In this three-part series, blogger Taylor Flury talks about three things she wants to teach young horses she trains: to think, to love and how to work. The first entry was: Three Lessons For Young Horses Part 1: Teaching Them To Think and the third is Three Lessons For Young Horses Part 3: Teaching Them To Work.
The other day I overheard a very smart person (my mother), having a conversation with someone on the three things that she believes are vital in teaching your child to help them to become successful.
These three things are: how to think, how to love, and how to work.
Listening to this, it really resonated with me that I believe these are three things that I make an effort to teach my young horses when I am developing them. Now, some people may say how can you teach a horse to love or to think, but I think it is possible.
It has been a crazy few weeks and first off let me say the biggest thank you to everyone who has helped make this dream of mine come true. Really I could not have done it without all of the support everyone gave.
My journey to the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium, with Catania Saflo Z (Minnie) and Carrasca Z (Hank) began at 3:30 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 12. The horses were to be picked up at 5 a.m., to go to quarantine before flying out and I wanted to make sure they got a mash before leaving.
When I had my surgeries nine years ago I was unable to ride for a year and I was lost with what to do with myself until I developed a passion for breeding. For the first two months after my surgery I was not allowed in the barn for fear of infection.
I ride a lot of young horses, and sometimes you just don't know what you're going to get when they leave the ground! Sometimes they make an effort for a 4' fence when the top rail is half that.
One question I am always asked is: “How do I stay on when my horses jump so big over the jumps?”
Everyone starts their young horses differently. Some start them as 2-year-olds and some wait until they are 4. Some start them through long-lining and some start them through lunging. Who is to say what the “correct way” is. In my opinion there are multiple correct ways, and every person must find what works for them and the horse.
A year ago I thought Taylor would never show again and this past weekend she and I won our first grand prix together.
Many people have heard of Tommie Turvey before, usually with the reference of being a trick rider/trainer. There is a tongue twister for you; Tommie Turvey Trick Trainer (say it four times fast). Yes, Tommie is a trick rider, but he is so much more than that, because in order to be a trick rider or trainer (he is both) you have to be a horseman first.
I have seen him at different events and horse shows and have always thought what he does is incredible. How does he get his horse to focus solely on him in an arena with a crowd numbering in the thousands?
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