Buck Brannaman 2015 Clinic Schedule

The Buck Brannaman 2015 Clinic Schedule has been posted. I am going to try my darnedest to get a spot to ride with this man when he comes up to High River. If not spectator again will do.

Visit his website to see if he is coming to a town near you. I highly recommend even spectating his clinics. This man is brilliant and humble all the same. Everyone can learn something, regardless of discipline.

Click here: http://www.brannaman.com/bbclinics.html



What is your input on blanketing a horse or not in the winter and also how cold is too cold to let them out in pasture?

Great input from Stacy on blanketing. My boy gets a blanket when it drops to -15C. He is on a 40 acre pasture that gets a mean cross wind. He doesn’t have a heavy blanket. Just 200gram fill. But it is water/windproof and give me a piece of mind when I’m at home cozy in my bed. What are your blanketing habits?

Stacy Westfall Horseblog

“What is your input on blanketing a horse or not in the winter and also how cold is to cold to let them out in pasture?”-Kimberly M.

I think that there are valid reasons both for and against blanketing horses and each person needs to evaluate what is best for their horse.

StacyWestfall'sfirsthorseI grew up in Maine and we never blanketed our horses. Sometimes the thermometer, without windchill, would go as low as -40…below zero. It got cold. Thankfully the wind didn’t blow when it was that cold and our horses grew thick coats and never shivered. All was good.

My mom still lives in Maine but she has different horses. One horse is in his 20’s and is a hard keeper. He grows a thick hair coat and doesn’t shiver but putting a rain sheet or waterproof blanket on him when it is extremely cold helps him to conserve…

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Early Christmas

Well Mike has been treated to an early Christmas present. He outgrew his last blanket (Rhino Plus by Horseware) so I splurged and got him a Rambo Supreme. Horseware blankets are all I use. They are on the pricey end but the fit, quality and overall appeal are high above any other. These blankets NEVER rub anywhere, especially on the shoulders. They are cut perfectly so they move with the horses movement. Think about a blanket you might be using that notoriously rubs your horses shoulders, sure it rubs off the hair which isn’t attractive but think of the restriction it must be causing for that hair to rub off. No thanks! I have used all lines of Horseware blankets on a number of different sized horses and not once has a horse gotten a rub. Another plus is NO LEG STRAPS! These blankets are so well designed that all they need is a simple strap that goes under the tail above the hocks to keep the wind from blowing the blanket up. I don’t know about you but leg straps seem dangerous, movement restricting and probably pretty annoying to the horse. I’m not much of a preacher when it comes to tack and equipment but these blankets are worth their weight in gold, seriously. The higher end Rambo line run around $350-$450 CAD but some people have had theirs for 10+ years. I used to work for a retailer selling these blankets and I still truely believe they are the best blankets on the market. If you have any questions please ask me!


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Stacy’s Video Diary: Emotional training

An excellent video and post from Stacy Westfall. I am guilty of this myself, putting a time frame on a certain aspect training wise and forgetting that we need to take into consideration the horses emotional learning steps as well.

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We are always training the horse both physically and emotionally. Physical training is easy to measure; the horse stops better, spins faster or steers easier. Emotional training isn’t always as easy to see. A horse that is very stressed may show signs of stress through physical movements; pawing, prancing or sweating or they may withdraw and get a glazed over look.

In my travels I have observed two common mistakes:

  1. that professional trainers will more often make the mistake of overlooking the horses emotions and focus purely on the physical responses, i.e. better stops or steering
  2. that the non professional may go to the other extreme and worry more about whether the horse likes them (emotional) and be more likely to overlook the horse being pushy etc.

I think that there needs to be a balance between both. The horse needs to physically respect our space and listen to us…

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