It's been a busy and fun winter and very mild for us here In MN.
The above is JP a RMH that came in for a spring tune up. He sure grew taller since last year and still has lots of filling and maturing to do even yet and may need a 4 step mounting block before he is done!
This is Bucky a RMH executing just under an 8 meter volte at a canter. Yes gaited horses can canter beautifully and should, and having good basics in lateral work and straightness training makes doing a canter in such a small volte possible, one talented and smart fellow he was.
This is Diego the PP that I loved teaching him to use his top line and find relaxation, He was a heart stealer in that he was so personable and loved humans so much. What a reach behind he had!
This is Tia Maria and RMH which was long in body length, yet tied together so well from back to front that her walk to bring into a collected shape was beautiful, ground covering and could do her RMG gait with so much ease just on a loose rein, self carry in snaffle bit or side pull she was so strongly gaited. My Zaldi Spanish schooling saddle fit like a glove on her too since she had an unusual shape, more like an Andalusian. Our PB Floyd's sister too!
Now this is living! Our friend Noah came and cooked us the most amazing Cajun dinner and I had seconds which is rare for me. The guys cleaned up the kitchen too, I had to do nothing in the kitchen. I could get used to that!
This is Marty giving Tony and Sissy organic beef bones she brought them. I know they then believed all their little dog dreams really could come true, those bones are very small now!They both received their spring hairs cuts a week after this so they are half the dogs they were here.
So it's been a busy place and all these horses have gone home now and still have a bunch here we have to get photos of and hope to before they leave.
Please help the AVMA by sharing their Video , it will take a community effort to help make change happen for the horses and education is one of the avenues to do so.
AVMA’s policy against soring
The American Veterinary Medical Association has worked to end the cruel practice of soring in show horses for over 40 years, and soring has been illegal since 1970. In this video, AVMA leader Dr. Nat T. Messer IV, a professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, and Elizabeth Graves, a horse trainer with experience judging horse shows and rehabbing sored horses, explain why soring needs to stop.
Link to AVMA's web site with Video, the video is an educational video is just over 4 minutes in play time.
This is a video that I hope will be helpful to many folks, not just gaited horses or specific gaits, there is useful information for all. It is educational not entertaining in its nature. I know most don't watch things like this until one starts having issues. There is a lot of information here that can be valuable before one gets to that point. It’s not fancy in its production, just off the cuff in rehabbing from pace to gait of Fox Trot. A huge thank you too David Genadek for taking time he truly does not have in filming, editing and uploading to YouTube. It will also be posted to my web site on the articles page for future reference. It’s 36 minutes long but does move along pretty fast to watch . The good news is it's free and just about helping any way I can.