One rein stop

There are many things in the horse world that create differences of opinion and honestly, there is more than one way to accomplish a goal with your horse.  Many times it depends on the personality and ability of the rider and the temperament of the horse.  Our philosophy is to be aware of how our horse is acting or reacting to our direction and adjust to better accomplish what we have in mind.  The one rein stop is a basic tool that, in our opinion, every horseman/woman should have in their toolbox.  We teach it to every horse we ride and to every rider that rides with us.  It is also a tool that has come under scrutiny because it has been altered from its original form and in its altered form has caused some people to get hurt.  Balance in the one rein stop is critical.  The horse needs to stay balanced, the rider needs to stay balanced, and the horse and rider need to go together.  The beauty of a proper one rein stop is that it buys you time and security.  Time because you can have the hindquarters disengaged so the horse cannot leave without you and security because you know that with the hindquarters disengaged, you can ride wherever your horse goes.  As you are watching television or browseing your favorite horse magazine, be sure that the horse and rider you are trying to emulate look like they are in balance to you.  And, if you have questions about your one rein stop, Amy would be glad to help you with that.  Reach us at bridle-bit.com and “like” us on facebook.  Enjoy this beautiful, RAINY day!!

Rain!

Good morning!  The rain started at Bridle Bit last night and by chore time this morning had accumulated .25 inches and was still raining.  The corrals weren’t dusty, the pastures weren’t dusty and the horses had more energy than I’ve seen for some time.  Hope the rain fell on your pastures too and that you enjoy the cooler temperatures promised for the next couple of days!

People and Horses

What I think I used to hear Ray Hunt say at his clinics is that he was there for the horse and if the people could come along, that was great, if not, that was okay with him too.  When watching him at a clinic, Ray would take the time to help a rider that showed some promise and he would visit with people that were on the verge of finding a piece of what he had to offer his horses to help them with their search.

Balance is one of the main keys in horsemanship and in my world of helping people with their horses, I strive to find the balance between what the horse needs and the rider needs.  The horse has an amazing ability to adapt to its life.  He learns what he lives and lives what he learns.  He’s just to honest to not do that.  And, that’s one of the reasons that I trust what the horse tells me about his life rather than what the rider’s perception of what the horses life is like.  As a person, I know that I have good points and not so good points.  I also have a lot going on in my life….. distractions.  As a horse person, I owe it to my horse to put those distractions aside while i’m with him and allow for the whole of me to be with the whole of him for whatever time we have together.  As a teacher, I try to provide a few tools to help my students gain the confidence they need to feel safe.  But, the best thing I can help them learn is to trust in their horse so their horse can trust in them and to feel what the horse is offering them.  The horse is the best at teaching that!  Enjoy this beautiful day God has made!!

People and Horses

What I think I used to hear Ray Hunt say at his clinics is that he was there for the horse and if the people could come along, that was great, if not, that was okay with him too. When watching him at a clinic, Ray would take the time to help a rider that showed some promise and he would visit with people that were on the verge of finding a piece of what he had to offer his horses to help them with their search.

Balance is one of the main keys in horsemanship and in my world of helping people with their horses, I strive to find the balance between what the horse needs and the rider needs. The horse has an amazing ability to adapt to its life. He learns what he lives and lives what he learns. He’s just to honest to not do that. And, that’s one of the reasons that I trust what the horse tells me about his life rather than what the rider’s perception of what the horses life is like. As a person, I know that I have good points and not so good points. I also have a lot going on in my life….. distractions. As a horse person, I owe it to my horse to put those distractions aside while i’m with him and allow for the whole of me to be with the whole of him for whatever time we have together. As a teacher, I try to provide a few tools to help my students gain the confidence they need to feel safe. But, the best thing I can help them learn is to trust in their horse so their horse can trust in them and to feel what the horse is offering them. The horse is the best at teaching that! Enjoy this beautiful day God has made!!

Ranch Retreat 2012

Just returning from a 3 day ranch retreat at the Sheep Creek Ranch on the Colorado/Wyoming border.  Thank you Steve and Sheri Gulley for allowing us to enjoy your ranch and the surrounding country.  And, thank you to Marion, Phil, Lauren, Ana, Pam and Vickie for choosing to ride with Amy and Bridle Bit.  We had some awesome rides in some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen!  It’s always interesting to me how differently a horse and rider feel in different environments.  All of these horses and riders were experienced trail riders and yet there was still a few things that would show up to work on at various times throughout the ride.  Nothing horrible, nothing life threatening, just fun little projects to get the horse and rider more together and relying on one another in unfamiliar territory.  The last ride on the last day felt better and looked better to everyone.  More trust was built, more confidence was established.  Isn’t that what we all are striving for?  Hope your weekend with your horse was safe and enjoyable too!

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Ranch Retreat 2012

Just returning from a 3 day ranch retreat at the Sheep Creek Ranch on the Colorado/Wyoming border. Thank you Steve and Sheri Gulley for allowing us to enjoy your ranch and the surrounding country. And, thank you to Marion, Phil, Lauren, Ana, Pam and Vickie for choosing to ride with Amy and Bridle Bit. We had some awesome rides in some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen! It’s always interesting to me how differently a horse and rider feel in different environments. All of these horses and riders were experienced trail riders and yet there was still a few things that would show up to work on at various times throughout the ride. Nothing horrible, nothing life threatening, just fun little projects to get the horse and rider more together and relying on one another in unfamiliar territory. The last ride on the last day felt better and looked better to everyone. More trust was built, more confidence was established. Isn’t that what we all are striving for? Hope your weekend with your horse was safe and enjoyable too!

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Yesterday I had…

Yesterday I had the opportunity to ride a couple of horses that we had started years ago.  Both of these horses have had sporadic riding since then, some of it good, some of it not as good, but, none of it consistent.  Both of these horses reminded me of a couple of things I’ve noticed over the years.  One thing is that there really is no replacement for consistent, quality riding to keep a horse soft and light.  The other thing is how much the horse craves those spots where they are soft and light and with the rider and, how fast they’ll come back to that when it’s offered.  Often times, we can’t control the consistency of our riding.  Let’s face it, for most of this is recreation and life gets in the way of our FUN more than we’d like.  We can, however, control the quality of our rides.  Each of us has the responsibility to offer our very best to our horses each time we ride them and to continue to offer them the very best deal we can from deep inside ourselves.  Have a safe and rewarding day with your horse today!