September 16, 2014
How do I graze my horse on the trail if I don’t have a halter? It’s a good question. Sooner or later, we all ride off leaving our halter still tied to the trailer. Sometimes we leave it deliberately, but others times on accident. Lunch time rolls around and you want to let your horse graze without having to chew with the bits in his mouth, so here you go. These are photos of Speck on a recent trail ride. The halter was tied to the trailer and Speck was hungary. It was nearly 6:30pm and he had been ridden most of the day. We stopped for a break and let him have a snack at the same time. We simply slipped the bits out of his mouth and then replaced the headstall back over his ears. The reins were loosely wrapped around the saddle horn and so he could move about without breaking them.
Growing up riding, we rarely took a halter with us. Instead, we just slipped the headstall like shown in the photos. Keep in mind, you need to know your horse before you do this. With the wrong horse, you can find yourself hiking in boots and spurs!!!
July 14, 2014
Trail riding at the lake in the Summer is great fun. The horses loved the water and enjoyed the opportunity to cool off in it. We like to get the horses used to water and ready to go where ever might be needed.
Earlier in the day we rode through some areas of the trail covered by water and lots of mud. But, that’s trail riding in Oklahoma, you just never know what to expect. Usually the trails are pretty dry this time of year, but a storm a few days before brought some much-needed rain. It’s also typically really hot in July, but the past weekend was a pleasant 90 degrees Farenheit that made for a wonderful day at the lake.
The horses in the video are Doc and P.J. The mule is Tia. She belongs to a fellow trail rider and friend.
June 25, 2014
Polly is really a pretty Palomino that is technically a registered solid paint. She has been ridden and used on the ranch a lot. The golden color really makes her especially attractive. She rides and handles well, but she is not a horse for a beginning rider. For someone looking for a young, sound horse that is easy to catch, bridle, saddle, and knows how to neck rein, lead, back, side-pass, and comfortable around livestock and other horses, Polly may be the horse for you. She has seen a lot of trails and wet blankets. If you want to know more about Polly, give Shawn a call 918-849-0004.
March 30, 2014
The stud colt is out of another mare we have, Suzie and Colonel, our stud. He’s full of himself and thinks he’s real big stuff. It won’t be long before he learns the world isn’t going to revolve around him, but for a few more weeks we’ll let him be in charge of the place.
March 27, 2014
Montana’s baby with a full tummy and the warm sunshine. Life’s good!
March 21, 2014
Montana’s first filly arrived. She’s a cutie! We still remember when Montana was a baby and we practiced “rock training”. We used to put flat rocks on her back to see how long she would leave them. It was a way to pester her and get her used to new concepts.
The filly has the kind of mother we like. She is protective and watchful of her offspring in a paddock with five other horses, but friendly enough for us to walk up to her to check on the little one.
The filly is out of our stallion, Colonel.
February 8, 2014
The benefits of hobble training escapes attention these days. It’s sad because hobble training:
1. Teaches patience.
2. Teaches a horse to remain calm while their feet are caught in something the horse didn’t expect.
3. Gives the rider the option of overnight restraint without a fence.
4. Let’s you do ranch chores when your horse doesn’t ground tie. (Okay, maybe this isn’t a very good reason when there’s fence work to be done!)
January 10, 2014
It is amazing to see the number of horses that have to be plow reined. Look around and there are horses everywhere that don’t know how to neck rein. We see neck reining as a basic, foundational requirement. The video shows P.J. working on some neck reining exercises to further refine and develop the smooth, effortless turns, stops, and backing a good trail horse should have. P.J. is a registered paint enrolled in our two-year trail horse training program. He has a lot of quarter horse blood in his pedigree and the disposition to make a great trail horse.
December 28, 2013
Proper placement of your horse’s feet is just as important as placement of your own feet going down the stairs. Missed steps due to poorly positioned feet can cause a fall. A trail horse should always know where his feet are. He needs to keep them under himself and maintain his balance while you ride. The video shows Chex, one of our registered AQHA quarter horses. Chex does a nice job of putting his feet where they need to be so you can enjoy the ride.
December 26, 2013
News on 6 reports on the Rogers Co. Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol (Mounted Search and Rescue Unit “MSAR”) watching over the Christmas shoppers at the local Wal-mart in Claremore, Oklahoma. As a courtesy to the citizens, the mounted patrol members escorted shoppers to their cars and kept an eye on their vehicles so folks could come and go worry-free. Service with a smile to brighten up the holiday season! Pete had a great time and enjoyed all the kids petting his nose!
December 6, 2013
The Rogers Co. Sheriff Department has certified Pete and Jack, two of our AQHA quarter horses, for the mounted search and rescue “MSAR” patrol. Both received approval for Level 1 Certification, this means they are approved to be called for any situation at any time. There are three levels for horse certification in the department. Level 1 is the highest certification available and approves the horse for all situations. Level 2 means the horse is certified for limited operations and by approval in only limited situations. Level 3 is certification to attend training events, but no field operations. Level 3 is intended for horses that have potential, but need additional training before use in a real life event. There were a number of applicants that received no certification as the horses were not qualified for the program.
A separate certification is required for each volunteer to serve as a reserve officer for the MSAR operations. We are happy to announce Shawn McKibbin received his certification as a responder and serves on an “immediate” call basis. Shawn oversees the training program at Post Oak Ranch and spends a lot of his time teaching young horses the ropes. The crossover from the routine daily training to develop trustworthy trail horses to certified MSAR mounts is a natural one. Our horses must pass a number of internal tests for soundness, stamina, disposition, and ability, many of the same attributes required for search and rescue horses. We insist that our horses be “using horses” and “working animals” ready for a variety of activities including MSAR operations.
Some of you will no doubt recall Jack was used in a search and rescue operation during the first year in our training program and located a lost little boy. He has keen hearing and pays attention to his surroundings. The boy was heard by Jack over the noise of helicopters, 4-wheelers, and a full-scale search and rescue operation. He alerted Shawn who had been requested to assist by local law enforcement. When Jack became interested in something that could be neither seen nor heard with human senses, Shawn turned the direction of Jack’s focus to investigate further. The little boy was found a short while later resulting in some greatly relieved parents.
Congratulations to Shawn for qualifying the horses and himself! He will be a real asset to the Sheriff’s mounted patrol posse!