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Saturday, June 03, 2017

You asked for the Trainers' test, and we've heard there's prep exams being held in 2017!

C. Reid McLellan, PhD., Executive Director of the Groom Elite Program, Inc., and a nationally known equine educator, will be conducting a trainers' exam "Prep Class" in Lexington, Kentucky on June 28-30, 2017.   There's another one at Remington Park, August 16-18.

For details, see https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/trainers-exam-prep-class-held-june-28-30-lexington/

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Always Dreaming and the draw reins

I cringe every time I see the video of Always Dreaming lunging about on the track, sometimes way overflexed with nose on chest - probably an old video, hopefully he's going better now, but I have to wonder if anybody from that barn thought to try the chambon first.  It's all elastic, adjustable, runs from the poll, through the bit rings and to the girth - so out of the rider's hands.

Go slow and set it loosely to make sure it doesn't freak the horse out, first just walk around the barn, then take some time jogging before going on to gallop.  In our experience, most horses find it a calming influence and those we've tried it on showed immediate improvement, eventually to the point of not needing it at all in a fairly short time.  The chambon is so rare on the American racetrack that we kind of hide ours as a "secret weapon".

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/378795018647867045/ - here's Always Dreaming overflexed in draw reins