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Corey Cushing wins second straight Open title on Peppys Royal Outlaw

From Horsetrader staff reports - March 17th, 2011

March 17 IssueTULARE — He went without his lucky red shirt this year, but it mattered little to Corey Cushing at the 2011 National Stock Horse Association Classic, held Feb 24-27 at the International Ag Center.

Riding Peppys Royal Outlaw, owned by Day Creek Ranch of Simi Valley, the Scottsdale, Ariz. based trainer took the Open title for the second straight year, outdueling Jon Roeser on Respond Like A Fox by a half-point in the final composite standings 440-439.5. The victory earned $11,500 for the winners, with the reserves taking $8,625.

Peters, Ravel in record Grand Prix win in Florida

From the Newstrader - March 17th, 2011

Steffen Peters and Ravel

SusanJStickle.com photo

Steffen Peters and Ravel

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Before a sold-out crowd March 12 at the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI5*, Steffen Peters and Ravel brought down the house.

After Thursday’s Grand Prix and Friday afternoon’s Grand Prix Special, eight of the top riders from across the United States and Europe rode their freestyles on a cool Florida evening. By the luck of the draw, the best was saved for last.

How do I teach without a fight?

By RAY ARISS / Horsetrader columnist - March 17th, 2011

HEY RAY!: I own a big Warmblood that’s sometimes like a ton of bricks when I turn him under saddle. His nose will point where he should go, but his body does everything but follow. Then he gives me attitude if I try to use my leg or spur to straighten him out. What can I do to fix this without picking a fight I might lose?
Tony DeCamillas, Windermere, FL.

HEY TONY!: Your question is very telling. It appears we’ve got a horse that may have some understanding and/or training about what is expected of him. You seem clear about what you would like him to do. You also seem confident enough to use spurs to persuade your horse to do the right thing. My concern is that you may bite off more than you can chew – unless you are absolutely clear on how to counter every move your horse will throw at you in this chess game.

How do I get my mare to lope right on both leads?

By DANA HOKANA / Horsetrader columnist - March 17th, 2011

DEAR DANA: I have a 5-year-old Paint mare that lopes wonderfully on the left lead, but when I ask her to lope to the right she can’t hold it together as well — she doesn’t feel as smooth or as cadenced to the right. What can I do to fix her lope?
Anna Olsen, Ojai, CA

DEAR ANNA: That is a very good question! Almost all horses lope or canter on one lead better than the other, and there are many reasons for this.

Introduction to Exercises 3 & 4

- March 17th, 2011

Things to Concentrate on
As you continue working on body control your movement should become more and more automatic. When you first learn something, you have to do a lot of thinking about what you are doing and how you need to do it, what to do if it doesn’t work and so forth and so on. But your main goal is to get to the point where you no longer need to think, where your subconscious takes over and your body automatically reacts. If you’ve ever studied any one-on-one competitive sports like karate or fencing, or a partnered activity like pairs figure skating or ballroom dancing, then you know how much time is devoted to learning the individual moves. You are required to practice them over and over and over again until you don’t think about them anymore, they just happen on their own, as natural reactions.

Follow the Horsetrader into our trails focus this spring

From the Horsetrader sales staff - March 17th, 2011

Spring is here! And so is the Horsetrader’s annual focus on trails –- lots of great information for those who make trail riding so popular. De sure to shoot us an email if there is something you’d like us to cover in our “Trails Focus” inside our April 7 Horsetrader. Just send your idea to news@horsetrader.com

And…are you in a horse-related business that serves the trail horse folks? Then don’t miss our advertising specials to reach this passionate audience. In fact, you should call us right away to learn how our specials can “put you on the trail to a sale!” Deadline is Monday, March 28.