Echo Update

Since the last update on Echo, he has been used in 2015 horse summer camps for kids as well as lessons during the summer! He has grown so much that he is now taller than Bandit, Buck, Anira, and yes even Joe. He can pick up the correct lead at the canter with ease and has nice control at the walk and trot. He is confident and doesn’t spook easily. He loves kids and was happy to be a camp horse. He was patient while getting painted. I do think he liked his toes painted! He played in the water when he got a bath and he got some kids wet too. He will be in training during 2016 to become a reining horse. CONGRATULATIONS to Echo’s owner, Kelci, who is expecting a little girl in May, 2016!!

Enjoy some pictures of Echo from summer camps:

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Training Echo Day 12

Hi y’all,

Here is a video of the 12th day I trained Echo. The first video is just demonstrating the ground work we have done. He walks, trots, and canters on a long line, disengages his hindquarters, moves his shoulders away correctly, side passes long the fence, trots over poles, and most importantly: he’s very attentive to his handler and is very willing. He doesn’t have much spook about him either, he is quite the curious fellow!

Enjoy this video of the ground work done on Day 12 of training Echo:

In the second video, I will be riding Echo in the arena for the first time. This ride is the 4th time that I have ridden him. I have mentioned before that Echo has been ridden about half of a dozen times by his owner, Kelci, prior to his training here. So he has been ridden at a walk in a large round pen and an arena at the facility where she was boarding him in Greeley. During this ride I am just working on simple things, such as him getting more comfortable with a rider on his back, giving to the bit, stopping (which he does very well with just relaxation of the riders body and a verbal cue “Whoa”), and starting to work on the trot. This video shows his 3rd ride at a trot, but his first ride at a trot in a big open pen.

I hope y’all enjoy this video of day 12, part 2:

 

Best Wishes to all you horse enthusiasts,

Kate with OCHS

Training Echo, Day 9

Hi Y’all,

The weather has been colder here in Northern Colorado so I have had some time to finally get these training video’s edited and posted to YouTube!

Below is a video of Echo’s 9th day of training which happened on March 14, 2013. I did some ground work off camera just to make sure he was responding well and was ready to progress with his training under saddle. The video show’s a brief ground work session to show you how he is responding to my cues. You’ll notice in the video that he trips on his hind legs. Due to this, I stopped his training until March 26th. In the meantime, the farrier came out (on March 20th) to do a correction trim on his hooves to help fix his tripping issue. The corrective trim helped him immensely and he was good to go a few days later!

Echo is so light and willing. I hope you enjoy watching my second ride on him from March 14th:

 

 

Warm Regards,

Kate with OCHS

 

Horse in Training Progress

Hi y’all.

It’s already about the end of March now and I have put 5 rides on Echo. I have videos of the first couple of rides which I will try to post on here as quickly as I can. Echo has been doing awesome! He is very willing and is always trying to please his handler. His owner has been out here at the ranch a few times to work with him as well. Unfortunately Echo had a week off while he was here due to problems with his hooves. The farrier came out on March 20th to do some corrective trimming. You will see in the 2nd ride video (which I will post soon), that he trips on his hind leg. After that 2nd ride (which was on March 14th), I did not work with him for 11 days while he adjusted to the new hoof trim. Echo is still growing and needs a little more time before he gets ridden more than a walk and light trotting. Due to this Echo will be leaving on the first of April to go back to his momma for some love, continued ground work, and light riding until his body fills out more. It has been a true pleasure to work with Echo and see him progress so quickly.

 

I hope you enjoy this video of Echo’s first ride here at OCHS.

 

Warm Regards,

Kate Thomas with OCHS

 

 

Horse in Training

Hello everyone,

Echo, a 3 yr old grade palomino gelding, has come to me for training during the months of March and April. His owner purchased him as a yearling and has put a solid foundation of ground work on him. I will be starting him under saddle and advancing his training under saddle. He arrived here at the ranch on the 23rd of February. I started his first day of training on March 2nd. For the first week that he was here I didn’t handle him much other than grooming and feeding. I wanted him to get comfortable in his new environment before his training began.

I have made a few videos of his training progress thus far. I hope you enjoy.

Here is a video of the first day of training:

Here are two videos of the fourth day of training.

Part One:

Part Two:

I will post updates and videos periodically as his training progresses, so stay tuned!

Best Regards,

Kate with OCHS

Intro to Horse Training with OCHS

My training styles is based on what I’ve learned hands-on and through studying many different trainers through books, clinics, training clubs, and DVDs. Horses are intelligent animals with a great sense of fairness. Each horse is unique thus requiring the handler to treat each horse as an intelligent individual if you wish to get the best performance or closest relationship with the horse. Horses speak mostly through body language, so it is immensely important to be able to “read” what the horse is telling you.

My goal in horsemanship is to give the horse the most subtle cue that I can while being as firm as necessary without leaving the horse in fear or pain. Removing the pressure at the right moment is more important than applying an excessive amount of pressure to achieve a task. Emotions create unnecessary baggage when working with horses. The key to becoming an excellent horseman is to leave behind all emotion before ever touching a horse. It would be best if you leave your emotions behind before the horse even sees you (they are always looking out for predators as it is). I try to figure out what motivates the horse I’m working with so that the horse will enjoy the task at hand. Sometimes I reward the horse with treats (given at the appropriate moment); sometimes it’s a scratch in their favorite spot; sometimes it’s even ending the session and coming back to it later.

I always end every training session or pleasure ride with a thorough grooming. It is relaxing to the horse and it is relaxing to me. Who doesn’t love the sensation of petting a horse?

Sincerely,

Kate with OCHS

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