Wanna Ride The Trail With Us?

July 24, 2014

Polly on the Trail We ride every weekend, it goes with the job. Often we ride here at the ranch or the surrounding area. Sometimes it’s nice to break the monotony and find some place new or revisit a trail we’ve ridden in the past. Many of our rides away from the ranch are made at the last-minute. We load the trailer and go. Because these spur of the moment decisions are usually made with little advance notice or warning, folks don’t get invited.

The rest of the week all we hear is, “Man, I wish I’d known you were going there. I wanted to go!” We especially hear it when Shawn rides.

People like to ride with him because they learn a lot. With years of training horses professionally and a lifetime of riding horses, he has the answers. More important, he honestly shares what he knows. But, you have to be ready for complete honesty. If you want to be told you’re a great horseman, then you have to be one. Otherwise, the advice and comments are straight-forward and intended to make you a better rider. Most people appreciate the tips and readily accept the benefits of his experience.

In any event, we decided to pick a date to ride and give everyone some notice. If you want to come ride with us, you are welcome. It’s not a trail riding club. There’s no fees or charges. No rule books or releases to sign. We are just going to tell you where we plan to ride and the date. If you ride with us, there’s only one rule. You ride with respect; respect for the horse and the other riders.

This ride is not an organized trail ride, but the opportunity for all of us to ride together and enjoy some pretty country from horse back. If you want to come, put September 20, 2014 on your calendar for the Will Rogers Centennial trail at Oologah Lake in Oklahoma. We intend to leave the main trail head at 9am. This time we’re telling everyone well in advance the place, the date, and the time. If you want to ride,  we’ll see you there!!


Charity Trail Ride For Prevent Blindness

August 26, 2013

Prevent Blindness has its annual charity trail ride scheduled September 27, 28, and 29, 2013 at Dripping Springs in Okmulgee State Park. Everyone is invited and the trail ride is to help raise funds for a worthwhile organization. Okmulgee State Park is about 5 miles west of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. With all the wonderful rain in August, everything has been beautiful and green. This will be a great time to enjoy some beautiful scenery from horseback while raising funds for those who don’t have the gift of vision. For more information, you can call OKC: 405.848.7123 or Tulsa: 918.496.348.


What Do You Mean That Horse May Not Like Me?

December 11, 2012

As we have repeatedly said, horses have their own individual personalities with likes and dislikes. As with people, some horses do better with certain types than others. This doesn’t mean a well-broke horse can’t learn to adapt to the rider, but there may be a longer adjustment in some cases. It also doesn’t mean the rider can’t learn to ride the horse.

Are you the kind of person who reacts quickly to situations? Especially when you already drank three or four cups of coffee and the caffeine is pumping thru your blood? Yeah, you know maybe even just a little jumpy.  Horses feel and see every move you make. Equine veterinarians confirm they can see objects directly behind them and can feel something as small a fly landing on their back. Being natural flight animals, they are constantly on guard for the need to run. When some little event happens and you jump, guess what you signaled the horse?  Yep, the “D” word,  Danger! ”

About this stage of the conversation with a lot of people, we usually hear, “I don’t jump”. Really, well squeezing your legs against the horse suddenly and unexpected as you deeply inhale may not be a “jump” in your book, but it is in the horse’s way of thinking. Remember, the horse can feel the movements in the seat of the saddle, feel your legs, and see you. How do you react when someone sneaks  up from behind you and pokes you in the ribs?

Horses have varying degrees of “jumpiness”; some tend to react quicker than others to the unexpected. When you couple a horse and rider together that are both a little “jumpy”, the result is pretty easy to see coming. The horse is nervous because the rider is nervous. As the horse gets more excited, then the rider’s anxiety increases.

This is just one example to illustrate why we work hard to match a rider to a horse with an appropriate personality for the rider. A calmer, slower reacting horse for riders that tend to be quick to react results in a better match. Again we don’t want to mean that any horse and rider can’t learn to work together, it just easier when the fit is natural.

We have seen a few horses over the years that responded far better to females than men. Who knows the reason, they simply do. It doesn’t mean a man can’t ride the horse, but it probably means he will have a few more issues to deal with.

At the end of the day, doesn’t it make sense to find a horse that suits your personality rather than fight the disadvantages of a poorly matched relationship. How many times have we heard, “But, I like his color! He’s sooooo PRETTY!” Your choice, but I personally would rather ride an ugly horse that I can handle than a pretty one that dumps me every couple of months.

If you are out looking for a horse, give some thought to the relationship you want with your horse. Just like in love, the more time you spend in a good relationship, the prettier he or she becomes. We promise you riding a horse that takes you safely and quietly over the trails  will start looking really pretty to you as the relationship grows.

The good news if you look with us is we don’t have any ugly horses. Yep, we think they are all pretty!!!! And yes, we know beauty is in the eye of the beholder!


Speck Is Sound, Gentle, and Calm

October 14, 2012

Speck

Speck is the perfect example of the quiet nature we like to see in one of our trail horses for sale. He doesn’t get excited about much of anything. The disposition comes from three things. Genetics surely plays a large part. The American Quarter Horse with the foundation blood lines produce nice horses. The training Speck was given used his good genetics and taught him to accept circumstances that would frighten a lot of horses. He has been required to drag tarps, ride with tarps covering him, walk across tarps, bridges, drag logs, pony colts, exposed to tractors, semi-trucks, motorcycles and everything we could throw at him. He has been exposed to sirens, barking dogs, and deer jumping up nearly underneath him. Third,we have been pulling wet blankets off his back for approaching 17 months. While Speck has a little more to complete before graduating the two-year program, he is well on his way. Not long ago he passed umbrella training where he stands still while an umbrella is opened and closed repeatedly and noisily with a rider on him.  Speck is going to make someone a really special horse with many, many years of fun and good times!


Trial Rides Everywhere in Oklahoma

September 30, 2012

We have discussed Oklahoma Horse Online and really like the site. If you are trying to find a trail ride, there is a calendar of events that has a lot of upcoming Oklahoma trail rides across the state. It is a really convenient way for you to locate rides that fit your schedule.


Salt and Fresh Water Are Simple, But Essential For Your Horse

July 7, 2012

Summer where we live in  Bixby, Oklahoma  is hot. Temperatures last week read 108 Farenheit a couple of days. Salt and plenty of water are necessary for the proper care of horses. Without these key essentials, horses don’t do well. In fact, they will die. Don’t  forget to check to make sure you have a salt block and a good water supply in the Summer. Even automatic waters need to be checked daily. In the past, we seen these units fail in a number of ways.

One Summer the heater on one water unit  malfunctioned and went into high gear. The water was too hot to touch and the horses couldn’t drink  from it. Once the heater was disconnected, everything was fine. Other times, the floats have become stuck resulting in water running across the pasture or not letting water to flow back into the drinking bowl.

Since most of us sleep in air-conditioned houses, we can forget the importance of water and proper hydration. We take in fluids indirectly in soft drinks, etc. that keep the kidneys working. Horses rely on water and you to provide it. Salt is found in many of our foods so we often end up with more than we need. Horses on the other hand don’t  eat those french fries and need a source for salt intake.

If you haven’t checked either the salt or the water in a while, go do it right now while it’s on your mind.