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After several Years of hard work, research and planning we have developed the fool proof breed anyone can enjoy and certainly everyone knows someone that this breed is the perfect match.
If you have ever been told you need a 4 wheeler not a horse, the Woodpile breed is for you.
Benefits if this breed
1. No more saddle fit or bitting worries.
2. No need for Farrier, vet or dentist.
3. Nutritional needs non existent.
4. Can be ridden from front to back.
5. Adjustable changes from uphill to downhill conformation preferences.
6. Never worry about collection again, always carries it's self in a neutral spine.
7. Guaranteed no behavioral issues such a resistance or aggression.
8. No riding skills needed, heavy hands welcome.
9. Handles abusive humans perfectly, always willing.
10. Can also be used as a walking stick.
11. No need for hoof boots or winter blankets.
12. Comes in many colors.
13. Easy to transport, no expensive trucks and trailers needed.
14. No training needed.
Of coarse any horse with such a vast list of attributes is not going to be inexpensive so be prepared to pay a premium price for such a versatile breed as the Woodpile Horse.
This years lovely seedling foal we named "Pine"
Warning: It is recommended not to pasture your Woodpile horse with horses that are known to be wood chewers!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Scott Daughter with foal
Scott Daughters with foals
It is in sadness to bring the news of Scott's passing.
Scott had been with me 21 years of his 31 years, and Dave's favorite horse here on our ranch.
Scott had a successful career as a reining competitor and money earner until a stall accident
injuring a front leg ended it. The the rest of his career was as a proven producer of NRHA and NCHA money earners,. Numerous AQHA performance point and ROM earners in a variety of events . He was the sire of Holly Mona Lisa, 1988 European Reining Champion and Sports Holly Golly, 1991 Reserve world Sr. Reining horse Champion.
He was enrolled In the NRHA sire and Dam program for many of the years I stood him at stud.
I would like to thank all those over so many years that believed in and supported my breeding program. This great stallion made it all possible, yet was more a part of my horse family in always being the gentlemen while a quite, affectionate and social ambassador of a breed that is my roots and am still so very tied to in my passion of horses. Working quarter horses are one my delights and at one time only dreamed of having such a stallion in my life.
I am grateful for the years we had together.
Monday, October 18, 2010
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Monday, August 16, 2010
It's about knowing the risks, and finding our comfort zones in them, yet having the freedom
and feeling the freedom when we reach our goals
I love to ride to music and when the song " Gravity" was released by John Mayer on his continuum CD it became my favorite. It says so much about how I feel and the challenges that we work with to be good riders. One of the important lessons I teach in my travels is how we and our horses must work together in the world of gravity we live in to create the emotional and physical shapes of the horses and ourselves. Both are needed to get to the finest place possible in our work of getting there.
The road to learning this is just the best to me!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Fox trotter in bosal in collection at the fox trot
with soft support of aids
Foxtrotter in a collected flat walk in side pull
I am guiding, directing and supporting at this time with aids
Foxtrotter in collected fox trot in side pull
He is in self carriage of gait.
I have been asked a question about collection, types of head gear used to get it and self carriage in gait. So I thought my blog may be a good place to answer it for anyone that may be having the same very common questions, and how I see it, and answer it.
Many people have a lot of opinions of what collection is and how to get it.
I will answer in how I work with it and how I see and achieve this.
As to head gear used this is a personal preference, I am one who believes less is more if I have done my home work and taken my horse through all the proper phases of teaching starting from the ground work up.
I work on teaching a horse collection from the ground first before I ever get up.
Everything in my ground work relates to making communication easy and clear so when I get on a horse, much is already done.
Yes, this takes more time to start but saves me time later,while avoiding holes in a horses education that later would have to be gone back and repaired anyway to get where I need to in the best performance, physical health and emotional well being for the horse.
Keep in mind a large amount of my career has not been breaking horses, but fixing them after they have been broken.
In my opinion and experience, yes you can achieve collection without a bit, as shown in a few of the photos above. Longitudinal work can be done in bit less head gear.
Collection to me is working from the back to the front of a horse.
This when astride means I work from the center of the horse first when asking for it.
By this I must be in a centered, balanced position with an open pelvis and ask the abdominal muscles to lift up to me through my pelvis and leg aids. This in turn raises the loins of the horse , engages the pelvis ,while opening up the hind quarters of the horse to reach well under its self, and raising the spine upward.
This puts the horse in that desired weight bearing posture.
The secondary aid is through my hands to head gear, asking the poll of the horse to relax back to me. There is a difference in having a poll relaxed back to you when asked rather than pulling the poll to you and flex with tension.
In the poll that relaxes back to you, the jaw is also relaxed on the horse and in turn the horse will lift the 3rd and 4th cervical vertebrae, this is what lifts the horse off the front end, raises the root of the neck. The horse should give you it's poll, your not taking it.
This creates the horses total weight to be distributed more evenly through out the body rather than by nature, be heavier on the forehand.
This opens up the front leg assembly to now be able to achieve maximum reach and/or lift and fold that is in an individual horses structure to achieve.
Yes we do need to know how a horse is built to know how to maximize what is achievable in performance, yet not ask it to do more than it's capable of .
It does baffle me that so many want their horse to perform what they want, yet know nothing of the structure and demand in asking or forcing horses to do what may not be possible for them no matter how hard they may be pushed.
Teaching self carriage for collection takes time and it is all in knowing how to :
It has to be done properly and a horse must be worked from the mind first in keeping it open to you through trust, in you being reasonable in what and how you ask something of the horse.
A horse has to be emotionally sound and healthy first before it will give you it's body to fully guide , direct and support. If they hold back in emotional discontent you will never get the very best a horse has to give you.
It's not about controlling the mind, to control the body.
It's about asking for the mind to work with you and in turn it will trust you to bring the body in the proper shape needed to execute collection and maintain it.
Know that collection done properly feels good to a horses body and is a healthy shape for a horse to carry it's self and you at the same time when they know how.
Remember they are not born knowing how to carry people , we have to help teach them this.
Conditioning for self carriage is also a very important factor to have in place also .
One cant just expect, because we had our horse working in self carriage of collection last fall , and it sit all winter doing nothing, that in the spring it can bring it right back. Just as any athlete and a horse is just that, we have to bring the conditioning back into place. This is not just in how long we can get our horse to work, but what is the quality work we are asking. The 5 Essentials of Horsemanship must be worked on again and brought back into place.
When all is in place then working in self carriage is ready to be asked for and achieved.
This means asking the horse to be in the right shape of collection, and then not engaging your guide, support and direct aids even for just a brief few seconds and see if the horse will hold it for you on it's own. Be quiet when doing this, no big moves or just throwing away your aids, it's a subtle softening of them. When the horse falls out of the shape of collection you can immediately guide , support and direct where you need to to bring them back into collection.
I start with my seat and legs first, rein aids second only if I need to.
I try to keep the horse going and knowing it's doing it properly, through my own emotions of positive energy. A verbal reward or even just a slight touch to the wither with a finger and say the word "yes" . They may not know the word but they do know the positive emotion I deliver the word with, and in turn horse wants to please. When they know they are doing well they want to keep trying to find what made you pleased with them.
So I'll stop here for now, but know, yes, it does take lots of work, and lots on your part, but a horse can only be as good as what you bring to the saddle as a teacher and a rider.
It's in our body's and attitude, if and when we succeed in finding collection.
beware you may become very addicted to it, as there is nothing that feels better when on the back of a horse and it's something you earn ,making it all the more worth while.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
He may not be my horse, but I love him as much as if he was.
Lucky is the rehab horse I wrote about on my blog back on 9-1-2008.
Titled" Let it be a thing of the past".
He was almost lost to us all last year after I left him on my 2009 trip.
Lucky flipped a section of his colon and by some miracle without surgery it got re flipped back in place but not without some compromise to the circulation. So up until 2 months ago he was having many minor colic episodes.
It seems now the damage to the colon has rectified its self and he is doing great once again. It was a long year hearing the reports on his progress and I feared the worst in that he would not be with us this year when I went out to work with all the horses on this ranch.
How does one describe a relationship such as the one Lucky and I have?
He remembers me each and ever year, he gives me in return a loving greeting and to work we go.
We just get so absorbed in each other, we are just both so open to each other. What I ask he just gives 100% with no misunderstanding or resistance, the communication between us is so clean, clear.
Each year I add more to his knowledge base and he works so hard at finding it, getting it and executing it.
When we work on the ground or under saddle we are just one!
My heart just sings when we are together and when we finish each session he wraps his head and neck around my body like he is trying to hold me close.
Yet I still get very teary each time I look at the corners of his mouth seeing the cut scares from life in his past from bits used with mean, angry hands that just never understood or wanted to see how great and giving this talented wonderful horse is.
Why has he opened up to me and let me be his teacher and share our short time together each year, he has the right to have kept his door closed to all humans forever.
I know I have received a great gift and continue to from this very special horse named Lucky.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
"Greet the light, joyous one,
Feel the promise that brings of warm days and soft nights,
of gentle green wrapped Spring.
But 'til those promised,perfumed breezes blow,
Greet the light and Dance upon the snow."
Written by : Lee Ziegler late 70's or early 80's
Upon my return from working in WY, was the sad news of Lee's TWH Mare Sarah's passing at the age 20
Sunday, July 18, 2010
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sissy the athlete
Monday, June 28, 2010
and have spent many an hour in the legal library in government centers studying the books just for the fun of it.