Archives for Training Tips

Sharon Camarillo/Donna Irvin Barrel Racing Clinic 2017

A couple of weekends ago, Kayla and I attended a Sharon Camarillo/Donna Irvin "Better Barrel Racing" Clinic as audits. For $100, we were able to visit Falling Oak Ranch, in Salinas, CA, for the two day clinic, sit at the end of the arena and watch 2 incredibly talented women teach a stellar group of girls how to be better barrel racers and horsewomen.
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Staying motivated to RIDE your horse

One of the hardest things for me being a trainer that works a "regular" day job with training and teaching lessons on the side, is staying motivated to ride whether is be before, after or on my days off from work. I have 3 of my own horses I need to ride or work regularly and find it sometimes hard. My horses are all at different levels and being ridden or worked in a different way.I have come up with a couple of ways that are helping me to keep myself motivated.
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Tying A Horse’s Head to the Side

Today was the first day Dori has been back to work in over a month for various reasons, but mostly my procrastination. The last time I worked and rode her, we hit a (metaphorical) brick wall and she fell with me. So I have spent the last month or so focusing on my good horse, finishing out the race season and trying to dig deep into my training toolbox to figure out how to fix and get over our brick wall.
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Wet Saddle Blankets

I have worked for a few horse trainers and followed some of the most famous ones while trying to figure out which direction I wanted to go with my training career. In the process of developing my own style and techniques, I have incorporated several tricks, tips, styles, techniques and methods into my own. One thing I have learned over the years is that wet saddle blankets is what makes a solid, broke horse that is a pleasure to ride.
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