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06/28/2023

Lately I hear a complaint from a lot of farriers, who are also good horsemen, that they are getting tossed around, yanked around and injured, quite seriously injured in some cases, by spoiled horses.

There seems to be a rampant mentality among horse owners that smacking your horse, or snapping on the lead rope, is inherently evil and will emotionally traumatize your large 1200 lb animal.

There also seems to be a rampant mentality that you can bribe aggressive behavior out of a horse by feeding it treats.

Unfortunately, while you can use food as a motivator to exhibit good behavior or learn new tricks, giving a horse a treat 30 seconds after it kicks someone, with zero immediate discipline/correction for the kick, because "now the horse has stopped kicking and we are rewarding it for standing there", sends the wrong message to the horse.

The words "force" or "discipline" seem to cause horrified gasps. How dare I smack my horse (when he just tried to run me over at the gate). How dare I jerk on the lead rope three times (when he just tried to bite/kick at another horse being led past him). That horse I just je**ed on will be scarred for life. Traumatized. Will react twice as badly next time...

Yeahahaha. No.

Yesterday, I forced my 1260 lb gelding to stand, back up, and stop trying to run over me and a friend of mine when he forgot his normally excellent manners at a new barn. I stomped my foot in his direction. I used my angry voice. I pinched him in the chest. I tapped the lead rope. I poked him hard in the ribs.

Since he is a solid 1260 lbs and I'm around 160, much of this being successful relies on our established relationship, fast timing, and the areas/frequency I'm applying pressure to.

Each move as a consequence for a single rude/aggressive action he displayed. An immediate and short-lived consequence that varied depending on which behavior he was exhibiting. Repeated only if he repeated the rude behavior.

No Fat Turbo, you WILL back up if you try to barge forward. No, you WILL get pinched if you try to bump into me with your chest or shoulder. No, you WILL get snapped on the lead if you threaten to cowkick, even in midair.

When he stood quiet, when he dropped his head lower on request, when he backed up nicely, when he halted when asked, when he walked forward when asked, he got told "Good boy" and patted for each of those behaviors.

Boundaries. Positive AND negative reinforcement. Shortly, he became less rude and quieted down. He got a nice grooming, a nice neck massage (his favourite thing), and we went for a nice normal ride with no more drama. He went back to his calm state of mind. He still let me approach him loose in the field. His mental state was jusssst fine, even after I'd be soooo mean to him during his tantrum earlier. So, so mean.

Too many people seem to think that shoving a treat in a rude, pushy or aggressive horse's face equals "positive reinforcement." Horse tries to kick farrier. Horse gets a treat when they stop trying to kick, but doesn't get told "No, that's NOT acceptable." Hmmmm....

Horse continues to be untrustworthy and tries to kick because they've never had any consequences for it. The boundary is not there. That method of "training" works as motivation for teaching new things, but it unfortunately doesn't set boundaries or manners, any more than it works on a small child who thinks it's ok to bite and kick people when they don't want to do something or don't get their way.

My lead gelding aggressively corrects his buddies if they are rude towards him, with as much force as necessary to get the result. Then he allows them to come back and eat side by side with him. His buddies follow him happily everywhere. They are more secure in his presence. He does not get injured by them. They don't get injured by him because he gradually escalates with ears pinned, small nips or fake-kicks which work. Rarely does he actually make contact, but they *think* he will. If they don't move out of his way or out of his space, he forces them to move by any means necessary. He is very fair about it and uses only as much force as necessary-- he doesn't use excessive force.

That is how horses work: a combination of appropriate discipline for rude, aggressive, pushy behaviors, and rewards (companionship, grooming, access to food, shelter and water) for desirable good behavior.

If you use both, you are setting clear, fair boundaries. You're less likely to get kicked or whacked in the face by a horse's head, more likely to have your farrier call you back.

There is too much mentality of "Poor horse, I must never get mad at him or smack him for trying to run me over, bump into me, push me around, bite at me/nip at my clothes, kick me, yank their hoof out of my hand, refuse to move in any direction, get into my pockets (which are filled with treats), or whack me or any other person with his giant 150 lb head when he doesn't want to do something!"

That mentality is creating spoiled untrained horses that cannot be safely handled, injuring vets and farriers, and the owner themselves, sometimes very seriously-- broken bones, concussions, lacerations, nerve damage.

Did you know that a horse yanking its leg away from a farrier repeatedly can leave large bruises, abrasions, muscle tears in arms and shoulders, sprained wrists, and serious chiropractic problems? Massage therapy and chiropractic care to fix injuries from horses who yank their legs, paw the hoofstand, try to kick or strike, can take several months and cost several hundred dollars. Your $40 trim or $100 shoeing bill doesn't nearly cover the expense.

It's **OKAY** to force a horse to stop trying to run you over, bite and kick at you. You're not going to hurt their feelings and you will still get personal emotional validation from them when they "love" you for feeding them, grooming them and stuffing more treats in their mouth later.

If you've ever had a farrier not call you back after your horse has pulled their legs away, kicked, bitten, nipped, striked, or done anything other than stand quietly and cooperate, read this four times and make some changes before someone gets hurt.

If your horse can casually push you around, what's going to happen if they push past you and run right over someone's child? Think about that and the resulting liability lawsuit, then pretend there's a child behind you every time you ask your horse to halt and stand.

Do whatever it takes, any means necessary (except food), to get that horse stopped. One day the treats will run out and you should hope there's not a child behind you when they do.

The lovely MLP Nightingale Rose or “Rosie” (Baha AA x OFW Shaquanna Rose by Gazal Al Shaqab) is IFT PA Kid Khan for 2024...
06/27/2023

The lovely MLP Nightingale Rose or “Rosie” (Baha AA x OFW Shaquanna Rose by Gazal Al Shaqab) is IFT PA Kid Khan for 2024! This is our first foray into using an outside stallion since Jeebie was gelded last year, and we are very excited about breeding to such a well-known and decorated western pleasure stallion.

The lovely FHR Dreaminofdiamonds (Om El Najeeb Dream x Aria WW by LA Karat x Da Vinci FM daughter) has gone to a new hom...
06/16/2023

The lovely FHR Dreaminofdiamonds (Om El Najeeb Dream x Aria WW by LA Karat x Da Vinci FM daughter) has gone to a new home I couldn’t be more excited about! Tina Watkins of Watkins Training Center in Alabama is planning to do Sport Horse in Hand with him next year under the guidance of Ted Carson. We can’t wait to follow his career 😊

Our little cutie pie, getting bigger ♥️
06/01/2023

Our little cutie pie, getting bigger ♥️

After over a heartbreaking year, we are happy to report that “Cello” (RD Barcello) is cancer-free and has gone to a wond...
06/01/2023

After over a heartbreaking year, we are happy to report that “Cello” (RD Barcello) is cancer-free and has gone to a wonderful new home with his own teenage girl!
Cello came to us from Scottsdale and was purchased through a less than moral dealer and owner who sold us a horse for my 12yo daughter which I’m sure they knew had a serious health problem. While we saw nothing when we tried him down there as well as had a pre-purchase exam, it was readily apparent when he stepped off the trailer here at home that something was wrong with him that the seller/owner had to have masked with the use of antibiotics. We tried several courses of antibiotics, which would temporarily dry up his smelly nasal discharge but it would return after stopping them. We finally had his head x-rayed to find a mass of unknown density, which our vet tried to drain through his face to no avail. Off he went to Pilchuck where they opened his face surgically to attempt removal but found that the mass was solid, not at all liquid. After a second surgery, it was all cleaned out, and the vet, who presumed it was something called an “ethmoid hematoma” asked if I wanted to get it biopsied just in case she was wrong, so I said “what’s another $400” 🤦‍♀️ I wish I hadn’t, because it was malignant melanoma, basically skin cancer. I had had mortality but not medical insurance, which the insurance company said they would only renew the following year for him with a tumor exemption 🤬 plus I had spent over $10K on his medical care. He also ended up not being a good fit for my painfully timid daughter, who we found a better fit for in a small older HA pinto mare named Pixie.
So while this is a painful story and was an awful experience, I’m so glad it has a happy ending. I hope his girl gets to enjoy him for many healthy years now, and they plan to scope him once yearly to make sure he’s still healthy ♥️

THAT CRAZY ARABIAN!Got your attention??I recently read a letter of response to a potential buyer who was "cautioned" not...
05/03/2023

THAT CRAZY ARABIAN!

Got your attention??

I recently read a letter of response to a potential buyer who was "cautioned" not to buy an Arabian by a non Arab person because they said they are too "spooky"....(Thank you, Holly Anderson....this is so well said.)

"Quarter horse people USUALLY say Arabs are crazy, high strung dangerous etc... but that could not be further from the truth. Arabs "are" very different from other breeds but if anything they are more in tune with human emotions. When u are sad,.. they know and want to comfort you, if you are a child they are ever so gentle and literally 'tippy toe" so as not to let the young treasure on their back fall, they BOND with their owners and get depressed when they don't see them often enough, they also bond with other horses and grieve when they are separated....

Arabians are the closest to psychic of any other breed of animal.. once you've spent a great deal of time with one you can literally "think" what you want the horse to do and it will do it without ANY ques.

Arabians are extremely LOYAL and many many examples where the Arabian gave its life for its beloved owner are written in books and history... they were the original war horse,.. generals and presidents and royalty road the ever endurant fleet and loyal "protector" grey Arabian in battle...

If anything be a possible flaw that QH people could recognize it would be the Arab's arrogance... Just as Arabs treat their humans as treasured "God's" who should be protected at all costs they expect they same appreciation and dignity from their handlers.... mistreatment, abuse and people who treat them like a being beneath them will meet with refusal to perform and a very expressive facial appearance of hate and distrust.

You cannot "beat" an Arab into submission, their spirit is strong, often so strong that they would rather face death than give into abuse and mistreatment.

But this same horse, treated as an "equal" with respect, love and firm patience and "fairness" will WANT to please you as well as it possibly can in every sense of the word. The Arabian horse that has always known love and firm but fair and gentle hands trains so quickly and easily.. they are "genius" in their brilliance,... often learning to walk trot canter and rein back with a rider fearlessly all in the very first day they are saddled... they can even learn from watching other horses much as a hunting dog learns from hunting with other trained dogs.

So, all of that said, once you TRULY know an Arabian and share the bond and meeting of two equally intelligent minds who feel emotions you will understand what amazing creatures they are.

I have loved many other horses who were NOT Arabians but the relationship was totally different..on a totally different level on consciousness... when you talk to an Arabian they look you in the eye and see into your soul into your inner being and they "know" what kind of person you are.. better than you know yourself!

The blood of the Arabian courses through the veins of 90% of the horses in the World... and certainly the higher the percentage of Arabian the more the Arabian attributes they will have.
Arabian's are arrogant, VERY expressive and open and able to convey their every emotion to humans who take the time to see and feel them. If they seem "flighty" it's just that they are more able to express themselves when they are excited. But never fear as they trust their human and will walk thru fire for them if asked to do so. If you are kind and loyal to them that's exactly what you get back. If you are filled with hatred and try to break their spirit and dominate them is what you will get back...FIGHT...but until you have spent some time with an Arabian you wont have a clue what I am talking about... they are meant to be your "partner"- to "live in your tent" as they did with the Bedouins...they are not "beasts of burden" but they TRULY LOVE you so deeply that they strive to please you like NO OTHER BREED.

Once you go Arab.... everything else is "just a horse"...."

For the non-horsey folk out there…
04/30/2023

For the non-horsey folk out there…

04/30/2023

Loving on the baby ❤️

Welcome to the world little girl! By Om El Najeeb Dream out of MLP Nightingale Rose by Baha AA, she was born yesterday m...
04/22/2023

Welcome to the world little girl! By Om El Najeeb Dream out of MLP Nightingale Rose by Baha AA, she was born yesterday morning and mom & baby are both doing well ❤️

03/28/2023

Babies enjoying springtime playtime with their brothers 😊

Congratulations to Michele Wolf and W2L Meadows on the purchase of Blackwind Delilah! This lovely dam of four is looking...
03/21/2023

Congratulations to Michele Wolf and W2L Meadows on the purchase of Blackwind Delilah! This lovely dam of four is looking forward to meeting her new ‘mane’ man, WL Khrezzent Moon, and making some more gorgeous babies at her new home in Iowa! I’m so thrilled that the search for a caring, long-term home for Lilah is over ❤️

Updated pictures of FHR Midnight Dream (Midnight) at 6 months.
11/24/2022

Updated pictures of FHR Midnight Dream (Midnight) at 6 months.

Updated pictures of FHR Stormy Dream (Chewy) at 6 months.
11/24/2022

Updated pictures of FHR Stormy Dream (Chewy) at 6 months.

Updated pics of FHR Dreaminofdiamonds (Diamond) at 6 months.
11/24/2022

Updated pics of FHR Dreaminofdiamonds (Diamond) at 6 months.

11/24/2022

Our babies definitely get handled by kids 😆 Diamond on the right, Midnight on the left.

The herd in their colorful rain sheets!
10/27/2022

The herd in their colorful rain sheets!

09/26/2022

Me riding Shorty (FHR Calypsos Shahmaan) ☺️

Updated pictures at 3.5 months of the newly registered FHR Midnight Dream (Midnight) By Om El Najeeb Dream (Dreamcatcher...
09/12/2022

Updated pictures at 3.5 months of the newly registered FHR Midnight Dream (Midnight) By Om El Najeeb Dream (Dreamcatcher SMF x Om El Nariara by Nariadni) out of MLP Nightingale Rose (Baha AA x OFW Shaquanna Rose by Gazal Al Shaqab). He’ll be smaller at 14.2-14.3 hands, has been handled daily since he was born, has been clipped and had his feet trimmed twice, fly sprayed, and used to kids, dogs, and 4wheelers. Very sweet disposition, loves people, nice manners, leads great, and grew up on rolling grassy pastures in a herd. Really beautiful face with big eyes and pretty ears, and is always throwing his tail over his back.

Updated pictures at 3.5 months of the newly registered FHR Stormy Dream (Chewy) by Om El Najeeb Dream (Dreamcatcher SMF ...
09/12/2022

Updated pictures at 3.5 months of the newly registered FHR Stormy Dream (Chewy) by Om El Najeeb Dream (Dreamcatcher SMF x Om El Nariara by Nariadni) out of Blackwind Delilah (Blackwind Jafar x CL Sensuelle by KK War Night). This guy is available! He’ll mature about 15.1-15.2 hands, has been handled daily since he was born, has been clipped and feet trimmed twice, fly sprayed, and used to kids, dogs, and 4wheelers. Has also been trailered twice and leads well. Very sweet disposition and great manners, grew up on rolling grassy pastures in a herd.

Updated pictures at four months of the newly registered FHR Dreaminofdiamonds (Diamond) By Om El Najeeb Dream (Dreamcatc...
09/12/2022

Updated pictures at four months of the newly registered FHR Dreaminofdiamonds (Diamond) By Om El Najeeb Dream (Dreamcatcher SMF x Om El Nariara by Nariadni) out of Aria WW (La Karat x Arwen WW by Da Vinci FM). This guy is available! He’ll mature about 15.1 hands, has been handled daily since he was born, has been clipped & had his feet trimmed twice, fly sprayed regularly, and used to kids, dogs, and 4wheelers. Very sweet disposition and great manners, grew up on rolling grassy pastures in a herd.

FHR Stormy Dream at almost 3 months, getting pretty 😍
08/14/2022

FHR Stormy Dream at almost 3 months, getting pretty 😍

08/14/2022

FHR Midnight Dream and Kai 😆

Jeebie ups his filly odds again!!! This beautiful palomino filly was born yesterday to client Emmy Bean’s QH mare Noble ...
07/01/2022

Jeebie ups his filly odds again!!! This beautiful palomino filly was born yesterday to client Emmy Bean’s QH mare Noble ☺️ This means Jeebie is now at 33% fillies and 66% c**ts 🎉

Got to go watch my handsome boy Shorty (FHR Calypsos Shahmaan) show a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post! Small show...
06/09/2022

Got to go watch my handsome boy Shorty (FHR Calypsos Shahmaan) show a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post! Small show and no competition, but it was fun and a good experience for him ☺️

Out on newly revamped pasture ☺️
06/09/2022

Out on newly revamped pasture ☺️

Jeebie has now upped his filly count! He had TWO daughters born to client mares, and they’re both lovely 😁 Both are bay ...
06/07/2022

Jeebie has now upped his filly count! He had TWO daughters born to client mares, and they’re both lovely 😁 Both are bay mares, and it’s one chestnut and one black. We still are expecting a dilute Quarab/Half-Arab foal out of a client mare, but Jeebie is currently at 72/27% c**t to filly ratio! If he has another c**t it’ll still only be 75/25. Now WE just need a filly or two 😆

05/27/2022

I thought I had posted on this guy already, but I don’t see it 🤦‍♀️ Last but not least, it’s a boy! By Om El Najeeb Dream out of MLP Nightingale Rose (Baha AA x Gazal Al Shaqab daughter), this guy’s head is beautiful 😍 Can’t wait to see what he looks like as he grows up!

Night before last, Lilah shot this baby out in 4 minutes!! We saw her go down and feet coming out, and by the time we’d ...
05/19/2022

Night before last, Lilah shot this baby out in 4 minutes!! We saw her go down and feet coming out, and by the time we’d thrown on coats & shoes and run down to the barn, this little guy was OUT! All black, with no white save possibly a few rabicano hairs in his tail. Om El Najeeb Dream x Blackwind Delilah (Blackwind Jafar x KK War Knight daughter)

Om El Najeeb Dream (Jeebie) is a dad again! Mother is Aria WW (LA Karat x Arwen WW by Da Vinci FM) and she did awesome 👏...
05/01/2022

Om El Najeeb Dream (Jeebie) is a dad again! Mother is Aria WW (LA Karat x Arwen WW by Da Vinci FM) and she did awesome 👏 She waxed up yesterday morning, then I caught her in the act yesterday noonish via camera when NO ONE was home 🤦‍♀️ I called in the cavalry in the form of two amazing horsie neighbors and hubby Josh, and got the vet headed their way, but baby was already out when they arrived. It’s a beautiful black boy ❤️

Spring cleanup - I cut off about eight inches of tail!
04/25/2022

Spring cleanup - I cut off about eight inches of tail!

04/25/2022

FINALLY got Jeebie cleaned up for spring!

03/07/2022

Josh is the best scratcher 😆

4H show ❤️
03/07/2022

4H show ❤️

Sooo hopeful there is a mare hiding inside, even though it’d been parked for an hour 😆
02/12/2022

Sooo hopeful there is a mare hiding inside, even though it’d been parked for an hour 😆

Shorty (FHR Calypsos Shahmaan) home for a vacation ❤️
02/04/2022

Shorty (FHR Calypsos Shahmaan) home for a vacation ❤️

01/03/2022

So happy to be out after 5 days in…

01/03/2022

Chilly temps but playful ponies 🥶 This is our ancient ex-eventing pony CR playing with our 2.5yo mini driving pony Cupcake.

11/18/2021

Jeebie and me on the trail ♥️

10/24/2021

“I’m too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurts…” - Right Said Fred 🤣🤣🤣

09/27/2021

More Shorty video; Skylar the trainer is riding him here, then I rode him after ☺️

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