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Posted in 101 Ground Training Exercises, 101 Ground Training Exercises - Spanish Translation, Books, Bridling, Catching, Desensitization, Exercise, Free Longeing, Ground Driving, Ground Training, Halter Training, Handling, In-Hand Work, Long Lining, Longeing, Personal Space, Press Release, Respect, Trailer Loading, tagged cherry hill, equine, ground training, horse, horse books, training on October 7, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Posted in 101 Ground Training Exercises, Books, Bridling, Catching, Desensitization, Exercise, Free Longeing, Ground Driving, Ground Training, Halter Training, Handling, In-Hand Work, Long Lining, Longeing, Personal Space, Press Release, Respect, Tack, Trailer Loading, Training, tagged cherry hill, equine, exercises, ground driving, ground training, horse behavior, in hand, lessons, long lining, long reining, longeing, longing, lunging, sacking out, training on April 19, 2012| 1 Comment »
So many of you have been asking me about my new book – well it is finally here !
101 GROUND TRAINING EXERCISES
for Every Horse & Handler
8 1/2″ x 11″
over 200 drawings and photos
comb bound and punched for hanging
“Every moment you spend with your horse is an opportunity to instill good habits and develop his respect, trust, and willingness to work with you. All horses need a solid foundation of in-hand and guide-line training in order to be safe to handle and ride”.
Cherry Hill’s comprehensive collection of 101 ground-training exercises leads you and your horse through catching, yielding, turning, sacking out, backing, longeing, long lining, doing obstacle work, and much more. Every exercise is fully illustrated and described in easy-to-follow, step-by-step language that you can refer to during your ground training work — simply hang the book in the barn or on a fence post, and your’re ready to go! The exercises include clear goals, variations, common problems to watch out for, and lesson reviews.
Posted in Back in the Saddle, Becoming an Effective Rider, Exercise, Riding, tagged exercises, fitness, flexibility, hip flexibility, horseback riding, rider exercises, riding, total hip replacement on December 22, 2011| 9 Comments »
I am 59, rode for 40 years but had a hip replaced about four years ago and need to get the other done sometime in the not to distant future.
Talking to my physical therapist about getting back in the saddle and asking for exercises or what-ever to try to improve the range of motion in both hip sockets is like trying to get an answer out of my dog. (and due to restrictions of my medical insurance I can’t go to another therapist.)
Do you know of any books that address this issue, or know of any group that works with rider disabilities who might be able to help me get back in the saddle?
I’m posting this in hopes that one of the readers of this blog might be able to help you specifically with a group or book recommendation. I don’t know of any specifically related to hip replacements and riding.
However I have heard that hip replacements enable people to ride, rather than disable, so I’d think of it that way !
I’d start by asking your doctor and/or physical therapist specifically what limitations you have in terms of exercise, such as you shouldn’t go past a certain angle with your artificial hip joint. Also in terms of the other hip joint that will need to be replaced in the future, ask which exercises would exacerbate whatever the condition is that is going to require you to get that hip replaced too. Just like with horses, some exercises would accelerate damage to an already deteriorated joint. So ask which movements are safe and which are not for each hip as they currently are.
Once you know what you shouldn’t do, that will rule out certain yoga poses, certain Pilates exercises and some general fitness and stretching exercises.
Also, again asking your doctor and/or PT – they probably have a standard handout or booklet they give patients of exercises to prepare for and recover from surgery. This will make a good basis for your program.
I hesitate to go much further than that because I’m not a doctor or a PT and every person’s situation is different.
If it were me, I’d find out what I shouldn’t do and then start with simple exercises, adding repetitions, weight or difficulty…..always listening to your body.
And finally, one of the best ways to get back in the saddle is to get back in the saddle with the help of a mounting block. Even if for a few minutes every day, gentle walking, moseying around.
Best of luck and please feel free to post any comments, information directly here on this blog.
Posted in Alfalfa Hay, Exercise, Feeding and Nutrition, Weight, tagged equine, exercises, fitness, health care, horse care, horse weight, horsekeeping, management, nutrition, obese horse, weight tape on June 1, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I have a, well, almost 3 year old Quarter Horse mare. Last time I weighed her she was about 800 pounds or so. She is a small girl, about 13 hands. The lady who feeds her I think is feeding her too much (a flake of alfalfa in the morning along with some oat, and some grass and oat at night) Though I think that oat doesn’t matter- for it’s just a filler, Ive been told.
A size 32 cinch is WAY to small on my horse and barely can go around her stomach.
Though she is stalky and so is her family, is she too obese for her size? I am worried about that. Jen
I wrote requesting you send me a photo of the mare as that would be helpful in formulating an answer. Without that visual, I’m going to refer you to several articles on my website that will help you get started in evaluating your horse’s weight.
Posted in Desensitization, Exercise, Grooming, Ground Training, Handling, In-Hand Work, Safety, Training, tagged attitude, bucking, equine, estrous, estrus, filly, grooming, ground training, horse, horse behavior, horse care, kicking, mare, safety, training on May 21, 2011| Leave a Comment »
just wondered if you have any ideas how to stop out yearling miniature horse filly to stop bucking and kicking out at us. We own 6 other miniatures and have never had this problem . We have her for 6 months now, and still she does it. We cant stand behind her to brush her tail, nor adjust her rug leg straps etc. She is out on grass with the others and as soon as we go to bring her in, she spins and lashes out with her rear legs. She also hates to be tied and gets very thick and starts pawing the ground etc.
Young fillies of that age are beginning to experience their estrous cycle for the first time. Because of that, some are more explosive, irritable and protective, especially of their hindquarters and activities related to their rear end, such as you say brushing her tail and adjusting her leg straps.
There are many articles related to your questions on my Horse Information Roundup. I will mention a few, but you should go there and search your questions.
Reference article: How to Tell if a Mare is in Heat
A horse like that needs a super thorough handling and sacking out program to show her that touching and activities behind her are nothing to fear. This is a good time to nip this tendency in the bud – otherwise the horse could carry the bad habits for life.
I recommend you read my latest book, What Every Horse Should Know:
Posted in Behavior, Conformation, Exercise, Facilities, Feeding and Nutrition, Grooming, Hoof Care, Riding, Safety, Sanitation, Tack, Training, Veterinary Care, tagged equine, health care, horse, horse books, horse care, horse DVDs, horse videos, horseback riding, management, training, used horse books on May 20, 2011| Leave a Comment »
When my dear hubby Richard built my scriptorium (the cottage where I write) he put in lots and lots of bookshelves…..that was, well, I don’t want to say HOW many years ago but a long time !!
The shelves are now overflowing and its time to downsize my collection.
Most of the books are new or like new. Many have never been opened. Some are current titles and others are vintage and out of print. I’ll be adding a handful every week or so, so keep an eye on Used Horse Books.
Likewise, Richard is also going through his video and DVD collection.
Posted in Bad Habits, Barn, Behavior, Body Slamming, Dental Care, Exercise, Feeding and Nutrition, Management, Stall, Stall Kicking, Veterinary Care, Vices, Wood Chewing, tagged body slamming, equine, health care, horse, horsekeeping, management, nutrition, stall banging, stall kicking, veterinary, wood chewing on May 4, 2011| Leave a Comment »