American Ninja Warrior Training: Wild Mustang Edition

This week I took Sparks to the Bartow County Saddle Club to participate in an obstacle clinic organized by my good mustang trainer friends Stan Smith and Rebecca Bowman. I was delighted to spend some time with my friends Cavin Graham and Cindy Brasfield as well. I tried something a little new with the vlog this week, providing extensive commentary on my training process throughout the day. I hope it is interesting, enjoyable, and maybe even a little helpful.


A Rat ate my Christmas balls!

As I was preparing for Christmas last week, I made a terrible discovery: a rat ate the glass balls right off of my Christmas tree! In less weird and more interesting news, I continue to make great progress with my newest mustang Sparks through ground driving desensitization and confidence training. I received an amazing gift box from Buckeye Nutrition filled with all my favorite candy bars. Super yummy. And I finally tell Johnny’s story and share some details about our plans for the coming year.

Spa Day for the Ponies

With visits from the vet, the chiropractor, and the massage therapist, this last week was basically one long spa day for the ponies. Fledge made an excellent all-terrain vehicle as we come to the rescue of a vet stuck in the mud, and I welcome a new mustang to the farm. Sparks has a lot of potential, but for right now we’re focusing on reducing his anxiety with a little bit of ‘equine therapy.’

My Broken Foot

Hwin (aka ‘Sassy Britches’) completed her first training-level event at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida. She did great, especially considering that she had not competed since July. I’m really excited about this horse, and have my eyes set of doing prelim, and maybe even doing a one star with her some time in 2016.

I finally got the results back from my MRI. My foot is ACTUALLY broken, but life on the farm must go one.

Want to know how you can tell if your horse has stopped growing, and how to estimate how tall they are likely to become? Corteo (aka Tata aka Potato) help be to demonstrate the ‘rope test.’

MRI and Pickle Juice

Putting in some milage on Corteo and witnessing some serious mustang antics from goober-head Rune. As I drive down to Ocala, I explain a little bit about my love for mustangs, and why I ceased my breeding program to dedicate myself to the promotion of mustang adoption. Oh, and I also get an MRI on my broken foot and quench my thirst with some delicious pickle juice.

Electrolytes. Yum.