Are we bombproof yet?

What Rain thinks of the whole clinic thing...

Today was the Ky Mounted Patrol’s Civilian bomb-proofing clinic, held at Masterson Station. It was my birthday present to myself, to prep Rain for the upcoming onslaught of crowds and scary items at Rolex in a few weeks. I do have to say, she passed most of it with flying colors!!

There were some really neat horses at the clinic, all with different things they wanted to work on through the course of the clinic. Rain is a been there, done that, got the t-shirt kind of horse as far as groundwork goes in clinics, so it was just a quick refresher course and she was ready to go.

We of course had to take advantage of the soft sand arena to lay down before the riding portion of the clinic started. This was after Rain got me wet on the water box, so I think she appreciated getting to roll.

There were only a few obstacles that stumped my brave little mare. I have to say, I’ve always been pretty pleased with how she handles obstacles and crazy things.

The first trouble area was the water box, which I realized my entire problem was a lack of “go” when I sent her towards the water box. Once she finally realized that she was going to need to go in there, she actually decided to put some oomph into her go and jump barrels, a personal best for her as she normally knocks them apart and walks through.

Where there's smoke, there's... Rain?

The second part of the afternoon was all mounted, and that’s where we found our biggest desensitizing problem – things that blow around her legs. I’ve never taken a leaf blower to her or ridden her through smoke, but we can’t say that anymore! She didn’t mind seeing the leaf blower or having glamour shots with the wind blowing through her hair, but her legs were off limits. I see some gaps I need to fix, that I just need some more time and now a leaf blower….

Her funniest moment was when she sat there and inhaled the smoke into her nostrils, then she would exhale and watch it twirl and contort with the rest of the fog. It was so neat to watch her do that intensely over and over again.

The culmination of my day was being offered a position at the KY Mounted Patrol as a volunteer rider for the search and rescues. I am excited to start! I have been interested in it for quite a while, and now it’s all coming together!

Congratulations Are in Order!

First off, it is time to welcome a new client, Donna Crocker and her new filly HBF Hidden Agenda! Darby is a four year old chocolate filly by Merry Go Blue and is a half sister to both Blue Note Jazz and Zero Gravity. She is a smart, smooth girl who was consigned by us for Nancy Copland and Stoner Ridge Farm. She now joins the herd at SFF to brush up on her training and to fine tune her trail riding skills before heading to South Carolina to her new home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, congratulations are in order to Blue Note Jazz, who captured the 2012 ACTHA Kentucky Pleasure High Point award! It is amazing to see what these Mountain Horses can do. As our first homebred gelding, it is great to see the product of our breeding program out there thriving. Many thanks to Stoner Ridge Farm for Robert’s excellent training, and to Dianne and Jeff Gotschall for allowing us to show this magnificent boy.

But wait… there’s more! Jazz also competed to his first major win – the 2012 UMH WC 4-gait class, with Charlie DeAtley as his rider. His smooth, rocking chair canter and Charlie’s great ride brought him to the championship, with Rising Wind as reserve WGC in the class.

Jazz is now back with his owner, Dianne, trail riding all over Ohio and Kentucky.

For those interested in a carbon copy of this boy, check out Zero Gravity, his full brother. He is also chocolate with some chrome. His temperament is outstanding and he will certainly be a looker going down the trail. He is listed at $2,500 and is pictured below.

There is a lot going on out at the farm. If you are interested in any of our horses for sale, don’t hesitate to call!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frosty Arrives in Training

Our newest training horse arrived this afternoon – Frosty, aka Rising Wind. I got the opportunity to work with Frosty during his training at Stoner Ridge Farm, and I certainly enjoyed riding him. It was a nice surprise to have the chance to do so again. He settled in nicely today and we will begin working him tomorrow, weather permitting.

It was wonderful meeting with his owner, Leslie. We will be working together to get him in the show ring and out on the trails. He just needs a small refresher course and he will be ready to go shine in the ring or on the trail. He’s a gorgeous boy and I am very excited to have him going back under saddle. I’ve always thought that it was important for show horses to spend time on the trails and vice versa. The use of trails is an excellent way to give a horse the time to relax and have something different to see instead of the ring. And the show ring is the ultimate test of desensitization. The show ring has loud music, crowds, lots of flapping objects, and a multitude of horses in close proximity. To me, a horse is never “just a show horse” or “just a trail horse”. Instead, I see those venues as an excellent way to cross-train and expand your horse’s mind and your relationship with the horse.

I also found out that under all of the shaggy hair of my mini is an actually well built little horse. He’s surprised me that he might in fact be a silver dun instead of just a chocolate silver dapple, if his dorsal stripe and shoulder barring, as well as dark face and legs have anything to say about that. He’s so refined under that inch long fur! I may just have to jump in the show ring with him once or twice and see how he does. I cannot wait to get him fitted up.

I thought I also would note that the newest edition of our newsletter is out. It’s amazing how fast March flew by and it’s wonderful that spring has officially arrived. The newsletter can be found here: http://singlefootfarms.com/SinglefootFarmsMarchNewsletter.pdf

 

Enjoy that spring weather (and hope that the storms don’t come with it!)