Category: Horsemanship

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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Hiroshi Hoketsu. He was a dressage competitor in the 2012 Olympics — and qualified for those Games at age 70. Credit: David Hecker/AFP

What’s My Age Again?

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For the past couple of years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend among women equestrians who inquire about LOPE horses or meet me at clinics for the first time. About eight times out of ten, they will volunteer their age as part of their introductory email or greeting. Often that age is above 35 — but [...]

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In Praise of Imperfection

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A good friend and talented competitive rider once gave me some excellent advice. She told me to buy a “nice, broke” horse — so I could concentrate on riding well and maybe even competing effectively one day. A few months later, a professional trainer urged me to only ride quiet, pretty horses at clinics — so that [...]

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Hand Feeding Treats — Why We Don’t Do It

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There are many thoughtful articles about hand feeding treats and how it harms the horse-human relationship. I have listened to many top horsemanship experts repeatedly advise against the practice during their clinics and seminars. In the past, I also have hand fed treats to my horses and suffered serious consequences before finally realizing that my [...]

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Times of Trouble: Dos and Don’ts

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Three Scenarios You are out trail riding alone on your trusty steed on a familiar path. Suddenly you encounter two adrenaline-crazed deer being chased by wild hogs dragging a tarp behind them. Your horse is teetering the edge of sanity, leaping and snorting — and then your right stirrup leather breaks with an emphatic cracking [...]

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