Bob Jeffreys Clinics -
Partnership Training for Horse and Rider
dont break horses, we teach horses and riders to make breakthroughs!
covered in this issue:
World and Training Tip of the Month
Thoughts from Suz, and Riding Tip of the Month
*Calendar of Events
Chance-Win a Horse Vacation!
*Bobs Article of the Month
2004 Winter Riding/Training Program
*Free-2,000 lbs. of Nutrena feed
of Love to the winner!
Horsemens Conference and
*Convenient Holiday Shopping
.Really! Trade Show
you know, Suzanne and I have been doing quite a bit of traveling
lately, but I was fortunate to be able to spend Thanksgiving Day
here at the ranch with my family, including my oldest daughter,
her husband and my two grandchildren. So, while Im still in
the spirit, let me express my appreciation to all of you for your
support throughout the year. It has been a rewarding and very successful
year for both Bob Jeffreys Clinics and Jeffcrest Ranch.
me also congratulate our 2003 Trainer Education Program graduates,
Quinn, Trisha, Crisann and Kathleen. They worked really hard and
I am truly proud of their accomplishments.
ranch family has grown this year as well. Netti and Jessi continue
to work weekends, and Kathleen has now joined us doing barn work
and some training. Janine is now the office manager, and has traded
in her pitchfork for a computer. Youll see her photographic
and design talents in many of our new ads. Suzanne is now an official
partner in Bob Jeffreys Clinics. She did a great job last year both
in teaching the clinics and promoting them, and were already
off to a good start in 2004.
This will be our final newsletter of 2003, so on behalf of us all
Id like to wish you a wonderful holiday season!
Tip of the Month
Before bridling your horse this winter hold the bit in your bare
hand or warm it up before placing it in your horses mouth.
It will be more pleasant for him to accept, and youll avoid
having his tongue stick to the bit!
Thoughts from Suz
Horses provide us with so many opportunities; to challenge ourselves,
to meet other people with similar interests, to be active, to spend
time outside or maybe to compete
and, most importantly perhaps,
to develop a very special relationship with another species. Pretty
Bob and I have had the opportunity to meet and work with lots of
great people (and their horses!) as weve traveled this year.
It was wonderful to look out in the audience at Equine Affaire and
see so many familiar faces, and to hear the shouts of support! I
want to thank you all for making 2003 our best year ever. We look
forward to seeing many of you again in 2004, and to share more adventures
with our horses!
Tip of the Month
when things get hectic this season, give yourself the gift of quality
time with your horse. Relax and focus on your grooming, arena work,
trail ride, or however you choose to spend this time. Distractions
(and we all have them- work and family responsibilities, deadlines,
etc.) need to be left behind until the ride is done; they will all
be there still when you put your horse away. Then you can meet these
obligations more effectively with less stress and renewed energy.
New! 2004 Winter Riding/Training Program ****
cold weather brings many challenges to riders. Its hard to
continue riding outside in the wind and cold, to stay motivated
and focused, or even just have fun with your horse. Have you made
good progress with your horse this year? Do you want to continue
riding despite the bitter weather and icy footing? Wish you could
continue with lessons?
Bob and Suz will be over at Red Gate Farm in Bloomingburg, New York
using the indoor arena from January 1 through March 31 to give lessons,
organize a drill team (lots of fun!), train horses, and more. If
youd like to bring your horse over for 3 months of indoor
activities, give us a call right away as stalls are limited. Were
offering a special package deal including board, turnout, 4 training
rides monthly by Bob or Suz on your horse, and two drill team sessions
each month, all for $500 per month. Or, if youd just like
to start or continue lessons with us, give us a call! Wed
love to have you!
Can Still Win a Free Horse Vacation!
not too late- you can still enter our Horsemanship Breakthrough
Week Give-Away if youre over 21 years old. Weve extended
the deadline to March 30, 2004! Its simple- just email (or
snail mail) us a one page essay on how you have fun with horses,
include your contact info (name, telephone number, email address,
etc.), and youll be entered in the drawing to be held March
31, 2004. To submit your entry just go to www.bobjeffreys.com, or
send it to:
Jeffreys Clinics Essay Contest
New York 10941
Miss Your Chance to Win a Free Ton of Nutrena feed!!!
of winning contests, be sure to get in touch with us if you havent
yet entered the special free Nutrena feed contest, provided especially
for our customers! Just send us an email by December 31 with your
contact info, and make as note that youd like to enter the
contest. Well be sure to submit your entry to the drawing
by our sponsor, Nutrena, and will announce the winner in early 2004!
Good luck to all who have entered!
West, All Ye Trainers!
right- western Pennsylvania, to be exact, for our first annual Midwest
Trainer Education Program! Were pleased to announce that well
be holding an additional session of our Level 1 Trainer Education
Program in Cambridge Springs, PA (it really is west- right on the
Ohio border!) from May 24-28, and May 31-June 4, 2004. Our Trainer
Education program will also continue to be held at Bobs ranch,
Jeffcrest, in Middletown, NY. The dates are: Level 1 July 12-16
& July 19-23; Level 2 August 16-20 & 23-27; and Level 3
October 11-15 & 18-22. We had a great group of students in 2003,
and look forward to another sold out TEP in 2004!
in out from the cold and join us in Maine!
Horsemens Conference and Trade Show
10 & 11, 2004
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
its cold outside come on in to listen to speakers up close
and personal! Bob and I will be there for our first appearance in
2004, presenting on a variety of topics, along with other people
from a wide spectrum of horse-related fields. Good shopping, great
lectures, and heat!!! Get more info at www.nhcts.com . Be sure to
come by and say Hi!
of Love- a Great Cause!
some of you know, Janine, our office manager, is sporting s new
look-shorter hair! She looks great, but decided to shed her locks
for a special cause- Locks of Love. This non-profit organization
provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering
from medical hair loss. So if youd like to donate hair or
money, visit www.locksoflove.org .
If you need to choose a special horsey gift for that special someone,
please visit the tack store on our website, www.bobjeffreys.com
. Weve got bridles, rein kits, books, videos and more.
Bridling Your Horse the Easy Way
youve ever had to walk backwards the length of the barn aisle
on your tiptoes in order to bridle your horse, please know that
there is a better way.
begin to teach a horse to accept the bit and the bridle willingly
by putting the bridle away. Thats correct, Ill do all
my practice bridling without the bridle in order to
eliminate the possibility of bumping his teeth with the bit or pinching
his ears or eyes with the bridle. There is less chance of this happening
when the horse is comfortable with the bridling process.
by standing to the left of his neck, place your right hand on top
of the horses head palm down between his ears and your left hand
just above his nostrils. Ask him to simultaneously move his head
downward and towards you, to the left, by using a little pressure
from both hands. As soon as he moves his head downward or to the
left, release both hands immediately to say thank you.
Keep practicing this until as soon as you put both hands into position
the horse will automatically bring his head down and over to the
left so that his nose is by your belt buckle and his ears are no
higher than your ears. Well call this the bridling position.
Now we can ask for him to accept us petting his nose or mouth gently
with our left hand while his head remains in the bridling position.
If he attempts to raise his head when you touch his mouth, try to
restrain him gently and dont release until he reassumes the
bridling position and allows his mouth to be touched.
When we can achieve this last step consistently, well ask
the horse to accept one finger in his mouth, and then graduate to
two fingers, then three. Keep adding fingers until the horse will
open his mouth. Practice until every time we ask for the bridling
position, hell quickly open his mouth when your fingers are
placed in the corner of his mouth. Then just use your right hand
to cup forward first the right, and then the left ear.
To summarize, now we can ask the horse to place his head in the
bridling position, open his mouth and let us move his ears forward
one at a time. When these steps are achievable every time we ask,
its time to retrieve the bridle.
Since youve already taught all the steps involved in bridling,
putting the bit and bridle on the horse should now be a piece of
Hold the bridle at its top with your right hand. Place your right
hand between the horses ears, letting the bit hang down in
front of his face. With your left hand ask the horse to open his
mouth; when he does, raise your right hand upward which will bring
the bit into his mouth. Now grip the top of the bridle with your
left hand which will free up your right hand to cup the horses
right ear and push it forward while your left hand places the bridle
over that ear. Then do the same with the left ear. Buckle your throat
latch and youre ready to ride! By using this step-by-step
approach, you will avoid or resolve many bridling problems and be
well on your way to a more willing partnership between you and your
year the Northeast weather seems to present us with different challenges
in obtaining high quality hay. In 2001 and 2002 we were in the midst
of a severe drought, which left not much hay to be found. This year
was extremely wet which resulted in hay that was cut too late and
therefore contains decreased nutritive value or is moldy. Moldy
hay can exacerbate or initiate allergic reactions such as heaves
or cause digestive upset such as colic or diarrhea.
is an essential part of your horses daily ration. Fiber helps
maintain a healthy digestive tract and can provide a good source
of protein and energy. A horses ration should consist of more
fiber than concentrate grain. An inverted ration can cause problems
such as colic, laminitis or founder, tying-up, wood chewing and
does one deal with a situation where good quality hay is scarce
and what is in the barn is of poor quality or is moldy? Each circumstance
requires fiber supplementation. If you just dont have enough
hay but the hay you do have is of good quality you can use a fiber
supplement to prevent inverting your fiber to grain ratio. If you
have plenty of poor quality hay you can use a high quality fiber
supplement to increase the nutritive value of this portion of your
horses total diet. Nutrenas TNT Chops is a high quality
chopped timothy/alfalfa mix which is an excellent fiber supplement
for both situations.
a case of moldy hay, avoid feeding parts that are blatantly moldy.
In many cases hay may seem clean but still contain a significant
mold spore count. If you see that your horse has developed heaves,
any allergies seem to have worsened or has otherwise unexplained
diarrhea it may be because your hay has an elevated mold spore count
and those mold spores are producing mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are byproducts
of molds, which can trigger respiratory problems, digestive upset
and even reproductive or neurological problems in rather small quantities.
TNT Chops is produced in South Dakota where the climate is very
dry. Hay fields are irrigated when needed and there are always enough
sunny days to in a row to make hay. This environment produces a
mold free product. If your horse is heavy or has other respiratory
issues TNT chops can be used as a complete hay replacement.
providing high quality long stem fiber is essential to maintaining
a healthy horse.
(845) 756-3143 Cell (845) 417-8119 Fax(845) 756-3329
November 6-9 Equine Affaire- Icelandic Breed Versatility
Team, W. Springfield, MA
14-16 - Exclusively Icelandic Foundation Level 2 Clinic Bloomingburg,
19-25 Private Horse Training Lakeville, CT
10 & 11, 2004 Northeast Horsemens Conference &
Trade Show Maine
24 & 25 Ground Manners Clinic Pine Bush, NY
14 & 15, 2004 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Customized Partnership
Clinic- Basking Ridge, NJ
5-8, 2004 Bob Jeffreys Clinics- Skys the Limit Clinic
SUNY Morrisville, NY
Hosted by Stride of Central NY
3-6, 2003 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Extended Foundation Clinic
24-26 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Foundation Clinic Level
1 Clarksburg, Maryland
7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2004 Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard
Susan Harris for a Open Centered Riding® Clinic and a Centered
24-28 & May 31-June 4 Bob Jeffreys Midwest Trainer Education
Program Level 1
Cambridge Springs, PA
29 & 30 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - The Kids Clinic
Cambridge Springs, PA
11, 12 & 13 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Foundation Clinic
Level 1 Guilford, VT
14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Horsemanship
Breakthrough Week Middletown, NY
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 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Foundation Clinic
Level 1 Bloomingburg, NY
14 & 15 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Kids Clinic Bloomingburg,
16-20 & August 23-27 Bob Jeffreys Trainer Education Program
Level 2 Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
21 & 22 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Foundation Clinic
Level 2 Bloomingburg, NY
11-15 & October 18-22 Bob Jeffreys Trainer Education
Program Level 3 Jeffcrest Ranch, Middletown, NY
16 & 17 Bob Jeffreys Clinics - Advanced Clinic