Categories Sedona Updates

Sedona Update 3 – First Saddling

The first saddling is such a critical step in a young horse’s development.  When correctly introduced, the horse will learn to accept something new on its back which will set him up for eventually accepting the rider.  When done incorrectly the horse will learn to panic and get rid of whatever is on his back making the rest of the training difficult and dangerous.  Generally when we get a young horse in to start we prefer that the owner had not previously attempted to saddle it.  When starting a young horse we are laying the foundation for the rest of its life and we want to know exactly what foundation was laid.  This will give our clients a better prospect for the future and give the horse a better chance at a positive life with humans.

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Join us by watching the video below to see Sedona’s first saddling.





Categories Sedona Updates

Sedona Update 2 – Lunging

At some point in every young horse’s life it is critical they learn to give to halter pressure.  I am a huge believer in building willingness and softness in a horse each time it is handled – not just while riding.  I want my horses to be willingly guided under saddle and that process starts on the ground!  Please remember this video series is not intended to be instructional.  If you need help learning groundwork, please contact us for a lesson!  The video below will take you through Sedona’s first lunging experience.  As always remember to comment and tell us what you think!  If you have any questions leave them in the comments as well and I will be sure to answer them.  Enjoy!


Ashley Purdin



Categories Sedona Updates

Sedona: Update 1 – New Beginnings

My career up to this point has been built on training the everyday horse for everyday things.  Trail riding, trouble shooting, obstacles etc…  I have competed extensively in the cowboy racing world and loved it!  But last year, I finally had a team to help me run the barn, Bob and Susan Brennan Owners, Dusty LaBeth Manager/business director, Beth Olson Trainer.  These individuals made it possible for me to spend more time improving myself and showing. Read More Sedona: Update 1 – New Beginnings

Categories Equine Health

Power float vs hand float

My horse, Sedona, at Red Oak Animal Hospital receiving her first float.

I had a recent question from a reader.  From DeAnna: “Curious what your thoughts are on vets using hand tools compared to electric tools. I have had different vets float my horses with electric tools as well as floated using hand tools. I have had both good and bad experiences from both, but do you have a preference of one over the other?”

Questions to consider when having your horse floated: Read More Power float vs hand float

Categories Equine Health

Bumps on a young horse’s jawbone

Pixie’s jaw with eruption bumps.

What are the bumps on my horse’s jaw line?  Meet Pixie, a young, three-year-old quarter horse.  Pixie came to a clinic of mine last week and her owner had been wondering about the cause of the unsightly bumps on her lower jaw that had seemed to pop up over night.  These bumps were hard and seemed to be a part of the jawline itself.  I explained that these were simply “eruption bumps” from Pixie’s adult premolars erupting and pushing the deciduous baby teeth out.  This sparked a discussion about the importance of proper dental care throughout a horse’s lifetime.

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about equine dental care: Read More Bumps on a young horse’s jawbone

Categories Training In Motion

Perfectionism in Training

After a great morning of riding training horses, I drove down to Hartman Arkansas for a Body Control Clinic.  During my drive, I listened to a new podcast called Finding the Feel.  (Here is the link if you want to check it out!  This is a great podcast guys, I highly recommend it if you are into the western performance world at all.

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Categories Training In Motion

Overcoming Competition Jitters

It happens to every rider at some point. Professional and ameateur riders, alike. That gut-sinking feeling of nervousness that accompanies you into the arena or onto the course. Your mind begins to race. Do I know my pattern? Did the judge say they wanted two spins or three? Who is going to be watching me and what will they think? How will my horse react during that first obstacle or maneuver? And all of the sudden before you have time to answer these and countless other questions running through your brain – your name is called and you are up. For some riders the jitters can even begin the day before. Their night is haunted by dreams of going off course or their horse misbehaving.

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Categories Training In Motion

Slowing Down the Fast Horse

Does this sound familiar?

Have you ever ridden a horse that, no matter how hard you try, you just can not get to slow down at the trot or canter? You may feel totally in control of the direction you are going and even have a great stop or downward gait transitions, but it will all be at 100 MPH? Or maybe your horse naturally is not that fast but you would like more control of their speed at each gait. In this article I will cover the most common causes of a fast horse that I deal with regularly and how to approach and fix the situation.

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