New for Summer 2013

This summer, we plan to offer a few new services. Some of these services are more clinics (YAY! I love doing clinics I just haven’t had much time since Jacob came along) and internships.

Here is some more information about my clinics. I hold 1 day clinics and weekend clinics. One day clinics are held on a Saturday or Sunday. We can hold clinics at our farm, or we can come to you. If you are interested in hosting a clinic, please contact us. We have several specials for people deciding to hold clinics this year. If you host, you ride for free. We will send you all the promotional information you need. Our clinics cover horsemanship, horse care, equipment, and barrel racing. If you attend a clinic, you will get a Wishing Winds Ranch goody bag and a book of arena exercises. We start our clinics by videoing each participant running (or whatever speed you feel comfortable going) the pattern. Then we break the videos down, talk about equipment changes, and address issues found in your first run, then there will be one on one instruction. At the end of the clinic you will have another run and prizes will be awarded.

Here is some more information about my internship program. This will be a Horse Training Internship. It will be available to anyone age 13 and up. Previous experience is required. The internship will consist of helping with chores, riding horses, starting horses, attending shows or barrel races, and assisting with lessons.  If you are interested you can also bring your own horse to the internship. Our program will run from May to August. We will be accepting 2 interns at a time. We will provide housing and meals for the interns. Internships can last from 2 week to 8 weeks. While you are here you will get real-world experience and improve your horsemanship skills. Preference will be given to college students pursing Equine Degrees and will work with the university to ensure our program meets your needs. Special pricing will be given to college interns.
Tuition for interns is as follows:

  • Internship cost without bringing their own horse $200/week.
  • Internship cost with bringing their horse $225/week.
  • Internship cost for College students not bringing their own horse $150/week
  • Internship costs for College student bringing their own horse $175/week.

A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required to secure your internship and a discount will be given if you pay the entire amount up-front. To gain an internship position you will need to provide a video of you catching, saddling, bridling and riding your horse (walk, trot, and lope), and any other information you feel you’d like to include for consideration. Videos may be submitted by YouTube, email or mailed via DVD. To be considered for an internship the application is due by April 26, 2013. Please email with any questions or to request an application.

If you are interested in any of these services please feel free to email wishingwindsranch@gmail.com or call 803-271-6407.

Snow, Sad News, Winners, and Tips! Oh My!

Well this week has not been nearly what I had hoped for, but that is okay. One thing I have learned to do quite well over the years is roll with the punches. First off, Saturday we had snow! I know this does not seem like a big deal to most of y’all but in South Carolina snow is a big deal. This is the first time Jacob (2 years old) has gotten to enjoy the snow. He LOVED it! We did not have much, and it was gone by Sunday but he did have fun playing in it while it lasted. Maybe we will get more next year. One snow a year is plenty for me.

Then on Monday I get a call that my Grandmother is not doing well at all and is unresponsive. I have been spending some time each day at the nursing home. My grandmother practically raised me while my parents worked. She has been such an influential part of my life and it kills me to see her this way. I know the suffering will be over soon as the doctors say she has around 48 hours left. I really thought I had dealt with most of my guilt in the past, but spending time at the nursing home has made me realize that I have not.

Congratulations to Nikki! You are the winner of the scarf giveaway! You will be getting an email shortly. Just pick the scarf you like and send me your address and I will get it in the mail. Thanks for your participation!

Today’s Tip is going to be a little different.  I am doing a mini tip and feedback today. I am considering a new venture and I need some feedback. So please, answer my poll question and keep checking back for exciting new happenings!

First Up: The Tip

It’s all about leg protection. Most barrel racers use some kind of leg support for their horses, the running, stopping and turning can really be hard on a horse’s legs. There are several options when it comes to leg protection.

Now for the Follow Up:

**How do you like that I used a beach themed poll after the snow we had this week. I am ready for warm weather and beach trips!

Thanks for you help! Here is a picture of the snow! It is so pretty but then it melts and makes such a mess!

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~Brittany

It’s a Giveaway

It has been quite a while since I have done a giveaway. There are several coming up in the very near future so check back often.

Yes, I live in South Carolina, we are not known for our freezing temperatures, but occasionally we do get pretty cold. I also try to look cute while I am outside riding, feeding, and doing other chores. This year, my go to cute and warm accessory has been scarves.

So, this week I am giving away a scarf. These scarves are made right here in the great state of South Carolina by and awesome lady, Ms. Dianne. They are also one of a kind-she only makes one of each pattern. I have several of these scarves. They are cute, and go with so many things. Plus, some scarfs are really long and get in the way when you are on a horse or cleaning water tanks. Nothing is worse than a wet scarf on a cold day! These scarves are long enough to be functional but short enough to not get in the way.

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This giveaway will end next Wednesday, February 20 at 1:00 PM. I am working with Ms. Dianne on this giveaway. The winner will get to choose which scarf they would like. She has several available to choose from the pictures shown here are examples, there are SEVERAL more to choose from.

How to enter: There are several ways to enter!

1. Follow me on Twitter. @wishingwindsran

2. Become a follower of this blog.

3. Tweet about this contest and attach my handle.

4. You can receive one entry each day by tweeting about the contest.

Each time you complete a step, leave a comment here to let me know. Good Luck!

Grooming

It’s tip Thursday again! This week I am talking about grooming. It is a very important part of working with your horse, but sometimes it is very overlooked. Grooming is not just about getting your horse clean. It is about bonding with your horse and getting to know your horse. You should check your horse every time you groom. If he has any new cuts, swelling, or heat in the legs, grooming is the time to find it. I have had a student get on horses and ride and then tell me their horse was a little off, after giving the horse a quick once over I found a pretty deep cut on a hind leg. I asked why she did not find it when she was brushing her horse, she said I just brushed his back where my saddle goes. NO, NO, NO. You brush your horse for more reasons than to clean an area off to put a saddle on his back. So when you brush, check your horse out. Have fun and happy grooming!

 

Job Shadowing

Last week, one of my students spent the week job shadowing me. I had a great time and did not realize how much I really do until I had someone there to help me. I think I need an assistant. On Friday, Caroline had to interview me. She asked several questions about how technology has changed my career, what changes would I like to see in the next 5 years, the number one piece of advice I would give someone wanting to get into the industry, along with several other questions. After I answered her questions, I thought I would ask her a few questions and share her answers with you. Hopefully I will give you a little better insight into me and my day to day life.

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1. What did you learn this week?~I learned that you do not have to know everything about everything. Do NOT lie to you customers, if you do not know an answer tell them and then try to find the answer, but do not just make up an answer to satisfy them. It is important to know where to find an answer if you do not know the answer. I also learned to not second guess yourself. Go with your gut.

2. Did anything surprise you?~What really matters in taking care of a horse. Where I board, I have always been hounded about having clean blankets and cleaning stalls. You hardly use blankets or stalls. That is not a necessity to have a healthy, happy, horse. I saw a side of the horse world I had never seen before this week.

3. Would you come back again?~Yes, I had a  great time and learned quite a bit. I want to come back for longer this summer.

4. After this week, do you think you would like a career with horses?~Yes of course. This week opened my eyes to even more possibilities out there. There are so many career options with horses that I had never even thought about.

A Review of My Week

As I have already talked about in an earlier post, I was quite busy this week. I have struggled to get my two posts in this week. The weather is cold and rainy/snowy tonight so I will be inside and hope to go ahead and start working on my posts for next week. Right now I hope to have a giveaway next week. If not then for sure the week after so keep checking back! Anyway, since the week was so busy I figured I would just share a few pictures from the week with you.

weatherYes, It is January and my car said it was 75. What the heck!?!

fireA few evening this week after we got everything finished we started a fire. We love to stand around and enjoy the fire. A glass of wine and a fire is always a great way to end the day!

noseybellaI had my camera out to take pictures of a horse I am hoping to sell soon and Bella was so curious. I had to share a picture. Silly Filly!

carolineThis week I had a student of mine, Caroline, come and job shadow me all week. I will be having a whole post next week dedicated to her experience.

Well that about sums up my week.

Brittany