Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse & Rider
May 2003 Newsletter
though its almost June, our weather still leaves a lot to
be desired, but both Suzanne and I have begun our riding lesson
programs and restarted horse training at the ranch which is keeping
us busy during the week. Weve also been busy most weekends
doing clinics or demonstrations and Im really looking forward
to this years Level 1 of our 2003 Trainer Education Program,
which is sold out!
good time was had by all at the Celebrate the Horse! Show/Fundraiser
on May 9th . Featuring Susan Harris Visible Horse Demo, and
Bobs Partnership Show with Bob, Suzanne, and her horse CJ.
This special event was attended by over 200 horse lovers who ate,
shopped, laughed and were thoroughly entertained. Funds were raised
for Winslow Therapeutic Riding (how many plastic ducks did you sell,
Pat?), Mid-Hudson Horse Trails (keep up the good trail preservation
work, Deb and Patty!), and Running Fox Pony Club and Horse Hands
4-H Club (yummy food, guys!). Wed like to thank Susan Harris,
Susan Barry and her horse Flashdancer (who was definitely the best
visible horse ever!), as well as Janis, Rodger and Joanne
of Red Gate Farm.
says you cant have a free lunch?
On Saturday, May 31 (rain date June 1) help celebrate the
grand opening of Heritage Feed on Rt. 17K in Bullville! Owners,
Dominick Zigrossi and his wife, Michelle, are providing a free barbeque,
big savings on products and feed. There will be feed manufacturers
representative there to answer questions, along with numerous door
prizes! Bob will entertain the crowd at 11 & 1 pm with some
help from Suzanne and her horse, Lukka. See you there bring
your appetite and horse questions!
fun!!! The sunsets are prettier here!
for a horsey get-away this summer?
We have a few spots left for our Horsemanship Breakthrough Week,
July 18 August 1. If you want to spend real quality time
with your horse, riding, learning, and having fun, all in a beautiful
rural setting, join us at Jeffcrest Ranch!
Basic and advanced horsemanship, horse psychology, Centered Riding
lessons, ground manners, trail class obstacles, drill team, games
and an afternoon trail ride! You dont have to travel far to
have an adventure with your horse! Local accommodations, B&Bs,
and campsites nearby!
Want to ride, but you only get a few days off? Then our Extended
Foundation Clinic, Sat-Tues July 19-22 is your best choice for a
lot of fun and learning in just a few days. Sign up now- spots are
***Ready to bump it up a notch? ***
it been awhile since your last clinic with us? Review the finer
points of our previous Foundation Clinic at our new Foundation Clinic
Level 2, July 25-27. Beyond giving to the bit- lateral work, balanced
stops and backing, Centered Riding and more! Only $245- check the
website for info!
14th - Youth Day and Animal Appreciation Day - Goshen Historic Track,
Jeffreys Partnership Training Demo Contact Linda Myers @ 845-294-5333
for more information
dont break horses, we teach horses and riders to make breakthroughs!
riding is the reason many of us started with horses in the first
place. Its still my favorite horse activity. Theres
no pressure to perform, no judges and no clock; just your trustworthy
mount, you and Mother Nature. Although Mother Nature can play tricks
on us at times, we can minimize the effects with good trail ride
the purpose of this article, well assume that your horse feels
safe and comfortable with you as his leader and has had sufficient
first thing you can do is to let someone know about how long youll
be gone and, if possible, what route youll be following. If
you have a map, bring it with you. If not, and youre riding
in an unfamiliar area, stop and turn around every once in a while
to take note of what the scenery should look like when youre
returning home. If youre going to ride for a long distance
or in rough terrain, an endurance saddle or a properly fitted Western
saddle would be preferred to an English or dressage saddle. They
distribute the weight over a larger area making it more comfortable
for your horse. Dry spots on your horse in the saddle area after
you ride indicate that your saddle is causing undue pressure on
those particular areas. This prohibits the sweat glands from operating
and is probably causing your horse pain. However, this doesnt
necessarily mean you need a different saddle. You may have to pad
appropriately. Basically you want to be able to insert your hand
between the saddle and the horses shoulders or loins without
feeling pressure. You should not be able to do this where the saddle
is resting on his back. Its a matter of preference whether
a breast collar or rear cinch is used. If youre going to use
saddle bags, I find most horses prefer pommel bags which dont
irritate the horse as much as bags tied behind the cantle. In either
case, tie the loose end to your saddle to prevent it from flopping
against your horse. Tie a slicker or raincoat to your saddle in
case it rains. Wear, or bring along a hat for the same reason. If
you are 18 years old or younger, the laws in many states require
that you wear a riding helmet.
take along a halter and lead rope. I prefer a rope halter and a
10-12 foot lead rope which can be rolled up in almost a hangmans
knot and hooked over the saddle horn. This will allow you to remove
the bridle and bit if you chose to stop and rest. Should you tie
your horse to a tree, make your knot at wither height or above and
allow only about two feet of rope length between knot and buckle.
This will prevent him from getting tangled. Your lead rope/halter
can also double as a bridle and reins should you break a rein or
a bridle piece. We all know those Chicago screws can come loose
at the most inappropriate times. (You can fix this by applying nail
polish into the hole before inserting the screw).
you ride with friends, have a prearranged meeting place should something
unforeseen occur forcing you to scatter in different directions
(bee or wasp attacks, for instance). Anyone that is allergic to
insect bites or stings should carry the appropriate medication.
you horse throws a shoe and youre not carrying an Easy Boot,
you can wrap the hoof with Vet Wrap and then cover it with duct
tape to make an emergency shoe. Take along your cell phone, but,
realize that it may not work if youre riding in a remote area.
your horse will get a rock stuck between his horseshoe that will
not come loose no matter how long or hard we pick or pull on it.
When confronted with this situation, try using another rock and
slam it against the side of his shoe. You can usually dislodge the
intruder with one or two hearty strokes.
a first aid kit containing the above mentioned Vet Wrap and duct
tape along with bandages, rolled cotton and a blood coagulant (
such as Wonder Dust). This should be considered a minimum supply
requirement and can be used on horse or human. Lastly, you should
always carry a sharp knife. Knowing youre well prepared should
allow you to relax and enjoy your trail ride.
Concerns About Feeding Horses
Probiotics Now Added to Vitality and Life Design Horse Feeds
What are Probiotics?
Naturally occurring, beneficial bacteria, which aid in the digestion
process to enhance the digestibility of feed and create a healthier
If probiotics are naturally occurring why are they needed?
There are several instances when probiotics added to feed can be
helpful to restore the natural floral balance of your horses
If your horse is ill and is on antibiotics, the antibiotics can
kill the naturally occurring bacteria in the gut.
Stress can disrupt the balance of gut bacteria. Many situations
can cause stress such as showing, injuries, illness, stall rest,
incompatible companionship or lack of companionship.
Change in a feeding program can cause the balance of gut bacteria
to be disrupted. Most horse owners know that one should change grain
slowly to minimize complications. Many however, do not change hay
slowly which in many cases can be more of a drastic change than
What can happen if there is an imbalance of gut bacteria?
Several things can happen when there is a low population of beneficial
bacteria in the hind gut such as colic laminitis or even founder.
probiotics used in all Nutrena horse feeds are produced using new
technology, which protects the integrity of the bacteria through
the heat of the pelleting process.
more information on the addition of probiotics to Nutrena horse
feeds please contact your local Nutrena consultant or visit www.nutrenaworld.com
Weiler-Bloomfield @ (845) 756-3143
23-25 - Foundation Clinic Level 1 - Red Gate Farm, Bloomingburg,
May 31 Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training Demonstration- 11-2pm
Heritage Feed & Supply Bloomingburg, NY
June 14 Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training Demonstration Annual
Youth Day & Animal Appreciation Day @ Goshen Historic Track
Contact Goshen Historic Track Linda Myers @ 845-294-5333
June 20-22 Foundation Clinic Level 1 Monterey, MA
June 27-29 Foundation Clinic Level 1 Lawrenceville,
July 12 Round Pen Show @ 7 pm Guilford, VT
July 12 & 13 Complete Ground Manners Clinic Guilford,
July 7-11 & 14-18 - Trainer Education Program Level 1 - Jeffcrest
Ranch, Middletown, NY
July 19-22 Extended Foundation Clinic - Red Gate Farm
July 25, 26 & 27 -Foundation Clinic Level 2 - Red Gate
Farm, Bloomingburg, NY
July 28 Aug. 1 - Horsemanship Breakthrough Week - Jeffcrest
Ranch, Middletown, NY
August 8 -10 - Foundation Clinic Level 1 Islandia, NY
August 18-22 & 25-29-Trainer Education Program Level 2
- Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
August 23 & 24 Complete Ground Manners Clinic
September 22-26-Horsemanship Breakthrough Week - Jeffcrest Ranch,
September 26-28-Exclusively Icelandic Foundation Clinic Level
1 Bloomingburg, NY
October 3 5 - Foundation Clinic - Level 1 Brandon,
October 18 & 19-Advanced Clinic - Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown,
October 13-17 & 20-24-Trainer Education Program - Level 3 -
Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
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