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 November 2013 newsletter!
Mountain Rose Horsemanship Training

Win a Free Phone Consultation

. . . just for following us on Facebook!

Each month we will select a name from our Facebook followers who will receive a 1/2 hour complementary phone consultation with Emily. The only thing you have to do is be both a follower of us on FB and a subscriber to the MRH Monthly Newsletter in order to see if you are the winner each month. 

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Lori Neff

If you are this month's winner, please contact Emily at to schedule your phone consult. Consult must be scheduled and used within one month of winning.

***Some of the past month's winners have yet to claim their consult! (This is a dead give-away about who is reading the newsletter and who is not!). If you were one of the recent month's winners, you may still claim your win. If you know one of the winners, be a friend and give them a friendly little reminder to go check their past month's newsletters! ***

Newsletter Archives


Congratulations are in Order!

To . . .  
Kathy Lewis on her terrific wins at the recent Western Dressage World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kathy and her lovely mare, Simon Says I'm Solo, were pictures of ease and partnership throughout the show. What a fine pair! Read more about and see footage from the World Show and Kathy's grand adventure here

And to . . . 
Jen and Chexy on the start of their new partnership. This lovely mare is sure to make a fine new partner for Jen and in return, Jen for her. We look forward to watching and supporting the growth of your new partnership!

Past Months Highlights
Be sure to check out the photo highlights from the past months of horsemanship learning. You may do so here. Galleries are updated each month, so there are always new photos to peruse. View, share, comment and enjoy!

Past Months Highlights

We're Expecting at MRH!

And not in the form of a baby horse -- at least not this time anyway!
Rather, Emily and her husband, Matt, are expecting their first child, a baby boy, at the end of January! A little (hopefully) horseman is on the way! View photo gallery here.

The parents-to-be are terrifically excited to be starting their family and look forward to sharing the road ahead with the wonderful and supportive MRH community.
Emily has a full teaching and traveling schedule through the end of this year, so be sure to check the MRH Calendar to get involved in the great line-up of fall offerings. The 2014 Calendar will then showcase a line-up of continued and new course and clinic offerings in the New Year for your learning pleasure!
Stay current with other happenings, announcements and offerings via our News page. Be sure to check in periodically as new things are being posted all the time!

Judy and Miles

Judy is as avid and enthusiast a learner as they come! There are few quite as determined as she to be and become the best partner possible for her young horse, Miles. Judy embodies the attributes of a good learner by staying connected to regular support and instruction -- both in person and when that is not possible, through online video coaching --, by asking lots of questions and in accepting credit when credit is due for job well done by herself and her horse. 

It is both a pleasure and an honor to be a part of Judy's journey with horses. Her fervor for and the delight she finds in the horsemanship learning process make it all kinds of fun to be her instructor! Keep on keeping on Judy!

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*** As an instructor and fervent student of the horse herself, Emily is often inspired by a students commitment to or diligence within their learning process, as fellow learners, we all know it can have its ups and downs! In this section, we are proud to feature a student who has represented what it means to be a true student of the horse and is reaping the benefits of partnership in return. Way to go and keep on keeping on in pursuit of partnership and horsemanship excellence!

(Graciously shared)
by Anne Maguire

As a child, I looked forward with great anticipation to trips to my grandparents farm. My aunt and uncle shared the farmstead. My aunt, Marguerite Sloan, was a horse trainer and 4H leader. She was kind enough to give me riding lessons in the arena and occasionally a trail ride in the pastures. Marguerite was also very active in competitive trail riding, eventually becoming a national trail riding judge. My aunt preferred to ride Arabians and in 2003 she purchased a 3-year old green broke Arabian mule named Jamie. 
Over the past 10 years, Marguerite and Jamie have logged more than 1250 hours of trail riding in the rugged Mark Twain National Forest near their home in southern Missouri.  My aunt uses a GPS system
to chart her rides and keep track of the mileage. She also keeps a journal of every ride and she recently shared her journals with me. She is a wonderful horsewoman and I started reading her journals with the expectation that I would learn how she trained Jamie to be a perfect riding partner and how peaceful, relaxing and uneventful her trail rides were. I was in for a surprise . . . 
What I learned was that Jamie is like every other horse and mule. She is a prey animal who reacts to her surroundings and stimulus like a prey animal does. After 10 years of almost daily riding, Jamie will still ask the questions, "are you there? Are you my leader?" She will do this by occasionally ignoring a cue, choosing a trail that leads back to the barn rather than the direction they are going, or spooking at a shadow or a glimmer of sunlight. Marguerite views unexpected trail events as opportunities to learn and grow in partnership. She said, "we've come a long way but I'm not sure we have reached our potential. I still have much to learn. It seems Jamie teaches me every day."
Next week I am going to visit my aunt and she wants me to take a short ride on Jamie so I can "feel her way of going". You see, Marguerite is 85 years old and realizes that Jamie will most likely outlive her. While she still rides nearly every day, she wants me to be Jamie's next human partner when the time comes. This is an honor for me and it's also an obligation I don't take lightly. I want to be the same kind of horsewoman as my aunt. That is why I am pursuing my horsemanship education with passion and dedication. I want to be ready for Jamie. And then, maybe someday, I'll write my own book. 
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*** The Lessons from Learners is a newly featured section designed to support and encourage you, the great community of MRH Learners! It is as it sounds, simply a recap or sharing of  a valuable lesson from a learner. If there is a topic, lesson or experience that you have been "licking and chewing" on, we invite (and encourage!) you to share and thank you in advance for your willingness and courage in doing so. Putting into writing your lesson is both a terrific way to further absorb and integrate its value and as well serves as a terrific gift to your fellow horse enthusiasts.

If you are so inspired, please send your story and any accompanying photos to Emily at for inclusion in an upcoming newsletter. Many thanks!


The Who, What and Why of Western Dressage 
Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE
Friday, November 8th from 6 - 8:30 pm

Introduction to Western Dressage —
 Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE
Saturday, November 9th
Nebraska Horse Expo 
Lincoln, NE
Friday, November 15th - Sunday, November 17th
Emily Johnson is honored to be presenting at this year’s NHE.
Visit the NHE website to see her scheduled times as well as

the complete line-up of great events!
20 Partnership Exercises for a Winter's Day 
Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE
Saturday, December 7th from 10 am - 5 pm

20 Conditioning Exercises for a Winter's Day 
Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE
Sunday, December 8th from 10 am - 5 pm

MRH Holiday Party 
Elkhorn, NE
Saturday, December 14th from 6 - 8:30 pm


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Trail Ride
Longmont, CO
Friday, November 22nd 

From the Horse's Point of View—
at Colorado Horse Rescue - Longmont, CO
Friday, November 22nd from 6 - 8:30 pm
*portion of proceeds benefit CHR

20 Partnership Exercises for a Winter's Day —
at Colorado Horse Rescue - Longmont, CO
Saturday, November 23rd
*portion of proceeds benefit CHR

So, You Want to Buy a Horse? —
at Colorado Horse Rescue - Longmont, CO
Sunday, November 24th
*portion of proceeds benefit CHR

Private and Semi-private Instruction
Longmont and Lafayette, CO 
Monday, November 25th
Tuesday, November 26th
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Mica - Steadfast and Sensible Mare

Mica is a 15 year old appendix mare and is as sensible, reliable, and steadfast as they come! She is a kind and quiet mare and has demonstrated herself to be unflappable and very even natured, both on the trail and in the arena. Mica is an extraordinary trail horse due to her steady mind and even demeanor. If you are looking for an experienced horse that will keep you safe on the trail, this is the horse for you. Mica has been used as a lesson horse both in an indoor and outdoor arena and on the trail. She is patient and reliable enough for a beginner horse enthusiast (or horse husband!), but would thrive equally with an intermediate to advanced handler. She as well has lovely, ground covering movement which would allow her to excel in the dressage ring! She is easy to handle for the vet and farrier and ties and trailers well. This is a great all around mare -- steady enough for trail, obstacle or cow work and elegant enough for the competition ring. Mica is priced to sell before winter, so come meet this lovely mare today!

Medical History: Up to date on all shots. De-wormed and trimmed regularly.
Rider Experience: Beginner to Intermediate
Price: $3500
Location: Currently in Bennington, NE

Visit website for additional photos, video(s) and information.

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Scout - Terrific Trailhorse and Western Dressage Prospect

Scout is a talented and steadfast 15 year old AQHA gelding. He has a steady mind and a quiet disposition, which make him a willing partner both on the ground and under saddle. Scout is well versed in his groundwork and is also a smooth and enjoyable ride. Scout has a diverse background having been ridden both english and western, in the arena and on the trail. He is an excellent trail horse whom boldly and confidently navigates obstacles and varied terrains. He has as well been around kids and worked in a therapeutic riding program. Scout handles well for the farrier, trailer loads and ties and is current on all his vaccinations. Come meet this handsome and endearing gelding for yourself!

Medical History: Easy keeper, completely healthy and sound. Up to date on all shots. De-wormed and trimmed regularly.
Rider Experience: Intermediate
Price: $4500
Location: Currently in Bennington, NE

Visit website for additional photos, information and multiple videos.
Check out the new Western Dressage videos of Scout!

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Tack Offered for Sale
We currently have available a nice selection of fine used saddles, bridles and other equipment. Please visit our Tack and Equipment For Sale page to view and learn more about our current selection. 


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