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HoofPrints Newsletter
July 26, 2010 Issue
Get Riding & Training Advice from an OLD LADY!
Who better to learn from than someone who's been teaching for 50+ years?!
Gincy Self Bucklin Who better for us older (ahem) women riders to get riding advice from... than another old lady?! And I mean that in the most respectful way. Gincy Self Bucklin is the daughter of Margaret Cabell Self, renowned riding teacher and author of numerous books on horses and riding. Mrs. Self started her public riding facility in 1929, when the depression forced her to find a way to support her beloved horses. Gincy began assisting in her mother's riding program when she was twelve years old, and has continued to teach for the next 50 years! And through all those years of horsewomanship (she's now 78) Gincy's love and respect for the horse (all breeds and disciplines) still shines through in her writing.

What I love most about these books, and Gincy's philosophy of teaching, is that it's her own glorious blend of all sorts of methods - from the familiar, like Centered Riding, Clicker Training and Parelli, to more obscure concepts like TTeam, martial arts, visualisation and muscular telepathy. She's learned a lot about how people (and horses) learn, and she's distilled it down into these three books that, in my opinion, are worth their weight in gold. The books are arranged in cohesive chapters, so you can read (and learn about) issues that are relevant to your riding challenges at the time. There are lots of photos, along with little tricks and tidbits that are hugely helpful.

Here's an excerpt:
"I also am coming to believe - and you may think this is a little far out - that the horse really gets the message of what the rider wants from what the rider is thinking. The aids tell him how the rider wants him to do it, and help him to do it that way. I say this because over the years I have seen horses respond to all sorts of different signals that sometimes have very little to do with the horse's mechanics, but the horse still seems to figure them out.

... Whether this "mind reading" is exactly that or the result of the rider's body reacting to what she is thinking is not really important. What is important is that the more clearly you know what you want the horse to do and how you want him to do it, and the more you think and plan ahead to give him a chance to "read" you, the better results you will achieve.

Many riders assume when the horse doesn't respond immediately, he is being deliberately disobedient. However, if you have taken the trouble to establish a good relationship with your horse, he generally tries to please you and do what you want. If you approach communication with the belief that the horse wants to please, and then give him a chance to work with you, you will often find that you get far better results than if you become aggressive."

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Farrier's Job Featured in THE ART OF MANLINESS
Virginia Farrier Zach Williams interviewed for So You Want My Job... column
art of manliness blog headerThis blog is a very good interview with a working farrier. They ask sensible questions, and he gives interesting, concise answers. Here's an excerpt:

8. What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job are the occasions that I get to do therapeutic work on lame horses and the satisfaction that comes from being able to make a lame or injured horse better or, at the very least, more comfortable.

9. What is the worst part of your job?
The frustration that comes from having to deal with some horse owners and their poor horsemanship.

11. What is the biggest misconception people have about your job?
The biggest misconception is that folks think every dime they pay me stays in my pocket. But I have a lot of expenses such as fuel, horseshoes, nails, rasps. Just the raw material cost to shoe one horse (all fours) is about $20.00.

12. Any other advice, tips, or anecdotes you'd like to share?
To anyone starting out, don't ever lose focus that it's all about care for the horse. And don't neglect to improve your basic horsemanship skills, along with your farrier skills.

You can read the rest here
Horse Tales from Heaven Illustrated Gift Edition...
Reflections Along the Trail With God
Horse Tales from Heaven coverWe talked about the paperback version of this book in a previous newsletter here.

This gift edition of Horse Tales from Heaven features ten of the stories from the original book, paired with beautiful full color paintings by Chris Cummings. Accenting Cummings art and Ondov's prose are relevant quotes - from famous authors, horsemen and women, the Bible - all about horses and life. This makes a great gift - the inside front has a space to write the recipient's name, the presenter's name, and the occasion - for an added special touch. To see this and our complete selection of Christian Horse Books click here
Farriers: STAY OFF THE PHONE - put it in writing...
FREE special bulletin for farriers is a practical guide to written correspondence
put in writing buttonAs the long, hot summer days wear on, many farriers find themselves regarding the telephone as somewhat of an "enemy". An oxymoron: time-sucking convenience. Like at the end of they day when you need to return phone calls - and you know that a minor scheduling change with Billy Blabbermouth Horseowner is also going to result in a lengthy conversation about various other things. Billy may be a nice guy, with a lot of interesting things to say, but the end of a long day - with another one ahead - getting off to bed for some much-needed rest makes a lot more sense than hearing about the latest gossip in the horse world. Farriers can turn the tables on the "technology time-suckage" and put it to work for them. Send an email to Billy Blabbermouth - "I will be there at 11 tomorrow instead of 10 - please call me back to confirm that you got this message and that this is OK." Then, when Billy calls, he can leave his reply on your voice mail.

Text messaging via the cell phone is good for this, too. Even if you don't do texting, you can send a short message via your computer's email program to the recipient's phone if you know their cell phone service carrier (Verizon, AT&T, etc). More info about how to do that here and here.

Other farriers I know post relevant info about their schedule on their Facebook page. Updates like: "I will be at ____ Horse Show from (dates)" or "My cell phone is broken, if you need to reach me call ____ or send an email." Facebook also lets you send messages to your friends via the site, so they receive notifications in their inbox.
Recap - From the last newsletter
Here's what we talked about last time:
Pink Breyer HorseCelebrate the Healing Power of the Horse with Breyer's New Pink Ribbon model here
Hand Cut Steel Farrier Sculptures here
Even More Riding Rules for Old Horsewomen here
Prayer At Valley Forge Artist has died. Details here
More Amazing Horse Facts & Trivia here
Submit your Smiling Dog pictures here
BARN girl logo glamorizes baling hay here
Hand made Dog Bone Treat Pouch here
Farriers' Traveling Desk
helps organize papers here
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This week's quote is by Robert Frost:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Be sure to read Fran Jurga's thoughtful horsey take on this verse here.

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Thanks everyone, for reading!
Gina Keesling, owner

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We receive a lot of them. Some are pretty good, and others are dumb. Dumb in a myriad of ways...  Alarmist email rumors that have been around forever - that folks keep sending "just in case it's true" Pictures of someone's butt (or worse) - don't even get me started about the firecracker butt - but at least that one was timely when it showed up around July 4. Christian messages that are uplifting - until you get to the end and you're threatened "if you're not ashamed that you love Jesus, forward this - if you are, then delete." Pictures of cute puppies and kittens (awww)

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In all my efforts to make the newsletter interesting and forward-worthy - it never occurred to me to JUST ASK you all to send it! Duh. Sometimes the obvious is elusive, I guess. So here goes - my request to ask you to forward our email newsletter to your horsey friends.  All we ask is that you please be judicious and only send to folks who might be interested. Otherwise we are no better than the "firecracker butt". Click here to get started. (please note - using this form does NOT subscribe anyone to our list - it is a one-time only forward)