The Budweiser Clydesdales in Action – Color

The Budweiser Clydesdales in Action – Color

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11×14 High Quality Photo Print: The Budweiser Clydesdales, action shot in full color. Click on the photo to purchase a print for your wall!

My Favorite Destinations

A photo captures a unique moment in time. It can also capture the experience of going to a place you’ve never been. 

I’m an Equine Photographer, and I travel the world in my job. I love it! I have a successful website for my business, with my Equine Photography (and a blog about it that very one you’re visiting right now,) but I feel a need to share all those non-horse related photos of magical places. That is what you can expect to find at My Favorite Destinations, my brand new travel blog.

I want to share destinations that captured my heart for one reason or another. There will be city life, good restaurants (by good I mean healthy and preferably organic food,) good hotels, dog friendly RV parks, nature and outdoor activities. The more remote a place is, the more I tend to thoroughly enjoy spending time there. Horseback riding, camping and hiking in different wilderness areas is high on my list of things I love.

Check out this post about a recent road trip I made (yes, it was work related, but we took the long way home.) If there’s something you would like to see, or read more about, feel free to tell me so! Tell me in a comment, or write me a personal email at mmarianorthcutt@gmail.com. OK?

Yours,

Maria Northcutt

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Monday Horsemaship Tradition With Franklin Levinson

Q& A from guest blogger Franklin Levinson www.WayoftheHorse.org.

 

HI Franklin,
 
When I feel my boy getting heated up when we are out .. how can I keep him feeling calm so he doesn’t start panicking ????
 
Hi, 
 
First a few basics; fear, like anything else, can quickly become habitual for horses. They will spook at the same place forever if the issues are never addressed. It takes only an instant for fear to be induced and it can quickly become habitual. Trust, on the other hand, is earned OVER TIME through mutually successful experiences. So, it is obviously more of a project to develop trust than it is to create fear. But the time this will take does need to be accepted and the horse will decide just how long that time is. Another basic is that your horse will mirror you emotionally and physically. If you get tense and fearful, so will the horse. If the horse is already tense the rider will make it worse via their fear and anxiety. Anticipation of problems creates fear in both horse and human. Keeping ourselves calm and breathing are the two most important things we can do to help a fearful horse.
Here are several things to consider trying; walking the horse in-hand out and about for a while. Often horses that spook under saddle will get over their anxiety if led by a confident human on the ground over a bit of time. If we can direct simple movement of a horse when it is anxious with us, it helps the horse keep its focus on us (the leader of movement). So, I suggest getting very good with turns on the forehand, circles, figure 8s, back up, leg yields, one hand stops as movement you can direct when your horse gets anxious. These moves need to be perfected long before you need them when out on the trail. The animal’s attention needs to stay on you and not the potential ghosts in the bushes. So practice these at home. Flat work (arena work) and a lot of it, can help your horse be more responsive to you as its great leader/rider. You need to do much more arena work then you think you need. Not as much fun as riding out for some, but you will become a better rider and you will have a better horse. 
Consider riding out with a friend who is a good rider and riding a calm, confident, mature, relaxed and experienced horse. This alone can do wonders for your situation. I suggest this until you feel your horse gaining more confidence. I also suggest playing on the ground for a solid 20-30 minutes before you attempt to ride it al all, anywhere. If you continue putting a ‘fresh’ horse in a situation where it becomes afraid, that fear easily becomes habitual.
Take a look at his diet. Is getting to much protein or too many carbohydrates for the amount of exercise he is getting? Like a child pumped up on sugar, your horse may have simply the wrong diet. Another thing to investigate is any pain that may be occurring within the horse’s body. If he is uncomfortable, no training will help. So make certain his back, teeth, feet, legs, saddle fit, proper bitting, all of it, is not producing any discomfort. This may require a veterinarian check and saddle fit professional. So rule out pain first and foremost and then you can move on to training issues.
There is some desensitizing that you could try as well. Getting your horse used to scary things like flapping plastic tarps, loud noises, dogs running around, bushes shaking, etc. is a very helpful thing to do. I offer clinics in this and others do as well. Please consider finding such a clinic or someone to help you with this process.

The best thing you can do for a nervous horses is to keep his attention on you via your great equestrian, leadership skills. Get him to move his feet where you want and you will gain his attention and he will calm down. Get him really good at home with these moves first. 

Keep me posted please. Keep well and happy….best wishes, Franklin

Endurance Prospect

Endurance Prospect

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11×14 High Quality Photo Print: 4 year old Arabian Stallion, from Aya Arabians (California.)
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Wild Horses in California

I saw this band of six horses hanging out at Salt Creek, in Shasta-Trinity National Forest earlier this week. I’ve never seen wild horses, in the wild, in California before. Horrible light, but I wanted to share it anyways, since it was such a surprise to see them there. They’ve chosen a beautiful place, don’t you think?

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These photos marked the beginning of an amazing road trip we’ve been on this week. Want to know where we went? I guess you just have to check out my Instagram account ;)

Funny Face – Friendly Young Arabian

Funny Face – Friendly Young Arabian

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11×14 High Quality Photo Print: Young Arabian Horse with his tongue out (chewing, a sign of submission. “Don’t hurt me, I’m just a baby.”)
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