Clinician Ray Field

Ray teaches saddle starting clinic for the  fall clinic.

Ray has Mary do a safety check on Boomer before the clinic starts.  Ray holds one of the rope halters he will be using as part of his demonstration and why it is important to use all natural rope head gear.

Ray walks  Mary through the proper fitting of the halter on Boomer before they continue with saddle starting.

Ray introduces the blanket by sliding it down the lead rope slowly so that Boomer doesn’t get scared since this is something new.

Ray slides the blanket over Boomer’s eyes on both sides of the body so he can see the blanket equally. 

Remember to always work both sides of your horse.  Notice Boomer stands freely.

Ray places the saddle in front of Boomer so he can see it, smell it and understand what it is before placing it on his back.

Gently place the saddle on Boomer.

Boomer getting used to the feel of the saddle and blanket. 

The saddle and blanket fall in front of Boomer so he can connect the saddle and sound to something friendly and not spooky. 

Ray discusses with the other participants the importance of proper equipment fitting and alignment.

Ray makes sure that Mary is clear on the exercise. Safety is one of most important  elements in preparation.

Notice when Mary is testing the saddle just before she makes her final swing, her left foot is not slid under the horse so the stirrups are adjusted correctly, her left hand is full of mane and Boomer is standing solid and balanced for the lesson. 

Ray instruct Mary to place the tip of her foot in the stirrup, grabbing one hand full of mane and the rim of the saddle before pulling her body up. Common mistake is that riders do not grab mane but grab the horn of the saddle.  One safety factor here is that the saddle could spin and spook both horse and rider leaving a bad reaction with the horse.

Ray instructs Mary to not sit up on Boomer but to spread her body weight long and rub gently on Boomer so that he sees her complete body on both sides of him.  Notice Boomer is standing square and flat footed.

Ray points out to Mary to reposition her hands now for a balance seat.

After Mary has been shown the proper way to start her saddled horse, Ray ensures both Boomer and Mary relax and just take in the moment.   Never rush. 

Mary walks Boomer around after they have saddled started him to get use to the feel of the saddle. 

Ray watches Mary and Boomer after Mary has remounted Boomer several times.  Positive repetition of each exercise is the key to success. 

Mary gets Boomer use to seeing her from this side. 

Ray has Mary remount from the right side.  Many horse trainer never discuss the options.  Then show that Boomer is fine with mounting from either side.

Ray walks Boomer over to the side rail to show him that everything is fine.

Ray walks with Boomer to assure him that Mary is okay.  Boomer and Mary turned out to be “A” excellent students to work with. 

Mary checks Boomers feet after saddle starting her horse.  Ray instruct every horse owner to maintain proper care of the horses feet before and after each ride, no matter how long or short the trip.

Below Ray starts an over view of the Humane Penning 101 instructions for those adopters who return home with there wild horse or burro and need to rehalter or start  the Gentling process.

Ray goes over the Humane penning process.

Introducing the pole at the correct place always ensures safety for the horse and participant. 

Few of the participants/spectators watch with haltering.

Here Ray starts the lariat, ears are forward Sun Dance plays big boy.

Ray starts the lariat over Sun Dance’s nose to get him used to motion and movement completely desensitizing.

Once the lariat is removed Ray shows Sun Dance, then repeats the process many times. Making it easier for the halter to placed. 

More later as we get time.

Ray works the lariat and notice this time Sun Dance leans into Ray showing comfort with this process.

I would like to Thank Mary, Monica and Denise for there assistance and their horses.  They were a pleasure to assist and help start.  Please come back and see more on Sun Dance, Denise’s horse.