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Who is your competition in the barrel or gymkhana pen?

Who is your competition in the barrel or gymkhana pen? Do you know who your competition is in that barrel or gymkhana pen? I DO!! Your only competition is YOU!! You heard me right! The only competition you in that pen is you. Do you know why your only competition is you? It is because no one else matters. No one can ride for you, so you are the only one to ride PRs you, who can improve your abilities, be humble for you! Will you be out-rode and out-shown? Probably! Does that matter? Absolutely NOT!! Every time I step
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Bond With Your Horse

Are you truly bonded with your horse? Do you know HOW to bond with your horse? Having a good solid bond with your horse is a key proponent to a great relationship with your horse. Bonding with your horse gives you a way to build trust in each other. Whether it is a new horse or your current horse that you have owned for years, you need to spend time your horse. Answer the following questions: does your horse live in a stall or in a pasture? Is your horse alone or in a herd? Do you board or is
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Milan’s Rehab And Return to Work

About a year and a half ago, Milan, our beautiful palomino paint mare, came up lame. I quit riding and using her in our program and went to work figuring out what was wrong. One of the things with Milan is that her right front foot turns in toward her left front leg. She also has been very tight in her shoulders and back. 
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Getting Ready for Boarders

July and August have been busy months for us at LoneStar Riding Academy, home to SL Barrel Horses. As you know, in May we met with the owner of Corral’s R Us to discuss a design for the next phase of our build. Heidi and I met with Daniel and hashed out what are first 9-stall shedrow would look like. We had an idea in our heads and Daniel was able to put it to paper for us.
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How much is board? Wow that’s a lot!

As we have been building our stalls at LoneStar Riding Academy, one of the biggest questions I get is “how much is board?” The response after I answer the question is “wow, that’s a lot!” Every boarding facility has the ability to decide what they are going to charge their boarders. Our rates are based on so many variables as well as all the other facilities around. Their is a huge difference in price between self-care, partial care and full care. When I boarded my horses in college, I paid $80/month for self-care. By self-care, I mean I had to
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Starting my next journey!

Now that the 2015-2016 barrel racing season is over and I am looking forward to 2016-2017 (mostly 2017) as I start to bring horses up and fill the shoes that Rocket is leaving behind. I still plan to haul and run him a little as I don't think he 100% ready to quit and I need a veteran to haul with the "babies" who aren't exactly babies anymore.
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How to Teach Your Horse Patience

As I start hauling/riding/seasoning my young and inexperienced horses, I have to take the time to teach them how to be patient. Right now, when my grey mare is tied to the trailer (by herself or with other horses), she paws and ends up breaking off the reflectors on the side of the trailer. She is being naughty and just doesn’t know yet, how to stand quietly at the trailer. She may never stand completely quiet, but it is my job as her trainer to teach her how to behave while she is standing tied. Everyone has their own ideas
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SL Barrel Horses–Our 1st Official Lesson at LoneStar Riding Academy

The Friday before Christmas, SL Barrel Horses had our first official lesson at LoneStar Riding Academy. We had two teen girls that came to us as a birthday surprise for Lexi and her best friend Katie. Both girl have a riding back ground but little to no experience in a western saddle. Lexi has a reining horse, but usually rides him English and Katie has jumpers and rides cross county events. It was so much fun watching these two girls act like they have never been on a horse a day in their lives and then start to figure out
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