Are you & your horse up to the CHALLENGE?

I work with some of the most amazing people! Here is what my dear friend Nancy and I have cooked up. We absolutely love the teaching riders how to improve their rides with their horses. Show or no-show, we believe that you should be able to guide your horse willingly, move each part independently, and be able to adjust your horses stride easily. The Challenge Court developed by Eitan and Cowboy Dressage™ is a wonderful platform to “test” or access you and your horses relationship.

Are you & your horse up to the Challenge?

Sunday, May 25th 9:30am – 4:30
Williams Equine Enterprises in Lakeport, California.

Come on out and join us for a fabulous day!

Test your skills of guiding your horse through the fun and unique Cowboy Dressage™ Challenge Court.
You will learn valuable tips and training techniques on how to best use the Challenge Court to improve your riding skills and transform your horse into a more willingly guided partner. ONLY $125 to ride with two horsewomen Angie Hughes & Nancy Williams providing personalized training and instruction for all.

Sign up at http://tinyurl.com/IAcceptTheChallenge

We can’t wait to see you there! 

Join us May 25th in Lakeport, California for a Challenge Court focused 1Day clinic.

Join us May 25th in Lakeport, California for a Challenge Court focused 1Day clinic.

DYI Bosal Shaping – Another use for a kettlebell

It’s an inside day here in Texas with 70 mile an hour winds forecasted for today.  I decided to shape a bosal I’ve had for awhile now but never used.  

Bosal before shaping

Bosal before shaping

Do you see how narrow the bosal tapers down to the knot at the bottom?  This is not ideal.  We want the bosal to fit without pinching or gapping around the horses head and nose.  With some mindful shaping we can make this bosal fit our horse.

  1. Using a 1/2″ nylon rope we tied the bridle notches together. This will help shape the nose of the bosal around the nose of the horse. It is important to keep the bosal centered and balanced when tying. We don’t want to shape our bosal lopsided as it would effect our communication with our horse. 
  2. The sides of the bosal are too narrow and could pinch my horses face. To expand the sides of the bosal to fit I need to place something that opens up the sides. The purple object in the middle is my kettleball. I couldn’t find any blocks appropriate for shaping but fortunately the kettlebell is similar to the shape I’m aiming for.
  3. Lastly I took the extra unused part of the rope and tied it around the base to keep the bosal knot tight. I will keep the bosal tied up for the next 3-4 days and check my progress.

Bosal shaping in progress

Tools used:

Bosal that needs shaping

1/2″ pliable rope (Unfortunately, my son had used up all the hay string or I would have used it)

Kettlebell or block

 

*A kettlebell is a portable exercise tool and comes in various weights