Here's part two of the series on Cushings/PPID, from Paradigm Farms.
All three of my retirees at Paradigm Farms - Lily, Maisie and Norman-the-pony, have Cushings/PPID, which is managed by medication. All three were diagnosed while they lived there, due to the attention and care Melissa and Jason give all the horses that live with them.Melissa has started a series on Cushings/PPID - here is Part I. Show More Summary
Here are two of my retirees, Maisie and Lily, at their home at Paradigm Farms in Tennessee - photo by Melissa: They're both in their 20s, and both have Cushings/PPID that's well controlled by medication. I think they're looking pretty good - you go, girls!
Missy is pretty smart. She stays out of trouble in the herd, and doesn't usually put herself in a position that's likely to cause trouble. But yesterday, I came to the barn to find this: Very odd. Not bites, not kicks, and pretty symmetrical on both hind legs. Show More Summary
I've always found that there's a strong connection between work at the walk and work at the canter. I'm not entirely sure why that is, but I suspect that it has something to do with the 4-beat nature of the walk, and the 4-beat (counting the suspension as one beat) of the canter. Show More Summary
Here's Mark's latest post - read it, it'll be worth your time.
I am so incredibly fortunate to have worked with Mark Rashid for 13 years now, and to have four fine horses who serve as my teachers/shapers as I edge towards the goal of unconscious competence.Here are the four stages of learning:1....Show More Summary
Today is Dawn's 18th birthday. You'd never know it from looking at her - she's glossy and muscled and fit. Since she had her two rounds of dental surgery last summer, she's been eating up a storm and holding her weight better than she...Show More Summary
All the posts from this year's Mark Rashid clinic are now on the top of the sidebar to the right.
Here are some great photos of Shania and I at the clinic, working together. Many thanks to Kayla Goelz for the lovely photography.
Here are some photos from the clinic that are on Mark's Facebook page - Shania and I are in there, too.
OK, let's give this a go. Some of this stuff is hard to describe, so if I'm unclear or you need more explanation, leave a comment and I'll see if I can answer in a way that makes sense to you.I've been auditing and/or riding with Mark for 14 years now. Show More Summary
Suds stream down the hooves of American Pharoah's legs during a bath at Belmont Park last week. How can such an extraordinary horse run so brilliantly on ordinary horseshoes, you ask. Maybe they only look ordinary, is the answer. (©Show More Summary
Mark told a very illuminating story from his aikido practice.A Japanese master was visiting and supervising the students at the aikido dojo. He didn't speak good English. He would tell the pairs of students to start their work - they did - and then would call "stop". Show More Summary
Here's a collection of some things that came up at the clinic:When starting to do flying lead changes under saddle, don't force the timing. Set the horse up and then allow the horse to figure out how to organize its feet without pressure. Show More Summary
Some of you may remember the horse that couldn't breathe from one of the past clinics I attended. This horse was carrying tension in its body from a previous traumatic event, and as a result it wasn't breathing properly at the canter - in fact, it was hardly breathing at all. Show More Summary
I just got back from riding my mystery horse at the Mark Rashid clinic. Three days with almost three hours of solo riding. It was the best clinic I've ever had, and the progress I made with my riding was dramatic. We were dealing with...Show More Summary
I was able to spend a lot more time at the clinic today, and saw most of the rides. Every year, I'm blown away by the new learning/reinforced learning I get, both from watching others ride and from my own rides. Today was no exception. Show More Summary
I arrived late at the clinic, since my four had hoof trims in the morning, and then I had the drive to Wisconsin.I arrived at lunchtime, managed to snag some lunch - good thing there was enough - and was able to watch a couple of sessions...Show More Summary
I'll be riding a mystery horse in the Mark Rashid clinic this Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7. The clinic is being held at Black Star Farm in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.The clinic runs from around 8 a.m. to around 5 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Show More Summary