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Apr. 29th, 2012 @ 07:11 pm Riding Program Curriculums
Hi everyone. I have a question.

I was wondering what kind of riding programs/curriculums other people are using/have used. The stable where I started to learn to ride used the CHA program. The barn where I work is currently looking for a program to use. We do mostly western beginner lessons for kids ages 6-18.

We're not a competition barn, it's an outreach ministry for kids, so more of the focus is on the child and not on actually learning to ride. A 'complete' program- one that includes at least basic horse care and general knowledge facts as well riding skills- would be ideal.

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Jul. 17th, 2011 @ 12:10 am (no subject)

7:30pm, the perfect time to ride and be at the barn!
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Apr. 25th, 2011 @ 12:37 pm The Job Hunt
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Hello everyone.

By way of a small introduction I am life long horse lover (literally- I would only ever play with barbies if there were horses involved) who has been blessed as horse owner for more than ten years. A great deal of my employment history and both of my degrees (Bachelors from the University of Findlay in Animal Science and Equine Business) are also horse related. Currently I am a barn manager at a small outreach ministry where I take care of seven horses and give beginner lessons.

Unfortunately, while I enjoy my current job, due to drastic changes in personal living circumstances I am seeking another job. I'm located in Southwestern Ohio, (USA)  but willing and able to relocate just about anywhere after June 1st. I have a multi-breed background (my first job was at a place that dealt mostly with Haflinger Horses but my own mare is a Thoroughbred), most of my riding experience is western and I am not trying to sell myself as a trainer or professional show rider. I'm mostly looking for management/groom/groundwork/conditioner positions.

Salary is very negotiable based on what is offered with the position. I do have a valid passport and some experience in international travel. I'm willing to learn any discipline or breed specifics required for a position. American Red Cross First Aid and CPR (child, infant, and adult) certified. Resume, references, and personal contact information available upon request or reference.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Jan. 28th, 2011 @ 09:34 pm Help needed with MA thesis
I am a student from the Estonian Academy of Arts and I am currently writing my MA thesis (Architecture and Urban Design) on urban riding centers. I am looking for examples around the world to confirm my theory that urban riding centers (riding centers that are located inside the boundaries of cities) are a international phenomena.

The problem with locating examples of urban stables is that they are often very well hidden from an idle eye and seldom advertise themselves as such. You either have to be intimately familiar with the local city space or a horse person. So here is a outcry for help to all fellow city dwelling horse people out there: are there any stables in your city?

If you know of any, please let me know at reetvolt(at)hotmail.com.

When replying please clearly list the city and country of where the stable or riding center you are telling me about is located. If it's not situated at a well known city, please make sure I have enough information to look up its population and other information like that.

Further useful information would include: how old is the stable (if it is very old then did it use to be situated outside the city?), is it on the outskirts or the city or near the center, how big is the stable/estimate number of horses, is there a riding school, is it privately owned or is it governed by the city and what kind of riding do they do there. If the stable has a web page, that would be useful too.

If you know where the police horses of your city (if you have any) or the local cart horses that entertain tourists are housed at then this would also be info I could use.

Please be so kind to pass this on to your rider friends that may know about more stables or more about the stables you know about.

I'm sincerely grateful for all help.
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Dec. 30th, 2010 @ 04:54 pm A friend of mine wrote this on Face Book.... I back her up 110%.

Amish are not all the same. Each person is an individual.
by Mayleen Snyder on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 4:14pm

As someone who has Amish friends, I am hurt that some people might think ALL Amish to be cruel, abusive, cold-hearted people. They're individuals, just like you and I. There are good ones and bad ones. If I showed you the movie "Deliverance", would you assume all people from the South are crazy, violent sadists.... no, of course not. So I implore you not to paint all Amish with a broad brush either.

One of the trainers I use is Amish. He's well educated, goes to others' clinics, and follows the Horsemanship Through Feel approach. He's the kind of guy you send a horse to when everyone else fails. I was fostering a Rescued Belgian that every other trainer said "put him down". One Horse Whisperer type trainer had the horse over a month with no improvement. This horse was originally dumped in Knickerson's (a non-Amish broker) NY kill pen. I was willing to keep the horse retired on my farm indefinitely because he was too "difficult" for anyone else to handle safely. But I feared for him: if he ever got an infection/injury on his on back legs, I'd be unable to check or treat him. Even with the vet's tranqs, he would not let anyone handle his back legs or tail.

My (nonAmish) vet and a (nonAmish) local Frisian farm owner both told me to try this Amish trainer named Sam Smucker. I hesitated because everyone said Amish were so harsh. Faced with having a horse the farrier could not trim vs trying an Amish trainer while I watch - I took the chance and tried the trainer. Within a session the horse was listening. Within a few days, the horse who NOBODY could ever trim the back feet even with vet-administered trans, was now a horse starting to stand for hoof cleaning. Within a week he let people pick out all his feet. By week 2 he was getting full hoof care. And in a month's time, he went from a defensive scared animal sure people were just going to harm him, to a calm guy who now understood what people wanted & that nobody would injure him again. I sincerely believe Sam, the trainer, saved this horse's life in a way. And he did NOT run the horse to exhaustion, unlike one of the big-name famous clinicians I went to go see. He was just kind, gentle, and patient - day after day - and knew how to make the horse understand.

My farrier is also Amish. He does not sleep with his sister. His family does not sell puppies; dad is a welder and his brothers work in a wood shop. He does go to regular horse clinics, so he's as educated as any of the English farriers around. He trims our local Rescue's horse at a discount, and he does training sessions with them as needed at no charge. He found a horse someone else wrecked (bad suspensories), and he had her on his farm, resting, for as long as it took to find her a good home. He trims horses that the local [nonAmish] farriers won't; when many horses arrive at the Rescue they don't know how to stand quietly yet, but at the same time they're often grossly overdue for a trim. I've never seen him raise a hand in anger to any horse or his own pets. In fact, he's been kinder to the horses than another farrier (non-Amish) who would hit the horse with a rasp!

If what we want is better treatment for animals & people, then I hope that's the goal of the Amish facebook groups. In my opinion, it's not constructive to cultivate hatred towards an entire subset of people simply because they had a different culture.

Puppy mills: Yes, Amish breed dogs for money. But Amish are very respectful of laws. All we need is for PA and a few other states to ban puppy mills, and the Amish would get out of the business. And, if you think about it, it's not Amish they're selling to. Those $500 purebred dogs are bought almost exclusively by us "English". My local town pet-shop always has many cages of papered and mixed-breed dogs for sale - shop is run by non-Amish and patronized 100% by non-Amish. Keep in mind too that the groups most aggressively opposing dog-protection laws are NOT Amish. Amish don't hire lobbyists.

Buggy horses: We can't ban Amish from using all buggies unless all Americans are willing to do the same. Are we working to ban Standardbred racing? How many broken-down racehorses end up in bad places - and if so, why is it taboo to talk of banning racing? If it's extreme to ban use of any horse in harness, maybe the real problem is the manner in which the horse is driven. Many state laws created exemptions for "farm" or "working" horses from basic horse welfare protection. In other words, *we* allow it to be legal. Average Americans, not Amish, wrote and passed these laws. (And interestingly, racehorses are also often exempt from some states' equine protection laws). It is you and I who vote in the people who write these laws. The Amish have nothing to do with crummy animal protection laws or poorly funded animal control departments.

Horse Slaughter: the commercial horse slaughter trade is something we invented to make money from foreign meat corporations. Amish aren't the brokers bidding against the individuals at auction to fill tractor trailers of horses to go to Mexico. Most of the horses I've seen dumped at New Holland are dumped by English: tons of quarterhorses, failed show horses, boatload of grade horses that would be no use for the amish. I used to see lots and lots of dumped racehorses up until recently - thank goodness at least some TB racing tracks care where trainers dump horses. The vet who works at the sales but somehow won't see severe lameness & disease is non-Amish. The tractortrailers loading around the side are all driven by nonAmish. Walking the parking lots, you'll see tags from all over the east coast and beyond.

Child and domestic abuse: Abuse of weaker members of a society happens among all groups. Instead of turning our back on the Amish, I propose offering support for the victims. Let's identify the attackers and bring them to justice. If we create a culture of hate between our society and theirs, won't that isolate the victims further?

And, by and large, who is the biggest abuser of animals? The 249,000 Amish raising food for themselves on their own little farms? Or the multi-national nonAmish corporations who raise BILLIONS of animals in overcrowded, sick, factory-farm conditions, then ship and butcher them in not-so-kind ways? It's the non-Amish American who supports fur farming, factory farms, dog-fighting rings, extreme rodeos, foie gras, and gestation crates.

Thank you for hearing me out. I do agree animals never deserve to be abused. I just hope we can balance that passionate love for protecting animals with the understanding that people are not "evil" based on which version of Christianity they practice or what clothes they wear - every one is an individual.
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May. 22nd, 2010 @ 04:06 pm Sunshine
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