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Dave Redlinger
· August 23, 2017
Purchased a nice mare from Anna last year. It took us a little time to get Jade and Maren to click, but They are on the same page now. Anna was kind enough to give us a follow up visit and help us t...hrough the learning process. Would recommend her for sure See More
Jody Wilkin
· October 23, 2017
Honest, wonderful people and well bred, mannered and trained horses! So happy with the horse I bought from them.
Justiel Piggott Hunter
· November 30, 2015
This facility is not only pristine and well organized, but the staff are all professional and sooo friendly! Anna goes out of her way to be helpful and supportive in whatever my objectives are for ho...rse or rider. Her philosophies are respectful of horse and rider and result not only in a great foundation of training that will last a life time, but an attitude of respect and trust between horse a rider. Our experience and the benefits we've reaped are truly priceless. See More
Bonnie J Saunders
· September 26, 2015
It's an awesome place to keep my horse, learn to ride better, improve my relationship with my horse, get much needed help from and companionship with the wonderful people who run it !
Jenny Knoche
· November 7, 2016
Says one thing does another! Trumps boguss charges up so she make money .HAS BAD MOUTHED MY CHILD! She will not produce sales check on horse of mine. Refused to let me have my horses reg.... Papers when I wanted to go get them? Accepted an affer without even getting my approval!? Really? She took much less then she put in ad?
She stated in texts she didnt care about me or my child?
The list goes on and on..........all the way civil court!
There was NO contract with her. He was advertized for 4000. I got trumped up charges and 1765? I have no idea who has my horse? If you know where "Knighted" is please contact me via FB.
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Maria White
· September 16, 2015
Great caring family to care for your horse. Super stable and inside riding area. Great trails, awesome scenery
Shelley Flack
· July 2, 2014
Anna does an amazing job training horses, and she does a great job teaching you how to ride!!
Liz Finn
· November 25, 2014
My daughter Cassidy loves it there! The people are great!
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Jeff Sanders California Vaquero Horsemanship

I am really loving working with this horse! He is not easy at all but the best bridle horses never are in the beginning.
I am really looking forward to seeing what he becomes!

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Equine Ability Horsemanship (Mark Langley)
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Equine Ability Horsemanship (Mark Langley)

The Sweet Spot by Mark Langley
We often reward a horse for trying in different tasks but I see a lot of horses at clinics and in horses that I re-educate that too far gone for simple pressure and release to work, especially when the release is for the task at hand. A lot of the horses that I see are operating knowing the answers (or thinking that they know the answers); and they are operating for their owners from the memory of all the training that they have had - the repetition; the patterns, the cue's and aids presented through body language and feel both on the ground and under saddle.

What concerns me about these horses is that in their eyes I see a deeper worry and lack of softness. They seem connected with their owners; but they carry this connection with a certain amount of anxiety. The biggest task and most important thing is for those horses to see their owners in a different way; in a way, almost like a young horse does when it first becomes curious in a person and asks a lot of questions. It can be difficult to open up a horse's mind, especially after years of training and "robotizing" or years of abuse and bad treatment that causes trauma.

How do we get our horses to look at us like they were young again, with interest and curiosity?

I now teach how to just be there and wait. Stop managing things. Stop controlling things. Stop correcting things. Just wait a bit.

But it's not just about waiting - we have to wait and mean it. It doesn't matter what they are doing; we can't be disturbed by them or anything else. For some horses, it is enough to get them to settle just by standing centred like a big tree and saying to yourself "I am here for you" and imagining that you have got the same presence as a big shady tree that has been there for a thousand years. You are just waiting there for your horse to find shelter under your branches. You become the herd that you have taken them away from.

Once your horse finds calmness with you, it will realise that there is a sweet spot. The sweet spot wasn't just the release of pressure - the sweet spot was directly related to their connection with you.

When we ask our horses to do things in training, especially for the horses that have lost a calm connection, and are just operating between cues, it is very important that we somehow find a sweet spot for them.

There were two particular horses at one of my recent clinics. One of them was freshly started, very sensitive around the girth and along the back. When I offered some suggestions and worked with her horse on it's sensitivity problems, it became apparent that the problem wasn't about the sensitivity on the topline or girth but getting it to softly connect through it's eye. I wanted to see her horse look at her as though she thought she was helpful. So for the whole of the first day at the clinic, I got her to just draw her horse's soft focus through its eye and just find that sweet spot and relax. So if she was to just take a step back and draw the lead rope, her horse would just soften on the lead eye and bring its thoughts to her. I could have desensitized her horse's belly; I could have done all sorts of things to make the horse more obedient. But I figured this had already been done and what this horse needed most was to put its trust in people. So when her tension rises, as it always does in training, she seeks our help. This is the basis of leadership.

The next day, when we started to desensitize the horse around the barrel, instead of the horse spending all its time getting tense and searching to be somewhere else, we could apply pressure which increased the level of tension in the horse, but then we could draw the horse's focus - gain a connection - and release the pressure. And it didn't take long before it was only the pressure which created the tension, not the pressure and the owner causing tension. Once the owner became a safe place, it was easy to get the horse to then relax with the pressure. The horse was also starting to move its feet around the owner and walk a soft circle with a calm connection on the direction and towards the owner. The sweet spot for this horse was finding a soft, calm connection and relaxing with the person. This was the first sweet spot that I think this horse had had during its education.

The other horse was a horse which operated like it knew the answers. It had quite a bit of stiffness and brace in the way that it moved. I thought it was carrying a bit of worry in its eye. Though it was operating off a lot of visual stimulant, it wasn't moving softly and calmly. Simply rewarding the release of pressure in certain areas wasn't quite enough to help it relax. So with this particular horse, I thought it was important to not offer it guidance through what it could see but to send it out blind and learn to work by feel. We offered the horse a lot of rope to see what it would do, and it maintained the same sized circle. So instead of having this horse focused on me, I wanted it to feel that it could go out and away - so find a straight line and go out off the circle. Once it could find the straight line and find the end of the rope, then we would just gently draw it back. When it was further away though, it started to relax. By doing this - letting the horse go out and find a bigger circle and a smaller circle through the feel of the rope - it meant that the owner stayed fairly relaxed and neutral in the middle, walking just a small circle as though they were walking around a wheelbarrow tyre. This centreing and calming of their body language allowed the horse to relax, soften and find more of a natural bend on the circle. When we could ask the horse in with just a small connection, then we would offer a sweet spot - just to stand, connected with the owner. I saw a great improvement in this horse.

The journey to the sweet spot is firstly through getting the horse to focus towards the person. Then finding a calmness with that focus. Later on, when that horse brings its focus back and disconnects with whatever it was worried about, it needs to find that connection - and within that connection there is a place of calmness.

So, if we are steering a horse to a connection and we feel that connection, we have to really relax our cores and show our horses that they have found us. The idea is that one day, whilst ever our horse is under us, it can operate in a calm connected way and we are the sweet spot.

In most horses, the sweet spot is firstly found through standing and connecting and then soon enough they find it whilst they are moving. Remember, as I said earlier - the sweet spot can't just be a release of pressure or giving the horse a space to rest. The sweet spot has to have been derived through a connection with us otherwise it is not strengthening our leadership, and we still may not be able to help our horses in chaotic situations.

I see this as one of the most important foundations in horsemanship. And I try very hard during lessons and clinics to help people understand this and the value of it. I strongly believe that it helps to create a much more balanced and safer horse.

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Jackie 'Hon' Hatfield to Iowa Ranch Horse Association

Our 2018 Show Schedule has been finalized! Can't wait to see everyone there.
Be sure to check back for show bills and clinic flyer for our clinic in April.

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Mile Hi Barrel Horse

The struggle is real! How many times have YOU tied it wrong?

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Dustin Norris

Darn right!!!

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Casselton Veterinary Service, Inc.

Dr. Reichert had a very important client stop by today to pick up a health certificate. The animals were checked over and given a green light for travel!

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Jack McDermott

Latest red cedar project. It converts from 1 step 2ft x 3ft. To 2 steps, to 3 steps.

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Jack McDermott

Today's project. Andy started it last night. I milled and installed the tread and railing today.

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Jack McDermott added 3 new photos — with Anna Mcdermott-White.

Hay deck is in use. 15 big square bales up there.

This was one of my rides today! So much progress has been made with this little mare! She arrived needing lots of help learning to trust and building confidence.

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Had a great day riding today! Sabrynn got to ride this handsome boy! Poco CHA CHING! a.k.a Vegas, 4 year old stallion.

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This is one nice colt! Pot full of Poco, a.k.a. Potsie
If you're looking for a good looking, good minded baby...don't pass him up! classified ad for Outstanding 2017 Dun Colt - Uniquely bred for ANY Discipline - Exellent dispostition - Handled daily priced at $2,500

At this time we are all out of broke, finished horses for sale. We don't normally offer prospects for sale, but thought maybe we would consider offering something a little more affordable before we go to work and turn her into something special. May, 2016 grey filly. All of her siblings have been very easy to start and train. $1500

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