Tuesday, March 24, 2015

a German Martingale is like a Calculator

Today I was working a customer's horse using a western style german martingale.  I was thinking about how I use it and how I recommend it to my clients all the time, especially the owner of this horse and I realized that it reminded me of the use of calculators when I was in high school.

German Martingale. It's one of my favorite training tools! I wrote an article about it here in 2009. I mentioned in there how it's not good to use any training tool as a crutch. You become too dependent on it.



  My client's horse was accidently (ie unconsciously) trained to be high headed by a previous owner. Some western events have a tendency to do that.  The horse could've been high headed to begin with but the conformation would suggest that that is not the case.



It teaches the horse to put their head in the right position very easily. That's what training tools are for, as we all know.  I want to be able to work on this horse and have the german martingale teach the horse where to put it's head - ie. not high.

Back in High School. I remember back in grade school and high school where, in math class, we all had to do adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing by hand. We had to learn how to do it without the use of any aids. I was even not allowed to use it for my high school provincial math contest.  I know this is really aging me. I was in high school from 1976 to 1979.

Of course in university, once I learned how to do a calculus or algebra problem, then I could use the calculator to help me. We know today, kids use the calculator all the time.  I still think it's good to know how to do basic math by hand.



 
I believe using a german martingale can be used to assist riders in teaching a horse where to place it's head. Of course, it's good for a rider to learn to do it manually using their own rein skills. But once, they've done that, then using the german martingale when needed, will just make the whole process go much quicker.  It's hard to concentrate on more than one thing at once for some horses and riders.
 
I have also found that the horse understands things easier as well.
 
Putting my spin on german martingales and calculators.
Susan
@KISS Reiners

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SOLD. For Sale: Clinton Anderson Saddle - Like New!

Clinton Anderson Saddle by Martin Saddlery
Original Clinton Anderson trail saddle.
Fits 15inch;. Excellent condition. Full quarter horse bars.
Signed by Clinton himself!
I've added Aluminum stirrups. Fancy.
Used 12 times. Weighs approx. 30lbs.
$2200 new. Price $1700.  SOLD.
Will ship.


About Clinton's Saddle: "Clinton’s Aussie Saddle combines the best features of an Aussie stock saddle & an American Western saddle. Designed to enhance both horse’s and rider’s ability while establishing and maintaining proper body position, this saddle gives you the confidence to focus on your training. Perfect for trail riding or as a working/training saddle, Martin saddle trees are precisely assembled with specific angles of alignment to help ensure a secure seat. Carefully-spaced bar pattern provides full, even contact with the horse’s back for even distribution of pressure and optimum spine relief to help prevent soreness. Specially designed to encourage and accommodate lateral flexion and movement of the horse’s five body parts without acute points of pressure, as well as to provide protection during hard stops and turns, this saddle’s smaller, more rounded profile is light and comfortable for your horse. For the rider, a shallow cradle under the thighs allows ease of movement, front knee pads provide extra balance for a more secure seat, and free-swinging fenders help balance weight and keep feet in proper position. Front kneepads designed to help provide a secure seat, especially if the rider becomes unbalanced.The Aussie Saddle runs larger than a traditional western saddle by one inch. If you would regularly ride a 15’’ western saddle, we suggest a 14” Aussie Saddle for the best fit."
 





Thursday, March 19, 2015

Personal Development: Setting Horse Healthy Boundaries


Introduction to Personal Boundary Setting Using Horses

MindBodyGreen.com has a great article on meaningful Healthy Boundaries for us humans. Here's the article.  I'm finding quite a bit of information on setting and maintaining personal boundaries (Wikipedia definition here). I need it.

It part, it reads: "Personal boundaries are guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify for themselves what are reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around him or her and how they will respond when someone steps outside those limits." Narcissistic people do not respect other people's boundaries for example.


Using a rope to desensitize and teach a horse to stay out of my space.

Those boundaries extend into our relationships with horses as well.  So using our horse as a personal development barometer, we can spot or become aware of areas in our life that need changing.  It will definitely benefit the horse as well.  Learning to set better or more personal boundaries and maintain them can start with the horse and they can let us know how we are doing. They tend to be kinder then our human counterparts.

No boundaries = Door Mat. Setting and maintaining healthy personal boundaries is something I've had to learn as an adult. It's supposed to be taught in childhood. I didn't get that. I was taught to be a 'people-pleaser' or disease to please which means no boundaries. You can think of no boundaries as being a 'door mat'. I started to re-parent myself in my 20's and eventually over came that. I get plenty of practise maintaining boundaries with my family even to this day. 

 
People Pleaser or Disease to Please (Wisegeek.com definition here). "This

addiction is characterized by an overwhelming desire in the individual to please others and make everyone happy.  In contrast to an altruistic desire to help people, or a general concern for others, people pleasers often possess a compulsive need to please others at all times, regardless of the price to their own health and well-being. People pleasing can lead to a large number of other mental and physical health issues, such as extreme fatigue, mental and physical stress, high blood pressure and even heart attack. "

What's a Horse Pleaser? I looked up on the internet to see if anyone had defined a 'horse pleaser' before and what I got was Pleasure Horse as in Western Pleasure horse. Cool. The closest I got was crowd pleaser and eye pleaser. But that's not what I mean. 

So my definition of a horse pleaser is: "A Horse Pleaser is a horse handler that has an overwhelming desire and habit to please and care for their horse at all times, sometimes to the point of coddling or overprotecting the horse, and regardless of the price to their own health and safety."

Safety is big issue for us horse handlers as you know. So how do you know if you are a horse pleaser and possibly a people pleaser? As Dr. Phil would say: "You can't change what you don't acknowledge."

So if you were to hang with your horse as usual, paying attention to the horse's behaviour with you, what signs can your horse tell you if you are in fact doing too much for your horse?  Which may indicate a personal boundary adjustment is in order?

I will get more into these signs in the next article.
Thanks for reading!

Putting my spin on personal development and the end to door mats.
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Quicky Question? Online Coaching


Only have time for a quick question? 


Don't have time or can't reach me here due to distance?

Want to discuss horse matters in the privacy of your own home?

Susan is now available for private online coaching sessions.  All you need is your computer and access to Skype.  Or whatever video conferencing program you use.

It's like a life coach for horse people! A quick and easy way to get help without having to trailer your horse here.
These quickie half hour sessions, allow you to ask a quick question on something and get an answer right away that can work for you.
Available by phone as well.

Use the Paypal button to book your session. Use Paypal or credit card.

     $25.00     

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To book a 1 hour session, click here for more information.

Susan
@KISS reiners

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Try Online Coaching for Free until March 31st, 2015!

Let's Spring into Spring Event

Free, One Time, Half hour Coaching Session via Skype!


Until March 31st, 2015, Ask your horse question and Susan will give you suggestions on how to tackle your problem!

 All you need is your computer and access to Skype. 

It's like a life coach for horse people!

To book a free session, please email me at reinersue@hotmail.com and I will be happy to book a time with you.

Thanks
Susan
@KISS Reiners

Private Online Coaching for Western Horse People

Want to discuss an issue about your horse privately?
Don't have time or can't reach me here due to distance?

Want to discuss horse matters in the privacy of your own home?

Susan is now available for private online coaching sessions.  All you need is your computer and access to Skype.  Or whatever video conferencing program you use.

It's like a life coach for horse people! A quick and easy way to get help without having to trailer your horse here.
To book a 1hr. session, use the Paypal Buy Now button below. Sessions are $50 for an hour.   Paypal is safe and easy to use!  You can use paypal or a credit card.

Paypal will notify me by email and I will contact you to book an appointment. Talk to you soon!
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Thanks for your business!
Will contact you soon.
Susan
@KISS Reiners

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dr. Phil's Advice Applied to Buddy Sour Horses


I've been watching a lot of Dr. Phil lately on youtube. It's new for me. I'm not riding much in the winters now. And I'm always looking for self-help information. I'm particularly looking for the way in which he reacts to his quest's outbursts. I'm also looking at the way he tells his quests how they should be behaving and how he communicates this information. And how he doesn't put up with narcissistic behaviour from them. I'd like to do another article on that later.  I've had a life full of it.



I was watching a few videos on child raising and crazy mothers, fathers, and overly bossy grandmothers who have ridiculous ideas about parenting. What caught my attention was Dr. Phil's idea on separation anxiety on the part of the child - or is it really the mother's fear and over control?  Humm.

As I watched these videos, I found myself thinking about the horses I've been in contact with or rather - the specific owners, mostly female who treat their horses a lot like little children. I have found a few owners who think they have to completely coddle their horses much like some women do to their small children. 

I've watched a lot of horses and their interactions with their owners.  I've also watched a lot of horses and their troubled personalities to see where the owner has perhaps guarded or guided the horse in a direction that wasn't in the horse's best interest.  Like Dr. Phil, who's concern is first and foremost is with the child.

Our mirror
I really like my idea of using our horses as an indicator or reflection of what's going on with ourselves personally. Horses don't lie. Horses don't do drama. Horses aren't narcissistic (more on that later).

I believe they are a mirror to ourselves.  I, personally pay attention to what my horses are telling me when I interact with them.

The same goes for my dogs. In horse speak, we call that reading our horses. This is where horses can be so beneficial to owners - to tell us where we need to change things in our lives for the better. That's why I specifically learned team penning - to learn how to read a cow.

Take for example, a horse with separation anxiety issues.  Owners often pay horse trainers to solve the 'buddy sour' horse problem because they can't do it anymore. The horse has not been taught to leave the safety of the barn or buddy and that it will be ok. That the temporary separation will not kill them. It will be ok. It's part of maturing. The owner feels too uncomfortable to leave the horse for short periods of time on it's own because they can't deal with the horse being anxious and upset.  The horse often feeds off of the owner's fear and anxiety.  I've even had owners tell me that they have never left a horse alone - ever. Like it's a universal law.

I'm sure you know of many sources on the internet which talk about this common issue. This is just my take on it.


Dr. Phil's Advice on Teaching a Child to Leave it's Mother (safety) and be able to deal with it. The advice is at the 40.25min mark for 2 minutes. (Dr. phil: Beautiful people in an ugly divorce).




As Dr. Phil says, it's OK and necessary for the small child to learn to leave it's primary care giver =safety (the mother in this case) and spend some period of time away (in this case in the care of it's father). That it's an important part of the development of the child.

The same goes for your horse.  Our horses can really show us:  US.


Putting my spin on the Buddy Sour Horse and Dr. Phil
Reinersue
@KISS reiners

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now (with Horses)

I'm going to continue on a series of articles which give personal examples on how to use the horse as a tool for personal development.


If you remember my last article on using horses as practise dummys to set personal goals.

Today, I'd like to talk about a great spiritual book by Eckhart Tolle called The Power of Now. The book has sold over 5 million copies since 1999 and translated into over 30 languages.




Eckhart had humble beginnings but is now regarded as a prophet by Oprah Winfrey. He is regarded by his contemporaries as one of the most influential spiritual leaders of today.  His story is interesting. Have you read it?

His newest book The New Earth, was featured in a 10 part series on OWN network with Oprah.

The Power of Now has it's basic teaching that we, as a human species, have relied on the mind/ego too heavily to the point that the ego is so dominant that our culture is considered narcissistic.  In other words, the ego has taken over who we believe ourselves to be and not as a global human species living on this beautiful planet. 

Eckhart suggests that we oscillate between using the mind/ego for ONLY practical purposes like planning your day at the barn, feeding your horses etc. and then mostly living in the present moment - the NOW.  Where everything happens. Not the past. Not the future. Everything only happens in the Now. Cool when you think of it!

Others may refer to the Now as 'getting into the Zone' where there is no thinking, only focus and awareness. Artists refer to it as their muse where the mind is quieted and creativity happens. Meditation by others. Horse people refer to it as simply Being with our horses.

Eckhart uses the term Being a lot. In fact he mentions that our pets (he was referring to mostly cats and dogs but I'm sure horses apply here too), live in the moment always. And that by Being with horses and our pets, will remind us and give us examples of what living in the Now can give us - peace, joy and happiness.

Our horses and other furry friends can be great examples of how not to worry which causes suffering (the mind/ego again!) and how to live in the present.

Next time I see you, we can share in the present moment together!




Putting my spin on the present - the Now.
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners

Monday, January 5, 2015

Goal Setting - Not What You Think

January is the time of year when we sit by a cozy, warm fire after all the chores are done and reflect on the past year and set new goals for this new year. 
 
Not all of us have access to an arena and/or not all of us want to ride during the heavy snow time of the year. Mother nature has given us a perfect opportunity to slow down and ponder and knit. Knit?



So we sit. We read. We reflect. We practise gratitude. Be thankful for what's good in our life. We do self work. And we set personal goals.

You might think that this is the usual article that talks about setting horse skill goals and how it's good to do it and how your horsemanship skills will improve because of it.  They do. But that's not why I'm writing this article. Surprise!

Do we need to set goals with regards to our horse hobby? It's just a hobby after all. Work, career and family are more of our priorities. You might say to your self that your horse is just to relax and de-stress from your hectic life so why set personal goals with regards to your horse hobby?

Setting personal goals according to MindTools.com: "Setting goals gives your life direction, and boosts your motivation and self-confidence... Top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields all set goals. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation ."

That's good. Motivation is good.

What about using your horse to set goals? I mean it.  Like a practise dummy. Have you found yourself having trouble setting goals or procrastinating about getting some important decisions made? I know I have from time to time. We all do.

I use my horse time to help me.

A Bit of History.  Years ago, in my late 20's I got really sick.  I was going to one of the big hospitals in Toronto to have an MRI on my brain. It's a long story. I was scared. I remember I was driving and trying to find a parking spot. I was too young.  I remember looking up into the sky and asking the Universe (or God, if you prefer) what I could do as I wasn't ready to die.  I waited for an answer.

Little did I know looking up into the sky at that very time, the space shuttle Challenger had blown up, horrifically killing everyone on board. But I digress.

What came to me, in that small inner voice we all have, was to use horses as a vehicle to help myself and people along their life path as best as I can.

And that is what I continue to do to this day.  I work with my horses, try new ideas and watch for their feedback to see if it's a good idea to implement.

Perhaps this might work for you too. Good luck.

Putting my spin on personal goal setting.
Reinersue
@KISS reiners

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jingle Bells or Bobs

Happy. Happy. This time of the year is always nice to reminisce about happy times.


My favorite spurs. An ole favorite.

  


 I have a cute story to tell - perfect for the coming winter holiday festivals.

 For the last few years, I've been concentrating on colt starting and doing the basic western foundation training on client's horses. It's rewarding but after 5+ yrs.... well... it was getting boring.

 I would do the same 30-60 day training over and over again on various horses. I did further develop my skill in that area though but it became monotonous.

It's Boring. Boring is always a sign for me that it's time to change things up. Even with horse training. If a horse is bored then it's a sign to move up to more challenging skills. I teach students to pick up on the feeling of boring. It's a sign that they are drilling (doing the same exercise too much) or that they have the skill learned and need to move on.

 Anyway, I decided to work more on the intermediate to advanced work for western horses. Gosh! It feels great!

 Return to More Advanced. You know that feeling. When you are trying something you like and you feel refreshed, excited, motivated, happy. It really lifted my spirits. Time to see how I can improve things in this area again.

 I've done quite well lately buying, retro-fitting and reselling western horses to customers. The horse's manners are topped up (or instilled). I like extremely well behaved horses.  I also refresh the horse's basic western riding skills up to intermediate body control. I wanted to get back to more body control work.

Smile. The cute part of the story is that I got to put my spurs back on permanently and constantly use a curb bit! Yeah!  I got to wear my old favorite spurs. The ones with my name on them. I've had them for over 20yrs.  I wish they had jingle bobs so that I have music while I sing! :)

A customer laughed with me recently when I told her this story. It made me smile to put on a good ole pair of spurs and my favorite curb bit to ride these resales.

It reminded me of this time of the year. The winter holidays where we get together with loved ones, our favorite, loving people and share our good fortune from the current year.

Happy Holidays to You!  As I complete my 7th year of this website, I wish everyone a Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel and all the other sayings from around the world!

Putting my spin on ole favorites that bring a smile to our faces!
Reinersue
@KISS reiners

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FOR SALE: 7 yr. old reg'd AQHA mare.









http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/cocoa+lena
Buyers: Please see here for general information.

Name: "CoCo" or Cocoa Lena
Working cow bloodlines. Show prospect.
Has had foundation training. Can be now taken into any western sport.
Gorgeous looking!

General Info:
Breed:  Reg.'d AQHA 
Color: chestnut
Temperament: Nice minded.
Trained professionally.
Age:  7yrs. young Height: 14.2 H (just under 15H)

Reasonable and firm Price: $3200 (HST included :)

NOTES:
- UTD on shots and worming. I always worm a horse when I first get it.

  SPECIAL FEATURES: - This horse has:
- Been professionally started by me.
- Has had 1 owner till now.

  - Will be tuned up and trained more western until sold.

About Susan: Training in reinersue horsemanship (effective Clinton Anderson methods) groundwork, colt starting, tune ups, body control foundation, cattle work and reining.

Owner/Operator: Susan Dahl, Certified professional horse trainer, NCCP coaching theory certified instructor, writer, feature columnist TheRider.com, clinician, competitor & published author. Certified Toklat Myler Bitting System clinician.ACTHA judge.

For information please email me or call 519-369-4631.

You'll love the quality and training of my resale horses!

thanks for your time. Susan

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOLD: 10 yr. old grey trail gelding

Congratulations to Shannon on the purchase of Fifty.


Fifty getting kissed by Oddie the dog.
Gelding has natural headset

Gelding realizes that I've been  using him as a roping dummy. :)

Gelding neck reins well and moves off your leg well.
 
 
 
 





SOLD.
Name: 50 Shades of Steel Grey.

General Info:
Breed:  Grade Steel grey.  
Color: Beautiful steel grey color. Lots of chrome!
Temperament: Nice minded. Laid back. Gentle. Very quiet. Sweetheart.

Suitable for first time riders or really nervous riders.

Age: 10 yrs. young Height: 14.3+H (just under 15H)

Price: $1,500 (HST included :)

NOTES:
- UTD on shots and worming. I always worm a horse when I first get it.

  SPECIAL FEATURES: - This horse has:
- Many, many years of trail riding.
- Used at a riding stable.
- Rides English, Western. Lesson horse.
- trail rode everywhere.

 - Will be tuned up and trained more western until sold.

About Susan: Training in reinersue horsemanship (effective Clinton Anderson methods) groundwork, colt starting, tune ups, body control foundation, cattle work and reining.

Owner/Operator: Susan Dahl, Certified professional horse trainer, NCCP coaching theory certified instructor, writer, feature columnist TheRider.com, clinician, competitor & published author. Certified Toklat Myler Bitting System clinician.ACTHA judge.

For information please email me or call 519-369-4631.

You'll love the quality and training of my resale horses!

thanks for your time. Susan

SOLD: Reduced. 9 yr. old Black/White Trail Horse Gelding


SOLD.
 
 
He's NOT a Heinz 57!!


Oliver in amongst the obstacles.


"Years ago when he was younger my friend and I took him to a Monty Roberts and he was used as a demo horse I have video footage."~ previous owner Liz V.

General Info:
Breed:  Grade Pinto.  
Color: Beautiful Black and white color. Lots of chrome! Everyone loves a black and white!
Temperament: Nice minded. Laid back. Gentle.

Suitable for all riders.

Age: 9 yrs. young Height: 14.1H

Reasonable firm Price: $1,500  $1350.00  for xmas (HST included :)

Buyers: Please see here for general information.

NOTES:
- UTD on shots and worming. I always worm a horse when I first get it.

  SPECIAL FEATURES: - This horse has:
- Many, many years of trail riding.
- Used at a riding stable.
- Rides English, Western. Lesson horse.
- trail rode everywhere.

 - Will be tuned up and trained more western until sold.

About Susan: Training in reinersue horsemanship (effective Clinton Anderson methods) groundwork, colt starting, tune ups, body control foundation, cattle work and reining.

Owner/Operator: Susan Dahl, Certified professional horse trainer, NCCP coaching theory certified instructor, writer, feature columnist TheRider.com, clinician, competitor & published author. Certified Toklat Myler Bitting System clinician.ACTHA judge.

For information please email me or call 519-369-4631.

You'll love the quality and training of my resale horses!

thanks for your time. Susan

Monday, October 20, 2014

Less Fear Directly Proportional to More Groundwork

Here's another human interest story where the use of proper groundwork can help someone reduce their fear of riding.  The idea to keep is mind is that my groundwork program is specifically geared to helping riders with their riding (and not just to take the 'fresh' off a horse). 

This also works for confident riders who are stuck on how to fix a particular problem with their horse. Here's how:



Kathy and her horse Diego


I gave lessons last month to Kathy Burnside, a rider of 36 yrs. She explains: "I lost my confidence in riding when I had a fall in 2007. I rode in controlled situations on and off since then. But after loosing my trusty steed, I became more and more fearful of riding."

The first thing that we did for Kathy is outfit her with a very well trained, good minded horse and a sturdy well fitting saddle - not only for the horse but for her as well. I find that riders are so focused on the saddle fitting the horse that they don't pay attention to the saddle fitting them.  Part of having the confidence to ride is having the proper tools.

But I can also show you where you can also have success, possibly without the big changes - just more footwork. Read on!

Background:
How can people expect to fix a problem or gain success if they keep doing the same things at home? I hear people explaining that they've tried over and over and over again to make progress. Frustrated, they hope that that next time will maybe make a difference.

They don't know what else to try. I get it.

They have to change it up somehow.

There is a saying: "if you keep doing what you're doing then you're going to get what you've always been getting."

The problem is that they have to do something different but they don't know what.  Well, by working on the ground with the groundwork exercises that are available on the internet these days, they will succeed.

My belief, base on experience is that:
  • Your fear is reduced/eliminated the more you do proper groundwork. Footwork. Home schooling. Make the horse, make the effort to do it properly.
  • Less fear is directly proportional to the amount of proper groundwork.
  • ie. the more you work with your horse on exercises that the horse is expected to do well, the more the rider and horse will trust and respect each other. The rider's fear will go away.
  • This includes day-to-day handling.

Back to Kathy. So we spent the first 2 weeks getting Kathy outfitted. I noticed Kathy relaxing already. That's key. We spent the next 2 weeks in the round pen doing free longeing and mounting exercises with the mounting block. As you can see by the photo, Kathy did ride her horse. Yeah!  This isn't a speed contest. It takes as long as it takes.

Kathy comments on her progress: "I found that the groundwork exercises really helped my confidence and reduce the fear.  I really noticed a difference in my change of fear level when I was doing the mounting exercise with the mounting block.  I was starting to get bored with the groundwork exercises, but when I started to see results, I continued. I was starting to get him and he was starting to get me. We were beginning to trust each other. In the end, I felt like I had accomplished a lot so much so that I rode Diego in the round pen."
Looking back on it now, Kathy says "It was well worth it. It was a victory."

Since making the big milestone, and with the winter weather coming on, Kathy feels that if she decides not to ride much anymore in the bad weather and wait till spring, then it will be just fine! She won't hesitate to ride in the spring.

Congratulations to Kathy and her success!

Doing my spin to kill fear.
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners


Monday, September 22, 2014

SOLD: Older quarter horse type mare. Bay. 14.1H







General Info:
Breed: Quarter Horse looking. Cross bred mare. 
Foals: 2
Color: Beautiful Bay color. Lots of chrome! Unique blaze on forehead.
Temperament: Nice minded. Curious. Big, kind eye.

Age: 18 yrs. young. Many, many years of riding left in this mare.
Height: 14.1H

Reasonable firm Price: $1,200 (HST included :)

Buyers: Please see here for general information.

NOTES: from a previous owner:
- "We rode her everywhere. Trail rode. Shown English pleasure, hunter, jumper, barrel racing. "
"Cleaned up the ribbons at shows. She was used for little kids to learn to ride on. "

- UTD on shots and worming. I always worm a horse when I first get it.

  SPECIAL FEATURES: - This horse has:
- Will make a great all around horse.
- Has been used in lessons. Rides English, Western. Lesson horse.
- trail rode everywhere.

 - Will be tuned up and trained more western until sold.

About Susan: Training in reinersue horsemanship (effective Clinton Anderson methods) groundwork, colt starting, tune ups, body control foundation, cattle work and reining.

Owner/Operator: Susan Dahl, Certified professional horse trainer, NCCP coaching theory certified instructor, writer, feature columnist TheRider.com, clinician, competitor & published author. Certified Toklat Myler Bitting System clinician.ACTHA judge.

For information please email me or call 519-369-4631.

You'll love the quality and training of my resale horses!

thanks for your time. Susan

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Horse For Sale: SOLD. Well trained 9yr. old Dun Reg'd AQHA Gelding


General Info: SOLD
Breed: Quarter Horse .  Registered: AQHA #4920310
Registered Name: Hollywoods GoldenGun
Color: Beautiful Dun color. Zebra markings
Temperament: Nice minded. Curious. Big, kind eye.
Age: 9 yrs. Height: 14.1H

Price: $3,200 (HST included)

  SPECIAL FEATURES - This horse has:
- Will make a great all around horse.
- Has been used in lessons. Rides English, Western. Drill team.
 - Will be tuned up and trained more western until sold.

About Susan: Training in reinersue horsemanship (effective Clinton Anderson methods) groundwork, colt starting, tune ups, body control foundation, cattle work and reining.

Owner/Operator: Susan Dahl, Certified professional horse trainer, NCCP coaching theory certified instructor, writer, feature columnist TheRider.com, clinician, competitor & published author. Certified Toklat Myler Bitting System clinician.ACTHA judge.

For information please email me or call 519-369-4631.

You'll love the quality and training of my resale horses!

thanks for your time. Susan

Friday, September 5, 2014

Everyone Needs an Abbie

It's pitch black outside and a nasty thunderstorm has sauntered in our vicinity. It's a serious one and the 2nd of the day. Strange for September. We've had a lot of thunderstorms this year. I think.
Abbie on left.


My older dog has found me and is curled beside me. My dogs seem to not like the thunderstorms once they reach 6 years of age. I wonder why that is?

K-R-A-C-K!  I just jumped. A big crack of thunder just discharged overhead. We've had crazy weather everyone is saying.

I've been working hard of late showing my sale horses to customers. I learn a lot from the experience. People are fascinating especially horse people.  I'm waiting patiently for customers to come and pick up their new horse. I hope this bad storm passes over quickly. So I wait and think.

I was wondering. I thought for sure my older reining bred mare would sell 1st. Hum. Nope.

But a smart lady did buy her today. I was saying to my new assistant, Janet, that everyone should have an Abbie. That will be my new saying. "Everyone should have an Abbie."  I will really miss her when she's gone.

Abbie, or Ms. Prime Pine is a reining bred mare by Pines Nifty Man. The breeder is Don Pletch. She was trained and shown locally here in Ontario in her youth in reining.  So you knows she's well trained. This lady has an education. She has a career.

Or did have a career. Then another gentlemen bought here at 6 yrs. old and gave her a career trail riding for 13yrs. She was his personal horse. His favorite.

I should've asked him why he sold her to me. I think I remember now. He was getting out of horses.  I think it was because she was old. This mare is in such good shape for her age. She'll have many more good riding years in her yet.

Of course, I knew all about her even though I didn't know her personally till I brought her home. Just one look at her registration papers. I knew. And now she will be leaving again.

It's always sad when the good ones go.  I hate to hold onto them. I don't get many like her. What a sweetheart.  I know she is going to a good home. And I have the right to buy her back when the new owner doesn't want her any more.  Good. I feel better.


I sell many horses every year and most of them I'm not interested in getting back. But the specials ones are different.  You know tears will be flowing here. I guess the sky is doing the same thing.  I know. It's corny.

We, as horse people, thankfully count ourselves lucky to have horses in our life - especially the good ones.

"Everyone Needs an Abbie".

Putting on spin on the special horses in our life.
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners

Thursday, August 28, 2014

SOLD: 10yr. old quiet, all around bay quarter horse gelding

Offering a good looking  bay gelding for resale.

'Chance' is very sweet mannered. Very willing to please.  
Very cooperative.
Great groundwork. Flexing laterally right. Learns easy.
Very willing to please.
Thanks to Wendy and Jessie for purchasing this sweet horse.

General Info:
Breed: Quarter Horse . Unregistered.
Temperament: Absolute sweet heart! Loves attention!
Age: 10 yrs. Height: 14.3H

Price: $1,200 (HST included)

STANDARD FEATURES - All horses have:
- great temperaments. (I won't sell or have a bad minded horse. :)
- Most horses are registered. None of the horses are rescues.
-  excellent ground manners.  (I'm VERY thorough about that. One of my specialities :)
- extensive groundwork.
   (I'm very thorough about that too. Reinersue horsemanship. Clinton Anderson :)
- excellent handling. One customer noted how happy my horses are.
  (I don't put up with shoddy handling on the ground of any kind. :)

TRAILERING:
- All horses have good to excellent trailer loading skills.
    (I don't put with long loading wait times either. :)
TRAINING - Professional:
- excellent basic foundation training on them. (Exceptions will be noted).
- All horses have been through my custom version of Clinton Anderson's fundamentals program.
(round penning, longeing, work under saddle)
- All horses have trail riding and road riding experience with obstacles.
- Reining principles are applied. Myler bitting system philosophy.
- Training continues until sold.
HEALTH:
- All horses are UTD on shots and worming. Excellent nutrition program.

SPECIAL FEATURES - This horse has:
- Will make a great all around horse.
-  just started horse for general riding, trail riding, competition
- Chance has 2 months of handling so far.
- Chance is on a low port snaffle bit.
- I've trail ridden Chance many times now.
- He will WTL.
- He has the basics in neck reining. Is starting to move off my leg in side passing.


About Susan: Training in reinersue horsemanship (effective Clinton Anderson methods) groundwork, colt starting, tune ups, body control foundation, cattle work and reining.

Owner/Operator: Susan Dahl, Certified professional horse trainer, NCCP coaching theory certified instructor, writer, feature columnist TheRider.com, clinician, competitor & published author. Certified Toklat Myler Bitting System clinician.ACTHA judge.

For information please email me or call 519-369-4631.

You'll love the quality and training of my resale horses!

thanks for your time. Susan