Liberty with Tony (video)

Tony is a big horse that had a rough start. He is a very timid horse that can get aggressive, when he is nervous. We sent him to a friend who really needed work to stay in business. He came back completed broken, physically and mentally. We feel strongly that he was beaten badly. He came home with a fractured …

Puddles Jumps Fire

I think it is really cool how Tommie jumps fire. I recently taught Puddles to jump fire. I haven’t decided how, but I am hoping to work it into an act for him. I think it looks really cool. The toughest thing is that you have to have ground help to set the jump and light it. Once lit, it …

Sensory Training

The day after Night of Amazing Horses, we did a sensory clinic with Karen. When we travel to a shows, we never know what else will be going on …..strollers, loud music, smoke, balloons, umbrellas, anything goes. When I was performing in Chicago, our warm-up area was about 200 feet from a railroad track with frequent trains. Unfortunately, Toby was …

Puddles New Tricks

I have been working on a lot of things with Puddles. The May clinic at the farm with Tommie was awesome. Now Puddles will bow on on leg and then two…..this was a while coming. His laydown is getting better and better. He is also sitting up nicely. The biggest new trick is he now will bow with me on …

Backflip

One of the goals I have is to do a back flip off of one of my ponies. I now have a tramp at home to practice, but haven’t tried one on the tramp yet. While in Chicago, they put a weight lifting belt around my waist with several ropes. I tried a few back flips off of the pedsestal…..but …

Rosin Back Riding and Vualting

In May, we traveled to Chicago for a Night of Amazing Horses performance. We traveled early to do some training. One of the things we worked on was vualting and rosin back riding. We rode a big creamello draft horse named Sugar. Sugar was donated to the equine extremist organization by Chris Penrod. Creamello is a very rare color for …