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13651 Woodinville Redmond Road NE
Redmond WA 98052
USA

(425) 885- 9517

 
~ Our Goal Is To Teach Horsemanship, Equine Safety
and English and Western Riding Skills To Children
Ensuring Them A Lifetime Of Pleasure Around Horses ~

What's New?

The big final tack sale is coming....

Bob Stahr

The Big Barn & Tack Sale

Coming the Second weekend in April
April 8, 9 and 10th:

  • Friday April 8th 9am - 4pm,

  • Saturday April 9th 9am - 4pm,

and the final day

  • Sunday April 10th 10am - 2pm

We will have Tack (English and Western)  Including:  Saddles, Bridles, Halters, Saddle Pads, Bareback Pads, Training Equipment, Reins, Tapaderos, Bits, Breast Plates and Collars, Leather Strap Goods, Horse Blankets and Coolers, Fly Sheers and Masks,
Office supplies, Desks and tables, and so much more.

Children's Riding Apparel Including: Breeches, Helmets,  Half Chaps, Boots!, Jackets, Gloves and more.

Barn Supplies Including: Buckets, Hay Nets, Grooming Step Stool Boxes, Grooming Tools, Salt Block Pans, Feed Pans, Manure Picks, Chore Gloves, and More.

A Huge Selection of Children's "Horsie" Gifts Including: Books, Stickers, Toys, Pony Craft Kits, Statues, Color and Activity Books, Stuffies, and More. Arts and Crafts, Office and Party Supplies

Camp 6

Terhi Telsavaara

...Otherwise known as 'I Want a Horse' camp, teaches the campers all aspects of potential horse ownership. While we love to pet and groom our equine friends, there's a whole lot more responsibility that comes with horse ownership. This camp focuses on teaching what it really takes to say (and mean), "I want a horse."

Campers practicing show braids during Camp 6.

Campers practicing show braids during Camp 6.

Camp 6 is a six hour camp that includes mounted and unmounted lessons in horsemanship. This includes horse selection (picking the right one for you), horse health & nutrition, herd behavior (how your pony acts with his friends), and ground handling.

For these campers, Camp 6 requires more stamina and strength. The work they do is a bit tougher but they gain a deeper level of understanding of horsemanship and horse ownership. They also receive greater in-depth riding instruction. Many campers continue on in their riding and horsemanship instruction, either at THS or at the barn of their choosing.

Safety Rules at THS!

Terhi Telsavaara

We all love our equine companions, there's no doubt about that! But horses are different from other animals which many people view as pets, like dogs or cats. While we can be affectionate and loving towards our horses, it is important to remember that they are large flight animals, and will always retain the instinct of self-preservation. They can also move very fast in all directions, which makes it especially important to be aware of our physical interaction. In order to make the most of our time with our equine friends, there are a few basic rules we teach here at THS. We believe these rules are so important that they are posted outside our main office. We want everyone to learn "horse sense!"

Because horses are flight animals, sneaking up on them or walking up directly behind them, where their visibility isn't as good, is not a good idea.

In most cases, your horse will outweight you by several hundred pounds...that's a lot of muscle behind their every movement!

Horse hoofs are strong. Wearing boots will protect your feet in the event that your pony's hoof lands on yours by accident.

Because proper equipment maintenance is so important to safety, we teach tack cleaning and care in all our camps!

Summer camps off to an energetic start!

Terhi Telsavaara

Our Summer Camps 2015 was off to a wonderful start on June 22nd! Below are some of our lovely volunteers working with the our school horses. The Greenies, as they're called, help during summer camps and get to practice their own horsemanship and education skills when working with the campers and school horses. We can't wait to see what these bright girls will learn this summer!

Open those hips!

Terhi Telsavaara

We all know how important flexibility is to riding, especially in the hip joints! Making sure our hips are flexible is crucial to developing a good seat as a rider in any discipline. Being able to feel those subtle shifts in our horses' back as we ride is key to being able to move with our horse instead of against him.  In addition, we can become better riders through more subtle weight shifts in our seat and communicate much more fluidly with our equine partner. Below is a link to a hip opening exercise segment specifically designed for riders. Enjoy!

Hip Flexibility Clip from Dressage Today

Highlights - Vanessa's Journey

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Vanessa is one of our adult volunteers and here's what she has to say about her THS journey!

My name is Vanessa and I am 53 years old. I started coming to THS when my niece took riding lessons, and that's when I met all the teachers, the owners and the horses. I saw what a positive and happy place it is and immediately noticed how I loved being there and didn't want to leave! It became "my happy place." Now, for the past two years, I've been taking riding lessons and volunteering in classes helping kids ride and learn all about horses. I love it! I have learned so much and enjoy every minute of my time there. I think it is the best place I have ever found to ride as they teach us all about horses and what it takes to keep a horse happy and healthy. It's not all about cantering, jumping or showing, but more about a connection you make with a horse, and with other people who love them. I look forward to this summer with all of our riding camps and all the great kids I will meet. As the old saying goes...
"There's just something about the outside of a horse that's good for the inside of a girl!"
Sincerely,
Vanessa

Horse Emotions

Terhi Telsavaara

Many riders wonder if their horses have emotions and how their equine partners might show us how they're feeling. Nickering at the gate to greet you because they're happy? Stomping their front hoof to show impatience? Curling their lip up because they smell something good or something bad? Everything a horse does is related to their evolutionary response. However, sometimes, our horsey pals are just plain joyous about seeing us!

Click here for the full article about horses and emotion.

A Good Whoa

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Joe demonstrating a nice halt, though his hind legs are just a bit uneven.

Joe demonstrating a nice halt, though his hind legs are just a bit uneven.

Perhaps more important than getting your horse to go, is getting your horse to whoa, properly, that is! Often, when we ask our horses to halt, we end up with a horse who is not standing square, meaning that their weight is not balanced between their four legs. Sometimes, their hindquarters are swung to one side, sometimes their front legs are spayed apart or uneven.

Once you've gotten your horse to halt on your signal, working on getting a square halt is wonderful practice.  When you have it down, it reflects a harmony of communication with your horse.  Below is an exercise that can be used to practice a square halt with a simple obstacle. You'll just need four poles!

  1. Set up a square on the ground using four poles.
     
  2. Develop a working trot (can also be done at a working walk) and ride in a straight line toward the box.
     
  3. Ten meters from the box, transition down to a walk (or if walking, to a slower walk).
     
  4. Enter the box.
     
  5. As soon as your horse’s front feet cross the first pole, ask for your whoa (remember, a half-halt prepares your horse for what you are about to ask so give him one of these just as he's about to step into the box).
     
  6. Once his back legs have stepped into the box, your horse should be halted.
     
  7. Stand quietly inside the box for several seconds with your horse remaining attentive (not fidgeting around).
     
  8. Once this pattern is going smoothly, shorten the distance you walk into the box until you are trotting directly into it and halting (get this down at the walk first, then proceed to the trot).

For further exercises and more detailed info, click here.

Early Bird Registering for Summer Camps!

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Hurry For The Best Selection Of Summer Camp Dates.  "Early Bird" Registration Ends Sunday, February 22nd!


Dear Friends and Riders!

Our "Early Bird" summer day camp registration is now open for current Horsemanship School riders. The summer camp registration book will open for returning and new riders on Sunday February 22nd. Historically, our popular Summer Day Camps have filled very quickly, so get your registration requests in today!

Details can be found here:
http://www.horsemanshipschool.com/summer-day-camps/

Give us a call to book your spot  or to answer any questions you  may have: 

425-885-9517  

We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

Sincerely,
The Horses, Ponies and Staff of THS

Almost Valentine's...

Terhi Telsavaara

There's still time to vote for your favorite THS horse or pony for Valentine's!! Mason, one of our retired warriors, was our last year's Valentine! Come on by and vote for your favorite!

How To Clean A Bit

Terhi Telsavaara

Like any other piece of horse tack or equipment, clean bits are important. Your horse's bit should be cleaned after each use. A simple wipe down will do on most occasions (wash cloth or special bit wipes will work for this) but there are times when you will want to remove the bit from the bridle and give it a good scrubbing! The following are times when more than a wipe down is needed: exchange of bits from one horse to another; purchase of bit from a tack sale or consignment; or, when there's lots of gunk built up from use.

To clean your horse's bit, first be sure to remove it from the fastenings on the bridle. Bits are made from a variety of materials from stainless steel, to rubber and sweet iron. For most bits (made of steel), the best procedure is to soak it in warm water and a splash of vinegar, then scrub it with a toothbrush or a fingernail brush (both can be purchased from most pharmacies or grocery stores).  Be sure to pay attention to the joints, as that's where much of the gunk will build up. Wiping down the clean bit with a cotton cloth will prevent spots from forming.

For more detailed information, click here. Happy Bit Cleaning!

Exercises for the Equestrian

Terhi Telsavaara

Horseback riding is an athletic endeavor.  Just ask anyone who’s felt head-to-toe sore after a long day in the saddle. Like any other sport, the more physically fit you are, the better you’ll perform. You’ll also be less likely to suffer a riding-related injury. Additionally, horseback riding utilizes many muscle groups in the legs, abs, lower back, upper back and shoulders, chest, buttocks and arms. Horseback riding requires a huge amount of strength, balance and muscle control. In short, fitness for equestrians is important. Amateur riders can take a cue from other sports where cross-training is used extensively to boost performance in a chosen activity. While cross-training can’t replace riding, the following exercises can be used to gain strength and get fit when you aren’t able to ride. Click here for images of the exercises!