FEBRUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER
January was brutal but even so, we had a number of great rides. The herd has come through the cold weather in remarkably good condition with only one or two losing weight. Those are now on a more aggressive diet and it already appears that they are responding well. Training of more horses will kick in as soon as the weather cooperates. Multiple have already signed up for summer horse camp (Internship Program and Mini ½ Day Camp). If you want to be involved with horses, or you want to learn about life and yourself, summer camp here is a must! Endless hours around and on horses, exposure to those who have spent a lifetime working and studying horses, and a 75 member herd will combine to give you the very best results. We emphasize safety and knowledge but fun is a strong component as well. I might add that the whole experience is a great confidence builder. It seems that the interns/campers become part of the ever-growing RFI/SS family and that means the world to us.
Rides with folks of all levels offers us the opportunity to see firsthand what does and does not work. One of the most common problems is heavy hand which means harsh in the mouth. We would like to get riders to be soft and use indirect reining or to finger cue your horse. The horse will respond in a more willing manner after he understands what you are asking – be patient as he will get it fairly quickly.
Remember, we emphasize real riding and we can have you doing just that. Come ride with us for a “real ride”!
FEBRUARY SPECIALS/EVENTS: Reservations required!
** Fri, Feb 14th @ 7:00 PM – Moonlight Trail Ride @ $42.00 pp plus tax
** Fri, Feb 14th – Sun, Feb 16th – Valentine Package “Sealed With A Kiss” @ $210.00 plus tax & up
** Sat, Feb 22nd @ 2:00 PM – Roanoke County Parks & Rec - Lesson Trail Ride – Please contact Roanoke County Parks & Rec @ 540-387-6114 to registar
CHECK US OUT: Ron and Kathleen featured on WDBJ7!
TIP OF THE MONTH:
# Horse's eyes are set on the side of the head, allowing it to see two different pictures (left world and a right world). There is always a “blind” spot at the rear. But, their sight crosses approximately 15 feet in front of the horses head. This gives the horse the ability to judge distances before he gets to them. We teach the rider to “ride in front” of the horse, which then gives the rider the ability to stay insync with the horse.
#Horses necks are flexible which gives them an advantage making their field of vision wide to see potential predators. Remember, horses are animals of flight!
#Studies have shown that horses see some color (dichromatic vision). They see a limited range of colors such as what is found in nature: red, orange, yellow, green.