Category: Horsemanship

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Buck Brannaman 2015 Clinic: Just Say No To Turmoil

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In the past, I’ve had a conflicted relationship with Buck Brannaman clinics. On the one hand, I love the caliber of horsemanship and elegance that Buck presents. I can watch Buck ride all day (no mean feat for someone as physically restless and bleacher seat intolerant as me). The camaraderie of the riders and auditors [...]

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Colt Starting Clinic with Peter Campbell: Why Nice Is Not Enough

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A generous sponsor donated a spot for LOPE in Peter Campbell’s clinic earlier this month. I signed up for the Colt Starting class and brought a horse that had been returned to LOPE by his adopters (due to unexpected changes in their situation). By their account, the horse had been in professional training earlier and [...]

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Colt Starting Class with Peter Campbell: Daily Overview

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The “Colt” Witt’s Midway was adopted from LOPE in the fall of 2013. We had ridden him a few times before he was adopted. Witt impressed us with his confident, friendly personality. He was uncomplicated to ride and a pleasure to have at our ranch. To no one’s surprise here, an experienced and caring horse [...]

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CSI Witt: What Happened Before the Clinic

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When I rode Witt way back in 2013, he was a happy-go-lucky, friendly horse. He showed no signs of aggression and handled his first post-track rides easily. The word that comes to mind is “uncomplicated” — and that is exactly the opposite of what I saw at the first day of the clinic. The people [...]

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10 Things I Learned at the Peter Campbell Clinic

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I had the privilege of auditing Peter Campbell’s clinic this year. The experience left me feeling excited and inspired to work to improve myself as a rider and a horseman. At the end of each day, I felt I was overflowing with information to process. These are some of the highlights of what I learned [...]

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LOPE Academy: Oro Rush Update #1

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Oro Rush retired sound from the track — he just wasn’t interested in running fast. He is a cute, flashy horse with a hunter-like look to him. We were really looking forward to working with Oro — but then a complication developed. Oro came in from the pasture one day with an irritated right eye. [...]

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LOPE Academy: Onahotstreak Update #1

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Onahotstreak (nicknamed Little Filly) came to LOPE very underweight. She had intensely disliked the track environment and had been anxious there. Her race trainer adored her, but knew that she would never thrive at the track. So she donated her to LOPE. Little Filly has steadily gained weight and was given extra turnout time to [...]

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LOPE Academy: Levi Wilson Update #1

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Levi has had a full letdown from the track (lots of pasture turnout time to “just be a horse”). He has a mild, well-healed bowed tendon. Earlier in November, our vets (Austin Equine Hospital) examined him and approved him to begin work. His tendon has been sound since he arrived at LOPE and has been [...]

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The Class of 2015: three young ex-racehorses at our Wimberley facility.

The LOPE Academy Opens

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The Education of LOPE LOPE is approaching its 12-year anniversary in 2015. That’s an exciting milestone, especially when you consider how far LOPE has come since 2003. We’ve helped over 1000 ex-racehorses find new careers. Our work has morphed from a simple listing service to multiple adoption farms. Our latest growth has been in the [...]

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Buck Brannaman Clinic: Texas 2014

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In Conclusion: A Big Thank You This post begins with the conclusion. Mostly because I didn’t want to make readers wade through tons of words to find it. So what’s the conclusion? I’d like to thank Buck for helping me as well as the horses I work with (especially my personal horse, Santo). That probably [...]

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