Thursday, August 28, 2014

Horse For Sale: 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.

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

Horse For Sale: Gorgeous Bay Roan 2yr. old Ranch Bred Filly

Foundation Reining Training Centre in Durham, On (West Grey)
Jasmeen
Offering a gorgeous by roan filly for resale.

Lazy Lou bred by Jet Blue Valentine.   

Gorgeous. A bay roan colour.
Jasmeen is a sweetheart like all ranch bred horses.
1 year of extensive handling and groundwork. Super manners!

Has been trail rode. Started by me.
Ranch bred so has the typical laid-back, common sense termperament of a ranch horse! What a sweetheart!

General Info:
Breed: Quarter Horse
Temperament: Absolute sweet heart! Loves attention!
Age: 2 yrs. Height: 14.1+H
Will make a great all around horse.

Health: Guaranteed Sound
Price: $2,200 (HST included)

- very well started horse for general riding, trail riding, competition
- will be great for novices and mature people
- professionally started
Has been trained in horsemanship.
Will be be trained until sold.

Pedigree: http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/ll+beaus+miss

AQHA incentive fund elligible. NAERIC enrolled.
Has been started in reinersue horsemanship handling and groundwork.Cross ties, grooms, leads, clips. Up to date on shots and worming.
Will continue to be trained in horsemanship until sold.

Additional comments:- IS NOT A RESCUE. I've had her as a yearling.- What a sweet heart of a horse!!!
- Not an aggressive bone in his body! Loves to work. Needs a job.
- Is very healthy. I always boost all my resale horses with wormer, shots, vitamins and lots of hay!

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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Custom Portrait Painting

Have you always wanted a custom portrait done of your horse or dog? Ok... maybe your cat.
Hank and Meg in acrylic on ceramic.

People never get tired of portraits? It lasts forever. A keep sake.

Susan now does custom portrait painting.






3 ft. cement cowboy done in 2007

Please contact me if you're interested in having your favorite equine immortalized.

Hank in graphite
Thanks for your time.
Susan

Job Posting: Wanted: Western Riding Instructor to teach beginner to immediate lessons

Foundation Reining Training Centre is a professional, western training centre located in Durham, On. 
Susan helping an owner with their horse's new training.

We've had a number of requests from adult riders for beginner to immediate lessons. So we are currently looking for:

JOB POSTING:
WANTED: Riding instructor to teach beginner to immediate western riding lessons to adult riders only. I teach advanced lessons.

Qualifications:
Must have working knowledge of Clinton Anderson methods. Will be tested to verify.
Must have working knowledge of real western riding methods. Ex. Neck reining. Will be tested to verify.
Teaching experience or certification a bonus but not necessary. I can teach those skills.
Revenue is split between instructor and Foundation Reining Training Centre.
Must be insured. Verification required.

Please contact me or see my website site or facebook page for more information and photos. Please contact me for questions and to arrange an interview. Thanks.

Thanks for your time.

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

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

thanks for your time.

Horse Evaluations Available

Professional Horse Evaluation for Advanced Riders or Competitors or Trainers who want a better job fit for their western horse.

Susan, as a certified professional horse trainer with 22yrs. of training experience, will provide expert advice on the best job fit for your horse in the western disciplines. Or category of job fit in a particular western event.

"I've made it a passion to study western stock horses and while I train them, to find out where they would be the happiest. Reining is tough. Most horses don't make it. But they can all excel at some event at some level."

Cutting mare doing what's she's bred to do!
Is your horse suited to reining? Does your horse have an effortless flying lead changes and lopes like she's floating?

Ranch bred gelding who's bred to work cows!
Does your horse not want to sit still? Does your want spend a lot of their time running in the pasture? A barrel horse perhaps?

n.b.  Susan needs to see the horse and rider and bit to make a proper evaluation.


1• Assessment of Current Skills and Current Job Title
• The current event is reviewed - successes and failures. Difficulty with training? Bloodlines. Conformation. Temperament. Personality.
A real handy reining bred mare.


2• Problems or Issues or Improvements are Discussed
• Problems are discussed and demonstrated.
• Issues or improvements are discussed.

3• Goals
• What the rider is hoping to accomplish with a horse evaluation - a new horse or different equipment? A lot of the times, a different bit or training approach is all the is needed.

4•  Job Fit Recommendation based on skills, breeding, temperament
• Susan may recommend a new bit or a change in training strategies, all the way to getting a different horse or giving the horse a different job. ALL TO KEEP EVERYONE HAPPY.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. Please contact me to book your HORSE evaluation.

$50 (tax included) for the first 2 hr. per horse minimum. $50 per hour for every part hour after that.

Putting my spin on helping horse owners find the right job fit!
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners

Lessons Available

Advanced Horse Lessons for Advanced or Competitive Riders and Trainer's of Western Horses
Foundation Reining Training Centre does give lessons to advanced or competitive riders or trainers. 

Quiet.  Professional.  Studious.  Like minded seriousness.  No drama. No high maintenance people.


Reining Lessons
 

Lessons for Advanced or Competitive Riders Features:
    
    Bitting Help in Quebec
    • Reinersue horsemanship training.
    • Leads. Collections.
    • Improve stops.
    • Improve steering.
    • Improve your show results.
    • Improve responsiveness.
    • Great head set.
    • Reining training. All reining maneuvers.
    • Finish basic training
    • mechanical flag training.
    • Obstacle training.
    • temporary trailer storage.
    • Coaching
    • Lessons
    • Bit evaluations 
    • Clinics

$50 minimum per hour. (HST included).

Good reining mare can be used as a lesson horse for a small fee.
Information package available.

Please contact me for more information.
Thanks for your time.
Susan

Post Training Lesson for Owner

Reining Lesson
Thanks
Reinersue


Training Available

Advanced Horse Training for Advanced or Competitive Riders and Trainer's of Western Horses
Foundation Reining Training Centre has a few training spots for those advanced or competitive riders or trainers who want some advanced western training done on their horse. 

Quiet.  Professional.  Studious.  Like minded seriousness.  No drama. No high maintenance people.


Winning the 2007 NRHA Reining LNP Reining Derby on a horse I trained

Training a Customer's Horse

Showing my Champion Reining Mare. Can be used for lessons.

2003 Reining Canada Top 10. I trained.

Training my reining mare to work cows.

Reining Champion that I trained.

Colt Starting available.



Spinning my reining mare.

Youth showing a horse that I started and trained.

Training a customer's horse.

Training another customer's horse.

Leslie showing in team penning a horse I trained.



Training a horse with natural talent. Round penning.

Trained and shown a young reining mare.

Round pen and horsemanship training on a young horse.

Tune up training on a older mare.

Bit training on a customer's horse.
 

Training available for Advanced or Competitive Riders Features:
    • Reinersue horsemanship training.
    • Leads. Collections.
    • Improve stops.
    • Improve steering.
    • Improve your show results.
    • Improve responsiveness.
    • Great head set.
    • Reining training. All reining maneuvers.
    • Finish basic training
    • mechanical flag training.
    • Obstacle training.
    • temporary trailer storage.
    • Coaching
    • Lessons
    • Bit evaluations 
    • Clinics

$800 per month per horse (HST included).
Information package available.

Please contact me for more information.
Thanks for your time.
Susan

Horse Boarding Available

Horse Boarding for Advanced or Competitive Riders and Trainer's of Western Horses
Foundation Reining Training Centre has a few boarding spots for those advanced or competitive riders or trainers who need a proper, professional western training facility.
80'x160' indoor arena



Quiet.  Professional.  Studious.  Like minded seriousness.  No drama. No high maintenance people. 




Boarding Facilities for Trainers and Advanced Competitive Riders Features:
  • Good, basic, naturalistic care. Owner provides their own grain.
  • 80x160 indoor arena. Footing setup for reining.
  • mechanical flag inside arena available. Small extra fee.
  • small heated viewing lounge.
  • 3 round pens. 1 is indoor.
  • 10 well ventilated metal stalls in big airy barn.
  • NEW! heated tack room. Lockers. Storage area. 
  • NEW! hot water for bathing horses etc.
  • several pastures
  • Outdoor riding area with obstacles
  • 50 acres of trails with obstacles. Access to managed forest.
  • temporary trailer storage
  • Coaching
  • Training
  • Bit evaluations 
  • Clinics

$550 per month per horse (HST included).
Information package available.

Please contact me for more information.
Thanks for your time.
Susan




View of outside round pen





Pastures
Pastures
View of stalls
55' round pen outside
Inside Arena with view of round pen

Obstacles in bush

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Such Fond Memories

'Time Sure Speeds up When You're Getting Older'. Have you noticed that?

I'm reading a series of Outlander novels by the author Diana Gabaldon where the setting takes place during the 1700's.  It's interesting to read about a time period where they didn't even have indoor plumbing - but they had horses, Bonnie Prince Charlie and real smart women that the men were afraid of.  'La Dame Blanche." Have you read it? I can't put it down!

 Most of us lament ageing or wait a few centuries and write about it. Humm.

 I'm not too concerned. I'm now in my 50's. The only way I can tell that I have some age to me, is that I can share stories from decades ago. It surprises me a bit. I'm getting used to it. Isn't it nice that we can look back and feel a sense of pride on our accomplishments.

There's 4 middle aged ladies in the photo below. :) The mares are 20 and 19 respectively. They will still have years and years of riding left in them - same as me! :)



I was at the ORHA Canadian Reining Classics reining show at Fletcher's Horseworld not too long ago to enjoy my favourite sport and was pleasantly surprised to see some old reiner friends: Mary Dancey Clarke, Dave and Colleen Gagliardi, Don Pletch, Barb and Jake. I can't list them all here. "Nice to see you all"!


It's so nice to have these great memories of us all showing over the years and having a great time at the shows. Aah, reminiscing. One of the joys of ageing.

I'm sure you have great memories too.

Mary remarked how she always loved the social aspect of showing. She misses it. We all had a great time kibitzing.  It warms my heart and brings a smile to my face.  Such fond memories are what we take with us into the next life or the old age home. 



Canadian Reining Classic Futurity at Fletcher's Horseworld. Tinseltown's Prize. Jonathan Newmann. Photo taken by me.
Some things should never change. Friends. Good times. Fond memories.  I'm sure you concur as we all nod our heads together in the affirmative like the plastic dog bobbing in the rear view mirror.

Putting my spin on fond memories
Reinersue
@KISS Reiner

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bit For Sale - Special! New Metalab Antique C port bit

SPECIAL! New Metalab Antique Roger Branch C port

Still in the packaging.
Pretty for all occasions!

Some Uses and Benefits: 

 Rider:

  • Great for 1 handed work. 
  • Good set of brakes or tongue pressure. Has authority if needed.
  • The mouthpiece will apply pressure to the tongue ONLY when contact is made not before. 
  • The medium shank allows the rider to soften their hands (not needing to pull as you do in a snaffle).

 Horse: 
  • Good for pushy horses or those that run through the bit. 
  • Great for fat tongued horses.
  • The curb action (with a curb chain) will use leverage and therefore will ask for more attention from the horse while keeping your hands soft.
  • The mouthpiece gives room for the tongue. It will not interfere with horse when there is slack in the reins. Horse is more comfortable. Able to swallow easily.
  • When on contact, there is no nutcracker effect as in a jointed mouthpiece.  Keeps the horse calmer!

Not Suitable for:

  Rider:
  •  Is not forgiving with really rough or quick hands. Anyone with no patience would be better in a snaffle until better trained.
  •  Advanced riders will like the fact that the bit aids in softer signals.
  •  
 Horse:
  • Horse that has not be been introduced to curbs or C ports slowly. 
  • Or a horse that is a beginner and doesn't understand leverage.
  • Horse has to understand rein cues already.
Some Features:
  • Port will give good room for tongue to swallow. 
  • Swivel shanks for lateral work. Life shoulders. Great for training or corrections.
  • Pretty for showing or to just enjoy.
  • Mouthpieces are 7/16" thick and is sweet iron. ie. tastes good to the horse.

New or Used:  New
 
Size: 5 1/8"
Manufacturer: Metalab
Mouthpiece: Randy Branch C port sweet iron. 

Shank: 7  1/2" Antique shank with silver diamond and dots, poly connector
Level: 2-3 or LTP/GTR (little tongue pressure, good tongue relief)

Price: $30Cdn (HST included) ($53+HST= $60 new)


For more information on bits, Myler Bitting System Philosophy, bitting levels, etc, please see the many articles on this website or contact me for help on the uses of this bit.

Please contact me if you're interested in purchasing.
thanks
Reinersue

Bit For Sale - Special! New Metalab Antique Transition Show Bit

SPECIAL! New Metalab Billey Allen Show Bit - 2 available
Great all around bit. 
Still in packaging.
Pretty for all occasions!

Some Uses and Benefits: 

 Rider:

  • Good for 1 handed work. And quiet 2 handed work. It's an easy bit to adjust too for most riders.
  • Good 1st curb bit for horse and/or rider.
  • The mouthpiece will help with horse to carry the bit nicely and be mild to learn how a curb bit works.  Why not have a bit that helps you help a horse to learn easier!
  • The short shank allows the rider to soften their hands (not needing to pull so hard like in a snaffle - no shanks).

 Horse: 
  • Very forgiving bit suitable for a lot of horses.
  • The curb action (with a curb chain) will use leverage and therefore will ask for more attention from the horse while keeping your hands soft.
  • The mouthpiece gives room for the tongue. It will not interfere with horse when there is slack in the reins. Horse is more comfortable. Able to swallow easily.
  • When on contact, there is no nutcracker effect as in a jointed mouthpiece.  Keeps the horse calmer!

Not Suitable for:

  Rider:
  •  Is not forgiving with really rough or quick hands. Anyone not in an extreme sport and/or has no patience would be better in a snaffle until better trained.
  •  Good for beginners who are learning to use reins for communication. Advanced riders will want a port for softer signals.
  •  
 Horse:
  •   Horse with a fat tongue or is pushy. There is a far bit of tongue pressure.
  •  Horse who wants rider to stop hanging on the mouth with contact. (ie. leave my mouth alone). The horse will thank you for it.
Some Features:
  • Roller will encourage horse to salivate and relax.
  • Independent side movement of shank. Great for lateral work. Life shoulders. Great for training or corrections.
  • Pretty silver trim on shanks.
  • Swivel shank for more guided lateral movement or direct reining.
  • Mouthpiece gives room for horse's tongue , no nutcracker effect so therefore humane.
  • Mouthpieces are 7/16" thick and is sweet iron. ie. tastes good to the horse.

New or Used:  New
 
Size: 5 1/8"
Manufacturer: Metalab
Mouthpiece: Billy Allen or Barrel sweet iron
Shank: 7 - 7/8" Antique 7-shank with silver trim and dots
Level: 2 or FTP/lTR (far bit of tongue pressure, little tongue relief)

Price: $30Cdn (HST included) ($53+HST= $60 new)


For more information on bits, Myler Bitting System Philosophy, bitting levels, etc, please see the many articles on this website or contact me for help on the uses of this bit.

Please contact me if you're interested in purchasing.
thanks
Reinersue

Monday, June 30, 2014

Make the Right Thing Easy and

... The Wrong Thing Difficult.... so the familiar horsemanship saying goes.

Or is it: "Make the Wrong Think Difficult and The Right Think Easy...". It's the right attitude to have.

In Reiner-Speak: "I will release pressure, stop and pet on you for really trying. Otherwise I will keep up the pressure or increase it until you do. Make take a few sessions."

I've developed it into a habit since I like it so much.  I even have a banner with the saying on the inside of my riding arena for reference.


This saying makes the behaviourism techniques of Negative Reinforcement and Positive Reinforcement easy to remember. More operant conditioning information here, if you like. 

Do you know the terms and conditions of this to apply it properly and well? I have found many uses for it in training and horse handling that I'd like to share.

I, recently, offered my suggestions on a Facebook question, in one of the groups I belong to. This guy was having trouble getting his 18yr. old round-pen bronc to change his resume and retire from active up-in-the-air duty. The horse wanted to go up not forward.

I suggested that he use the above principle to rid the bucking. The horse will not ever stop knowing how to buck, of course, but we can let them know that we will make the wrong thing difficult, uncomfortable, or very bothersome if they decide to pull it out of their tool kit and use it. There is varying degrees of correction depending on the type of bucking.  The horse was made to hustle forward and frequent turns.

Equally, we will be a respectful leader and reward the horse when they do good and to build confidence. They always know that if they try and get the right response, they can trust the fact that there is a release-of-pressure reward.  The horse was allowed to walk when the bucking stopped.

Even Buddy Thinks The Cowboy Curtain is Easy

A list of Making The Right Thing Easy:
  • Remove leg pressure when the horse complies with your asking.
  • Removing rein pressure when the horse complies with your asking.
  • Using a slower gait as a reward for the horse trying and improving, even if just a little.
  • Setup a scenario to make is easy for the horse or donkey (in this case :) to learn something new.
  • Ending on a good note.
  • All forms of releasing pressure.
  • Stand a horse inside a trailer as a reward, not outside the trailer

A list of Making the Wrong Thing Difficult or Uncomfortable:
  • Not rewarding the wrong response from a horse
  • Not giving up so easily when you don't get the right response
  • Not quitting too early when the horse hasn't really tried.
  • Don't release pressure until you get the response you're looking for.
  • Making the horse hustle for rude behaviour.
  • Increasing pressure incrementally until there is a good response.
  • Don't let the horse stand at the mouth of the horse trailer. (Stand them inside the trailer as a reward.)
  • Make a horse stay on cross-ties until they stop pawing or fussing. (Be prepared to wait awhile. :)
 Used in combination and consistently, it makes for speedy training and quick, fast results for the enjoyable horse that you want to be with. It's easy to have a well behaved horse using this philosophy.

Putting my Spin on Negative Reinforcement and Positive Reinforcement
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Deep Practise

Courtesy Google Images
I'm often inspired by Martha Beck in many ways with her off the wall sense of humour and approach to life. She makes me laugh. I like to think I'm a lot like her. I'm inspired - what can I say?
Things like: " So I sit on this huge beast named Buddy like a fruit bat clinging to a human’s scalp, and I’m supposed to make him do what I want without reinforcing his suspicion that I’m a serial killer."  Ha. Ha. I love it! I'll have to remember that the next time I'm giving lessons!

She is one of my favorite writers.  Recently, she's trying to learn how to ride a horse. Nice. To get more laughs, please read Buddy Up and Giddy Up - Insight by Martha Beck.  (http://marthabeck.com/2014/05/buddy-up-and-giddy-up/)   Don't be fooled by the slapstick though 'cause along with the laughs are powerful insights to life. She's a life coach, not a self-professed serial killer :).

In this article she uses the pressure and release method to human life - much like we do to train a horse and/or rider. The pressure is the emotions we feel that tell us things are not going right like unease, discomfort, irritation. And calm, peaceful feelings are the release - letting us know we are on the right track. Brilliant! It's well worth the read.

If you are not familiar with Martha's history, Wikipedia has this to say:
    "Martha Nibley Beck (born November 29, 1962) is an American sociologist, life coach, best-selling author, and speaker who specializes in helping individuals and groups achieve personal and professional goals. She holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, both from Harvard University... She received national attention after publication in 2005 of her best-seller, Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith in which she accuses her father of sexual abuse. In addition to authoring several books, Beck is a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine." Oprah.com has a great write up about her. http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Martha-Beck


The reason for this article....

Recently, I received my daily insights email from Martha titled Deep Practise. It's the article with the picture of a kitchen sink.
Courtesy Google Images
 
Humm... I thought, how appropriate for riders and horse training.  (http://marthabeck.com/2011/10/turn-on-your-right-brain/.


Courtesy Google Images
Deep practise, is mentioned in the book The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. (http://thetalentcode.com/book/). It involves fine tuning the use of the right side of your brain - the creative side. The left side of your brain is for logical thinking for tasks like putting a saddle on your horse, executing your lesson plan, deciding to work on a particular maneuver on your horse. Routine tasks, just like we were taught in school. Martha comments: "Perhaps we’re overusing our left hemispheres to the point of blowout."


Deep practise goes something like this: visualize want you want to learn, try it, you'll fail (that's good), learn from your mistakes (great), try again better. Repeat as necessary. The refined attempts and fails then the diminishing mistakes will tell you, you're getting closer to mastering your new talent. Creative work at it's best.

Sounds like learning to ride to me... (Or whatever horse related activity you want to learn).  So us horse people know all about deep practise. Deliberate practise. Are you thinking about all the hard work you did to get ready to show your horse? Or learn to lope well? Or learn to ride well?

It's like getting into the zone for learning. Really focusing. Fine tuning. I would imagine every great horseman in history engaged in deep practise. I just bet you! It can't be anything else.

Putting my spin on the art of concentrated learning or deep practise.
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners