Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse & Rider
dont break horses,
teach horses and riders to make breakthroughs!
covered in this newsletter:
World & Training Tip of the Month *The Kids Clinic
Advanced Clinic- coming soon! *The Newbies?
& Suz at Intl Centered Riding® Symposium *Win a Horse
*T'ai Chi for Horsepeople Seminar with Suzanne *Bob & Suz at
*Nutrena Feed-Standing Up Straight *Bobs Article of the Month
August and September were exciting and quite busy months. Suzanne
and I just completed our little mini tour to return for the Horsemanship
Breakthrough Week, followed by a weekend clinic. We worked nineteen
days straight, but had a blast. Janine is having a little culture
shock after our return to the office, even though she says she didnt
miss us. We were fortunate to meet and share ideas with an Icelandic
horse trainer, Gudmar Petursson at his facility in Kentucky. Thanks,
Gudmar, for your hospitality! Plans are in the works to collaborate
on a clinic or two in 2004.
I am looking forward to the return of our Trainer Education Program
students as they complete Level 3 this month. We shall list them
on our Trainer Education Program web page after graduation.
tip of the month
your horse doesnt know when it doesnt count, so always
be consistent in your handling.
The adventure of Bob and Suz continue! We had the pleasure of traveling
to the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois, where we worked
with the American Trail Horse Association at their Annual Trail
Ride Event. Jen Lowe, the founder of the association, hosted us
to demonstrate how to train your horse to be the best trail horse
ever! If you get to visit the gorgeous 250,000 paradise for trail
riders in Herod, IL, be sure to check out 34 Ranch. Owner Tom Luchies
has made it a great place to camp with your horse!.
Then down to Kentucky, where we rode some Icelandic horses, including
Gudmars handsome black stallion, Throstur! Next stop, onto
the Haemer Farm in Cambridge Springs, PA for another Foundation
Clinic Level 1. Tiffanie and Dave always make us feel right at home
thanks guys! We not only enjoyed working with some great
people and horses, we also had the opportunity to help raise funds
for Hog Heaven Rescue Farm, run by Regina Martin and David Allman.
Well be back for a Foundation Clinic Level 2, Oct 25 &
26, with a Saturday Night Show. If youve ridden in a Foundation
Clinic Level 1 before, join us for lateral work, a finished, balanced
stop, correct backing, speed control and Centered Riding® techniques.
Remember part, partner, partnership!
NY - join Bob and Suz for the last Foundation Clinic Level 1 of
Live Friday Night Show on October 10, Partnership Training Riding
Clinic on Sat/Sun October 11 & 12. If you can't see us at Equine
Affaire, check us out in Cortland
youve ridden in our Foundation Clinics, step up to better
collection, leads, canter departures, sidepassing, turns on the
forehand and haunches, mind-blowing stops, Centered Riding®
and more! October 18 & 19 at Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY.
Spots are limited to 8 horse/rider teams, $295 each, so sign up
asap on www.bobjeffreys.com!
Annual International Centered Riding® Symposium
31-November 2 Brattleboro Quality Inn, Brattleboro, VT www.centeredriding.org
us at this exciting event! Bob will present on developing a true
partnership between people and horses, and Suzanne will focus on
Tai Chi for horse people! There will even be a tribute to
Sally Swift, so dont miss it!
Annual T'ai Chi for Horsepeople Seminar with Suzanne Sheppard
better, feel better, ride better! Join Suzanne (who is also a T'ai
Chi instructor) for a weekend of T'ai Chi customized for equestrians.
Friday eve (7pm-9pm) and Saturday/Sunday (9am-4pm), Dec. 5-7, in
Middletown, NY. Treat yourself to a weekend of stress-relieving
chi kung exercises, cultivate better balance and body awareness,
learn part 1 of the Yang Style Long Form, and address the most common
challenge riders face: tension! $145 fee includes workbook. For
info call Suzanne at (845)361-3375, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Affair Breed Demo with Icelandics Versatility Team!
and I have been invited to be part of the USIHC Breed Demos being
organized by the Northeast Icelandic Horse Club at Equine Affair
in Springfield, MA. We will be performing on Thursday, Nov 6 and
Saturday Nov 8 at 3:15 both days with the Icelandic Team. Come see
just how versatile these horses really are!
and spoon races, water in a cup relays, trail rides, partnership
we had a blast with all of the kids that participated
in our kids clinic. Thanks to our hosts, Joe and Kathy Gottlieb,
for the hospitality! Safety, horse psychology and Centered Riding®
techniques all added up to a fun, valuable experience! And, contrary
to popular rumor, Bob and I did not cheat when we competed against
each other with our kid partners in the water race! (Well, maybe
just a little). Check out our website photo gallery to see the action!
and Stefnir are the newest additions to our equine family. Blackjack
is Bobs new Quarter Horse. He can spin and stop but hes
never been on a trail, gone through water or seen a deer. Bobs
working with him as we speak. Hes improving everyday and weve
started using him in our Friday night shows! Stefnir is Suzannes
12.3 hand Icelandic who is willing, friendly and great for kids
and adults new to riding! You can see their photos on our photo
gallery page on the website check it out to see why Blackjack
is also known as Marshmallow Nose!
a horse vacation!*******
all adults who love to ride and save money at the same time! Win
a free Horsemanship Breakthrough Week in 2004, a $795 value! To
enter, just write a one page essay about how you have fun with horses,
and send it in to us by December 31, 2003. The winners name
will be drawn on March 1, 2004. Be sure to include your name, telephone
number, and email address. Only adults 21 years old and over are
eligible! To enter, visit www.bobjeffreys.com . Why not take a chance-
you could be the winner!
THE TURN ON THE FOREHAND
you like to be able to have your horses hindquarters move
as the front end stand still? This is an easy and fun lesson to
teach your horse and most of them can learn it in less than two
hours. As a movement, it is not only impressive, but a very useful
one, particularly in trail classes.
Since horses must be taught to move away from pressure (this is
not something they do naturally), I start the lesson by teaching
the horse to move his hindquarters to either the left or the right
from the reins. This way I have a motivator (the bit) to encourage
the horse to seek the correct response. Later on Ill put a
cue spot on the horse where my heel or spur will touch him to signal
the turn on the forehand.
Begin by looking at the horses left hip (for a turn to the
right) while slowly taking the slack out of the left rein. Move
your left hand upward and across your chest toward your right shoulder.
Add pressure slowly if needed but release and praise the horse as
soon as the horses hip starts to move forward to the right.
In effect, you are disengaging the hip and youll feel a distinct
step to the right. Dont worry too much about what the front
feet are doing at this time. We are only interested in getting one
step at a time at this stage.
When we start top get this single step consistently, we can start
to put our leg cue on the movement. Remember here that horses are
very sensitive to touch and your cue spot doesnt have to be
exaggerated. Start using your leg cues first and only use your reins
if necessary. Eventually, you wont have to use the reins or
look at the hip spot at all; youll just use your cue spot
with your heel. When you are able to get a full 360 degree turn
by using your leg cue only, one step at a time (i.e. releasing pressure
from you leg after each step), then you can try leaving your heel
on your cue spot for two steps at a time then three steps,
etc. until you can apply the cue and the horse will continue to
move his hindquarters until you remove your heel from the cue spot.
When you can accomplish this, we can focus on keeping the front
feet in an imaginary two foot circle using our reins to restrict
movements outside of the circle. I prefer to teach the entire movement
on one side of the horse and then go teach the other side. I believe
it eliminates confusion for the horse plus they will soften up sooner
when we stay on one side longer.
You can also teach this lesson from the ground using your rein or
lead rope first to disengage the hip and then using your thumb to
apply the leg cue.
Enjoy the lesson!
Standing up Straight
you know you can affect the health and potential of your foal before
it is even born. The health and nutritional state that your mare
is in when she is pregnant will affect her unborn filly or colt.
Providing proper nutrition to your mare can help prevent certain
developmental orthopedic diseases (DOD). Genetics, exercise management
and nutrition can all affect bone development in your foal There
are many myths about the nutritional causes of DOD such as too much
protein, too much molasses or even feeding alfalfa. These are just
myths. What does contribute to developmental problems from a nutritional
standpoint is an unbalanced diet for you mare when she is pregnant
and you foal once it is born..
fed a balanced ration, foals will grow to their genetic potential
without increasing the risk of incurring Developmental Orthopedic
Disease provided exercise management is done properly. A balanced
ration is defined as one that provides all of the nutrients needed
in a 24 hour period in their proper amounts and proper relationships
to each other. This balanced ration is sometimes referred to as
the nutrient to calorie ratio, which means that all
nutrients are balanced to the energy level in the ration. Listed
below are some of the relationships in a balanced ration for a foal
at weaning designed to reach a mature bodyweight of 1100 pounds.
There are other relationships as well, such as copper, zinc, Manganese,
selenium and vitamins. (Jim Ward D.V.M., Equine Management
Digestible Energy (DE) 8.5 Mcal/100 kg bodyweight/day
Crude Protein (CP) DE x 50 = Grams of CP/day
Lysine DE x 2.1 = Grams of Lysine/day
Calcium (Ca) DE x 2.0 = Grams of Calcium/day
Phosphorus (P) Ca X 0.55 = Grams of Phosphorus/day
Life Design Youth is specifically formulated to prevent Developmental
Orthopedic Diseases. Youth contains balanced ratios of all essential
nutrients and can be fed to your mare in late gestation through
lactation and to your foal and yearling.
a healthy foal starts with a healthy mare.
more information on Youth or other Nutrena horse feeds please visit
10-12 Bob Jeffreys Foundation Clinic Level 1-Cortland, NY
18 & 19-Advanced Clinic - Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
13-17 & 20-24-Trainer Education Program - Level 3 - Jeffcrest
Ranch, Middletown, NY
24-26 Foundation Clinic Level 2 Cambridge Springs,
31-November 2 International Centered Riding® Symposium,
Brattleboro, VT www.centeredriding.org
6-9 Equine Affaire-West Springfield, MA
10-14-Round Pen Week -Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
14-16-Exclusively Icelandic Foundation Level 2 Clinic Bloomingburg,
5-7 - T'ai Chi for Horsepeople with Suzanne Sheppard Middletown,
10 & 11, 2004 Northeast Horsemens Conference &
Trade Show Maine
14 & 15, 2004 Bob Jeffreys Customized Partnership Clinic-
Basking Ridge, NJ
7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2004 Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard
Susan Harris for a Open Centered Riding® Clinic and a Centered
12-16 & July 19-23 Trainer Education Program Level
1-Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
16-20 & August 23-27 Trainer Education Program
Level 2 Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
11-15 & October 18-22 Trainer Education Program
Level 3 Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY