Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse &
August 2003 News
dont break horses, we teach horses and riders to make breakthroughs!
covered in this newsletter:
World & Training tips of the month *Clinic Hosting Made Easy!
*Partnership Trail Ride/Camping Weekend *Welcome to our Sponsors
*American Trail Horse Assoc. *Bobs Article of the Month
*Kids Clinic NEW! *Nutrena Feed High Fat Feed
*Contest - Win a horse Vacation! *Calendar of Events
to Bobs World!
was a really busy and exciting month for me doing what I love
to do the most
teaching my Trainer Education Program, the
Horsemanship Breakthrough Week, and the Extended Foundation Clinic.
All the participants were enthusiastic, eager to learn and dedicated.
Suzanne and I enjoyed working with each of them. We also had the
pleasure of teaching our Complete Ground Manners Clinic at Lucille
Bumps Southmowing Stables in Vermont. There was a nice turnout
for our show that Saturday evening, including the founder/guru
of Centered Riding®, Sally Swift!
that the high temperatures and intense humidity weve been
experiencing have a definite effect on our horses ability
to function. Keep them supplied with clean, fresh water; they
can drink 20 gallons or more daily in this heat. Its also
a good idea to minimize your horse riding activity when the temp
plus humidity combined total reaches 180 or higher. If you do
ride in the hot weather, give your horse a quick spritz with water
afterwards on his legs and his chest to cool him down. Avoid using
cold water on a hot horses upper body, as the muscles there
could cramp up.
Rain, rain, go away! Please!!! Despite the wet weather weve
got lots of news! Between our sold out Trainer Education Program,
clinics, lessons, and training, life has been busy! You should
hear the nicknames bestowed upon us by the Trainer Ed Program
students! Bob is Cupcake (he loves them- only the
Hostess chocolate ones will do!) Suz is Shortcake
(redhead, straw cowboy hat
), and Janine is Fruitcake
(pretty self-explanatory, dont you think?)!
We have only 2 spots left for our first Partnership Trail Ride/Camping
Weekend! Join Bob and Suz at Bear Springs Mountain Park in New
York- in the beautiful Catskill Mountains! August 16 & 17,
only $125, including 3 catered meals. Well ride together
(no more than 22 participants!) for 5-6 hours Saturday, and then
enjoy a barbeque dinner around the campfire. Singing, lots of
tall tales, and more! Then well enjoy a robust breakfast,
and ride for several more hours, packing lunches for the ride.
Dont miss the fun- trail riding is what its all about!
Excellent Riding Lessons?
offer a few choices pick the one that best suits your needs.
our office today to book a lesson with Suzanne Sheppard, a Centered
Riding® Instructor, or take a Solutions Riding
Lesson or a Trail Class Lesson with Bob Jeffreys.
Trail Horse Association
of the joys of trail riding, were proud to announce that
Bob and Suz are now New York representatives for The American
Trail Horse Association. Check it out at www.americantrailhorse.com
. This national organization is devoted to the registration,
education, certification, and acknowledgement of the American
Trail horse, regardless of color, breed, size or bloodlines
They even offer a 7 Levels of Excellence Program to
challenge trail riders everywhere to show off just how good our
trail horses are! If youd like more info, give us a call!
new Kids Clinic, aka Control=Safety=Fun is specially designed
for children who want to learn more about horses! Join us for
our newest event on Labor Day Weekend (August 30 & 31-its
early this year!) at the Gottlieb Farm in Barryville, NY. Horse
psychology, ground games, Centered Riding® instruction, games
on horseback, and even a trail ride scavenger hunt are planned,
all in a child-appropriate format with a focus on safety and fun.
Beginners through experienced young equestrians are invited. 9am-3pm,
$150. Pony Clubbers and 4Hers only $135!
Win a horse vacation!! ******
Think were leaving out the grownups? Some of you did let
us know that, while you thought the 2003 Young Adult Partnership
Scholarship Essay Contest was great, what about horse lovers over
the age of 21??? So, this year were holding a contest for
adults only! Just write a brief essay about how you enjoy having
fun with horses, send it to us, and youll be eligible to
win a free spot in our Horsemanship Breakthrough Week Vacation
2004. The winners name will be drawn in March 2004. Go to
our website, www.bobjeffreys.com for more details. Remember- you
have to be over 21 years old to enter!
hosting made easy?
Thats right- weve made it even easier to host us at
your facility for any of our clinics. You provide the location,
answer a few simple questions, and we do the rest! Our hosts not
only get a free spot in the clinic and earn money: they also provide
an info-packed learning opportunity for horse lovers in their
communities. Bob and Suzanne are professional, experienced and
supportive teachers who provide plenty of individualized attention
to insure the success of each participant.
Weve eliminated the stress that can go along with hosting.
There is no minimum, no deposit; its a win-win situation!
Contact us for more info- if you cant get to us, wed
love to come to you!
Bob Jeffreys Clinics Team would like to thank Mr. Paul Congelosi
of Congelosi Trailer Sales for joining our Sponsorship Team again
we supply our customers with more knowledge and support together!
you have any questions about the benefits of sponsorship and to
learn more about which offerings would suit your business advertising
needs, please contact our office.
Prepared on Your Trail Rides
By Bob Jeffreys
As we enter the latter part of summer, we need to remember that
this is the season when bees or wasps are most aggressive and
defensive of their nests. I was personally reminded of this fact
when several people went out on a trail ride, but only one returned
to the ranch. I then set out with a few other volunteers to find
the others. Thankfully no horses or riders were seriously injured,
but they were stung repeatedly and were pretty shaken up. One
particular horse took the brunt of the attack and was stung all
over his body.
bees and wasps are a part of life that we cant do much about
so we have to respect their presence, do what we can to minimize
attacks, and know what to do if we are attacked. Firstly, try
to stay on well-traveled paths; dont chance veering off
into undisturbed areas. In particular avoid dead trees or logs
and keep your eyes open for nests in trees.
However prudent we are in trying to be careful, there still might,
and if you trail ride often, probably will be a time when youll
disturb a nest. Most common are yellow jackets that nest in the
ground. If you accidentally step on their nest, youll be
dealing with an angry group of flying, stinging insects.
So, if youre with a group it helps to have a plan. Determine
beforehand what you will do if your group encounters bees or wasps.
What Ive learned works best is to have a code word such
as BEES to be shouted loudly. Upon hearing this word,
everyone should immediately move away quickly and keep going for
at least a tenth of a mile. Most bees/wasps wont travel
further than that, but some may. If the attach hits the lead horse,
the rest of the group should leave to the rear and that lead horse
should continue forward. You can all meet up again at a predetermined
rendezvous point. Try to stay on the horse and get it to move
away from the site of the attack. If you are bucked off, get away
as fast as you can on foot you can look for your horse
If a horse gets stung severely, the best thing you can do is horse
them off with cold water as soon as possible; check with your
vet, but if you cant reach him or her, give the horse a
shot of Banamine (about 5ccs) to calm them down and administer
an antihistamine or a steroid such as Azium. They should be fine
and all welts should be gone in a day or so.
If you know that you or any member of your group is allergic to
bee/wasp stings, carry the appropriate medicine as prescribed
by your doctor on all trail rides. To increase your safety you
may wish to carry a cell phone, but lots of trail areas are not
near cell towers; thats why its important to have
a predetermined meeting place arranged with your group.
Encountering such an incident is not pleasant, but if you keep
your wits about you, and leave the area quickly, you should be
all right and youll have some new material to
share with your buddies. Safe riding!
About Feeding Horses Part 3
What is special about high fat feeds?
A feed that contains a higher fat content will have more calories
per pound than a similar feed with a lower fat content. In other
words high fat feeds are more energy dense. This enables horse
owners to limit the quantity of grain they feed. With lower feeding
rates of grain your horse(s) will be less likely to colic, founder
or tie-up from starch overload to the horses digestive system.
Horses that have a particularly difficult time maintaining weight
and body condition can greatly benefit from a higher fat feed.
Are high fat feeds beneficial for every horse?
No. Just like people, horses have different body types and metabolisms.
A feed high in fat will not be beneficial for the already overweight
horse or pony. In fact for these types of animals a high fat feed
can be detrimental depending on the quantity fed.
What is considered a high fat feed?
Most maintenance feeds are around 3% fat. This is not considered
a high fat feed. Anything at 5% or more can be considered high
What are some examples of high fat feeds?
-Legacy (10% fat). Beet pulp based feed
-Triumph 10-10 (10% fat). Sweet feed
-Life design Compete (7% fat). Pellet
-Vitality (6% fat). This is a sweet feed
-Life Design Senior (5% Fat). Multi-form feed containing pellets
and extruded nuggets
Jeffreys Clinics 2003-2004 Schedule
13 International Riding Camp Live Partnership Show
Greenfield Park, NY
August 16-17 Trail Ride Weekend with Bob & Suz Bear
Springs Mountain- NY American Trail Horse Assoc.
August 18-22 & 25-29-Trainer Education Program Level
2 - Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
August 30 & 31 The Kids Clinic Barryville, NY
September 13 & 14 Trail Horse Clinic by the ATHA
Shawnee National Forest, IL
September 19-21 Foundation Clinic Level 1
Cambridge Springs, PA
September 22-26-Horsemanship Breakthrough Week - Jeffcrest Ranch,
September 26-28-Exclusively Icelandic Foundation Clinic
Level 1 Bloomingburg, NY
October 18 & 19-Advanced Clinic - Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown,
October 13-17 & 20-24-Trainer Education Program - Level 3
- Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
October 24-26 Foundation Clinic Level 2 Cambridge
October 31-November 2 International Centered Riding®
Symposium, Brattleboro, VT www.centeredriding.org
November 10-14-Round Pen Week -Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
November 14-16-Exclusively Icelandic Foundation Level 2 Clinic
10 & 11, 2004 Northeast Horsemens Conference
& Trade Show Maine
May 8-11 Open Centered Riding®/Centered Jumping Clinics
with Susan Harris Bloomingburg, NY
July 12-16 & July 19-23 Trainer Education Program
Level 1-Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
August 16-20 & August 23-27 Trainer Education Program
Level 2 Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
October 11-15 & October 18-22 Trainer Education Program
Level 3 Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY