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 October 2013 newsletter!
Mountain Rose Horsemanship Training

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!

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. Her teaching schedule will then slow down the first few months of 2014 with a more limited selection of course offerings and then resume with a full and fun teaching schedule beginning spring of 2014.
We thank you for your support and shared excitement for Emily and Matt as they embark on this exciting new journey!
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!

Fall Calendar
The fall schedule of all the great horsemanship offerings and events is now up. Please have a look to ensure that you get to be a part of the many great things in store at MRH this fall! 

MRH Calendar


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

Nebraska Humane Society's
Equine Rehabilitation Program

The Star Equine Rehabilitation Program at the Nebraska Humane Society began in earnest in September of 2012, spurred on by a growing number of neglected horses coming through the agency’s gates.  Generous donors, and horse lovers came together to form a more comprehensive program that includes housing the horses, providing proper nutrition, vet, and farrier care, and then working the horses on basic skills needed to ensure their adoptability.

Please visit their website to learn more about their program and how you can be a part of helping horses in need in Nebraska.

And then check out the MRH Calendar for the fall line-up of offerings as we have partnered yet again with NHS to offer horsemanship education programs in support of their 
rehabilitation program.

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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Kate Murphy

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.

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“I have been studying with Emily for over 5 years now and have grown so much as a horsewoman from our lessons, so I was pleasantly surprised at how my video/phone lesson with Emily allowed me to see my horsemanship from a whole new perspective.  I never imagined that a 3 ½ min video could turn into a rich one hour lesson!  My video lesson was with a prospective new horse and it allowed me to see what I needed to bring to the relationship in order to be an effective new partner for her.  It also allowed me to see how I would need to work with the mind and emotions of my new horse.  The video lesson not only helped me to make a conscious choice to purchase my new equine partner, but it also helped me to start our relationship with more understanding so that I can be aware of her needs. I would highly recommend tapping into Emily's knowledge and support through the convenient means of phone and video consultation.”

- Wendy 


Anne and Tipper

Anne has been a horsewoman and enthusiastic for many decades. Yet despite this plethora of years with horses and her frequent involvement with instructors and clinics, Anne continues to be a diligent and committed student of the horse to this day.

Anne's fervor for horsemanship learning and her willingness to consistently challenge herself and her horse are admirable qualities and have earned the respect of her instructor, Emily and as well of her fellow students. Although, Anne's eyes periodically "grow large" in response to Emily's proposed learning challenges during lessons and clinics, Anne rises to meet the challenges each and every time with her sights set firmly on the goal of ever improving her horsemanship and her partnership with her horses.

Way to go Anne and thanks for sharing with us a part of your journey with horses!

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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 MeeMee Lahman
My mare, Raven and I, were playing in the back 22 acre pasture of the MRH ranch, having ourselves a grand time exploring the pristine country. I was confident that we were connected in partnership and solid in our feel of one another as she made changes in her gait based just on the subtle changes in my body. 

As we were trotting along the east fence line of the pasture, I heard a train approaching and turned Raven to face it. We’ve ridden this section of the pasture before while trains passed by without meriting even a flick of the ear or a turn of the head from Raven. This train, though, was traveling much faster than the previous we had encountered, which significantly amplified the train’s energy and noise. 

Raven danced side to side in agitation, and I, still believing our previous connection could prevail, tried to soothe her nerves with loud exhales while stroking her neck. In a split second, she spun on her hind legs towards the barn, and I could sense something dramatic was about to unfold. Before I could decide to dismount, she was sprinting full force across the pasture, her energy that of sheer panic.

The tension in her body was so extreme that I felt I was sitting atop stone—no breath, no give, no flexibility. Raven had transformed in a mere instant from a willing partner who was boldly exploring with me into a prey animal fleeing for her life.

I was scared, but because of the time I have put into learning horsemanship, my mind was still able to sort through all the possible options available: emergency dismount, one-rein stop, circling, disengaging her hindquarters. But none of these options seemed possible. By now, she was speeding too fast to dismount or safely pull her around. I imagined the gruesome outcome of one or both of us being seriously injured.

My only safe choice was to ride as fast as she could run, and I knew that I had prepared for this moment through all the lessons and clinics she and I had taken over the past few years with Emily in the MRH program. The time had come to fully trust in my riding and leadership skills.

So, I resolved to ride what she gave me and to not fall off. “I am NOT going to fall off”, I told myself from the conviction of my own self-preservation. I repeated this mantra as Raven raced up the huge pasture, through the open fence and across the back alley of the paddocks. As we reached the obstacle course where other students were gathered with their horses, Raven’s pace slowed just enough for me to bend her around to a stop. I let out a huge sigh of relief while shaking my head in disbelief that we had survived her flight without injury.

I promptly dismounted Raven, quite shaken (Emily later told me a few "choice words" came out of my mouth) and shared with everyone the events leading up to my rather rapid entrance into the current lesson that was taking place.

Emily used the incident as a learning opportunity to review emergency stops at every gait, but also applauded my ability to stay cool headed and ride what my horse gave me, as it is what kept my mare and I physically safe. How thankful I am that because of our prior and proper preparation, I had the horsemanship skills needed to be able to walk away unharmed!

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I asked MeeMee to write this piece as I felt her experience offered a tremendous learning opportunity, not only for herself, but also for others. Although emotionally terrifying, MeeMee did an exemplary job of keeping herself and her horse safe by being able to stay in the saddle at high speeds. We must never forget that we are creating relationships with prey animals. Although a proper education helps horses act more like partners than prey, there is always the possibility that their instinctive nature, which is prone to rapid and sudden flight, will take over.
Therefore, with consideration of and respect for the nature of the horse, it is terrifically important that we equip ourselves with the necessary skills to ensure safety around these magnificent, but also powerful beings.

Take Home Lessons:
•  Learn how to read your horses emotions, both on the ground and under saddle, allowing you to identify the potential for a problem before it
becomes full fledged.
•  Build your horses confidence with an emergency stop (either one- rein or calvary style) at all gaits: walk, trot, lope AND gallop and prior to needing it.

• Build your confidence and ability to ride with an independent seat at all gaits: walk, trot, lope AND gallop. If you are not yet a confident and capable rider at higher speeds, be judicious about where you take your horse. Commit to building your seat so that you can ultimately ride anywhere with safety!

• Have the courage and discernment to know what to get off and be comfortable executing an emergency dismount. There is a great deal of wisdom in knowing when it is better to support your horse with leadership from the ground rather than the saddle.

Wishing you many safe and successful rides atop your special equine partner!

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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!


Ride in Harmony with Your Horse 
Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE
Friday, October 4th from 6 - 8:30 pm

Develop an Independent Seat —
 Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE
Saturday, October 5th - Sunday, October 6th
Trail Ride 
Bennington, NE
Friday, October 11th 
Equine First Aid 
Nebraska Humane Society - Omaha, NE
Saturday, October 12th from 10 am - 5 pm
*portion of proceeds benefit NHS

Showing of Cloud Documentary —
Nebraska Humane Society - Omaha, NE
Sunday, October 13th from 2 - 4:30 pm
*proceeds benefit NHS

Riding Refinement 
Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE
Friday, October 18th from 6 - 8:30 pm

Horsemanship 301 —
 Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE
Saturday, October 19th - Sunday, October 20th

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Trail Ride
Longmont, CO
Friday, October 25th 

Discover Your Leader Within—
at Colorado Horse Rescue - Longmont, CO
Friday, October 25th from 6 - 8:30 pm
*portion of proceeds benefit CHR

Roundpen Reasoning —
at Colorado Horse Rescue - Longmont, CO
Saturday, October 26th - Sunday, October 27th
*portion of proceeds benefit CHR

Private and Semi-private Instruction
Longmont and Lafayette, CO 
Monday, October 28th
Tuesday, October 29th

Mica - Steadfast and Sensible Mare

Mica is a 12 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 as well has lovely, ground covering movement which would allow her to really 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 (*price to increase as training increases)
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: $5000
Location: Currently in Lincoln, NE

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

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Saddles Offered for Sale

We currently have available a selection of fine used saddles. Please visit our Tack and Equipment For Sale page to view and learn more about our current selection. 

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23203 Dutch Hall Road, Bennington, NE 68007