Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse and Rider
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Covered in This Issue:
World & Training Tip of the Month
Thoughts from Suz & Riding Tip of the Month
have a Winner! A Ton of Feed!
your Horse this Spring!
a Better Understanding?
Be Your Horses Advocate! By Bob Jeffreys
Nutrena Feed by weight, not volume
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Id like to congratulate our drill team members for an excellent
performance and for letting me join in on the last day. Thanks to
Karen and Charlie Kolster for inviting all of us to their home afterwards
for lunch. It was a great time. Well all be returning to Jeffcrest
Ranch on April 1st, but we had a ball over at Redgate Farm this
winter; thanks to Joann and Roger for all their help.
Spring is on the way and were booking horses for training,
so if you are interested in having your horse come in, please call
as soon as you can.
Were introducing a new round pen designed for me with some
very special features. Well have them available for sale by
the middle of April. Weve also redesigned our trail bridle
setup and introduced the Partnership Bridle assembly
as well. You can check them out at our new mini tack shop located
in the office at the ranch. They will be put on our website in the
very near future as well.
I cant wait to see all of you again as warmth and sunshine
returns to our little corner of the world.
Tip of the Month
Does your horse bump you with his head while youre leading
him, or walk into you when you stop, or just stands too close to
you (invading your space)? If the answer to any of the above is
yes, then try this. When you stop walking and he doesnt,
twirl the end of your lead rope in a circular motion increasing
both the speed and intensity of the twirling until he steps back
away from you. If you do this consistently, your horse will learn
to stand or step back when you stop.
thoughts from Suz
As I write Im surrounded by horse lovers, clinicians, bright
lights, vendors and lots of colorful exhibitors at the 1st annual
Equine Event East in Chantilly, Virginia. Bob and I are here with
3 of our horses Blackjac (Bobs new quarter horse, aka
Marshmellow nose), Lukka (my flashy Icelandic mare with a sense
of humor), and a black Quarter Horse named Ace, who is the newest
member of our horsey family. Well be presenting demos and
lectures throughout this 3 day event and having a great time! Many
of you enjoy attending expos to immerse yourselves in an exciting
shopping and learning experience for horse lovers. Its just
as much fun behind the scenes from the time people and horses arrive,
busily setting up stalls, booths and displays, to when the crowds
arrive with their enthusiasm and energy, to the time spent with
other clinicians, each helping the other by sharing experiences,
lending horses to each other for demos, and more. I feel proud and
honored to be a part of this profession!
Whats next? Bob and I will then go up to Columbus Ohio to
present at Equine Affaire. Were looking forward to seeing
many of you there! Be sure to stop by our booth, C200 in the Celeste
Center, and to check us out at these demonstrations!
2:00-3:00 Bricker Annex Demo Ring
Suzanne Sheppard Dynamic Balance; Tai Chi for Horsepeople.
1:00-2:00 Cooper Arena
Susan Harris & Peggy Brown: Centered Riding® Part 1
How the Riders mind affects the body and how both interact
with the horse. Suzanne & Lukka represent gaited horses and
5:30-6:00 Rods Covered Paddock
Bob Jeffreys presents: Know No Boundaries- an Introduction
to the Sport of Trail Riding with Suzanne, Blackjac, Lukka and Ace!
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2:30-4:00 Cooper Arena
Susan Harris & Peggy Brown Centered Riding®-Part
II: Working in Balance and Harmony with your horse. Suzanne and
Lukka will again represent gaited teams.
3:00-3:30 Voinovich Arena
Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard: Overcoming Your Anxiety
exercises to build confidence in the novice or fearful rider.
Tip of the Month
If you sometimes feel unstable in the saddle, you may be squeezing
with your knees to stay on. Try to relax and lengthen your legs,
draping them around your horse gently. When you loosen up like this,
and anchor your tailbone, youll sit much deeper
in the saddle, increasing your security and your comfort.
Have A Winner!
Congratulations to Debra Gray of Accord, NY. Her name was drawn
by our sponsors, Nutrena Feed and Dominick & Michele Zigrossi
of Heritage Feed & Supply, out of a pool of over 2,000 entries
to win a ton of free feed! If youd like to enter the 2004
feed drawing, you can sign up at our clinics or visit us at our
booth at Equine Affaire Ohio. Congratulations Debra!
Your Horse This Spring With Quality Partnership Time!
Extended Foundation Clinic Red Gate Farm Bloomingburg,
NY April 3-6th
Manners Clinic Breezy Meadows Equestrian Facility
Saco, Maine April 16-18th
Clinic Level 1 Halle Family Farm Clarksburg,
Maryland April 23-25th
Clinic Level 1 Hunter Lane Stables Richmond,
Virginia April 26-28th
Clinic Level 1 Dancing Dreams Farm Rensselaerville,
New York May 14-16th
Try Our Partnership Spectacular-The Horsemanship Breakthrough Week-
fun-filled, informative adult get-away focusing on horsemanship
skills, ground manners, and Centered Riding®. Enjoy trail rides,
group lessons, drill teams, private training consultations, and
then relax with wine-tasting, a poolside barbeque, dinner &
yourself and your horse to this memory making experience! You wont
a Better Understanding? Bob Jeffreys Trainer Education Program
course is an intensive six-week cross-disciplinary program designed
to benefit those who wish to train professionally or to profoundly
deepen their equine knowledge, understanding and skills.
May 24-28th & May 31-June 4th Level 1
York July 12-16 & July 19-23 Level 1
York August 16-20 & August 23-27 Level 2
York October 11-15 & October 18-22 Level 3
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Your Horses Advocate
Most of you taking the time to read this article love horses. We
would also like to think that people who own horses will take care
of them in the best way they can.
We try to feed the best grain and/or hay depending on his requirements,
work load, condition, etc. We keep his feet shod or trimmed regularly,
and make sure his medical shots and vaccinations are up to date.
We provide a barn stall or run in shelter for him in case of inclement
weather, and try to give him enough time outside of our working,
training or showing to be with other horses and just, well, horse
around. Jobs done! Right? Well, maybe not completely.
Lets say you board your horse at a facility other than your
own. Are you sure your horse is getting his correct food rations
and fed at least twice daily? Do you know if hes turned out
regularly? Is his stall, shed, or pasture mucked out at acceptable
intervals? Even if youre sure that your horses worming
is up to date (because you do it yourself), are the other boarders
horses being wormed regularly? You have the right to get answers
to these questions.
What about your farrier? Is he or she nice to your horse while working
with them, or are they abrupt, demanding or even punishing? Does
he or she just drop the foot to the ground or do they place it back
gently? If you have a younger horse, will your farrier try to work
more slowly and more underneath the horse to help build confidence,
or do they insist on holding that foot way out to the side to make
it easier for themselves, but much more uncomfortable for your horse?
Once again, you can ask for this type of consideration and most
farriers or blacksmiths will accommodate you. If they dont,
find someone else.
I must advise here that it is your responsibility to train your
horse to stand quietly for the farrier and to pick up his feet when
asked. This is not the farriers job! The same principle applies
to horses and vets. If the vet needs to treat a cut or a wound and
starts to twitch your horse, you can ask him not to do so if you
have trained your horse not to rear, kick or otherwise hurt him.
Again, this is not the responsibility of the vet to teach your horse
and he (the vet) has a right to stay safe when helping your horse.
The area of most concern for me is people who would otherwise treat
their horses with the utmost love and kindness become frightened
observers when a so called horse trainer treats their
horse poorly in the name of training. Im not saying that everything
involved in horse training should be hugs and kisses. If a horse
bites or kicks maliciously, or bucks or rears, they must be made
to understand that these are undesirable behaviors. What I am talking
about is the horse that is just about run to death in a round pen,
or slapped silly because he wont stand still for mounting,
or who has his ear bent back and pinched to get the bit in his mouth,
etc. When you see a trainer using any method that you
dont like or dont understand, ask them why they are
doing whatever it is theyre doing. If they wont answer
you or give you some cockamamie answer like Because thats
the way its done! or Because I said so!,
then in effect theyre telling you that they have no idea why
theyre doing it. You can expect a meaningful explanation of
why and how a specific training technique is going to change a certain
You would certainly expect no less an explanation from your sons
or daughters teacher at school.
Remember - your horse cant talk to you and tell you whats
happening in his life. You have a right and also an obligation to
be his advocate, his partner and his best friend.
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Note from our Sponsor Nutrena
by weight not by volume
much do you feed your horse? If your answer to this is by the scoop
or coffee can continue reading below.
will eat about 2% of their bodyweight per day on a dry matter basis.
This will include hay, pasture and grain. So, if you have a 1000
lb horse that horse will eat about 20 pounds in a day on a dry matter
basis. Remember coffee does not weigh the same amount as horse feed
so a 1 lb coffee can does not hold 1 lb feed. Not all feeds weigh
the same either. A scoop of pellets will weigh much more than the
same size scoop of sweet feed. As well, not all pellets and sweet
feeds weigh the same.
the weight of your horses ration can be helpful in many different
situations. If you need to change feed for any reason knowing the
weight can help you transfer a feeding program properly. If you
switch feeds by volume you may actually end up feeding less or more
than before resulting in underfeeding or overfeeding. If switching
to a feed with a higher fat percentage to maintain your horses body
condition more easily it is true that at some point you may be able
to feed less grain (by weight). To avoid any unwanted changes in
body condition consider feeding the same amount of new feed (by
weight) as the old feed and then after a few weeks to a month you
can adjust accordingly based on the changes in your horses body
is perfectly reasonable to feed with whatever container suits your
needs. Coffee cans do work well. You are encouraged, however, to
know how much a full container of each feed you use weighs. If you
dont have a kitchen scale consider bringing your feed to the
supermarket and using the vegetable scale there.
you have any questions about nutrition or Nutrena feeds
visit our website at www.nutrenaworld.com or call 1866-265-4498
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Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard Partnership Training for Horse &
25-28 Bob and Suzanne @ Equine Affaire Columbus, OH
3-6, Extended Foundation Clinic Bloomingburg, NY
16-18 Ground Manners Clinic and Friday Night Show Saco
23-25 Foundation Clinic Level 1 Clarksburg,
26-28 Foundation Clinic Level 1 Chesterfield,
7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Bob and Suzanne host Susan Harris
for a Open Centered Riding® Clinic and a Centered Jumping®
Clinic- Bloomingburg, NY
14-16, 2004 Foundation Clinic Level 1 - Rensselaerville,
24-28 & May 31-June 4 Bob Jeffreys Midwest Trainer Education
Program Level 1 - Cambridge Springs, PA
29 & 30 The Kids Clinic Cambridge Springs, PA
11, 12 & 13 Foundation Clinic Level 1 Guilford,
14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 Horsemanship Breakthrough Week
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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 Foundation Clinic Level 1 Bloomingburg,
30, 31 & Aug. 1 The Gaited Horse Clinic Delhi,
NY with Bob, Suzanne & Gudmar Petursson
14 & 15 Kids Clinic Bloomingburg, NY
16-20 & August 23-27 Bob Jeffreys Trainer Education Program
Level 2 Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
21 & 22 Foundation Clinic Level 2 Bloomingburg,
11-15 & October 18-22 Bob Jeffreys Trainer Education
Program Level 3 Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
16 & 17 Advanced Clinic Bloomingburg, NY
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