Ever Wondered What A Dead Heat Jump Off Looks Like….Check This Out!
Jul05

Ever Wondered What A Dead Heat Jump Off Looks Like….Check This Out!

An epic ride from Ben Maher and Karim El Zoghby for the win in Paris!  Share this on Facebook if you think these horses and their riders are phenomenal!

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A Traumatic Head Injury Left Her Thinking She’d Never Ride Again….Then This Miracle Happened!
Jul05

A Traumatic Head Injury Left Her Thinking She’d Never Ride Again….Then This Miracle Happened!

Courtesy Lisa Johnson

Courtesy Lisa Johnson

This is Susan Tullock. She’s been my best friend for years. She’s the one who rode Jake this weekend and got his name called every time he went in the pen. BUT there is so much more to this story….. I’ll try to keep it short.

Susan suffered a head injury 3 years ago when she came off a horse. Within 3 days of the injury, her speech was a mess and she couldn’t leave her house due to headaches. She was told by doctors that she had suffered a concussion. Several CT Scans showed no brain bleed, but her head aches were debilitating and her life drastically changed. She and I would talk on the phone at least 3 times a day, and suddenly, the phone didn’t ring and I’d lost my friend. Her personality changed, as she was extremely frustrated and inpatient. Susan has spent the last 3 years going to speech therapy along with many other therapies and doctor appointments. Her headaches seemed to take on a pattern with her “good days” coming closer and closer together in the last year. However, due to the magnitude of the injury, she had continued to struggle with day-to-day activities and things we all take for granted. For a busy Mom of two boys, a horse trainer, and wife, she became depressed and questioned if she’d ever ride again.

This past week, I took Jake (Jake Jacspin) to her on Monday. He has not been getting ridden consistently, and had gotten a little “soft”. She rode him Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, then loaded him up Thursday and hauled him (along with her son, his horse, and a customer and her horse) to Lincoln NE to the CPRHA Show. Who knew SO much would come together? Jake kept saying “Yes” and Susan kept riding. This past weekend has been as much about Susan coming back as it is about Jake getting starting! The past few months, Susan has improved immensely and is about back to her “old self”. My phone rings again and to hear her voice say, “Jake just WON the AQHA Ranch Riding under one judge and was second under the other, ” meant more than anyone will ever know. Not because Jake won, but because more than that, Susan won.

www.jakejacspin.com

www.jakejacspin.com

I am a lucky lady to have such a super cool stallion, but I am even luckier because God has blessed with a great friend.

Moral to this long story: NEVER give up on your dreams. NEVER quit. NEVER listen to the doubter and naysayers. NEVER. God is a big God and has more in store for us than we can think or imagine. And NEVER NEVER forget who your friends are :)  

Share this on Facebook if you believe in the healing power of horses!

Written By:  Lisa Johnson – Jake Jacspin is her 2008 Palomino Stallion http://www.jakejacspin.com/

 

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How To Work With Mares In Heat….What’s Better Mare Or Gelding?
Jul05

How To Work With Mares In Heat….What’s Better Mare Or Gelding?

Rick Gore discusses some differences between Mares and Geldings, pros and cons and why some prefer one over the other. A lot comes down to personal preference and past experience. Bottom line is A horse is a horse and they can all have positive and negative traits and behaviors and all horses can good or bad, depending on who owns them..  He breaks it down into terms that are easy to relate to and understandable.  I know that my mare definitely doesn’t feel well when she’s in heat.  She eats a lot less and is actually way quieter which is surprising.  Instead of working her harder because she’s quieter, I  take it easy on her because I know she’s not feeling well.  What’s your favorite…mare or gelding?  Share this on Facebook if you love mares!

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How One Youth Rider Ended Up On The Cover Of The Quarter Horse Journal!
Jul03

How One Youth Rider Ended Up On The Cover Of The Quarter Horse Journal!

megan 7When I discovered I was the 2013-2014 AQHA Young Horse Development Program Champion, I was absolutely ecstatic! It was a dream come true for me and my golden palomino filly, Willow. However, getting my story in the AQHA Journal and my photo on the cover was even more thrilling.

The AQHA Young Horse Development Program has opened so many doors for me. It has taught me so much about young horses and has given me the opportunity to learn and grow along with a young horse. When I first got my young horse, Willow, from the Big Valley Ranch in Monterey, Virginia, she was just a young weanling. Teaching her to lead was the first challenge on the list. I began by leading her around the round pen and teaching her to turn in little circles, until eventually I was leading her around our big pasture.

 

The AQHA Young Horse Development Program allows youth to do all the training and raising of the horse with minimal help from AQHA professionals. I believe that this builds confidence and a sense of achievement in youth. The biggest challenge with Willow was getting her desensitized to scary objects such as bags and tarps. With much repetition and consistent training sessions, she finally got the hang of it. Eventually she could stand on a tarp and would allow me to put an inner tube on her back. The next thing I worked on was desensitizing her to the saddle. Within the second month of training I was able to put the saddle on her, just to allow her to get the feel of it.megan 2

Willow soon became the most gentle and desensitized yearling, so I soon began teaching her tricks such as bowing and lying down. I enjoy teaching horses tricks, I believe it adds a little bit of finesse to the training. The year of the Young Horse Development Program flew by so fast! Before I knew it, I was submitting my project book for grading.
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It was a cold February day, when I got home from school and opened my email to a great surprise! I had won the AQHA Young Horse Development Program with Willow. I was beyond excited, I even cried happy tears! Willow is definitely a special horse and has pushed me to levels that I never thought were attainable. I would encourage all youth that are into horses to look into the AQHA Young Horse Development Program.

Written By Megan D’Andrea –

To Learn More about the Young Horse Development Program:  http://www.aqha.com/AQHYA/Content-Pages/Activities/Young-Horse-Development-Project.aspx

Look For Megan on the July 2015 AQHA Journal Cover!  Congratulations on all your hard work…it’s paying off big time!  Show your support for Megan and other youth riders by Sharing this on Facebook!

 

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There Are No Words For What This Horse Was Doing During His Turn Out…What The Heck!
Jul02

There Are No Words For What This Horse Was Doing During His Turn Out…What The Heck!

This horse was having a ball during his turn out..picking up the poles and carrying them around in his mouth!  Maybe he saw the dog playing fetch and figured he’d give it a try?  Share this on Facebook if you think this horse has some not so hidden skills!

 

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They Spot A Distressed Foal Crying For Her Mother….What Happens Next Is Incredible!
Jul02

They Spot A Distressed Foal Crying For Her Mother….What Happens Next Is Incredible!

This wild foal was seen crying for her mother after the pony’s back hoof became caught in a matted tangle of her mane. RSPCA inspectors rescue a mare and her foal from the approaching tide on the Loughor Estuary marshland in Gower, South Wales. We are so grateful for animal rescue people who tirelessly work to save all living things! I love how happy the foal is when the mom is rescued! With everything going on in the world, we sometimes forget that beautiful things happen every day too :) Share this on Facebook if you love seeing miracles!

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This Cat Really Loves His Horse…Who Can Blame Him?  Horses Are The Best!
Jul01

This Cat Really Loves His Horse…Who Can Blame Him? Horses Are The Best!

This cat really loves his horse, especially grooming him! I love how he’s going for a little pony ride and neither the horse or the cat are acting like anything strange is going on! If you think this is cute, Share it with your friends on Facebook!

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Watch This 15 Year Old Surprise Everyone And WIN The NRHA Derby….First Time In History!
Jun30

Watch This 15 Year Old Surprise Everyone And WIN The NRHA Derby….First Time In History!

Cade McCutcheon may only be 15 years old, but he just made NRHA history!  He is the youngest competitor to win the Level 4 NRHA Non Pro Derby aboard Custom Made Gun, owned by McQuay stables.  He also took home the youth futurity win and added $18,000 to his growing earnings!  Watch out everyone, he may not be able to drive a car yet….but he can sure kick all of our butts at a horse show!  Share this on Facebook if you love seeing Youth riders doing well!

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