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Category: Horsemanship

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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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Suzanne and Watson (aka, Wooden Phone)

Peter Campbell Clinic: Suzanne and Watson

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By Guest Blogger Suzanne Minter Suzanne adopted Wooden Phone — now renamed Watson — from LOPE. She attended Peter Campbell’s clinic on a full scholarship, thanks to some very generous LOPE donors. This is her blog post about her and Watson’s experience in the Horsemanship class. As cliché as it may sound, I have to [...]

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Peter Campbell Clinic: Texas 2014

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Thanks to very generous sponsors, LOPE was able to have riders in all three classes at Peter Campbell’s Texas clinic in Beeville last month. I rode Santo (LOPE’s lesson horse and saddle horse in training) in Cow Working — so he could gain confidence about moving the cow’s feet as well as learning new things. [...]

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Peter Cambell Clinic

Top Clinician Offers Discount to LOPE

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Peter Campbell is an exceptional horsemanship teacher and mentor. His credentials as a horseman and clinician are too numerous to easily list. Peter studied directly with Tom Dorrance and has focused his clinics on the art of working with the horse’s mind. Because of that, Peter is able to teach people the most effective ways [...]

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LOPE Orientation Process for New “Students”

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We get many inquiries about our training technique at the LOPE Ranch. It’s usually a straightforward process that simply involves some time and patience with the new ex-racehorses that arrive here. Below is the basic outline of our approach: Turnout If the horses are coming straight from the track, we like to give them some [...]

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