Horsecoursesonline.com authors Don and Eleanor Blazer have an interesting article on How Broke Is Your Horse? - good question.
(Of course, this is where I studied for my equine studies degree. I highly recommend it!)
A quote from their enewsletter:
"How Broke Is Your Horse?" asks Rod Miller.
It's a question we're always asking ourselves. (Isn't that why we show horses?)
Miller has taken the question and turned it into the International Performance Horse Development Association, a fun way to improve your horsemanship, get help from training experts, advance your own training techniques and enjoy big prizes while competing in virtual shows at specific levels of ability.
New and just getting started, I'm betting IPHDA takes off…it's competition and education in one package, plus the advantages of membership discounts, prizes, and interaction with other horsemen from around the world.
Check it out at www.IPHDA.com"
Don brings up a good point. That's why I show - to test myself to see how my training program is coming along. I compete with myself or rather the last time I showed a particular horse.
It makes it more fun and less stressful.
I know Rod Miller. I believe he's Canadian. He used to show reining horses here in Ontario years ago before moving states side.
Sounds like an interesting idea. I'm going to check it out.
Anyone else heard of IPHDA? Let us know!
Broke vs. Started Under Saddle
Of course, as some of you know, I prefer to use the term 'started under saddle' rather than broke. I never did like the term even before the advent of the new paradigm of effective horsemanship. To break a horse... sounds medieval.
Onward and Upward!