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November 2012 newsletter!
Mountain Rose Horsemanship Training

In Loving Memory

The Colorado community has had to say goodbye to a few dear friends this past year, horse and human alike. It is with another grieving heart that I write in honor of Morgan's horse partner and friend, Tango. We have enjoyed many a great day out on the trail riding alongside Morgan and her trusty mare and Tango's spirit, humor and presence will be greatly missed.

Tangy, 
Our wish for you --
wide open spaces, a pair of burros at your side and an ample supply of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches -- some of your favorite things. 
Thank you for your faithful spirit, unending patience and for being a dear partner and friend on this exceptional journey.


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 - Recommended Resources -
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Tracy Bagley
Natural Hoof Care Practitioner



Trimming based on the wild horse model. Member of Liberated Horsemanship. Serving the greater Omaha area and western Iowa.  Tracy can be reached at
stbagley@yahoo.com
or 712 310-6665.

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NE Dressage Instructors



Omaha:

Becky Parker of RP Dressage
rpdressage@yahoo.com
Find her on 
Facebook

Lincoln: 

Dara Liss of 
Esprit De Corps at Falkland Stables
(402) 617-1194
Find her on
 Facebook

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Safer Grass.org




An online resource offering education for the Prevention and Treatment of Laminitis in Horses.
 



Congratulations 

MHR wants to both acknowledge and congratulate Edens Aspens on their first year of business.




 


Five Ways To Stretch Your Hay Supply
 
With severe drought being reported across the majority of the country and an extreme shortage of the 2012 hay crop, many horse owners are unable to find hay for the winter. Others have learned that their regular hay suppliers have sold them out and are shipping their hay to other parts of the country where livestock owners are already paying $10-$15 a bale.
 
“Without a doubt this is going to be a challenging fall and winter for many horse owners,” said Horse Cent$ Magazine editor, Laurie Cerny. “If you didn’t get any first cutting hay, you need to make some serious changes in your feeding regimen right now while you still have some hay in your barn.”
 
Here are some suggestions:
 
1. Feed smaller amounts of hay more often. Instead of feeding two flakes twice or three times of hay, feed one flake every 3-4 hours. Yes, it takes more time, but horses will not get as hungry in between feedings and this will enable you to decrease the amount you’re feeding after a couple of days.
 
2. Feed your least desirable hay when horses are the hungriest, usually first thing in the morning. Horses aren’t as picky and waste less when they are hungry. For example, if you normally feed one flake of first cutting and one of second cutting, feed the flake of first cutting first.
 
3. Limit group feedings. Feeding multiple horses in one area is a great way to waste hay. Unless you are using good feeders, horses (especially young ones and picky eaters), will push it around on the ground searching for what they like best, trample it, and poop on it. Try to feed the majority of your hay in the stalls; what is wasted can then be used as bedding.
 
4. Consider round bales. Many horse owners don’t want to feed round bales thinking the hay may be inferior (put up wetter then square bales, etc.), and that horses overeat when given unlimited access to feed. In some areas of the country – where more round bales are made then squares, this may be the only hay source available. Round bales can be fed much like squares. Simply store near your feed area, cut the stings, and then pull off sections and feed just like you would feed flakes from square bales.
 
5. Stretch your hay source now by adding a complete feed to your feed rations. Although grain prices are expected to go up, the availability should be better than it is for hay.
 
6. Consider investing in a hay cover to protect the hay you have from the elements, such as the Hay Hut or a slow-grazing system such as the Texas Hay Net.
 



Horse Boarding
at Five Star Stables


Boarders at Five Star Stables enjoy:
 
Omaha's Largest Indoor Arena
60' Indoor Round-pen
Heated tack rooms
Heated restrooms
Heated Arena Enclosed Viewing Area
Heated dressing room with Shower
2 Indoor Horse Wash Racks
140' X 300' Outdoor Arena
Exercise Track
Riding Trails
New! Extreme Obstacle Course
 
Indoor stalls, outdoor runs and drylot available.

Contact Five Star to inquire about boarding.



- Colorado Horsemanship Instruction -

Dear Colorado Horse Enthusiasts,
Your request for on-going and (even more frequent!) horsemanship instruction in Colorado has been heard! Emily will be traveling to Colorado the last week of every month to offer courses, clinics and instruction in support of your and your horses on-going learning. She is both proud and excited to have partnered yet again with Colorado Horse Rescue in Longmont as the new Colorado host ranch for MRH clinics and instruction. MRH is also excited to announce their new partnership with Colorado Therapeutic Riding Centeralso located in Longmont, CO and will be offering educational horsemanship opportunities in support of their terrific organization as well. See 'Upcoming Colorado Events' section below for specific dates and offerings.

Your Opinion is Needed and Valued:
To those of you who shared your thoughts and opinions on last months survey, THANKS! Your input was of great value and will help to shape and direct MRH's involvement and future offerings in CO. If you have not completed the short survey would you please consider doing so, as it will help Emily serve the Colorado community best?

And then be sure to get signed up for the Colorado horsemanship offerings so as to ensure that Emily keeps coming back each month. Emily looks forward to working with you again soon and as always, is both humbled by and grateful for your continued commitment and enthusiasm for MRH's offerings!



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- Upcoming Colorado Events -

From the Horse's Point of View — 
Sunday, November 18th from 2 - 4:30 pm (Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center - Longmont, CO)

Do you dream of enjoying ultimate partnership with your horse? The kind of relationship that is built upon mutual trust and understanding, where you can go anywhere and do anything? 
 
If so, please join us for an enlightening afternoon of photos, videos and discussion. You will learn how horses think, feel and what they desire from us as their human partners. We will discuss understanding the mind and nature of the horse, how horses communicate, how to relate to the horse in their language, and empathetic problem solving from the horse's point of view. You are guaranteed to get to know your horse in a whole new way! This is also your chance to meet Emily and learn more about upcoming horsemanship offerings being offered in partnership with CTRC. See you there! $15 for CTRC volunteers; $25 for non-volunteers. Portion of proceeds benefit CTRC. Contact Melissa at (303) 652-9131 or volunteer@ctrcinc.org to register. 

Read what previous participants say about From the Horses Point of View.


Private and Semi-Private Instruction —
Tuesday, November 20th and Wednesday, November 21st (Colorado Horse Rescue - Longmont, CO)

Emily is in Colorado next week and is available to support you and your horse in your ever progressing partnership together. Don't have a horse and still want to practice your partnership? Lesson horse available. Cost: $50/hour for private lesson; $40/hour for semi-private lesson. Contact Emily at emily@mountainrosehorsemanship.com or 402-522-MRHT to reserve your lesson time. Only a couple of lesson slots left!


Trail Ride —
Friday, November 23rd (Longmont, CO)


Join us for a day of horsemanship learning and confidence building out on the beautiful trails of Boulder County. Trail riding provides a a terrific opportunity for you and your horse to spend time together while refining your horsemanship skills in new and invigorating settings. Each trail offers unique terrain and obstacles with which to practice your skills. You will learn how to maintain your horse's attention and trust in a new environment, as well as trail etiquette and the essentials of safe trailering. Every trail ride includes groundwork and riding instruction and is topped off with a potluck-style lunch. You and your horse are sure to connect in new and deeper ways, not to mention the sheer fun and joy of sharing some time outdoors with your horse and horse friends! Only a couple of spaces remain. Photo Gallery. Cost: $125 with transport by MRH; $100 with your own transport. Pre-registration required.


"So, You Want to Buy a Horse?" —
Sunday, November 25th 10 am - 4 pm (Colorado Horse Rescue - Longmont, CO)
 
You and your future equine partner deserve to be set up for the best relationship possible. Ensuring a good match requires adequate preparation. This clinic will equip you to be an informed and discerning horse buyer and will prime you for what to except as a horse owner. Topics covered include: identifying your goals, riding style, and experience level; what to look for in a horse; questions to ask a potential seller; understanding a pre-purchase exam; where to find a horse; ensuring your safety in the looking process; finding a suitable trainer or instructor; and what kind of costs you can expect as a new horse owner. This clinic is suitable for anyone looking to purchase a horse or for those who have recently come into horse ownership. Cost: $100. Portion of proceeds benefit CHR. Contact Carol at 720-494-1414 x2205 or cbrice@chr.org to register. Or register online. Pre-registration required. 

Read what participants have had to say about the "So, You Want to Buy a Horse" Clinic.
 

                                 - Upcoming Nebraska Events -

Equine First Aid
Saturday, December 8th from 10 am - 5 pm  (Nebraska Humane Society - Omaha, NE)

When it comes to the health and well-being of your horse, it's better to be prepared with knowledge and not use it, then to find yourself in an emergency and not know what to do. This clinic will discuss and demonstrate the proper treatment for the common ailments that affect horses. Topics will include: general wound and injury treatment; what kind of wound needs vet attention; recognizing a healthy versus a sick horse; proper bandaging; signs of and how to handle colic; discussion of common horse diseases; and more. There will be multiple demonstrations as well as opportunities for participants to practice the skills learned on live horses. This course is highly recommended if you spend any time around horses, even if you are not a horse owner. Just think - with this information you could save a horse's life. Photo Gallery. Cost: $25 to NHS volunteers and foster parents; $100 to non-volunteers. Portion of proceeds benefit NHS. Horses and supplies provided. Contact Kristie at 402-444-7800 ext 325 or KBiodrowski@nehumanesociety.org to register. Pre-registration required. 
 


20 Exercises for Partnership on a Winter Day —
Saturday, December 15th from 12 - 3 pm (Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE)


Don't let the chilly and shorter days of winter hold you and your horse back in your ability to grow and connect in your partnership this winter. In this half day clinic, you and your horse will learn a slew of simple exercises that don't require a lot of time or preparation, but that are sure to increase your softness, understanding and take your partnership to the next level. Cost: $50 with your horse; $60 with lesson horse. $15/day to audit. Pre-registration required.
 
 
"So, You Want to Buy a Horse?" —
Sunday, November 25th 10 am - 4 pm (Nebraska Humane Society - Omaha, NE)

You and your future equine partner deserve to be set up for the best relationship possible. Ensuring a good match requires adequate preparation. This clinic will equip you to be an informed and discerning horse buyer and will prime you for what to except as a horse owner. Topics covered include: identifying your goals, riding style, and experience level; what to look for in a horse; questions to ask a potential seller; understanding a pre-purchase exam; where to find a horse; ensuring your safety in the looking process; finding a suitable trainer or instructor; and what kind of costs you can expect as a new horse owner. This clinic is suitable for anyone looking to purchase a horse or for those who have recently come into horse ownership. Cost: $25 to NHS volunteers and foster parents; $100 to non-volunteers. Portion of proceeds benefit NHS. Contact Kristie at 402-444-7800 ext 325 or KBiodrowski@nehumanesociety.org to register. Pre-registration required. 
 
Read what participants have had to say about the "So, You Want to Buy a Horse" Clinic.


Long Distance Coaching —
In appreciation and with respect of your fervor and devotion for horsemanship learning, Emily will be providing the opportunity for long distance coaching and training by means of telephone and video assessment. Please see the following options below:


I. Phone Coaching: Emily will assist you in coaching by means of phone conversation and email correspondences. $25/hour

II. Video Assessment: Send a video of you and your horse for Emily to review and address your questions. Video may be either sent via YouTube or on a DVD by mail. $50 per 15 min of video. Includes 2 email responses or one 1/2 hour phone consultation. 

Reserve your spot for all courses, clinics and events 

online at the MRH Calendar.
 

 

 


- Past Month's Highlights - 

 
Western Dressage Association® of America Train the Trainers™ Clinic (October 23rd and 24th)

Emily has just returned from the first Train the Trainers™ clinic put on by the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA). Professional equine trainers and instructors from all over the United States gathered together in Castle Rock, Colorado to attend the first WDAA Train the Trainers™ Clinic on October 23 and 24. The Clinic’s purpose was to educate professional instructors and trainers about Western Dressage.  Cliff Swanson and Frances Carbonnel, members of the WDAA Advisory Board, shared their methods of training students. Classroom sessions and arena sessions with student riders were the forum for teaching the trainers how to teach Western Dressage.  New 2013 rules were discussed and tests were demonstrated and judged by the trainers. The professional trainers shared their own methods and experiences in training students and the amount of information exchanged was extensive and beneficial to all.

Emily wants to express her gratitude to the WDAA for their investment in this select group of instructors and feels both privileged and honored to be one of only a small group of instructors/trainers in the nation to have received their Train the Trainers™ Certificate of Completion. She is now even better equipped and all the more enthusiastic about leading horse enthusiasts forward in the outrageous new discipline of Western Dressage! See complete list of 2012 Train the Trainers™ clinic professionals.
 

 

 
Introduction to Western Dressage (October 27th and 28th)
It was a wonderful weekend of Western Dressage learning with a terrific group of horses and riders at this past months Introduction to Western Dressage clinic held at Colorado Horse Rescue in Longmont, CO. The learning (and fun!) were abundant and the riders did an awesome job guiding their horses in the elegant movements of western dressage. Kudos and thanks to each of you participants for fully showing up for yourself and your horse. It could not have been a more successful or enjoyable weekend!
 
Thanks as well to all the auditors who brought their enthusiasm for this new disciple and terrific questions and a special thanks to Colorado Horse Rescue for hosting this great event and to Carol Brice for all her hard work in helping this clinic be such a success!! Stay tuned in the coming months for dates and details about Western Dressage I and II clinics in Colorado. See all clinic photos here.
 
   
 
 

-Horses for Sale -
 
Scootaway Scooby (aka Scooby)
Scootaway Scooby (aka Scooby) is a handsome, double registered AQHA and FQHR gelding. He is 9 years old and stands 15.3 H. Scooby is a quiet minded, versatile and very athletic horse. He has been ridden on trails, along roads, in various arenas and has been around sheep, goats, cattle, tractors, etc. He was shown by a 17 year old girl the last two years in 4-H Pleasure, Horsemanship and Showmanship, where he won blue and purple ribbons. Scooby has recently started his career in Western Dressage and is currently riding very solidly at Training Level. He is a very quick learner who offers a terrific amount of heart and try when requests are presented both clearly and fairly to him. He is as well a lovely mover with naturally balanced and cadenced gaits and is a pleasure to both ride and watch. Scooby will best thrive with an intermediate rider who is able to properly direct him. Scooby has lived with both mares and geldings and easily finds his place in the herd. He is an easy keeper, is both healthy and sound, up to date on all shots and has been de-wormed and trimmed regularly. He is easy to catch, stands quietly for the farrier, handles de-worming and shots just fine, is easy to clip/groom and trailer loads well. A very nice all around horse! Scooby is offered for sale at $5,500/offer. See his website listing for additional photos and videos. Contact Emily at emily@mountainrosehorsemanship.com or (402) 522-6748 to speak further about becoming Scooby's next human partner!
 

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Video 1: All Around

 

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Video 2: Western Dressage Schooling Ride

 

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Video 3: Western Dressage Test at NDA Schooling Show Championships


Cheyenne 
SOLD. Congratulations to Emily and family of Glenwood, IA on becoming the lovely Cheyenne's next human partners. You are very lucky to have found her and she is equally fortunate to have found you as her new family! We wish you many happy trails together and look forward to supporting and watching your partnership together flourish!
 

Cheyenne and Emily
 

 

 
                    
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