Riding Tip Corner

“Rise and Fall with the Leg on the Wall.” 
It’s important for equitation riders to know that in a horse show they must rise and fall (or sit gently!) with the horse’s shoulder that is closest to the arena fence or wall or they will be marked down. This is called the diagonal when doing the posting trot. 

BUT WHY DO WE DO IT? 
It’s really a matter of consistency and using the outside should as a rule allows for the consistency.  Here’s why...

HOW THE HORSE MOVES
The horse moves in diagonal pairs at the trot. In other words his left fore and right hind work as a team and his right for and left hind work as a team.
When your rider is on the left diagonal the horse is pushing him out of the saddle with his right hind leg.  When your rider is on the right diagonal the horse will push him out of the saddle with his left hind leg. The contracting and lengthening of the muscles used during the lifting process is an exercise for the horse.  Logic says if we always have students post to the outside shoulder and they make the same number of tours around the arena in each direction, the hindquarters will receive the same amount of work on each side.

Do you know how to Rise and Fall with the leg on the wall??  If you are a beginner rider then your riding instructor will help you learn this technique.  If you are a more advanced rider then instead of looking or glancing down at the outside shoulder, start to “feel” the movement of when you’re on the correct diagonal instead of looking of glancing.  If you can feel the correct diagonal with your seat instead of looking down for it, then you can start rising/posting on the correct diagonal instead of sitting 2 beats if it is incorrect.  This will help you in your equitation classes. Try this out in your next lesson!

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July 2017 Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

SaddleBack In-Barn Show: Saturday, August 26
Showtime Summerfest Show (Claremore): August 19-20
SaddleBack Beginner Fall Session begins: week of August 27
River Run Show: Saturday, September 9
River Run Show: Sunday, September 10 (2 separate shows)
Farewell Farm Show: Saturday, September 16
LamBanks Show: Saturday, September 30
Sonrise Show: Saturday, October 14
KJM Farm Show: Saturday, October 28
HJEO Fall Finale (Tulsa Fairgrounds): November 16-19

SaddleBack Equestrian News:
 

SaddleBack Summer Show - Sat, August 26!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Summer Horse Show will be on Saturday, August 26th. The Prize-List (with show schedule) and Sign-up sheets are posted on the tack room window. Entry forms are available in the tack room. A $50 deposit & Entry Form are required when signing up to reserve your preferred school horse. Total show cost for a full division with school horse is $150 & cost with own horse is $120. This is a great opportunity for riders to get a taste of what shows are like, and for those already showing to practice moving up a division.

Fall Beginner Lesson Session starting in 4 weeks!
Fall session for our very beginner riders starts the week of August 27th! This is a 13 week session offered to beginner students 7 days a week. Benefits include weekly 1-hour lessons at discount rates! Sign up soon while spots are still available. Go to the website link below for more info, dates/times, and to sign up and pay online. How easy is that?! 

Fall Registration


Fall Lesson Schedule: Sign-ups Posted!!
It's hard to believe that back-to-school and Fall Lesson schedules are right around the corner! Back to school brings us new lesson schedules for trainers and riders alike. Each trainer's schedule of availability are posted on the tack room. Please sign up ASAP and no later than Monday, August 7th as to which days are most convenient for you/your child to lesson, when is the earliest & latest you can lesson, and if you prefer privates or groups. After the trainers review the preferred sign-up times, they will then contact you to finalize the day and lesson time for the fall schedule. Please Note: The trainers will do their best to accommodate your schedule; however, with 150+ students we cannot guarantee everyone's preferred day & time but will do our best. 

Fall Shows
Sign-up sheets for August and September shows are on tack room window. Please sign up ASAP to reserve your spot and your favorite horse if on a school horse. We expecting quite a few riders at our shows this Fall & are looking forward to a great show season.  Please contact SaddleBack or your trainers with any questions regarding horse shows. 

SaddleBack Summer Show - Saturday, August 26!

The date of our Summer Show is just 4 weeks away!  

What:   SaddleBack Summer Show 

Who:   Open to all SaddleBack riders; Leadline open to anyone (even if never ridden for us--ages 6 & under)

When:   Saturday, August 26

Time:   8:00am - 1:00pm (each division will have their own estimated start time)

Where:    SaddleBack Equestrian

Classes/Divisions:  

  • Divisions consists of 5 classes (Division descriptions listed on attached Prizelist); We recommend riders compete in an entire division which include 5 classes consisting of:
    • 3 jumping or ground pole classes (Hunter I, Hunter II, Equitation Over Fences/Poles): each individual rider does the assigned “course” over 6-8 ground poles or jumps depending on their division.  Each class is placed individually (1st-8th place ribbons for each class).
    • 2 non-jumping/pole “Flat” classes (Hunter Under Saddle & Equitation on Flat):  together, riders, walk, trot (and canter only for those in the cantering division) both directions of the ring.  Each class is placed individually (1st-8th place ribbons for each class).  
  • Ribbons awarded for EACH class, plus Champion & Reserve Champion Ribbons for EACH Division

 Costs: (Estimated Costs for Each Rider, excluding Leadline): 

    • Division (includes all 5 classes in Division):  $75
    • Trainer Coaching (for Trainer to coach rider through warm-up & all their classes):  $35
    • Office Fee (per each rider):  $10
    • School Horse Rental (for using one of SaddleBack's school horses instead of own horse):  $30
    • Total Cost:  $150 per rider for Entire Division* (5 classes) w/School Horse, Trainer Coaching & Office Fees 
      • *If you are showing your own horse or leased horse then Total Cost is $120 instead of $150 (no school horse rental fee)

Leadline ONLY Class Cost:

  • Leadline: for ANYONE 6 years of age or younger. Does NOT have to be a SaddleBack student—can be siblings, friends, neighbors, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. These young riders will be led via leadline on one of SaddleBack’s school horses, walking only. 
    • Total Cost for Leadline:  $25; SaddleBack can help to arrange someone (trainer or helper) to “lead” school horse around with rider, SaddleBack will provide helmets, horses & equipment; riding attire is NOT required
    • 1st place Blue Ribbons awarded for EVERY rider that participates in Leadline class

Sign-up Sheets for this show (w/school horse reservations) are now posted up at the barn on the Tack Room window.  Please sign-up ASAP to reserve your preferred school horse as they are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  A $50 non-refundable deposit w/entry form is needed to reserve horse—refundable only if date change due to weather. 

*School Horses Available (12 total): Belle, Penny, Lily, Payday, Mac, Charlie, Brady, Bishop, Shadow, Beau, Kip, Nim. Each of the 12 school horses can do 2 divisions PLUS leadline. 

A Prize List with schedule/info and Entry Forms are posted at the barn or you can Email Us for a copy and we can email you pdfs of both.   

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  We’re looking forward to a wonderful show and hope everyone can participate!  

June Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events:

(Events held at SaddleBack in Bold)
SaddleBack Beginner Camp:
 June 19-23
SaddleBack Advanced Beginner Camp: June 26-29
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: July 17-21
SaddleBack In-Barn Show: August 5 (tentative date)
Showtime Summeriest Show (Claremore): August 19-20
River Run Show: September 9 & 10 (2 separate shows)
Farewell Farm Show: September 16
LamBanks Show: September 30

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

2 Remaining Summer Camps for 2017!

Summers At SaddleBack summer camps are back with new activities, crafts, & games! Camps held daily 9-3, and we make learning to ride FUN!!! The Beginner June 7-9 & June 19-23 completely filled up! Our remaining 2 camps slots are filling up quickly so hurry and enroll today! 

June 26-29 (Adv Beg), 4-day: $275 - 2 slots left

July 17-21 (Beginner), 5-day:  $300 - 4 slots left

CLICK HERE for Summer Camp Info & Registration!

A Big Welcome to SaddleBack's newest Boarders!
Welcome horses Scout and Nate to SaddleBack! We are delighted to have them with us.  Scout is in full training with Ms Audra as he is recently off the track and learning a new discipline.  His owner Debbie's granddaughter has been riding with us for a while on our school horses.  Nate and Deborah are new to SaddleBack, and we couldn't be happier to have them!
 

SaddleBack Tack FINAL CLOSEOUT SALE Sat, June 24!

SaddleBack Tack, an affiliate of SaddleBack Equestrian, will no longer be selling tack and is having a final closeout sale this Saturday, June 24th from 9am-3pm at SaddleBack Equestrian. Be sure to stop by for great deals on boots, chaps, riding gear and more!  Call or text Crystal at 918-636-9888 for more details!


Congrats to Sonrise/OHJA Show riders/horses:

Congratulations to our SaddleBack riders/horses on fantastic Sonrise and OHJA shows June 3 & 4! Achievements include:

Emma/Stick: Champion 2’3 Low
Lisa/Kip: Champion AC Beginner (Sat)
Katie/Payday: Champion AC Beginner (Sun)
Clara/Teddy: Reserve Champion 2’3 Low
Alyssa/Shadow: Reserve Champion AC Beginner
Hannah/Winston: 1st and multiple 2nd in Modifieds/TIPs
Madeline/Kip: Multiple 1st in AC Beginner
Ava/Brady: 1st Equitation on Flat for 2’
Lindsey/Charlie: multiple 2nds in AC Beginner
Courtney/Angel: 2nd in a big Intermediate Division
Savannah/Tuffy: 2nds in a big Beginner Division
Jamey/Oro: 2nds in a big Beginner Division
Laura/Kip: 2nd in Equitation on Flat for 2’

Way to go SaddleBack riders! We’re so proud of you, your accomplishments, and ultimately the wonderful horsemanship & sportsmanship you display!!

Lease a SaddleBack horse for the Summer!
Do you know all of our school horses? Would you like to lease one for the summer? What better way to spend time with your favorite horse this summer by leasing one of our school horses for the remainder of the summer! Take a look at our new Lease page on our website! Each school horse is proudly displayed with their own photo and bio so you get to know them better! We have 3 month leases available for $325/ month on many of our 12 school horses such as Bishop, Penny, Payday, Lily, Belle, Brady, Kip, & more! In addition to riding, you get $5 off each lesson, 2-3 scheduled rides a week (30-40 min in length), and 1st priority on horse shows and lessons! To see our school horses go to http://www.saddlebackequestrian.com/partial-leases/. If you are interested in leasing a SaddleBack school horse contact your trainer or SaddleBack at 918-408-6446!

MAY NEWSLETTER

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events
 
SaddleBack Beginner Summer Session: starts May 28
Sonrise Show: June 3
OHJA Benefit Show (Sonrise Stables): June 4
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 7-9
SaddleBack Int/Advanced Camp: June 13-16
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 19-23
SaddleBack Advanced Beginner Camp: June 26-29
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: July 17-21
Showtime Summerfest Show: August 19-20
     
 
SaddleBack Equestrian News:

STARTS NEXT WEEK: Summer Beginner Lesson Session!
May 28th-August 26th (13 weeks). Classes begin May 28th! Pick weekly lesson time from days & times below. 
Lessons Days & Times: 
Sundays 10:00-11:00am
Mondays 9:00-10:00am
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm
Fridays 9:00-10:00am
Saturdays 10:00-11:00am 

Lessons are 1 hour and include grooming, tacking, and riding. Students ride for approx 30 minutes and learn to walk, trot, steer, post, 2-pt & more! Horses & equipment provided. 
 
PRICE BREAKDOWN:
$27/class if paid in full
$30/class w/installments
 
SIGN UP TODAY to secure your spot for your preferred day & time! You can sign-up online at:
http://www.saddlebackequestrian.com/fall-schedule-registration/

Summer Camps Are Filling Up!

Summers At SaddleBack are back with new activities, crafts, & games! We make learning to ride FUN!!! SaddleBack is offering 3 beginner camps, 1 Advanced/Beginner camp and 1 Intermediate/Advanced Camp. Camps are held from 9-3pm. Slots are filling up fast, so hurry and enroll today! See link below for downloadable enrollment form.
June 7-9 (Beginner), 3-day;  $195
June 13-16 (Int/Adv), 4-day;  $275
June 19-23 (Beginner), 5-day;  $300 (FULL)
June 26-29 (Adv Beginner), 4-day:  $275
July 17-21 (Beginner), 5-day;  $300

Lease a SaddleBack horse for the Summer!

Do you know all of our school horses? Would you like to lease one for the summer? What better way to spend time with your favorite horse this summer by leasing one of our school horses from June-August! Take a look at our new Lease page on our website! Each school horse is proudly displayed with their own photo and bio so you get to know them better! We have 3 month leases available for $325/ month on many of our 12 school horses such as Bishop, Penny, Payday, Lily, Belle, Brady, Kip, & more! In addition to riding, you get $5 off each lesson, 2-3 scheduled rides a week (30-40 min in length), and 1st priority on horse shows and lessons! To see our school horses go to http://www.saddlebackequestrian.com/partial-leases/. If you are interested in leasing a SaddleBack school horse contact your trainer or contact SaddleBack at 918-408-6446!

Summer Lesson Schedule

Lesson schedules and times are changing for Summer! The new times usually go in effect right after Memorial Day weekend. To adapt to the hotter temperatures, SaddleBack Equestrian staff changes lesson times to mornings and evenings to prevent heat exhaustion in trainers, riders, and horses. If you haven't changed your lesson times with your trainer to a morning or evening for summer, please call or text us at 918-408-6446 or notify your trainer. Thank you!

Spring & Summer Shows

Sign-up sheets for Spring and Summers shows are on tack room window.  Please sign up ASAP to reserve your spot and your favorite horse if on a school horse. We already have quite a few riders signed up & are looking forward to a great show season.  Please contact SaddleBack or your trainers with any questions regarding horse shows. 

SaddleBack Tack Summer Specials!

SaddleBack Tack is offering discounts off beginner packages for your new riders! Riders can purchase their helmet, breeches, and boots for $99!! Paddock boots are $35! Prices remain same for special orders! Call or text Crystal at 918-636-9888 for more details!

APRIL NEWSLETTER

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

Farewell Farm Show: May 6
KJM Farm Show: May 20
SaddleBack Beginner Summer Session: starts May 28
Sonrise Show: June 3
OHJA Benefit Show (Sonrise Stables): June 4
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 7-9
SaddleBack Int/Advanced Camp: June 13-16
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 19-23
SaddleBack Advanced Beginner Camp: June 26-29
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

Summer Lesson Schedule: Sign-ups Posted!!
Hooray for summer days! Summer brings us new lesson schedules for trainers and riders alike. Each trainer's schedule of availability are posted on the tack room. Please sign up ASAP and no later than Wednesday, May 10th as to which days are most convenient for you/your child to lesson, if you prefer mornings or evenings, and if you prefer privates or groups. After the trainers review the preferred sign-up times, they will then contact you to finalize the day and lesson time for the summer schedule. Please Note: The trainer will do her best to accommodate your schedule. However, when the heat becomes oppressive, most lessons will occur in mornings and evenings. 


Spring & Summer Shows

Sign-up sheets for Spring and Summers shows are on tack room window.  Please sign up ASAP to reserve your spot and your favorite horse if on a school horse. We already have quite a few riders signed up & are looking forward to a great show season.  Please contact SaddleBack or your trainers with any questions regarding horse shows. 
 

Summer Camps Are Filling Up!

Summers At SaddleBack are back with new activities, crafts, & games! We make learning to ride FUN!!! SaddleBack is offering 3 beginner camps, 1 Advanced/Beginner camp and 1 Intermediate/Advanced Camp. Camps are held from 9-3pm. Slots are filling up fast, so hurry and enroll today! See link below for downloadable enrollment form.

June 7-9 (Beginner), 3-day;  $195

June 13-16 (Int/Adv), 4-day;  $275

June 19-23 (Beginner), 5-day;  $300

June 26-29 (Adv Beginner), 4-day:  $275

July 17-21 (Beginner), 5-day;  $300

 

Shoo-Fly! Go Away!

Spring weather brings out those nasty bugs, including pesty flies! SaddleBack purchased some fly spray for the school horses. However, it only goes so far. If you are a boarder, we highly recommend purchasing fly spray for your horse and hanging it on your stall with your horses name on it.  Jose can spray your horse before daily turnout. If you ride school horses and would like to purchase fly spray for yourself to bring to lessons, your school horse would greatly appreciate it! SaddleBack purchases Bronco and DuMor brand fly spray at Tractor Supply, and while it is probably not the most effective fly spray, it is most efficient for the number of school horses we have to spray and how often they are sprayed. If you would like a more effective brand, Pyranha and Ultra Shield are recommended. 

 

Merchandise

Merchandise orders are in. All merchandise is in the tack room. If you ordered merchandise, but did not receive it, please text or call Crystal at 918-408-6446. We apologize for the lengthy delay, the suppliers shipped the incorrect merchandise, so our vendor had to wait for the correct merchandise. If you like our new sling backpacks, caps, and v-neck shirts, then watch for the next opportunity to order merchandise at the end of May! Summer t-shirts and pink caps will be our hottest new items!

 

SaddleBack Tack Restocked!

Due to high demand, SaddleBack Tack restocked its shop with new women's breeches, this time in black! We have childrens' summer gloves available too! Show shirts and show coats will be ordered (if not in stock) due to limited space available. More childrens' and ladies' t-shirts and ladies' show gloves coming soon! Check us out every Saturday (as weather permits) from 10:00-3:00pm in front of SaddleBack Equestrian barn!

 

Gotta Ride? Lease a Horse for Summer Today!

Want to ride all summer? What better way to spend time with your favorite horse this summer by leasing one of our school horses from May-July! We have 3 month leases available for $325 a month on many of our 12 school horses such as Kip, Payday, Penny, Lily, Belle, Brady, Bishop, & more! In addition to riding, you get $5 off each lesson, 2-3 scheduled rides a week (30-40 min in length), and 1st priority on horse shows and lessons! If you are interested in leasing a SaddleBack school horse contact your trainer or call 918-408-6446!

Riding Tip Corner

Show Tips: 

What to wear - Appropriate attire for schooing shows is as follows: tan breeches, black half chaps and paddock boots (OR black tall boots with laces), a black helmet, black gloves, a belt, and a solid colored polo (for schooling) or long-sleeved show shirt and show jacket (for showing). 

When to arrive - Contact your trainer to know exactly when is best to arrive to the schooling show. The general rule is to arrive AT LEAST an hour before your estimated show time to groom your horse, clean tack, and be warming up thirty minutes early.

What to bring - If you are riding a Saddleback school horse, tack rental is included in the price of the school horse rental and most of the following items will be provided. Otherwise, please bring your own cleaned tack. Everyone showing should purchase and bring a freshly washed, fitted, close-contact WHITE saddle pad or half-pad for use under the saddle. Encouraged additional items are Show Sheen (or other hair polish), towels, tail brushes, hoof oil, baby powder (for white areas), baby wipes, horse shampoo, buckets, tack-cleaning supplies (soap and conditioner), hair nets, bobby pins, hair bands, safety pins, a hair brush, a crop and spurs, and ear puffs. 

What to expect - Horse shows are a game of “hurry up and wait,” so it is best to be prepared in a timely manner and check with your trainer to be sure you are ready to go in the ring at the appropriate time. Remember that horse shows are a learning experience to track your personal progress. Do not be discouraged if you do not place as well as you hoped, but rather take that experience to better prepare for your next show! Most of all, smile, have fun, and make the most of your show day! 
 

School Horse of the Month

Mac N Cheese (aka Mac) is registered as "Big Mac To Go" with The American Paint Horse Association, and his birthday is February 3, 1992. Mac has a mustang freeze brand under his mane.  All mustangs/wild horses & burros gathered off public lands by the BML (Bureau of Land Management) can be identified with a painless freeze-mark on the left side of their necks, with a unique set of symbols. De-coding this brand will tell you (1) that the animal was the property of the US government, (2) animal's age, (3) state where the animal was first brought after capture, & (4) individual 4-digit code (which corresponds to neck tag that the animal wears before adoption). These symbols uniquely identify each individual, similar to a human's social security number.  

Once a mustang, Mac was adopted and has had some wonderful, caring owners--the latest of which gave him to SaddleBack so he can get great care, love & attention from the students.  Although he can sometimes be a bit ornery in the cross-ties, Mac loves his job (especially jumping) and enjoys giving lessons to our beginner riders. Next time you are around Mac be sure to check out his unique mark showing he was a mustang (and give him an extra pat or kiss because we love him). 

If you would like to lesson on or lease this very kind soul, contact us at 918-408-6446. 

March Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

Tulsa Rendezvous "A" Rated Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 19-23
Farewell Farm Show: May 5
KJM Farm Show: May 19 & 20 (5/19- 18"-2'6"; 5/20 -2'9"+ & Jumpers)
SaddleBack Beginner Summer Session: starts May 28
Sonrise Show: June 3
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 7-9
OHJA Benefit Show (Sonrise Stables): June 11
SaddleBack Int/Advanced Camp: June 13-16
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 19-23
SaddleBack Advanced Beginner Camp: June 26-29
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

Come see SaddleBack Sat, April 1 at UMAC
Come visit our table this Saturday, April 1st between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Summer Camp & Activities Fair held at the Union Multipurpose Activity Center (UMAC):
6836 S. Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74133-3247
We will be offering specials on Camp Sign-ups, Drawings for free lessons & merchandise, and more! We'd love to see anyone that wanted to swing by & show their SaddleBack spirit.  

Summer Camp discount if signed up by April 15!

Sign-up for summer camps by April 15th and you get $10 discount! Summer camp schedules are posted above in upcoming events, and you can register by clicking on the green link below or visiting: SaddleBackEquestrian.com. Sign up forms are in tack room on bulletin board or you can download camp form from our website under the "Camps" hyperlink. Join us for another summer of fun, games, activities & more!

River Run April 8th schooling show RESCHEDULED

The River Run schooling show originally scheduled for Saturday, April 8 has now been moved to Sunday, September 10th (the day after their fall September 9th show). This means they will host two shows back-to-back: one Saturday, September 9th and the other Sunday, September 10th. 

Spring & Summer Shows

Sign-up sheets for Spring and Summers shows are on tack room window.  Please sign up ASAP to reserve your spot and your favorite horse if on a school horse. We already have quite a few riders signed up & are looking forward to a great show season.  Please contact SaddleBack or your trainers with any questions regarding horse shows. 

SaddleBack Spring Horse Show March 25th!

Congratulations to our many riders who participated in our SaddleBack Spring Show on March 25th! Each one of you were outstanding! We love all of our riders at SaddleBack and are proud of your accomplishments in the show ring. Thank you for attending our Spring Show and making it a huge success.

Spring Merchandise

Thank you for ordering our new Spring merchandise! We are so excited to offer the drawstring backpacks. It seemed many of you loved the new backpacks as we had many orders! The polos and hats in new colors were a big hit also! Merchandise orders were turned in March 27th. Orders should arrive at the barn by April 7th. Thank you all for supporting SaddleBack by purchasing merchandise!  We should have summer merchandise orders available in a couple months.  Car decals are always on hand for $5 each.

http://www.saddlebackequestrian.com/camps-and-events/

 

Congrats & Thank You: SaddleBack Spring Show 2017

A big Thank You to Melissa-judging, Marissa-announcing, Crystal-office managing, our great trainers Jessie, Audra, Kristen, Ashley S & Ashley Z for coaching, AND all the wonderful helpers/volunteers for making SaddleBack Equestrian's 2017 Spring in-barn show a fun event for everyone! Most of all Thank You riders & parents/families for allowing us to be apart of you/your child's passion for horses & growth as riders. Congrats to all!

Riding Tip Corner

Winter Care Tips

This month, even though the weather has been warmer, we wanted to touch on some basic winter tips that are easily forgotten

1) Pick out your horse’s feet!
Horses feet become more susceptible to cracking, thrush, and other hoof problems because of the constant back and forth between warm/cold, dry/wet, and occasionally frozen conditions in the winter so it is vital that you clean their feet regularly to watch for/treat any hoof issues that arise.

2) Exercise! 
A lot of us seem to forget that stiffness, soreness, and arthritis from cold weather affects not just us, but our horses too. Mild exercise with lots of warm ups (like a nice forward walk a few times around the arena before trotting) can help alleviate a horse’s joint & muscle pain, while also maintaining their fitness. 

3) Blankets… 
Though horses obviously don’t get blanketed in the wild, we often blanket our horses to protect them from wet conditions and keep them comfortably warm. Be sure you watch the temperature and wind-chill and blanket your horse accordingly. 

4) Overall care.
Winter can make us all want to hibernate sometimes but don’t forget that your horse is out in the cold pasture or stall and probably feels the same way. Bear the cold and treat them to a nice grooming, leisurely walk, or maybe just some treats and love. This quality time is sure to help break your winter blues and theirs! 

ALSO, we would love to answer any additional equestrian related questions you might have. This applies to parents, students, anyone who has a question they would like answered in the newsletter can submit their questions to info@saddlebackequestrian.com !
 
 

SaddleBack February 2017 Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

SaddleBack Beginner Spring Session: starts February 26
SaddleBack Tack Spring Fling Sale: Sat, March 4, 9-2pm
SaddleBack Annual Barn Mtg: Sun, March 12, 2-5pm
SaddleBack Spring Show: Sat, March 25
River Run Schooling Show: April 8
Tulsa Rendezvous "A" Rated Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 19-23
Farewell Farm Show: May 5
KJM Farm Show: May 19 & 20 (5/19- 18"-2'6"; 5/20 -2'9"+ & Jumpers)
SaddleBack Beginner Summer Session: starts May 28
Sonrise Show: June 3
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16

SaddleBack Equestrian News:
 

Congrats to SaddleBack OHJA Award Winners recognized at OHJA Banquet February 18!!

Spring Beginner Lesson Session Begins February 26th:
SaddleBack's Spring Beginner Lesson Session for the newest of riders begins Sunday, February 26th. A new schedule is posted on the SaddleBack website! Be sure to tell your friends about this beginner lesson program for Spring. You will receive 1 free lesson for anyone you refer that signs up for the Spring session. Click Lesson Session tab of our website for info on the sessions. Riders can still sign up for the session!

SaddleBack Tack Spring Fling Sale! Saturday, March 4th!
SaddleBack Tack is helping you gear up for the 2017 show season! Spring Fling Sale will take place on Saturday, March 4th from 9-2pm. ALL merchandise will be 30% OFF! Come see us outside of front barn door (weather permitting). 

Annual SaddleBack Barn Meeting, Sunday, March 12th at 2pm!
The annual barn meeting will be held at The Horse of Course in Claremore on Sunday, March 12th from 2-5pm (meeting 2-3pm, shopping event 3-5pm).  All items will be 20% OFF (excluding saddles). This discount also includes items not in stock but ordered in store during the event. Please attend this meeting as we will discuss upcoming shows (and have show sign-ups) & events, presenting the Super SaddleBack Awards, AND you get to shop! 

Sign Up for Spring Break Camp! March 13-16th!
SaddleBack Spring Camp begins Monday, March 13th-Thursday, March 16th from 9am-3pm. This will be an all-day camp only. Join us for games, activities, lessons, horsemanship & more! Cost of camp is $250. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot. Go to our website www.SaddleBackEquestrian.com under the Camps/Parties link to download registration form. 
 
SaddleBack Spring Horse Show March 25th!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Horse Show will be on Saturday, March 25th. Sign-up sheets are already posted on the tack room window. A $50 deposit is required when signing up to reserve your preferred school horse. Total show cost for a full division with school horse is $150 & cost with own horse is $120. This is a great opportunity for riders to "practice" a show and get a taste of what shows are like, and for those already showing to practice moving up a division. We still have some school horses available for the divisions so sign up today!

Spring Merchandise Forms
Yeah! Spring is right around the corner! SaddleBack will be releasing new merchandise forms for Spring apparel. Be looking for new polos, hats, shirts, & jackets! Keep in mind SaddleBack prefers all students showing to wear SBE polos to schooling at shows so this will be a great opportunity to get your polo before show season begins!

School Horse of the Month

School Horse of Month
 
While his name might be “The Secret of Nim,” the only secret that this little chestnut has is his amiable disposition and eagerness to work. Nim is a 19-year-old warmblood, that has been with Saddleback for about a year now. His training in the upper levels of dressage has made him a favorite among not only our more advanced dressage riders but even our beginners. Though Nim acquired his dressage training prior to his time at Saddleback, he definitely never misses an opportunity to show off his gorgeous trot. His extended trot and lateral movements are fantastic! Nim’s dressage training carries over into any discipline, making him a great listener and beautiful mover. 

Nim learned to jump with us this past fall and has since been used for both flat and jumping lessons. He has always been eager to learn, so teaching an old dog new tricks wasn’t so hard, and he picked up jumping quite easily. Regardless of whether his rider is having their first lesson, first jump, or has been lessoning for years, Nim maintains his sweet-hearted, patient, and gentle attitude. Though he is currently leased by one of our adult dressage riders, this incredible horse is available for a partial-lease and occasional use in lessons. This big sweetheart is currently available for lessons, showing, and a partial-lease.  Please contact SaddleBack at: info@SaddleBackEquestrian.com for info on partial leases and showing.
 

Riding Tip of the Month

Riding Tip Corner

Don’t lean! 

Almost every rider hears these words spoken to them at some point in their riding experience. For some riders, it’s a simple reminder, however, for others, “don’t lean!” is a new concept that has yet to be learned. You’re probably wondering one of two things, “What does “leaning” mean?” or  “How do I stop leaning?”.  In response to the former, “leaning” in layman’s terms is simply a rider’s body moving ahead of the horse’s motion. It is most commonly seen before or over fences, especially when the rider and/or horse is anxious. For example, a rider may be nervous about riding a new horse, and this anxiety causes them to instinctively get into jumping position before the horse is actually jumping. Leaning can potentially cause behavioral issues for the horse, confidence issues for the rider, or trust issues between the two. 

One way to help prevent leaning in front of or over fences is to sit a few steps before the fence. While keeping your seat lightly in the saddle, sitting as you approach the base of the fence will help you to remain in harmony with your horse and as they fold you over the fence. To elaborate, the horse and rider should be aligned in their center of balance, the rider’s hip angle should naturally close as the horse comes up to them over the fence, and the rider’s seat should go back towards the horse’s rump. With practice and over time, leaning will be less of an issue, and “don’t lean!” will be the little reminder to help you and your horse stay safe!