Finding a Barn/Instructor

I am a parent, and my child and his safety are super important to me. If my son were to grow up and want to ride horses and I was no longer in the horse business, I would look for several things before I allowed my son to ride at any given stable. I think that so many parents see a pretty barn or a cheap price on a Craigslist ad and just take their child somewhere to learn to ride without really giving it any thought or consideration. COME ON PEOPLE! This is your child. Research the facility. Go and visit. Ask the barn manager a few questions. Make sure the place is legit. The last thing you want is for your baby to get hurt when it could have been avoided. My advice to you, go and visit before you start your first lesson. Observe a lesson and see how the  instructor interacts with the students. Are they hands on and involved or do they sit in the center of the arena on the mounting block and bark out instructions? Then go and look at the horses. I am not saying go and say wow those are pretty horses, I am saying go check out there living environment. Are the stalls clean? Are the shavings fresh? Are the water tanks clean, what about the buckets in the stalls? Also, chat with the boarders there, see if they are happy. Are the horses and safety put first? How often is the barn manager there? Is communication good between everyone? After you do that evaluation, talk to the barn manager. Ask several questions, see if they know what they are talking about. Say that you want your child to know as much about horses as possible, ask what the normal temperature of a horse is? See if you get the right answer. If not, you probably do not want your child learning from that barn. It is not that they have bad intentions, some people just are not really knowledgeable enough to be in the horse business. It takes more than “I had a horse growing up, and I did a few shows” to run a successful barn. Good luck!

The A,B,Cs of Me

I saw this on a friend of mine’s blog, and thought it was cool. I decided to do it to. This will help y’all get to know me a little better.

A-Age-I am 27, but turning 28 tomorrow.

B-Barrel Racing-My job and my passion.

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C-Color. I really like turquoise and pink.

D-Dog-We have a 4 year old Shih-tzu named Kahlil.

E-Education-I have been considering going back to law school. That was the plan all through college but met hubs and plans change. Still kind of like the idea.

F-Fear. I am scared of chickens. I love eggs, but chickens terrify me.

G-Girly. Most of my lesson students/clients would never guess how girly I actually am. I love to sew, wear make-up, and paint my nails. I also LOVE to shop.

H-Husband-Chet Lambert, we are getting ready to celebrate our anniversary. This is a super old picture from our honeymoon. Since I have gained so much weight, I don’t take pictures anymore.

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I-Instrument-Most people don’t know that I can play piano and clarinet. I would love to learn to play the guitar. Chet can play and Jacob loves it.

J-Jobs. Most of my jobs have revolved around horses. The other jobs that I have had over the years are working in the clerk of court’s office, working for an attorney, and a campaign manager.

K-Kids. I have 1 son, Jacob. He is 2.

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L-Lessons. I currently have 20 lesson students. I love giving lessons and seeing my students become successful and grow in and out of the arena.

M-Math. Before I became a political science major I thought I wanted to teach upper level high school math.

N-Newberry College. I attended Newberry College.

O-OCD. I am very OCD. I have issues with food touching and cleaning the house. I am also a little crazy about my horse’s routines.

P-Political Science. I was a political science major in college. I LOVE politics.

Q-Quiet-When you first me meet I am pretty quiet and reserved.

R-Right handed. I am right handed for almost everything. I can write with my left hand if I need to though.

S-Siblings- I have 1 brother, Bryan, we have the same birthday!

T-Tri-Sigma. I was in the Tri-Sigma sorority during my years at Newberry College.

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U-Urban Nirvana- The best place ever for a massage.

V-Vacation. I love going on vacations, but lately it seems like I never get one.

W-World Champion. In 2001 I was lucky enough to win a Youth World Championship on my awesome horse Benita Bar Star AKA Buddy.

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X-X-rays. I have had WAY too many over the years. I have broken fingers, wrist, collar bone, ribs, and tail bone.

Y-Yearling. I have a yearling filly I am super excited about. Bella is a pretty sweet girl. This is a baby picture and a current one.

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Z-Zoo. Jacob and I go to the zoo for birthdays. We have a trip planned this week. It is a tradition.

Trying Them Out

Right now is an exciting time of year. The weather is nice, flowers are blooming, babies are being born, and most of my students are getting ready summer break. The exciting thing about that is that several of them are starting to look for horses to purchase. I love helping students find horses. The look on their face when they find the right horse is AMAZING!

Whenever I go with students to look at horses, I pick out 3 or 4 horses for them to look at. We then go look at ALL of them. Even if we fall in love with the first horse, we go ride everything else. Then we discuss the one we liked the best. After that we will give it a few days, talk again, and then go re-ride our favorite. I have seen so many first time horse purchasers, including myself, buy the first horse they rode. Even if the horse was not a good fit for them. My first horse was a big sorrel mare named Sugar. She turned out to be a good horse for me eventually, but the only reason I chose her was because she could have foals and she was pretty.(Not a good reason to decide to buy your first horse).

My advice to you today is to take your time and find a horse that fits your needs. Do not buy the first horse you ride and take your time. A horse is a huge purchase, make sure you get one you will be happy with after the newness of horse ownership wears off.

May

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Well, I am only 5 days late posting this, but guess what?!? It is May. So far May has been pretty nasty, I think we have had rain everyday. Rain is good, but we have hay ready to cut and horses to get ready for shows.  Around here May is an insanely busy month. Today is Cinco de Mayo, then we have my step-son Preston’s birthday (May 8), Mother’s Day, mine and my brother Bryan’s birthday (May 15), my Dad’s birthday (May 20), my Dad’s fiances birthday (May 24), and finally mine and Chet’s anniversary on May 29. Oh, I forgot my Brother’s girlfriend graduates college and High School Rodeo State Finals are this month. Plus we have horse shows and barrel races every weekend and Memorial Day. What a month. We are busy, busy, busy!

What is your busy month? Do you feel like  you need 20 lists to remind you what you are doing and where you are going?

~Brittany

Work Smart

 

Well Thursday is almost over and it was a busy day so I am just now getting to writing my Thursday Tip for this week. This week is all about being smart with your horse. Right now most of my students are in the middle of competition season. For some of them that means rodeos every weekend for the rest of the month. When you are working your horse every weekend be smart when you are at home. Ride them enough to keep them in shape, if you had a problem during your weekend run, fix it, but whatever you do, PLEASE do not work your horse to death during the week, bore them on the pattern, and then expect them to go and perform for you on the weekend. I plan my rides constantly. I know what I am going to do and I am always thinking ahead to my next show or rodeo so I can have my horse in the best shape physically and mentally to win. You can work on your barrel run without actually working your horse on the barrel pattern. There are so many other ways to practice when you are at home. If you would like some of these exercises, please feel free to contact me.

Brittany