Howdy <<First Name>>, here's your
Fall 2012 newsletter!
Mountain Rose Horsemanship Training
New Contact Information

Please note that MRH has updated contact information. Be sure to update the information in your system with the following so as to be able to stay in touch.

Phone Number:
402-522-MRHT (6748)


Ranch Address:
Mountain Rose Horsemanship
at Five Star Stables
23203 Dutch Hall Road
Bennington, NE 68007




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 - Recommended Resources -
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Spirit of Chiron
 


Center for Corporate Leadership Training, Personal Discovery and overall Wellness utilizing Equine Assisted Coaching

I have recently had the pleasure of meeting Brent and Jackie Bowyers, founders of Spirit of Chiron, LLC and have enjoyed learning about their work. Spirit of Chiron is a center for holistic personal and professional development who utilizes Equine Experiential Learning to support individuals, groups, and teams.  The programs are designed using non-riding experiential activities with horses, informal lectures, personal and professional coach- ing, workshops, and guest presentations.

Learn more about Spirit of Chiron's program, upcoming offerings and meet their beautiful herd of Friesian horses on their website. And stay tuned in upcoming newsletters for events in partnership between Spirit of Chiron and Mountain Rose Horsemanship.
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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.



Congratulations and Farewell

MHR wants to both congratulate and express how much you will be missed to Gerrie and Jeff Barnes of Barnes Ranch in Larkspur, CO. After, 10 years of horsemanship instruction (serving an estimated 900 riders and horses in 200+ clinics!) the Barnes have closed their doors to the public and are embarking on their much deserved retirement years! The Barnes committed to improving the safety and understanding of the recreational horse and rider has been a terrific asset to the Colorado horse community and will be greatly missed. Thank you for your sharing your passion and knowledge with myself and so many other horse enthusiasts over the years and we wish you very well in this new chapter. Happy trails!




 

Understanding Responsible Small Acre Management

Don't Fall Culprit to Overgrazing

Animals grazing on small acreages can create a number of serious resource problems that people may not be aware of.  These problems are becoming evident as a result of overgrazing permitted by owners who allow their animals to graze every bit of edible forage and leave the ground denuded of cover.  Land with a shortage of grass cover becomes subject to soil erosion by wind and water, a reduction of soil fertility, and an increase in weed species.  The economic value of the land and surrounding areas are also adversely impacted.By reviewing this brochure on a small acreage grazing, the owner can properly care for his or her animal(s) by understanding feed requirements, conserving soil, protecting plant condition and ecological diversity, maintaining or improving wildlife habitat, and increasing property values.

WHAT IS SMALL ACREAGE GRAZING?
Small acreage grazing means razing livestock on pastures usually less than forty acres in 
size.  A perception existing among many landowners is that small parcels of land can be 
grazed continuously.  Understanding range similarity index, carrying capacity, and feed 
requirements are critical to successful pasture use.

WHY IS PROPER GRAZING SO IMPORTANT?
Proper grazing is vital to the overall ecological health of a piece of land by ensuring that 
soil quality and vegetative cover are maintained and enhanced.  In the absence of adequate 
ground cover, soil is subject to wind and water erosion, and increased compaction.  In the 
absence of good soil quality, the land remains in poor ecological condition unless costly 
reclamation efforts are made.

WHAT IS OVER-GRAZING?
Overgrazing is the term used to indicate excessive grazing by domestic livestock or wildlife 
and results in a poor or unsatisfactory ecological site condition.  It often indicates or leads 
to a lack of vegetation or a shift in plant species, stunted plants, reduced plant vigor and 
palatability, compacted and barren soil with a lack of organic matter, and excessive runoff 
and erosion.

Read full article here.



Horse Boarding
at Five Star Stables


Boarders at Five Star Stables enjoy:
 
Omaha's Largest Indoor Arena
60' Indoor Round-pen
140' X 300' Outdoor Arena
Riding Trail with Bridges, Obstacles, Jumps, Creek
Heated Arena Enclosed Viewing Area
Heated tack rooms
Heated restrooms
Heated dressing room with Shower
2 Indoor Horse Wash Racks
Indoor stalls, outdoor runs and drylot available.

Contact Five Star to inquire about boarding.



- New Home for Mountain Rose Horsemanship - 

MRH is on the move again and is excited to announce their relocation to Five Star Stables in Bennington, NE! This exceptional facility boasts the largest heated indoor arena in Omaha, a 60' heated indoor roundpen, expansive 140' x 300' outdoor arena complete with exercise track, outdoor roundpens, trails and obstacle course. The facility also features a heated enclosed viewing area, heated tack rooms, restrooms and new MRH classroom. It is the perfect venue for comfortable year round riding and horsemanship learning!

And now Five Star can add a new and improved Extreme Trail Course designed by Emily Johnson, to its list of impressive amenities. By the time all is said and done, the Five Star Stables Extreme Trail Course will boast 50+ obstacles, spread throughout their lovely trail system, ranging from introductory level to advanced, to both entertain and challenge you and your horse!

We hope you will come join us for some horsemanship learning real soon at this impressive new ranch!





- Upcoming Events -

Overcoming Obstacles —
Friday, October 19th from 6 - 8:30 pm; Saturday, October 20th from 10 - 5; Sunday, October 21st from 10 - 4 pm (Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE)
 
Are you interested in . . . 
 
building your horses confidence?
increasing your and your horses trust in each other?
replacing fear and tension with curiosity and courage?
enhancing softness?
riding with purpose and playfulness?

If so, then join us for a weekend of horsemanship growth and confidence building! In this trail clinic you and your horse will develop the tools necessary to speak a common language as you enhance your overall trust and respect and build your confidence with obstacles and on the trail. Friday evening will begin with a classroom style lecture on the mind, nature and needs of our equine partners. Saturday's lessons will include earning trust through proper desensitization and respect through proper sensitization. Participants will learn how to properly prepare and safely navigate their horse through an obstacle and how to handle a spook with confidence and calmness. The afternoon of Saturday and all of Sunday will be spent enjoying Five Star's brand new Extreme Trail Course! Prior registration is required and class size is limited. Offered at a discounted introductory rate of $300 with your horse or $350 with a lesson horse.

Read what previous participants say about the Overcoming Obstacles Clinic (previously called Training for the Trail).


Colorado Horsemanship Instruction —
Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th (Colorado Horse Rescue - Longmont, CO)

Emily is available for private or semi-private instruction on these days. Contact her directly to schedule your lesson time. Lesson horse available upon request. 

 
Introduction to Western Dressage —
Saturday, October 27th from 9 - 5; and Sunday, October 28th from 10 -4 (Colorado Horse Rescue - Longmont, CO)
 
 
Are you interested in further refining your communication with your horse from the saddle? Do you dream of enjoying your horse at that next level of finesse and understanding? Join us as for the Introduction to Western Dressage Clinic as we combine the study of classical dressage with the philosophies of western horsemanship to further balance, cadence, understanding and over all self-carriage in both ourselves and our horse. Participants will have the chance to test the skills learned on Saturday through the riding of practice dressage tests on Sunday. (*It is recommended that participants are able to ride with a balanced and independent seat at a walk and trot and have a basic understanding of the riding aids prior to participating in this clinic. This is not an intro to riding course.) Pre-registration required. Register with Carol at Colorado Horse Rescue at 720-494-1414 x2205 or cbrice.chr.org. Registration deadline is October 22nd. Cost: $325 to participate or $25/day to audit.


Achieve Xtraordinary Confidence —
Friday, November 2nd from 6 - 8:30 pm; Saturday, November 3rd from 10 - 5 (Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE)

With the off-season from showing quickly approaching do you have you and your horse have a plan in place to continue your growth and ever improve your partnership during these valuable months ahead? Emily Johnson of Mountain Rose Horsemanship can help you and your horse enjoy a productive and effective winter with the skills learned in the Achieve Xtraordinary Confidence clinic. In this clinic you and your horse will increase your confidence and trust in each other and enhance your partnership overall. Friday evening will be a classroom style discussion titled From the Horse's Point of View.  Saturday and Sunday's theme will be the development of confidence, respect and mutual understanding from the ground and saddle. Participants will learn how to build want, not make in their horses and how to replace fear and aversion with confidence and curiosity. Proper sensitization and de-sensitization will also be covered and horse and riders will learn the skills necessary to safely encounter new obstacles and scary stimulus. Offered at a discounted introductory rate of $125 with your horse or $150 with lesson horse
 

Overcoming Obstacles —
Friday, November 9th from 6 - 8:30 pm; Saturday, November 10th from 10 - 5; Sunday, November 11th from 10 - 4 pm (Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE)

Are you interested in . . . 

building your horses confidence?
increasing your and your horses trust in each other?
replacing fear and tension with curiosity and courage?
enhancing softness?
riding with purpose and playfulness?

If so, then join us for a weekend of horsemanship growth and confidence building! In this trail clinic you and your horse will develop the tools necessary to speak a common language as you enhance your overall trust and respect and build your confidence with obstacles and on the trail. Friday evening will begin with a classroom style lecture on the mind, nature and needs of our equine partners. Saturday's lessons will include earning trust through proper desensitization and respect through proper sensitization. Participants will learn how to properly prepare and safely navigate their horse through an obstacle and how to handle a spook with confidence and calmness. The afternoon of Saturday and all of Sunday will be spent enjoying Five Star's brand new Extreme Trail Course! Prior registration is required and class size is limited. Offered at a discounted introductory price of $300 with your horse or $350 with a lesson horse.

Read what previous participants say about the Overcoming Obstacles Clinic (previously called Training for the Trail).


From the Horse's Point of View — 
Friday, November 16th from 6 pm - 8:30 pm (Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE)
 
Do you dream of enjoying ultimate partnership with your horse? The kind of relationship where you can go anywhere and do anything? 
 
If so, please join us for an enlightening evening of photos, videos and discussion. You will learn how horses think, feel and what they instinctively crave. We will discuss understanding the mind and nature of the horse, how horses communicate, how to relate to your horse in their language, and empathetic problem solving from the horse's point of view. $20

Trouble Free Trailer Loading Clinic —
Saturday, November 17th from 9 am - 5 pm  (Five Star Stables - Bennington, NE)
 
Trailer loading often has a reputation of being troublesome or challenging, but it certainly does not have to be! In this demonstration you will develop the knowledge and skills to prepare your horse for a safe and smooth loading experience and will learn how to assist your horse in becoming a willing and confident partner with the trailer. This clinic is perfect for horses that are difficult to load or those that have had traumatic experiences with trailers, as well as for anyone looking to enhance the relationship with their horse. Attending the "From the Horse's Point of View" lecture the evening before is highly recommended. Cost: $25 to audit; $75 for your horse to participate.

Attend both the Friday night lecture and Saturday clinic for $35!
 
Wanted: Hard to load horses for trailer loading demonstration. Contact Emily at emily@mountainrosehorsemanship.com.

Read what previous participants say about the Trouble Free Trailer Loading Clinic (previously called the"What Trailer?" Trailer Loading 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.
 

 

 


- Colorado Horsemanship Offerings -  

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Hey Colorado Horse Community -

Your request for on-going and (even more frequent!) horsemanship instruction in Colorado has been heard! I have been touched by your continued calls, emails and other expressions of interest for horsemanship learning with MRH in Colorado. I have missed you too!

I am impressed by and grateful for your dedication to the study and pursuit of excellent horsemanship and on behalf of the horse, extend my accolades to you, Boulder County horse enthusiasts, for your commitment to continued development. You are a unique and wonderful breed! 
 
In order to meet your interest and expressed need I am willing to travel to Colorado one week a month to offer courses, clinics and instruction in support of your and your horses on-going learning. I feel both proud and excited to have partnered yet again with Colorado Horse Rescue in Longmont as the new host ranch for MRH clinics and instruction in Colorado.

I will be using this fall as a trial to see if in fact there is enough demand to make traveling to Colorado on a regular monthly basis feasible. You could be of great help to me by
 taking a few moments to fill out this short survey, as it will help me serve the Colorado horse community best. And then be sure to get signed up for the Colorado horsemanship offerings scheduled for this month and November (see Upcoming Events section for more details). I look forward to working with you again soon and as always, am both humbled by and grateful for your continued interest and enthusiasm for what MRH has to offer!


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- Past Month's Highlights - 


Fall has Arrived!
Temperatures are cooling off, making for some lovely (and much more comfortable) days at the ranch. It has been a busy fall at MRH with the undertaking of yet another move, this time to the lovely Five Star Stables in Bennington, NE. Although we have gone through a recent period of great transition, as MRH approaches the one year anniversary of our expansion to Nebraska, we are feeling quite settled and content with our impressive new facility and are very excited for the road ahead!


Colorado Horse Rescue Clinics (August 3rd and 4th)
As much as we are enjoying our new digs in Nebraska, it is always such a treat to be able to return to Colorado to connect with some long time friends - horse and student, alike! My trip in August for two clinics at Colorado Horse Rescue was no exception and both clinics were a great success.
 
A fine group of eager horse enthusiasts gathered on Friday evening for the From the Horse's Point of View lecture to discuss and gain insight into the mind and nature of the exquisite creature that is the horse. It was a lovely evening through and through and the feedback from those who attended the event very positive. 
 

 
The Friday discussion was then a perfect leadin to Saturday's Trouble Free Trailer Loading event. It is always such a privilege to work with some of the delightful horse spirits at CHR. The horses offered a terrific amount of courage and try in overcoming their pre-conceived notions and fears surrounding the trailer and participants benefited from seeing a variety of different trailer loading approaches, both on-line and at liberty. It was a well received and very fun event! My sincere thanks to CHR for hosting these two clinics and as well to those who attended!
 
   

   
CHR horses (Apollo, Ray and Ransom) learning the ways of trailer loading in partnership!
 

Private Horsemanship Intensive (September 11th - 13th)
As if getting to connect with some Colorado students in Colorado wasn't grand enough, I then enjoyed having some time with a very enthusiast and determined Colorado student here in Nebraska. It is always such a treat, not to mention a very fruitful time of learning when my Colorado students continue their study with me here in Nebraska with a horsemanship intensive.

Bonnie Livengood arrived in Nebraska primed with many a question and goals for our three days together. I was so impressed by her dedication to her study and her commitment to doing her part to get the partnership right. She and Mackenzie delved into the horse/human connection and understanding during their days together and by the third day had found the sheer joy and thrill of a mutually beneficial partnership. Kudos to Bonnie for this investment in herself on the on-going journey of seeking partnership with horses and my sincere thanks for allowing me to be a continued part of that journey!

 

Bonnie and Mackenzie


NDA Schooling Show Championship (September 22nd)
Mountain Rose Charisma and Mountain Rose Frisco enjoyed another great show at the 7th annual Dressage Schooling Show Championship held in Lincoln. Each horse earned scores well worth feeling proud of in their respective dressage tests and brought home a few more elegant ribbons to adorn the barn wall! Scootaway Scooby, owned by Derek McMains of Log Barn Stables, also had his first western dressage debut and added to his dynamic repertoire of skills with a nice first showing. Scooby is looking for his next human partner, so be sure to check him out (including video of his most recent dressage test) here. All in all, it was another great show and a very successful end to the 2012 show season!

I want to offer a special and continued thanks to my wonderful dressage instructor, Becky Parker of RP Dressage who has provided us with such terrifc coaching and insight into the world of dressage. You have been an invaluable part of our journey and we are very excited to even more ahead! My sincere thanks as well to my mom, Nini, who both made the trip to Omaha in support of both me and her "grand-horses" and who rose to the occasion as my reader for not one, not two . . . but six separate dressage tests in one day. What a Mom!
 
    
Emily and Chinook                                       Emily and Frisco

   
Emily and Scooby


-Horses for Sale -
 
Cheyenne 
Cheyenne is as lovely a mare on the inside as she is on the outside! Cheyenne has been the predominant lesson horse in the MRH horsemanship program for the past two years. Cheyenne is being retired as a lesson horse and is now looking for a human of her very own. She is a gentle, gracious and reliable older mare whom has served both willingly and faithfully in her role as an equine instructor. One of our most versatile horses, she has been trusted to both take care of new riders as well as challenge the more advanced students. She is polite and respectful on the ground and boasts an array of groundwork skills. She is equally trustworthy and dependable under saddle and is also a terrific, quiet and reliable trail horse. This dear mare has such love, patience and kindness to give and would so enjoy having a human to call her own who can shower her in the attention and affection she deserves! See her website listing for additional photos and to learn more about her unique story. Available for lease with the option to buy. Asking $2000. Contact Emily at emily@mountainrosehorsemanship.com or (402) 522-6748 to speak further about becoming Cheyenne's next human partner!
 

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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, with price subject to increase as dressage training/showing progresses 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



 

 
 
                    
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Mountain Rose Horsemanship

23203 Dutch Hall Road, Bennington, NE 68007