Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse and Rider
dont break horses, we teach horses and riders to make breakthroughs!
Covered in This Issue:
World ~Training Tip of the Month
~Some Thoughts from Suz ~Riding Tip of the Month
~Wheres Your Horse?
~Bob Jeffreys Group Discounts
~Where did you get those Riding Pants?
~Agriventures Equine Expo. Page 3
Morrisville Foundation Clinic
~Valatie, NY The Ground Manners Clinic
~Bloomingburg, NY -Extended Foundation Clinic
~Centered Riding® Clinic/Jumping Clinic
~Bob Jeffreys Calendar of Events Page 4
~Bob Jeffreys Article of the Month Page 5
New Year to all! Ive started off the year doing some indoor
training over at Red Gate Farm in Bloomingburg. A few of my boarders
have joined us and weve even started a drill team. As you
can see from our schedule it appears Suzanne and I will be quite
busy this year. We started off this year presenting at the Northeast
Horsemens Conference and Trade Show in Maine last weekend.
This year will also bring us to the Agriventures Equine Expo in
Danbury, Connecticut, Equine Extravaganza East Expo in Chantilly,
Virginia and Equine Affaire in Ohio. We hope you can join us for
these events and look forward to working with you in the near future.
By the way, we shall have two stalls available at Jeffcrest Ranch
from March 1st. If you are interested in boarding with us, please
call (845) 692-7478.
Tip of the Month
those of you riding regularly during this winter season (good for
you!), please remember to include a warm up period before asking
too much of your horses. Cold muscles should be allowed to warm
up gradually before they can stretch and work safely. This fact
also applies to people as well as horses. Its also important
to cool them down before ending a training session. To decrease
drying time, you can brush them against the lay of their hair coat.
Thoughts from Suz
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winter! If youre like me, sometimes its hard to get
to the barn and endure the cold weather while mucking, feeding,
and caring for your horses. But its all worth it once you
get out on the trail and enjoy the gorgeous snow-covered scenery
with your horse. Winter is a great time to learn new skills, or
practice and refine those that youd like to improve for the
coming season. So bundle up and have fun with your horse!
Tip of the Month
youre braced against the cold its easy to stiffen up.
Breathing deeply is one simple way to begin to relax and loosen
up. Inhaling through the nose warms the breath as it enters your
body more effectively than inhaling through the mouth. I like to
wear a fleece scarf or turtle around my neck, which
I can bring up high to cover my mouth and nose. This warms my whole
face and neck, and eliminates those prickly little frozen nose hairs!
So dress warmly, remember to breathe, and have fun with your horse!
A good match between horse and rider is the key to learning together,
having fun, and reaching your goals. Need help finding the right
horse? As of this year Bob and Suz are actively purchasing and refining
horses for resale. If youre looking for that equine partner,
we just might have the horse youve been looking for!
Your Group Qualify for Bob Jeffreys Clinics Group Discounts?
us a call to find out! We offer a significant discount on our clinics
to select groups, including members of 4H, Pony Club (yes, including
the adult branch!!!), the United Stated Icelandic Horse Congress,
and the American Trail Horse Association. If youd like to
arrange this benefit for your group, let us know- well see
what we can do to support you and your members!
did you get those riding pants? Equissentials, Inc.!
and Suz would like to welcome Equissentials, Inc., the newest member
of our family of sponsors. This company custom makes the most comfortable,
good looking deerskin patch breeches and jods at an excellent price,
and provides the best customer service weve experienced in
a long time! Because the Icelandic/Western jods are so easy to move
in, Suz wont ride in anything else! To see their complete
line of products go to www.equissentials.net , and support a company
that sells only items made in the USA!
you at SUNY Morrisville!
first Foundation Clinic Level 1 of 2004 will be held at SUNY Morrisville!
Stride of Central New York, a NARHA therapeutic riding center, is
our host! So join us at the gorgeous new equestrian center for a
fundraising show on Friday, March 5th, at 7pm, or contact us to
reserve your spot in the Saturday/Sunday clinic. Looking forward
to seeing you there!
up The Ground Manners Clinic in Valatie, NY!
13 & 14, we will be doing our 2nd Ground Manners Clinic of 2004!
Our first one had an excellent turnout and all participants excelled
despite the cold!
Are you interested in working with your horse from the ground?
Contact us for more information.
days of in-depth Partnership Training for Horse & Rider
youd like to jump right into the riding season, when the weather
is not quite so bitter, join Bob and Suzanne in Bloomingburg, NY
on April 3-6th for our Extended Foundation Clinic. Horse psychology,
ground manners, mounted training, Centered Riding® techniques
great way to learn with your horse!
Riding® & Centered Jumping with Susan Harris!
and Suz have had such a great time hosting Susan the last several
years that weve arranged a 2 day Centered Riding ® Clinic
(plus a Friday eve lecture) and a 2 day Centered Jumping Clinic
for 2004! From Friday May 7 (7-9pm) and Saturday May 8 through Tuesday
May 11 (9am-5pm each day) join Susan (assisted by Suzanne) in Bloomingburg,
NY, where we have an indoor arena, a beautiful location, and the
opportunity to learn with one of the top instructors in the world!
All disciplines are welcome, and last year we had riders of all
levels, including western riders brand new to jumping (watch that
horn!), Icelandic horses, and very high level jumpers. This clinic
sells out fast, so please contact us asap if youd like to
attend for just the 2 days of Centered Riding®, or all four
days! What a great way to say, Happy Mothers Day!
February 28, 2004
am to 5pm *FREE ADMISSION
Hotel 18 Old Ridgebury Road Danbury, CT
exciting day filled with presentations by special guest speakers.
This is a great change to meet internationally know riders, trainers
M. Schoen, D.V.M., M.S. Dr. Schoen is the Founder and Director
for the Veterinary Institute for Therapeutic Alternatives. Dr. Schoen
will discuss The Integrations of Acupuncture and Chiropractic
for Equine Sports Medicine.
Ron Emond DVM Dr Emond will present Colic: Causes,
Effects, and Solutions.
Stuart Brian will discuss the Merits of Traditional
Horse Dentistry. Brian has served the local horse community
as a lay equine dentist for 20 years. Brian discusses the time tested
methods of caring for horses teeth.
Gray Lendon won five Gold Medals at US Olympic Festivals
on five different horses of varying breeds. Lendon has a stable
in Bedford, NY with 50 horses and a multitude of students. Lendon
is active in many organizations, including sitting on the USET Active
Rider Committee, the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees; on
the AHSA Dressage Committee; as well as a USDF Instructor Certification
Examiner, USDF Test Writing Committee, USDF Regional Championship
Committee and active at the local level at home.
Gill, PhD Dr. Gill received a doctorate in Equine Nutrition
and Physiology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Gill had authored
numerous articles for publications. Dr. Gill owns and operates Amber
Lane Farm in Versailles, KY. The facility is a Thoroughbred nursery
and offers sales, boarding, foaling, and sales prep. Dr. Gill is
also an avid competitor. Dr. Gill will discuss Recent Advancements
in Equine Nutrition.
Jeffreys Bob, a clinician, teacher, author and horse trainer,
is the founder of the Partnership Training for Horse and Rider System.
He teaches his own Trainer Education Program at his ranch in Middletown,
NY. Bob and his partner, Suzanne Sheppard, perform at expos and
trade conferences, and present Partnership Training clinics nationwide.
Together they personally work with all clinic and Trainer Education
Program participants to provide true insight, real answers and superior
Katz Eileen is a Senior Territory Manager for Pfizer Equine.
Eileen will discuss The Parasite Puzzle Answers to
Parasitism, Tapeworms and Rotation Deworming. Eileen has been
in the horse industry for 30 years and has been with Pfizer Animal
Health since May of 2001. She has extensive training and education
in clinical and sub clinical parasitism, related causes of colic
and general wellness equine programs.
with manufacturers representatives and enjoy incredible specials
on many equine products.
vendors include: Absorbine Products ~Equine America-Corta Flex Products
~Exceller Farm ~Equicare ~Farnum ~Hamilton-Quality Halters and Leads
~Horse Health ~Iver-Care ~Lawton Adams Construction ~Mainline Fence
~Pfizer-Strongid Products ~Pleasant Ridge Builders ~Sure Nutritions
~Nutrena ~Vita-Flex ~Wellenes Pet Foods ~Westchester Footings
Additional Information Contact:
~80 Mil Plain Road ~ Danbury, CT 06811
Jeffreys Clinics 2004 Events
14 & 15, 2004 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Customized Partnership
Clinic- Basking Ridge, NJ
28, 2004 Bob Jeffreys Clinic @ Agriventures Equine Expo
5-8, 2004 Bob Jeffreys Clinics- Foundation Clinic Level 1
SUNY Morrisville, NY
Hosted by Stride of Central NY
13 & 14 - Bob Jeffreys Clinics Ground Manners Clinic
19-21 Bob Jeffreys Clinics @ Equine Event East Dulles
EXPO & Convention Center
25-28 Bob Jeffreys Clinics @ Equine Affaire Columbus,
3-6, 2003 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Extended Foundation Clinic
23-25 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Foundation Clinic Level
1 Clarksburg, Maryland
7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2004 Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard
host Susan Harris for a
Open Centered Riding® Clinic and a Centered Jumping® Clinic
14-16, 2004 Bob Jeffreys Clinic Foundation Clinic
24-28 & May 31-June 4 Bob Jeffreys Midwest Trainer Education
Program Level 1
Cambridge Springs, PA
29 & 30 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - The Kids Clinic
Cambridge Springs, PA
11, 12 & 13 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Foundation Clinic
Level 1 Guilford, VT
14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Horsemanship
Breakthrough Week Middletown, NY
25, 26 & 27 Tai Chi for Horsepeople with Suzanne Sheppard
12-16 & July 19-23 Bob Jeffreys Trainer Education Program
Level 1-Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
17 & 18 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Foundation Clinic
Level 1 Bloomingburg, NY
14 & 15 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Kids Clinic Bloomingburg,
16-20 & August 23-27 Bob Jeffreys Trainer Education Program
Level 2 Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
21 & 22 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Foundation Clinic
Level 2 Bloomingburg, NY
11-15 & October 18-22 Bob Jeffreys Trainer Education
Program Level 3 Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
16 & 17 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Advanced Clinic
you ever gone to the barn, full of anticipation for a great ride,
only to spend half the time attempting to saddle up as your horse
dances around? Saddling problems range from being simply annoying
to downright dangerous. You can correct the problem yourself by
following the sequence of steps described below.
First, check to see if the saddle fits your horse properly. If you
are not sure how, get help from a saddle fitter, or someone else
who has experience with this skill.
If the saddle fit is good and you still have a problem saddling
your horse its probably because he has a hole
somewhere in his basic training that needs to be filled. Lets
just put the saddle down for now. Start by petting your horse all
over his body while working in an open area and having him outfitted
in his halter and untied lead rope. If you find any spots where
hes uncomfortable with your touch, youll have to work
through this first using an approach (the sensitive area) and retreat
Dont rush this step; its the most important part. We
need to have our horse comfortable with our touch anywhere on his
body including inside the mouth (rub his gums) and nostrils, under
his tail, and so forth. Also start putting pressure with your hand
and arm in the cinch area. Now we can go and get either a lariat
or another lead rope and begin to rub him all over with this new
object. Start by facing and walking toward your horse with the rope
in your right hand and down at your side; when you reach the horse
just pet him with your left hand (the empty hand) and turn around
and walk five feet away. Approach again but this time just show
him the rope (hold it about one foot in front of his nose and allow
him to sniff it), pet with your other hand, and leave again. Re-approach
and just touch him with the rope on top of his nose, leave and come
back, touch the nose, and the side of his neck before leaving. Continue
this, adding the shoulder, barrel, hip etc., until you can rub all
over the horse with your rope. You must also be able to do this
from both sides of your horse.
you are ready to move on to the saddle blanket. Again start out
in front of your horse and fold the blanket so that its size approximates
that of the rope you were using. This will make it a little easier
for your horse to accept (its a different object but at least
its the same size). Well go through all the steps we
used with the rope, approaching, rubbing and leaving. Then well
unfold the blanket halfway (do this while your standing five feet
in front of the horse) so that he sees you doing it. This way if
hes frightened at least he wont strike at the blanket.
Repeat all the steps with the half folded blanket on both sides
of the horse.
Now completely unfold the blanket and rub it all over. Then throw
it up on his back, his rump, his neck, etc. from both sides. Place
the blanket on the horse and squeeze a little on both sides of the
withers (where the saddle will lay). Also use the full length of
the blanket to make a sling under him and lift upwards, putting
pressure in the cinch area to further desensitize your horse to
this feel. Throw the blanket right over his back and off the other
side, letting it land on the ground to get him accustomed to an
accidental drop. When all these steps have been accomplished and
your horse is not only accepting, but comfortable with what were
doing, its time for the saddle.
Walk nonchalantly up to your horse with the saddle (not like a predator
stalking a prey animal), show it to him and then place it gently
on his back, taking care that the stirrups and cinch straps do not
bang against him. Now take the girth strap and manually apply just
a bit of pressure to the cinch area of your horse. When he accepts
it, go ahead and cinch the horse up. Dont cinch too tight
right here, just enough so that, when he moves, the saddle wont
rotate. Ask him to move around you in a circle a few times each
way and then cinch up again before you mount. This last step allows
the horse to relax knowing were not going to pinch him and
tighten so much that he cant move or breathe correctly.
you follow each of these steps your saddling problems should be
over and there will be more time available to enjoy your ride.