Sunday, April 25, 2021

Pleiadean Horses Called Lin


Do you believe in panspermia?  (Definition here.) Basically space rocks with seeds of the world landed here on Earth and populated the planet with all the plants and animals, supposedly.

Do Horses Come From the Pleiades?

There are many species of equines throughout our solar system according to a youtube channel called Pleiadian Knowledge. * 

There are also 3 types of equines native to the Taygeta Star System of the Pleiades Star Cluster. You can watch the information in the youtube video:  Equines of Taygeta.

You can also download a transcript of the video: "Equines in Taygeta.pdf -Version 1" from their facebook page: Pleiadian Knowledge PDF.

According to their transcript, there are many equine species all throughout our Solar System and other solar systems such as Taygeta. The Taygetans refer to their equines species as 'Linhas'. The Taygetan's have a language close to the Navajo Indians.

#1 Lin of Temmer and Erra Planets of Taygeta

  The species of equines most resembling our Earth horses are called 'Lin'. They look like part zebra - part buckskin. On average they are 30% smaller than domesticated horses on earth. They have most of the coat colors of our horses except pinto but most of them are brindle.

 As you can see from the photo, their stripes are mostly along the neck, back and legs and not uniform throughout like our zebra.

Another interesting characteristic is that they have a split hoof similar to our deer or cattle here on Earth called even-toed ungulates.   And they are not domesticated.

#2 Smaller Lin of Erra - Merychippus

As you can see from this next photo, there is a smaller version of the Lin specifically on the planet Erra. Again, they are mostly brindle with a split hoof

They are similiar to an extinct species of Equus on Earth called the Merychippus. Wikipedia Definition here .

#3 Smallest Lin 'Bosh ke sh' - Eohippus

As you can see from the photo below, they are about the size of a large dog. They live mainly in forests.  They most closely resemble that of an extinct species of North American equine called Eohippus. Definition here.

*Special Credit

*Credit here for all this knowledge is given to Estella Fernandez and Cristina Alvarez of Pleiadian Knowledge.

Putting My Spin on Worldly Equines


@KISS reiners


Saturday, March 27, 2021

Beginning Of The Year Changes


Beginning Of The Year Changes    

It's Spring. Many riders consider their current horse at the start of the year and contemplate a change. What process does a rider go through in considering a new horse?

Evaluating a horse's current training level and abilities allows the rider to establish a 'base point' or starting point for a tune up. From there, a customized step-by-step progressive training program is developed that will really work for the horse based on the horse's temperament and learning ability. Makes sense... And of course we have to factor in the rider's abilities and experience.

But what if the horse "can't cut it"?  Do you take it to a trainer for evaluation? Sounds good. Is there also a way to evaluate your own horse to be knowledgeable when the rider discusses their horse's problems with their trainer (or horse friend ). Another good idea.

Silk Purse Out of A Sow's Ear  

Of course the hardest part of the self-evaluation is being realistic and honest about the capabilities of our horse to meet our goals. A custom program works best if it MEETS the 
realistic expectations of the owner or rider. It's doomed to fail or be mediocre at best. That's hard for an owner/rider and a waste of a training bill.

Horses today are specialized for certain events so some horses may not be able to meet the owner's expectations. No amount of training can make up for an untrainable horse. Or one not suited to the job.

Lady's Starting Point - an example

Lady had been shown for many years. I had known Lady since she was 10 days old. I was looking for a reining lesson horse and Lady was 9 years old when I decided to buy her.
My evaluation determined that though Lady had had many , many show pen miles on her which meant that she rushed through the reining pattern and had been used for reining lessons, I knew that she needed a tune up. She had been used as a broodmare and trail horse for several years.

Tool Bag- Horse's Can't Unlearn What They Already Know

As a general riding horse, as with many riders, horses tend to acquire a set of skills in their 'tool bag' ( as I like to call it) that allows them to get away with or resisting requests by the rider. The less-than ideal horse sees how much they can get away with not doing. In the case of Lady, she would over think the problem and then hurry up and get it done. A bit on the nervous side. 

Dull Mouth and Dull Sides?
So Lady as with typical horses used for trail riding, they get heavy or dull on the sides and mouth. In Lady's case, she was over reactive. 

Previous Training or Quick Study
Since I had known Lady's history and I found out that she was over eager to please and I really liked her temperament, I was happy to call her my own and take the time I needed to calm her down. It turned out that I was able to show her for a season.  I had Lady for 13.5 years before she passed away. So sometimes it's worth to take the chance. 

She is also the grandmother of the 2 year old I have now. It was because of her that I wanted to get a foal from her daughter. 

Putting My Spin On Evaluations
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Buck Stops Here

 Here's one GOOD example why we switch AND STAY with longeing over round penning (once we know how to round pen that is... :). (Leslie had to use round penning in the barn yard the other day cause her horse didn't want to come to her. Soon fixed that :)

For the bucking....
With longeing, when the horse starts to buck, MAKE HIM DO SOMETHING to stop the bucking... ie. correct him. pull hard on the longe line & make him change directions quick. Do something.... so that he knows that bucking is not OK.  Give him shit. Yell. Tell him it's not ok. Change directions each and every time he bucks until he stops bucking; making is harder and harder for him to buck because he's changing directions quickly and so frequently.
We can't do that as easily round penning.  A few times round penning initially is tolerable. It let's us know something could be wrong. 
Now we know, from the repeated times, that he just likes to buck under saddle and that's not ok; AT ALL.  It's ok if he wants to do it in the field with his buddies but not when he's working.  I longed him every Monday and when I thought he needed it and he didn't buck because I changed directions with him and made him do it each and every time he bucked.
'The buck stops here!' 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Plan B Training


We all know to always have a Plan B. And I was thinking of that for my 2yr old filly and her training.  

If you've read my article from last month talking about my colt starting program., it outlined the fact that last fall I backed my filly and walked her a tiny bit in the round pen. And then winter happened.

I hadn't planned on riding her in the winter anyway. I used to do that years ago with customer's horses and my own horses but I don't have access to an arena anymore.


So I'm still going along with my training program to use what opportunities I can to get more training this winter. In this first picture you can see that most of the time that I put the halter on my filly, I will ask her to give her face. I want her to be really soft in the face. I picked up this idea of flexing on the ground with Clinton Anderson's groundwork program.

Hold It

   Here the filly is holding the bend herself which of course, is what I want. She even held it there so I could take a step back and snap the photo. 

 She is also starting to like wanting to do more groundwork. It gives her something to do. And that's music to my ears!! That's exactly what I want - the horse to be wanting to work. That confirms her breeding.

From A Bird's Eye View

In this final picture, you can see that I took the photo from my filly's back.

I used to do this as a kid. I have a cute story to tell you. I would lead my ole dependable 'cow pony quarter horse'  up to the fence and little me would climb on the fence and hop on the horse's back and sit there for hours.

I'd wake up finding myself again lying in the pasture grass surrounded by horses. I remember getting sleepy from the heat of the sun, gently laying my head on the withers of the horse and then falling asleep. I'm sure at some point, I'd would've fallen off in the grass. Amazing.

Anyway, I have often sat on my filly in the stall while she eats her grain. Just to re- enforce the idea of me sitting up there.

I would wiggle around, scratch here everywhere - anything to get her to like me being up there. I would reach over to the stall divide and move around.

And when I get off, I will generally ask her to lift some of her feet, especially the back ones.

I guess it helps me to keep busy as well. :)

Putting my spin on Plan B


@KISS Reiners

Sunday, November 29, 2020

The First Rides In My Colt Starting Program

 It's fall time and the next stage of my colt starting program has commenced.  I thought you'd like to follow along and see where I'm at with the progress of my reining filly.

As I'm writing this column, I'm watching the 2020 NRHA Reining Futurity in OKC. Very fitting.

Where It All Started

I'd like to take you back to April 2019 when my reining filly was born.  (I have an article about the event in titled: Midwife Duties and on my website if you're curious.) As you can see in this photo, it shows how tiny she was. It's easy to forget that when I see her now.

My No-Buck Colt Starting Program

My colt starting program can start with foal imprinting as in this case. Dr. Robert Miller popularized this technique in his book titled: Imprint Training Of The Newborn Foal. I am a big fan of this philosophy and I've used it for decades. I believe that it is more humane to teach a foal to be used to the things that the horse is going to be around in their life.

So basically my philosophy and training program has always been to constantly desensitize the horse at every age to prepare them for this job or life around humans as an adult horse. The training never stops.

Weanling Year - 2019

Here in this photo you see my reining filly, a weanling in this picture, being trained to accept a blanket and saddle pad.  It's all part of the desensitizing program. I am so used to thinking about taking any situation I can and use it as a training session.  In fact, I have an article titled: "A Little Bit Every Day" where I describe how I take the long approach to training. Little bits of training but over a long period of time. That's what I'm doing with this filly.

My weanling had learned to be tied, to be blanketed, to be loaded onto a trailer, to be groomed and of course, have her feet done. All the ground manners!

I used to joke and say that I'm too short to have horses misbehave on the ground. I never tolerated it. And since I'm going to be 60 in Feb/2021, I can say that I'm too old not to have horses behave properly. LOL  I believe it gives the horse a better chance at a great life around people.

Yearling Year - 2020

  2020 has been a crazy year but I can proudly say that I got my horse started under saddle. When I used to colt start horses for customers way back, I would desensitize the horse to all the equipment, teach ground manners, get the horse used to a rider, getting on and off the saddle, teach all the voice, rein and leg cues before I got on the horse. My training program has always been heavy on the groundwork. This would happen in the first week of a customer's horse in training. Sometimes it would take a horse 10 days to be used to everything. For more information on my program, please see my website:

Customers used to wonder why I didn't do the Wahoo-cowboy style of colt starting where I lassoed the horse, hog-tied, blind-folded them, jump on and hope for a short 8-second bucking session. Are you kidding!? That only happens in the movies! When I told customers that my first ride on their horse was 'uneventful' and calm, because the horse would be SO desensitized to everything by then, that they thought I was kidding. I would have to video the event sometimes. I even thought that perhaps a few customers were disappointed that I didn't get bucked off at least once. Geesh! The only times I did get bucked off horses and was sent to emergency was when customers lied on their training contract and didn't tell me that their horse in for other training had 'issues'. I digress.

Long-Yearling - November 2020

 So bringing you up to the present time, I had already spent 2020 getting SusieQ used to being saddled and me getting on her. On. Off. On. Off. I never get bored of it though I imagine that this will be my last colt-starting.

She's used to the bit and she knows her voice cues and leg cues. For more information on how to do that from the ground, please see the articles on my website.


One thing that I did decide to do this year was to pony SusieQ in preparation for riding her on the trails in my back bush. I look forward to doing that next year.

As you can see in this last photo, I have been on her, just sitting, in my round pen. This is the 4th time I've done that. I have also walked her around about 50 feet over a few stops and walks. I get on. We walk a few feet. We stop and sit for a while and then I get off. She's only a long yearling after all. That's the advantage I've always had being a short, petite person - being able to get on a long yearling. 

So I have plenty of time. I have signed her up for the ORHA 2 year old reining futurity and that is not until next Sep/2021! Lots of time. :)

Two Year Old Year - 2021

 So I look forward to continuing SusieQ's training next year where we ride the trails and start her in my reining fundamentals training.

 I hope you enjoyed this article. Merry Christmas Everyone! And a Happy New Year!

Putting My Spin on Colt Starting!


@KISS Reiners

Friday, October 30, 2020

Box Of Colors

 By the time you're reading this in November, the US presidential election will be over (I hope) and we've all done our usual routine to prep our barns and property for winter.

I'm looking out my sunroom window seeing all the barren trees and wonder where the year has gone. I know that 'time flies' but wow! And dare I say - a few snow flakes fell today. Eek!

I'm sick of hearing about COVID-1984. Are you? I have a rash on my nose from wearing the mask. bla. bla. bla. Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about those who've been gravely affected by this pandemic. It really bothers me that people have died because they were not able to get the surgery they needed when many hospitals sat empty. My prayers go out to those still effected for sure.

I was enjoying a rare, lovely brunch with my group of friends I call the Hanover Group. There were more rules in place at the restaurant and we all complied except 2 ladies. They were not comfortable so they stayed at home. And we all respected that.

I think this is a time for each of us to find out what is important to all of us. 

For  many of us it will be staying close to home.

This year I've taken a lot of art classes.  The one I'm working on now is called a Box Of Colors. It doesn't sound like much but I think people need to do what helps them get through this pandemic.

I've also been doing a lot of riding. I'm also working on colt starting my long yearling.

Whatever you need to do. Take care. And don't let the fanatics wear you down! 

Putting my spin on dealing with the fanatics!


@KISS reiners

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Keeping A Sharp Mind


 One of the techniques that I learned early on was to give my reining horses other jobs to do besides training and showing in the reining pen.  Many articles talked about avoiding 'drilling' your horse. We all know how burn out can happen to horses and humans alike.

Here is an article from Clinton Anderson of on not over drilling your horse.

September is the month for the last show season for many horse events in Ontario. We have our last reining GRAND FINALE show here in Ontario, September 11-13th at Fletcher's Horseworld.

What are you planning to do with your horse now that fall is here and the horse shows are done for the year? Travel south? Not many options yet due to COVID-1984.

After you've given your horse a break, what's next? A long trail ride. Trying a new event. Watching Netflix?

Bushwhacking and an ATV

I've always been very inventive on new jobs for my horses. I have an older retired reining mare who likes to do new things. I have an interesting story to tell.

My big completed project this year was clearing 4 miles of trails in my 30 acres of bush I have at the back of the property. The bush has never had any work done to it. 

So I hired my neighbour with a chainsaw and an ATV. For almost 3 months, we would go out with 2 chainsaws and an ATV every morning, 4 mornings a week and work for 4 hours.

We cut 4 miles of trails! Most people are shocked to hear that I own a chainsaw - much less use one! Us horse women are tough!

Well one day when we were 1 day away from finishing -it always happens that way doesn't it! The ATV had an electrical problem and it broke down. At the back of the property no less! My hired hand Nyle and I could not move it ourselves and there was no way for us to get any equipment back there to move it. There is no road access back there.

So what did we do?  I got my reining mare and she towed the ATV back to the house! I'm not kidding. I should've gotten a picture of it as you may not want to believe me.

I was so proud of that mare.

Well the ATV is fixed and my neighbour Nyle and I have been able to work a couple more days cutting trails in the bush. For me, this fall, I'm going to enjoy the beautiful fall leave colors along those trails.

I'm also going to start work on colt starting my reining bred long yearling this fall. I'm going to pony her through those trails to get her used to dealing with new surroundings.

I hope you have a lovely fall with whatever your decide to do!

Putting My Spin On New Jobs For Your Horse


KISS Reiners

Thursday, July 30, 2020

New At The Horse Shows

What's New At the Horse Shows

 Excitedly, many horse show organizations are now allowed to restart their show season. As many readers know, I've been working as a judge's assistant (or scribe as we're called) at the NRHA shows here in Ontario. This is my 28th year. 

As a side note, I was put on the international list of National Reining Horse Association scribes 2 years ago and would love to scribe at the big reining shows! COVID-1984 is not helping the situation. My heart goes out to all those affected by this thing.

 After reading the new COVID show rules, I was interested to see what changes would be at our first ORHA show a couple of weeks ago at Fletcher's Horseworld.

Not all changes are good.

Missing An Important Figure

 Usually my routine was to arrive at the shows on the Thursday afternoon and check in with my office buddy Geatan Laroche. He's been the backbone of the show office for years. I would help Geatan as much as he needed. And he and I would have other important duties like accompanying the judges to dinner at night. It was always one of my most enjoyable moments during the show weekend listening to Geatan and the judges talk 'of the good ole times'.

Sadly, Geatan was not well and could not attend this first show of the season. UPDATE: Geatan passed away July 30th, 2020. On behalf of everyone at ORHA and myself, our heartfelt condolences go out to Geatan's family.

Masks On- Mask Off  

I don't think this image needs much explanation! I wasn't amused though I'm sort of smiling in this picture. I couldn't breathe! I need to get one of those mask exemption cards.  I had to go back to using the regular cloth mask.  The humidity was unbearable and it made it hard to breathe.

Todd Bailey, the judge, had a very hard time breathing with the mask as well. He and I have similar views on this COVID-thing. It's nice to find another person who shares the same views. He and I are both pro-Truth. The world is quite divided right now. 

New Riders - Show Entries Are Up 

One pleasant surprise was that show entries were high. That's great news. I guess everyone was happy to get out and show their horse!

I was listening to this new rider Ashley (pictured below on her horse) talking to Todd the judge about showing in a reining class. She came from a pleasure horse back ground and was talking about the difference between that and showing reining horses.

She was mentioning how fast reining seems compared to showing pleasure horses. Now that sounds like a 'no brainer' but what she was explaining was that in the show pen when you are doing your large fast circles, you think you are going fast when you're not. It's quite a sensation. I hope I can explain this well.

The exhibitor knows to go fast in the large fast circles and you believe you are and the sensation feels like you're going fast. It's quite shocking to see on video just how slow you are actually going. Of course, it's a matter of practicing going faster and faster at home until THAT speed feels normal. Of course, you know you're going too fast when the circles look 'trashy' and you've lost your cadence.

Photo Credit: Susan Reinersue Dahl

I hope everyone has the chance to get outside and show their horses this year!

Putting My Spin On Taking Off These Masks
@KISS Reiners

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Counter Canter Benefits

Many years ago - I'm talking back in the 90's, I was in search for a new reining coach. With there being no one locally that I wanted to go to, I began to look on the internet. Western trainers were starting to come out with VHS training tapes of their "secrets". I was intrigued.  

I've bought tapes from people like Tim McQuay, Heroes and Friends Series with Bob Avila, Larry Trocha, Clinton Anderson, and Shawn Flarida. There are more. I watched whatever I could.

And this is what this column is all about - sharing those secrets and my experiences.

Discovering the Counter Canter
I was watching Bob Avila's exercises on counter cantering and I remember a really funny story that bears repeating here. He talked about a conversation he had with a little rider at one of his clinics. Bob was demonstrating his counter canter exercises when this little rider came up to him and said: "Excuse me Mr. Avila. Did you know that you're on the wrong lead." I couldn't help laughing with Bob's laughter and facial expressions as he recounted the story.

I had traditionally thought that way as well. It was revolutionary for me at the time to discover that trainers were doing it on purpose and it had so many good benefits. 

Count on Counter Canter

 World champion reining trainer Bob Avila explains why adding the counter canter exercise has many benefits here in this February 2017 updated  Horse&Rider with Bob Avila  article.


Improve Loping - Adds greater degree of difficulty and therefore improves the horse's loping skills.  A must for reining and other riding disciplines.

Anticipation of Lead Change - a great refresher exercise to keep the horse honest through the middle of the figure 8 maneuver and elsewhere.

Strength and Balance of Your Horse - for maneuvers like Lead Changes and overall improved performance.

Improve Overall Flexibility and Suppleness - for both sides of the horse so one side is not stiffer than the other.

Keeps The Horse Attentive - to the rider and removes the horse 'thinking ahead' of the rider.

The Other Half - Improve Rider's Ability

Counter cantering really improved my riding skills tremendously.  It improved my accuracy of my lead changes and how to fix problems. I felt more confident. My horse was more balanced and we were able to do a great, difficult skill.

I would recommend using draw reins or a german martingale when doing the exercise. It helps the rider to concentrate on getting the horse to counter canter easily and not having to work on the face at the same time. Makes this easier for everyone.

My Counter-Canter Funny:
Sometime after I had become proficient at the counter canter, I was observing what riders were doing for warm up at a reining show. One of the first coaches I ever had started talking about their warm up program and I was interested in hearing how it had changed since I was their student.
I joined the conversation and mentioned about doing figure 8s and loping on the wrong lead for the 2nd loop or circle. The former coach jumped in to insult me and said: "oh because you don't know you're on the wrong lead." and I said "no", I wanted to counter canter. I was elated to see the look of surprise and bewilderment on the former coach's face. My decision to move on was a good thing.

Updated from original article January 25th, 2015.

Putting my spin on Counter Cantering
@KISS Reiners

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Keeping Our Friends and Horses Close

These are definitely crazy times!  
Please be safe.

Keeping Our Friends and Horses Close and Keeping the Enemy Rioters Away

One of the nicest things I noticed during this BLEEP'N lockdown is the closer contact with friends and family. I know you're as concerned as I am about the welfare of our friends and family during this WW3-type pandemic. Just look what's going on in the USA.  I may not be able to get a haircut but I'm able to make sure family is ok. 

I also know of a friend of mine who's horses are boarded out and she was thrilled to finally be able to go and see her horses. That must've been a happy time!

Sadly, there are more suicides than there were COVID-19(84) deaths. How sad. It's times like this where we horse people hug our horses more often and know one of the best reasons to have a horse = stress support.

If you read paper here in Ontario, you will have noticed my good friend Eleanor's column: The Way of Horses. Eleanor and I have been friends for 20 years. We text each other every day. I'm honoured to have a good friend like Eleanor to talk to during this difficult time. I'm sure you're in touch with your friends as well.


  A little bit of humour is appreciated during this difficult time. 

 Doug Ford has decided that Ontarians need more practise of lockdown than other provinces. I leave that discussion to your social groups. I was texting a friend of mine Brenda and asking how she was holding up during the lockdown besides hanging out with her horse. She replied that she was staying home more and loving it! She also exclaimed: "Time for the Introverts!" I agree. I'm an introvert myself. And getting more so with age.

Smash And Loot = Insurrection and Sedition 

I had a neighbour of mine tell me a sick joke he got from one of his friends. It goes something like this: "At least the looters in the USA have their Christmas shopping done early." Is it funny? No!

Dan Bongino's youtube video titled: "Ep. 1265 My Apologies - the Dan Bongino Show" mentioned how his retired cop friends are getting bombarded with phone calls by small business owners in Manhatten NY because their businesses are being smashed and looted by paid rioters. I feel for these people.

I hope you and your family and horses are safe and that your American friends and family are safe also. My heart goes out to all those killed.

May you be safe.

Putting My Spin On Safety

@KISS Reiners

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Are You Red Pilled?

Have you been "red-pilled?"

According to "Red pilled refers to the truth behind the situation especially a truth that is difficult to accept."

Where Does Red-Pilled Come From?

"Red pill comes from the 1999 cult classic film, The Matrix. There’s a scene early on in the movie in which the main character, Neo, is offered two pills: a red one and a blue one. The red pill represents an awakening, but one that could be difficult and painful. Neo’s world will be changed uncomfortably if he takes the red pill, but he’ll be made aware of the truth of the world. The blue pill represents comfort and security. If he takes the blue pill, he’ll continue to live in blissful ignorance.

The concept has a precedent in the 1990 science fiction film Total Recall. In that film, one character offers another a red pill, which is said to be a symbol of his “desire to return to reality.” There’s no blue pill presented, however.

Red pill and blue pill have become slang for accepting truth even though it’s difficult, or rejecting it to cling to a comfortable falsehood."
I love the Matrix movies!
I Was Really Naïve 
 When I first started in the reining back in the 80's, I was really naïve. Life has a way of 'red pilling' us.  I never would've dreamed back then that I would be witness to people drugging their horses for performance but mainly for lameness and pain issues.
Gosh I was so naïve! I would innocently ask why someone whom I knew to be a highly respected person in the horse industry, was doing with those injections. I really didn't know. I did my research and I soon found out.

Today, thankfully many horse organizations have drug testing and I'm all for it.

COV-ID1984 (term created by Leo Zagami . com)

Another event that will give all of us an opportunity to be 'red pilled' is this coronavirus pandemic we are just recovering from. There is so much information from the news. Misinformation. Disinformation. Fake news. And somewhere hidden there's the truth. 

The one thing that the drugs and the horse industry that I witnessed taught me in the 80's is that what we are told in the mainstream media or mainstream anything is 'window dressing' - fake news. I taught myself to look for the truth - that it might not be where we expect it.  And the truth is not always easy to comprehend.

I believe we are in The Great Awakening. The big red pill moment for humankind.
Buckle Up!  We are all going to be 'red pilled' soon!

May you be red pilled soon! As I always say: "The great thing about today is that everyone can go and do their own research themselves to find out the truth. Don't believe what you've been told."

Putting My Spin on Researching The Truth
@KISS Reiners

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Do Lil' Bit Every Day

Where is spring!  I was so tired of the snow that I changed all my towels to spring towels.

If you are fortunate enough to have access to an indoor arena then I'm sure you are getting your horse(s) ready for the current show or riding season.

The general gist of my article today is the principle of doing a little bit every day to achieve your goal. A little bit over a long period of time will produce great results and yet the day-to-day effort is little in comparison. It just takes developing a new little habit.

Riding our horses a little bit everyday over the wintertime will get our horses fit and ready for the show season come spring. 

As humans, trying to make a big change to our daily routine can be stressful and a lot of the times we don't make the change because of that. Try getting your horse all fitted up and ready to show a month before the first show. Talk about stress? Even a well broke horse needs to be fitted up slowly to be done properly.

What if, what if the daily change could be quite small but it adds up over time to where we want to go.

I'd like to give a couple of examples.

Wintertime Schooling

One good thing that I now enjoy in winter time is taking art lessons. I no longer have an easy access to an indoor arena to ride and I've always had an interest in art.
Horse Eye Study

So I've been taking art lessons online all winter. And my goal is to be able to paint and draw horses better. Surprised? LOL

I work on my horse art every day doing what they call "studies". In this photo you can see that I am working on a horse's eye study.  (It is not finished for demonstration purposes.) I work on this every day for a few hours. After that, my eyes from intense focusing will get tired.

But each day I make more progress and it only takes a few hours every day. And after 3 days I have a beautiful finished piece.

That's what I mean. Work on something a little bit every day and you get a finished piece in the end.

Training a Yearling

Anyone who reads my articles knows that my mare had a foal last April. Well SusieQ (SusieQ Tinseltown) will be a yearling in a month.

Using the same principle of doing a little bit every day on this filly has given this horse many skills already.  I don't even think about it. I'm in the habit of teaching her something every day if I can.

This filly knows how to load onto a trailer, will stand tied, allows her feet to be picked up, can be haltered and lead anywhere and has been subjected a lot of different noises and situations. She can be brushed and blanketed. And you can see by this photo that I was trying the saddle pad on for size! She doesn't care. Every day I'm subjecting her to new things.

As you can tell I am not a believer in not handling them until they are 2. I believe in the foal imprinting method by Dr. Miller. And I believe in training the young horse all throughout their weanling and yearlings years. I believe the horse will benefit from knowing how to be around humans and prepare them for their life as a show horse.

A little bit everyday can make a difference!

Putting My Spin on A Little Training Every Day
@KISS Reiners

Friday, January 24, 2020

Talent Is Overrated

I was binge watching a bunch of art lessons on Youtube for quite awhile now. I've been learning a lot of new things and I came across an interesting artist from New Zealand who wanted to improve his painting skills via his drawing skills. He explained that improving your drawing skills can help your painting ability. Going back to the basics in other words and improve those skills so they ripple through the more advanced work.

I actually watched a few artists and put together a couple of suggestions and I wanted to share them here. The information talks about hitting a plateau in our skills and I thought it aptly can apply to our horses endeavours.

10,000 Hours

The first artist, Andrew Tischler quoted a bestselling book by Malcolm Gladwell titled: "Outliers: The Story of Success". The idea is that mastery takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practise. It can seem daunting to hear that. But if you think about it, how many hours have your spent over your lifetime riding and working on your equestrian skills? It really adds up if you think about it. If you ask the best riders in your disciple what it took to get where they are, I'm sure they will say that they've been practising for many, many years. That's dedication!

Talent Is Overrated

Have you wanted to improve your riding?  Are you stuck at your current level and just can't figure out why you can't advance?

Have you wanted to take up a new skill? Have you thought you could just get a well trained horse and with a few lessons you could be quite competent in your event?

Do you feel you're plateaued and want to compete at a higher level?

Well I think this next bit of information from another painter, though not about horses specifically, might help you.

  This next artist Chuck Black, was explaining that we all start 'at the bottom of the totem pole' but through determined practise, hard work and determination, everyone can improve. I think in the horse industry, we know this well. I don't think any of us in the horse world would think otherwise. Oh sure, if you get a very well broke horse, someone can naively think they can cheat this process but we all know that doesn't work either. A well trained horse can make this process less arduous, and more fun, but we have to take the time to learn our craft.

I hope you find much success and fun in your horse pursuits!

Putting My Spin On Proficiency In A Fun Way
@KISS reiners