Saturday, November 22, 2014

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am certainly drawn to reflect on all the wonderful friends, horses, and environments for which I am so grateful. I am truly blessed and hope that each of you know just how fortunate I feel to have you in my life.

Horse Study Sophomores Marilyn & Patti
I am trying to get caught-up on my Tip for the Ride videos, but we are still having some trouble with the video equipment. My producer/videotographer/editor in chief...Susan, is working on it, and hopefully you will start seeing new installments in December.

Certainly we are looking to the new year already, and invite you to take a look at the offerings by clicking HERE for the current newsletter. We are very excited to offer one final opportunity to join the four-year commitment to truly study the horse, and ultimately to develop a true bridle horse in lightness. In 2014 we started 'Horse Study' with 11 brave women participating.
The results of dedicating ourselves to studying the bio-mechanics of how the horse moves, combined with observing 'balance', helped everyone go deeper in their relationship with the horse.

We have openings for only six (6) more people to join this journey to graduate in 2019. Check it out and call us to chat about how we can accommodate you into this experience of a lifetime. It will change your life!

Horse Study is not for everyone, so we will certainly still have a full line-up of riding opportunities, from private lesson series in Emmett, Idaho to the always popular cows and mountains clinics. Here is the tentative schedule. If you don't see something made just for us, and let's talk about how you can host a clinic in your area.

So for now...Let's close with ...
We have so much for which to be thankful.

Alice and Susan

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tip for the Ride - Riding in the Halter One-Rein

It has been a crazy spring, but all good! Time for a new Tip for the Ride video, and this one is a great reminder of the benefits to focus, timing, balance, and multitasking that riding in the horseman's halter with 12 ft. lead brings to both horse and rider. For many of us we might ride with one-rein in the halter only when we are starting a horse, but I find the confidence and balance that comes with this exercise is beneficial at any stage of development. Give it a watch and then go play with how little you can do to accomplish so much with your horse. No pulling allowed!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Preparing for a Great Ride - Suppling Positions

Every great ride starts with key ingredients in both human and horse. As I progress in my horsemanship journey, I am increasingly drawn to the importance of understanding balance and relaxations. I am finding that if I set it up that the reward in all my requests involves seeking balance with my horse and in a relaxed manner and attitude, then the possibilities of achieving a willing relationship are much greater.

This Tip for the Ride video shows how to offer the horse three yoga-type positions that flex and supple first in the poll area, then down through the neck, and finally into the rib cage. These are requested with forward movement, allowing for a more dynamic stretch. Following these suppling positions as you depart on the first part of your ride will relax your horse, let you find any areas that might be needing a little muscle message, and set it up for the horse to look for relaxation and balance as a reward.  Give it a try for your next few rides, and watch how much more supple your horse becomes, and how he seeks the comfort of a relaxed, willing body and attitude.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tip for the Ride Video ~ Preparing for a Great Ride

Here is the first Tip for the Ride of 2014...Preparing for a Great Ride

 Alice shows a series of exercises to supple the human while in the saddle. Starting with the arms, shoulders, core area stretches and moving to lower body parts of hips, ankles, knees, and legs.

These are effective exercises to use all year around, but especially in the winter months, as you can accomplish them on the ground too. Remember to add a little walking backwards to your ground routine, as it stretches that psoas muscle, so important to riding. (i.e. The psoas (sew-as) major is a long muscle located on the side of the lumbar region and connecting into the pelvis.) 

We ask our horse to flex and become supple...Now it is our turn!

Happy New Year everyone.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

T&T Winter Newsletter 2014

We are happy to share our Winter 2014 Newsletter and reflections of this past year as well. 2013 is certainly a time that I am very glad to see pass, as it was filled with great sadness, coupled with terrific joy. The joy part will move us forward into this new year. The memories will remain in our hearts.

To all of our friends, family, and clients...Thank you for all you gave to us this past year. Let us go forward with the 2014 theme of...

Living with a Resilient Spirit!

 Alice & Susan

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Applying Lariat Ground Skills from the Saddle

In a recent Tip for the Ride, Alice Trindle demonstrated the use of the lariat in developing ground skills for the human to aid in the sensitizing of a young horse or re-start project. In this months video, Alice works with the human to apply these skills from the saddle. With the help of Lynn (the human) and Cougar (the young horse) you will see how the feel, timing, and balance learned by Cougar from the ground with the lariat, are easily applied by Lynn from the saddle. By being vigilant about our posture, balance, and use of aids in the saddle, applied with focus, timing, clarity and consistency, the horse-human team easily develops that willing, effortless communication we are all seeking.  Lariat Ground Work Part II - Applied From the Saddle

As always, Alice is open to hearing back from you. Let us know your thoughts, experiences, and consider joining the T&T Horsemanship Journey. Here's what we currently have to share:
  • Quarterly eNewsletter
  • Tip for the Ride videos
  • Website including a rich selection of articles written by Alice in major horse publications
  • Clinics and Retreats at the T&T Ranch and in Idaho, Washington, and Montana

What's coming in 2014?

Horse Study ~ Human/Horse Continuing Education Course

    Join Alice in a detailed study of the horse and the principles she applies in developing specific skills that ultimately create a willing partnership.

Ask Us How to Join! 

541-856-3356 or 541-519-7234

Monday, October 28, 2013

Lariat Work from the Ground Up

Here we are at the end of October and 'ol man winter is knocking heavy on our Eastern Oregon door this morning. I have been woefully neglectful with my blog posts over the course of this summer and I apologize. The feedback we have received from so many regarding the usefulness of the Tip for the Ride videos is encouraging.
As many of you know, this has been a year of terrific lows and never to be repeated highs in my personal life. Thanks to you all for your kind prayers and thoughts. I look forward to sharing on paper very soon, the findings and feelings I am exploring as a result of my trip to Connecticut to visit Bettina Drummond. Suffice to say for right now...It was amazing! Much more to come as I explore further my understandings and comparisons of the development of the horse relationship between that employed by the traditional vaquero, and that utilized by the Classical Dressage masters.  What fun...keep watching!

The next series of Tip for the Ride videos will be showing some establishment of very basic movements and attitudes between horse and rider, both on the ground and in the saddle. We start with this ~ Ground Work Using the Lariat. 

Our model student is Cougar, a 3 year old Missouri Fox Trotter, owned by Lynn M.. We had already played with Cougar in the round pen using the lariat several months earlier, but our consistency over the summer was rather hit and miss. This video shows a way of safely working with the horse to "sensitize" him to things coming in and out of his vision, feelings and sounds on both sides of his body at one time, all with forward movement. For the human this exercise helps establish your employment of the 'Horseman's Protocol' with clear intention (picture), all while you multitask properly handling the lariat, the coils, rhythm, timing, with a positive attitude.

The results of becoming handy with the use of the lariat on the ground will directly relate to the saddle, which will be the follow-up video. So, go out to practice with the lariat first, then head to the round pen for a little 'sensitizing' with your horse.  Call or email or Facebook me if you have any questions or comments.

Happy Trails!