Believe In Dreams Ranch

Welcome to Believe in Dreams Ranch where horses are trained using gentle "John Lyons" methods. I Apprenticed under "Ken McNabb" after 25 years of training.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

What a Beauty Day !

What a beautiful day outside today. Gotta love that sunshine......

I finished the barn chores and came inside to eat and relax, looked out the picture window and Kacey was in the outdoor arena riding "Flash" I went out and saddled up "Cookie" Kacey had saddled him one day last week so I put the bridle on and got on. My own horses never get all the ground work the training horses do. It seems like one day I just saddle them up, get on and ride off. I got on and he was fine with that so I started working on "giving" We did wander around, but getting him to give each direction was our objective for the day.

I spent maybe an hour with "Cookie" then put him away and went and got "Flag" He saddled up like an old pro, bridled up real nice. He fussed with the bit for awhile. I stepped up once, got down then just got on and rode around. Kacey was riding "Rockstar" We just walked for today everyone was real relaxed and it went well. When I got off of "Flag" Kacey trotted "Rockstar" I know he feels smooth as I have been working with him, but it is nice to watch someone ride you can really see how nice of a trot he has.

I am so enjoying getting the chance to ride my own horses. I think I had almost forgotten what it feels like. No pressure to have them at a certain point, just take my time. I am not taking very many training horses this summer so I can get mine ready and go to some Horse Shows.
I also made sixty days of training such a bargain I am hoping to be able to do more "finishing" than just colt starting. I want to be able to take them up to the hills by Walhalla this summer too. That is a great place to ride and is really good for the horses.

All the horses are really shedding right now so I will wait until they look better to post pictures.

Hope it is warm and sunny where you are too and that you got a chance to enjoy your horses like I did this weekend

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Spring is Springing

Finally spring seems just around the corner.
Holy Cow ! I had no idea it has been so long since I posted.
We are gearing up for the training horses. Barn is all cleaned out after the long winter.
Kacey did most of it this year all 53 loads. We are still doing it all by hand
it is just too hard to push that wheelbarrow through the snow.
The outdoor arena needs lot's of work and the pens alongside the barn need to be
cleaned yet. waiting for that to thaw.

Hope everyone fared the winter better than I did. I went into hibernation mode and didn't keep in touch with anyone.

There is already a waiting list for this year and I will not be taking as many as I plan on taking in some horse shows with my own this year. Kacey and I both have 50/50 yearlings and would like to get them out and going. I would also like to take "Rockstar" to a few Paint shows.

Kacey will be helping again this year. We will be taking colts to start. I would like to go to a 60 day minimum on the colts ( we definitely require 60 days for beginning riders.) for more experienced riders we may still do the 30 days. We will still be taking problem horses (however there will be a 30 day minimum for problem horses this year.) I have tried to do them in a shorter time, I am just not satisfied with the results on some of them. I had some tuff ones last year and was expected to do more with them than possible in a shorter time. Riding lessons are still available as well.



Well guess that is about it for this update.

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