Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"This is your captain speaking..."

"This is your captain speaking..."

Imagine you were about to board a tiny plane to fly across the Himalayan Mountains in inclement weather, and while waiting to board your captain walks up and introduces himself.

He is nervous, tense and down right jumpy, eyes darting around, his handshake limp and damp.  He stutters and bumbles through his pre flight speech.  Using phasing like; "I think", "maybe", and speaks of how he's never seen such weather and how he has only flown this plane one other time.

Now imagine the same scenario but this time the captain calmly walks up, introduces himself in a cool and collected manner.  His handshake is firm and he stands tall as he discusses the upcoming flight.  He uses phases like; "we will", and "I can", and shows little excitement and regard for the outside storm.

Who would you rather fly with?

If you were forced to fly with the nervous captain you would probably (and rightly so) be on edge the entire flight.  And if you flew with the confident captain you might be a little on edge during the turbulents but in general you would feel that your life were in capable hands.

You horse feels the same way about you.

Every time you approach your horse you are approaching as his captain.  Your energy and confidence  or lack there of directly affects the outcome of your ride.

Be strong and be confident.  Be the captain you'd want to fly with.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The One Winter Weather Investment You Will Never Regret

It's cold outside by Texas standards.  We are in the middle of what could prove to be our first icy event of the year so tonight I pulled out the best thing I've bought in a long time.

A water trough heater.

A special order item for my area, one can be found online with numerous retailers.

You can get them for any size trough, or buy a actual heated bucket if you stall.

Not only does having one save you the headache of breaking ice, but they also help to prevent colic and keep your horse hydrated (by keeping the water a inviting temperature).

Even if you only have a few serious cold snaps a year a trough heater can pay for itself with piece of mind with it's very first use.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Free Educational Opportunity- Equine Nutrition Course

Start your new year off right and sign up for a free 5 week equine nutrition course offered by the University of Edinburgh.

Click here Equine Nutrition Course for more information and to sign up.  The course starts in just 19 days.  I hope that you will join me.