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Weekend Activities and Announcements
Saturday, May 30, 3 pm: 2K Stables is holding a Pony Club/Riding Center un-mounted meeting this here at 2K Stables. RSVP by Friday, May 29.
Topic: Hooves. Particularly, care of hooves in wet weather and grooming in wet weather (i.e., fungus and skin conditions caused by wet weather).
Rider of the Month
Taryn, a 2K Riding Center/Pony Club member, was a star at our recent Play Day. She has plenty of energy and enthusiasm, and is an avid rider with plenty of potential.
One thing that makes Taryn such a great rider is what she deems her favorite part of riding: the fun times connecting with the horse(s) she rides, and the exercise involved. This is funny, as Taryn recently told a story where one of her friends told her that all horseback riders get fat. When Taryn asked why, the friend said, “Because all riders do is sit on top while the horse does the work”. Ha! We all know better;)
It’s great that Taryn recognizes, and enjoys, the exercise and strength needed to ride. She actually went as far to say that she felt bareback riding is the most useful skill she has learned because it makes her muscles stronger.
Taryn lists walking and trotting as the easiest parts of riding, and counting strides between jumps as the most difficult.
When asked what she would teach if she were the instructor, Taryn immediately said Emergency Dismounts. Safety first after all! She’s definitely a smart, savvy rider on her way up.
Lease Horse of the Month
Lady, a 14 & ˝ h Welsh pony, is a lesson favorite.
She not only manages all of the walk/trot youngsters, she also provides great fun for the riders who need a fearless cross-country mount for Pony Club events and activities up to Beginner Novice. She is also suitable for adults who are interested in working on their Dressage skills.
Lady is available for ˝ lease or full lease. ˝ lease includes 3 rides per week, and full lease includes 5 rides per week.
*On-site lease only and must be enrolled in lesson program, minimum of one lesson per week.
Ask about our other lease horses and look for their spotlights in the next newsletter.
Ask the Trainer:
This past week, 2K Stables' Ride Right Instructor, Meredith Duggar, was asked a series of questions in order to dig a little deeper into the thoughts and processes of coaching, and, more specifically, her approach to coaching/instruction.
Meredith truly enjoys the wide range of students she’s able to teach, and relishes the opportunity to hone her ability to help each student reach both their short-term and long-term goals; which range anywhere from improving the quality of their ride and their relationship with their horse and developing confidence, to joining a riding club such as Pony Club or attending a local or A rated show.
When asked what her favorite part about riding is, Meredith responded that she likes that she is always learning something new. She explained with, "My partnership with my horses is an evolution - they teach me as much as I teach them. They have their individual personality traits and I get to work to bring out the best in them”.
As the best teachers know, there is a time to push and a time to take a step back and let students process information in their own time. This seems like a very complex issue, so I asked Meredith how she knows when it's time to push and when to step back. She disclosed that, "I tend to be very energetic and want to impart all of my knowledge; however, I know when my students are frustrated and need me to step back and simplify or provide fewer 'homework' items both in and out of the lesson. At the same time, if a student needs more information and would like to progress, I'm open to their inputs and feedback and work to allow them to move forward".
When asked what she finds most difficult about teaching/coaching, Meredith answered, “I think having a limited amount of time per lesson is difficult. There is so much to learn and we can't reasonably spend all of our time in the saddle (we have to sleep sometimes)!”
Finally, Meredith was asked what she felt was the most important piece of information she’d like to impart to each/every student. Her response—“I'd like all of my students to know it is ok to question, have a different opinion, and ask for more advice and guidance when riding or building their relationship with their horse”.
I think we’d all like to give Meredith a big hand for all of her hard work, dedication, and commitment to making us better riders, and better people. Thank you Meredith!
The Trainer's Tip of the Week: Take advantage of our TheraPlate, and schedule a session today!
We have had our TheraPlate for a few months now and we can see the difference in our horses’ overall health.
We are using it for our horses to do some of the following things:
• Increase circulation
• Increase bone density (>30%) in our young horses • Increase muscle mass in our older horses and horses entering into working programs
• Reduce swelling & inflammation
It also improves joint health & function, especially noticeable in our horses with injuries, laminitis and thin soles and it has even improved balance in our horses, improving proprioception.
Contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and pricing for theraplate sessions for your horse – it is great for riders also.
Recap of the Play Day with Jack Lieser
A great time was had by all at last weekend's Play Day at 2K with Jack Lieser.
Riders were challenged to complete obstacles requiring focus, deliberation, and technique. Riders and spectators alike were thrilled to see the changes and developments made during this time, and it was exciting to see the riders' confidence grow in leaps and bounds.
Thank you Jack!
It's that Time of the Year! Use Slow Twist to wash/repair your horse blankets
It's Time to Get Fit!
Extreme Equine Exercises: Rider Fitness and Energy Sundays: 1:30pm
These workshops are designed to improve stamina, balance, core-strength, suppleness, symmetry and posture.
To do this, we use medicine balls, jump ropes, balance boards, fit ladders, stability balls and exercise bands.
The emphasis is on creating exercises that look and feel like riding while incorporating tools to keep us motivated to move.
Join Us for Open Ride Night Wednesday nights 5:30pm-8:30pm
$15 Haul-In Fee to bring your own horse
$10 to rent a 2K Lesson Horse*
This week's theme is Riding with Music Can you Match the Music?
Open Ride Night is a terrific time to work on anything you've been struggling with, or to work on learning something new. Ride Right Coach, Meredith Duggar, will be there to offer tips and support.