the impression that you should starve the horses in order to enhance their good behavior – that’s not the point of it. But, you might want to consider withholding [grain] it during the early weeks of training.”

Amongst other things, a large plush horse won’t require training of any kind, nor will there be a ‘worry’ about what kind of food it should or shouldn’t eat. A large plush horse, will however, require as much love and attention you can possibly shower on it for as long as you own it.

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Copyright Shelley Vassall, 2010. Contact the author to obtain permission for republication.

 

Shelley Vassall is a writer an collector of the large plush horse

large plush horse

Horse First Aid Pack

Horse supplies run the gamut from grooming products to nutritional supplements. But there is an essential horse supply that you shouldn’t leave your barn, or your saddlebag without. Horse first aid pack might be just the thing that could save your horse’s life. Hollywood had often dramatized the situation wherein the rider shoots his horse because it is injured. Probably, he doesn’t have his first aid pack with him. No good comes from killing a horse over a minor injury if you could put it out of its agony without pulling the trigger. Plus, you know from experience that no matter how thought out or planned an outing might be, there are just some things that go awry. It’s not being paranoid, it is being prepared. Your preparation might help prevent your ride from turning into a Hollywood drama.


The kit must be stored in a container or bag that can keep moisture and dirt out because these encourage the growth of bacteria. You would just aggravate your horse’s infection if you used contaminated bandages. Stores that sell horse supplies carry items such as a plastic zipper bag. Aside from keeping tools, or grooming equipment, these are also good for storing first aid items. Groceries sell plastic food containers in varying sizes. Aside from keeping possible contaminants out, you could also choose one that could fit in your saddlebag. Among the things that you should include in your kit, a disinfectant probably is the most handy in most injuries. From minor scrapes and abrasions to wounds, disinfectants are essential cleansers. Just follow the manufacturers’ instructions especially when using industrial grades as excessive use could dry your horse’s skin. Antiseptic scrubs and swabs become useful for disinfecting wounds in the absence of water. These are excellent substitutes for disinfectants because they clean wounds with the same efficiency, but without the need for water. Ointments or wound powders are also worthy additions to your kit. They can prevent entrance of new bacteria inside the wound and speed up the healing process. However, be sure to use ointments, powders, and creams that have been approved by your vet. A fly repellent applied or sprayed on the wound lowers further infection or contamination risks considerably. Wound dressings come in sterile individual packs and they are good for covering wounds and promoting healing. There should be a supply of bandages in your kit, or at least two with a wide breadth. They are good for stabilizing fractures, splints, and securing pads over bleedings. Speaking of bleedings, cotton wool and gauze are essential for preventing excess bleeding. Salts are good for soaking diseased hooves and feet.


Aside from these medications, there are some supplies which you can buy from equine stores and regular drug stores. Petroleum jellies are good for chafing, minor burns, and skin sores. Thermometer is an investment to add to your horse supplies. Expert riders advise to keep your thermometers clipped to the tail of your horse to avoid loss. Scissors, tweezers, and forceps are tools you shouldn’t forget adding to your first aid pack. Aside from cutting bandages, they are also perfect for removing splinters and stones stuck in horses’ hooves. Lastly, these first aid pack is just for providing your horse help in emergencies before the vet arrives. These are just for preventive measures, meaning they can’t cure your horse. It is still important to call a vet after applying first aid.

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Ride Your Horse to Music and Solve Training Issues!

Ride your HORSE to MUSIC and solve training issues! Whether you are riding a dressage musical freestyle, or just riding your horse to music, there are TIPS you should know before you start. Over the years, you have told me that the most important thing to you is that you want the RIGHT MUSIC for your HORSE and you WANT TO HAVE FUN!!

You’ve also told me that:
* You want help recognizing the rhythm of your horse’s gaits.
* You can’t maintain a rhythm.
* You and your horse are nervous and you need help relaxing.
* You’re tired of seeing “4”s for loss of rhythm on your dressage tests.
* You’re frustrated because there is no harmony between you and your horse.
* You don’t know what the right tempo is for your horse.
* You don’t know the difference between rhythm and tempo.
* You don’t know what type of music to choose.
* You can’t hear the difference between walk, trot, and canter music.
* You can’t identify the tempo (or BPM) of music.
* You are tired of buying so many CDs when they only have one good song for riding.

Here’s how I got started…

I grew up in a musical family so learning to read music and play various instruments was ingrained into me early in life. But most of all, I’ve always loved listening to music. (I always had the radio on in the barn.)

But riding to music became a necessity when I got a high strung Trakehner gelding to re-train. This horse was so incredibly tense, and fearful that simply trotting in one rhythm was IMPOSSIBLE. Anyhow, one day I was trying to trot around the arena, when a perfectly cadenced Scottish bagpipe march came on the radio. That horse picked up a swinging, rhythmic trot all by himself! AND he was breathing in time to the music. (Yes, I even have two witnesses to this!)

I was completely shocked. After that, I became fascinated with how music affects both the horse and rider, and my quest began. As I developed my business creating musical freestyles, I was time and time amazed at how perfect music could improve and enhance the horse’s movement and the rider’s rhythm! When the music fit the horse and rider, both the quality of the gaits and movements improved. The music enhanced both the artistic aspect and the technical side of the ride. Because rhythm was maintained!

I thought this was AMAZING, so I wanted to learn more…

I was stunned by the things I learned such as:

* Studies show that music affects our physiology. Slow music slows the heartbeat and the breathing rate as well as brings down blood pressure. Faster music speeds up these same functions.
* Listening to your favorite music is good for your cardiovascular system. Researchers have shown that joyful music has a healthy effect on blood vessel function.
* Riding to music increases your endurance and feelings of well-being. Studies show that exercising to music improves endurance by 15% and improve the “feeling states” so, people derive much greater pleasure from exercise. (Those cool endorphins!!)
* Many hospitals use music to treat patients with stress-related illnesses to stimulate the brain and relax the body.
* Music affects both sides of your brain, so whether you are a left-brain logical thinker or a right-brain artistic thinker, music helps you ride better.
* Even animals react differently to various types of music. Given a choice, rats will choose calm classical music over hard rock every time.
* Music can also influence brainwaves. Faster beats make you more alert and slower beats help you relax.
* Music creates a long-lasting change in brainwave activity. That means that music can bring lasting benefits to your state of mind, even after you’ve stopped listening.
* Music filters out background noises so that you and your horse can concentrate better.
* Music acts as an INTERNAL metronome to help you maintain a regular rhythm.
* Music puts you in a more positive state of mind, helping to keep depression and anxiety at bay.

The bottom line is… it’s fun to ride to music! Rhythm and relaxation are essential for EVERYONE including dressage riders, trail riders, hunter riders, and western pleasure riders.

Ruth Hogan Poulsen
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Foal Training Tips – Horse Training From Birth

Newborn foals capture our hearts and inspire visions of the potential they represent. Whether we love dressage, hunters, jumpers, reining, team penning, trail riding, or any other equestrian sport, foals carry our dreams on their tottering legs.

Thoughts of horse training seem premature as we watch a baby wobble around his dam. Yet this time period is key in a young horse’s development. He is a virtual sponge: his mind explores and absorbs all the information he can take in from the world around him even as he explores the limits-and the potential-of his body.

Any time we interact with horses we are training, for better or for worse. If we approach the first few days of our precious foal’s life as the foundation for an incredible future, we can achieve amazing results.

This is not to say we will be longeing our foal by day 2! I’m recommending a simple shift in thinking that will turn casual time with your newborn into positive training experiences.

Approach every encounter with your newborn foal with the thought that EVERY action you take will enforce two vital horse training fundamentals:

Humans are safe, even fun! Initially foals’ curiosity outweighs their fear. It can take only one scare to lose that precious trust. Move slowly and keep your body language non-threatening. Find their itchy spots and scratch, scratch, scratch. If they are sensitive, find where they enjoy being rubbed. Be a source of enjoyment and fun. Smile! It makes a difference!
Humans lay boundaries that are to be respected. Think of every visit with your foal as a horse training session. Think ahead about how the foal can “win” (remember in horse training, winning means the horse figured out what you wanted.) Set situations up where you are in a position to enforce your boundaries without being rough or abrupt.

For example, many horse owners approach their foals just hoping to touch that cute soft bundle of fur before he bounds away, which teaches the foal that humans can be evaded. Instead, approach casually, in stages. Go up to the mare and scratch her favorite spots. Turn to the foal only after his curiosity is greater than his fear. Give it as long as it takes, eventually he’ll come to investigate you. If his body language tells you he’s thinking of bolting, turn away before he does. If he starts to get pushy, gently back him a few steps to enforce your leadership. Humans are fun, boundaries are enforced.

Training is a lifelong journey for horse and human alike. Learning comes faster and lasts longer when you build on success rather than punish failure. Create horse training success right from the start!

Kirsten Lee produces extraordinary results for horses and riders!

Horse Training – Who’s the Leader, You Or Your Horse?

There is one thing that is absolutely required before you can successfully relate to or train a horse: leadership. As soon as any horse becomes aware of you they will assign you a status: predator, herd mate or no importance at all, like the pet rock of the ’70’s. As herd animals, horses are hard-wired to identify the power structure whenever they are in the company of another horse or human.

In the absence of proof to the contrary, the horse’s default opinion will be that you are a predator, and any big moves on your part will kick in nature’s fight-or-flight response. In the case of horses, unless they are confined, their choice will be to run. The other extreme is the horse who has effectively trained their owner to get out of their way to protect sore toes, to offer cookies whenever their participation is requested, and can communicate very clearly when a saddle or bridle comes out; “No.” Horses become bullies for the same reason children do; there is an absence of appropriate leadership.

Leaders must understand their followers. Horse owners must know how horses think, why they do what they do, and be able to prepare lesson plans that make sense to their horse. For a horse-human relationship to succeed, there must be an established leader. Rarely will relationships work if the horse is in control. There are exceptions, but don’t count on it with the pony out in your pasture.

Leaders must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with their followers. Communication with a horse begins with body language. Over time you can add verbal commands, but in early stages, body language is your only option. Horses learn from the release of pressure. The pressure can be physical or psychic, the pull of a neck rope, or anxiety from your intimidating physical position.

There are only two reasons why your horse doesn’t do what you want – they are either unable or unwilling. As the leader you must determine which is the case and establish the circumstances to make the horse able or make them willing. The folks who tell you how stupid horses are have just confessed that the horse in question got the best of them. Horses are much better people trainers than people are horse trainers.

Everything you ever learned about leadership can be useful when training your horse. You just need to learn how to communicate with the horse. As in every case, effective communication includes being a great listener. All great leaders and great trainers are clear, consistent and fair. Every lesson must offer your horse some benefit.

Leaders and horse trainers learn to use correction to help their followers improve, they do not use punishment that de-motivates or instills fear. There is great responsibility attached to being the leader of a horse-human relationship. Always give the horse the benefit of your doubt. We haven’t yet reached the height of what is possible for the horse-human partnership. However, every successful partnership begins at the beginning, and proceeds with little, orderly steps taken as fast or slow as the horse can master them.

There is no more accurate barometer of your leadership ability as a horse. Horses are direct – they do not dissemble, they “say” what they mean. Horses don’t care what you look like, who your daddy is, or how much money you make. One of the delights of relationship with a horse is that they judge you 100% on your actions. Once you learn to properly lead a horse into confident relationship, you will have mastered skills that will help you succeed in every part of your life.

Don’t make promises to your horse that you can’t keep. Love the process. Building a relationship with your horse is a gift that many only dream of, watching with awe and amazement as a horse and rider appear to move as one body and one spirit on the movie screen or in the show pen. If it was easy everyone could do it. It’s not. But the reward of your horse’s obedience and devotion is more than worth it.

Copyright 2009 Lynn Baber

Lynn Baber is a business coach, speaker, writer and retired equine professional. She shares the lessons learned in thirty-five years at the business table and round pen with her clients and readers. Highly credentialed in issues of leadership, customer relations and most things equine, Lynn has a unique perspective not found elsewhere. Whether the topic is customer service or training stallions, Lynn brings years of experience to presentations and articles. Lynn has a new book scheduled for release in early 2010 and is working on revising “The Art of Being Foolish Proof: the best kept customer service secret” originally published in 1989. Visit Lynn at http://baberresearch.com or http://AmazingGrays.us