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6/ MAY 2011 THE RIDER


Natural Horsemanship & Body Control Foundation Reining Training Fish Bait


ment and enjoyment.


It expands & enriches the relationship with your horse. The relationship should always be progressing or you may start to think that it’s time to perhaps get another horse.


“Look Ma... no hands!” By Susan Dahl.


I was eating my fish& chips the other night and thought about training and challenges. I’m always learning (I call myself ‘a learna- holic’) and I find riders like to be challenged as well. Always finding ways to work with their horse and really getting a sense of accomplish-


I remember telling riders recently about how to advance their riding skills. How it’s possible and rewarding to learn skills by starting with two hands, solidify- ing with one hand and then mastering with no hands.


solidify their training. I like to give them new things to learn. Most of our horses are bred to do their specific job or event, so it can be challenging sometimes to come up with new things to do.


Besides working cows or using cows as a way to keep their mind fresh, I also like to do what I call ‘baiting’ a horse. I like to setup a horse in such a way that I give vague or wrong cues so the horse ‘screws up’ and I have something to fix. It’s a way of bomb proofing a horse.


Many people know of Stacey West- fall’s great work on freestyle reining with- out a bridle or saddle. That type of idea. I also like to challenge horses as well. After I’ve taught the horse their skills or their job, I look for other ways to extend or


‘Putting my spin on training philosophy.’ Reinersue


@Copyright KISS Reiners


Sounds a little nasty you may say.... Nah! You’d be surprised on how the horses will catch on and think it’s a game. Better that than the horse inventing its own game to play. Sometimes humans don’t always benefit in that game! And besides, the horse becomes very well trained in the process & it’s great for beginners!


About the Author: Susan Dahl is a certified professional horse trainer, NCCP coaching theory certified, writer, competitor, clini- cian and owner/operator of Foundation Reining Training Centre, where she special- izes in natural horsemanship & body con- trol foundation reining training/Western Dressage for horse & rider. She has trained & won numerous ORHA, NRHA, & Rein- ing Canada Top 10 awards. For more infor- mation on her very innovative & fun approach to training, clinics, lessons, or coaching, please visit her website www.reinersuehorsemanship.com.


A Miracle For Midnite By Kelly Bowers


A Texas area rescue and sanctuary is get- ting some extra attention these days thanks to an unlikely celebrity. A distressed miniature horse named Midnite was originally seized by law enforcement for abuse & neglect and was awarded to The North Texas Humane Society. The authorities then contacted Bob Williams from Ranch Hand, a farm animal sanctuary in Argyle, Texas. He saw that Midnite was underweight, malnourished and extremely depressed. Missing one rear hoof & coffin bone, Midnite attempted to walk on three legs and had great difficulty laying down and get- ting up. Ordinarily, the mini would have had to be euthanized. However, staff at the rescue became so attached to the sweet little fellow, they decided to try to save him.


bad leg would have to be amputated. Then it dawned on them that if a prosthetic can be cus- tom fit to a deformed human limb, maybe someone could make one for a horse. Tim Goldberg and his company Prostheti-


care of Fort Worth, Texas came to the rescue when they met with Bob Williams, other Ranch Hand people and their vets. The group con- cluded it was indeed possible. The Prosthetic is made of Carbon Graphite and nyglass Stock-


inette with Acrylic resin with a foam liner and a bottom designed to look hoof-like. The open end made of leather soft distell conforms perfectly to his leg with a bottom designed to look like a hoof. The process took a couple of months because the leg required several fittings, but the fact is that it works like a mira- cle.


Williams describes the results. “Not only can Mid- nite now walk on all four hoofs, he can run. He can run and he has even jumped. This miniature horse can now live a happy, healthy, and dignified life. “ Ranch Hands Rescue and Sanctuary are grateful to the company, Pros- theticare for their generous donation. The leg which they supplied free of charge would have cost more than $14,000, though worth every penny, too high a price for an animal rescue.


First they had to help him become healthi- er and happier. Then, as he gained weight, they arranged for a special temporary boot to be donated by “Soft Ride”. Using the boot would help reposition his weight over his entire body and build muscle in the affected leg. This pre- vented him from a life threatening injury like damaged hips or legs once he was gaining weight. The boot was taped on each morning and removed each night and the leg needed to be massaged and powdered every evening. Originally, they were thinking that Midnite’s


Now that Midnite is mobile, Ranch Hand Rescue will need a horse trailer with a ramp. Donations to Ranch Hand Rescue and Sanctuary can be made via pay- pal at http://ranchhandrescue.org or mailed to Ranch Hand Rescue 8827 Hwy 377 South, Argyle, Texas 76226.


Above: Ranch Hand Res- cue staff became attached to Midnite, the rescued horse. Left: Midnite stands on and even runs on four legs. Far Left: Midnite’s pros- thetic leg by Prostheticare.


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