City Slicker Trail Ride Early Registration Form

May 30, 2014

If you are interested in the City Slickers Trail Ride coming up June 7th, it’s time to register for the ride. Early registration gives you the chance to win saddle bags and other prizes. The flyer with the details and the registration form are available under the link. The Bad Girls Trail Riding Club would love to see you there! City Slickers Flyer

City Slickers Trail Ride Just Around The Corner

May 29, 2014

The Bad Girls are hosting their annual City Slickers Trail Ride June 7, 2014. In an effort to support their group, you can win genuine saddle bags if you preregister. There will be a drawing for all the participants that register in advance of the ride. You never know there might just be some other things given out to attendees. The ladies work really hard every year to put on this ride. If you haven’t been, Keystone lake is really pretty this time of year. The ride is an easy one and easily mastered by beginners and new riders.

If you haven’t done trail rides before, here is the prime opportunity for a ride that lets you get your horse out and meet some new friends. The ride is open to everyone and not limited to just members. If you have never done a trail ride before, this would be a great place to start.

There will be a covered dish lunch about 1pm and bring your hot dogs if you want to roast them in the evening. For more information or to preregister, contact Carla Hight or call her at (918)857-2585 .

Horse Trainer For Sure!

May 26, 2014

We have been doing quite a few day rides for the past several weeks. In fact, we have been to several that haven’t even been mentioned on the blog. This comment is made so we don’t embarrass anyone. It’s been interesting and some of the people you meet have some fascinating stories.

On one ride, we met a horse trainer that will be kept anonymous. We will just call this person “Trainer”. So Trainer arrives at the ride with a horse under training. As we ride along, conversation begins and we learn the horse has about a year of training, but it has been a while back. The ride is being used as a refresher. Trainer likes to start colts and says to have done 8 – 10 colts over the years.The first creek we reach is about a foot deep and maybe 6 feet across. It has a little mud, but basically solid footing. As we ride up, probably 50 horses have already crossed.

Trainer’s horse won’t cross water, won’t step into the water, and doesn’t respond well to the situation. We observe Trainer climb off the horse and proceed to lead the horse across the creek. Unfortunately we see similar episodes played out all the time. Everyone has their own way of training and their own tools to do so. But watching a self-described “trainer” lead a horse across a tiny water crossing isn’t our picture of training. Yet, we see the scenario over and over where a “trainer” has a horse they can’t handle.

Honesty is a virtue. Just because you have ridden a few colts, doesn’t make you a horse trainer any more than welding a few pipes makes you a welder. Horse training means you teach the horse to do a job. It isn’t about working around solutions like leading a horse thru the creek. We may not have much of a training operation, but at least our boots are dry. Have a good one!