Wednesday, December 28, 2011

HOW TO TEACH A HORSES TO BOW

HOW TO TEACH A HORSE TO BOW

Trick training horses is a lot of fun and highly rewarding.  It's wonderful to spend quality time with your favorite equine family member & friend.

I have been blessed with amazing Friesians that love to do tricks, each of my horses have learned to bow within a couple of hours.  I love teaching them to bow for several reasons, it creates a deeper bond with my horses, it stretches out their topline and back, and it teaches them how to use their thinking part of their brain as well… and not to mention it’s a blast to have your horse do tricks for entertainment for horse lovers and enthusiasts alike.

I’m constantly asked how I teach my horse how to bow so fast and easily.  I have to give most of the credit to my horses, they’re very intelligent and Love to please me, they always give their all and they have love earning treats too. 

It really is so much fun to show off your beautiful horse by doing the bow, especially by voice command, when people come to visit, everyone loves to see horses do tricks.

HOW TO BEGIN TRAINING THE BOW

For starters, to prevent your horse from backing up keep a whip in your hand and when you ask your horse to bow and if she begins to back up just tap her hindquarters and tell her "NO", she's not being bad she's just confused.

Reward her with her favorite treats and always give her tons of praise when she tries even a little and does what you ask. Remember horses natually want to please us, and receive praise just as you and I do, so be patient and enjoy every minute of training with your beloved equine friend.

To begin training the bow go into an arena or round-pen and take the halter off where there aren't any distractions. Have a lead rope handy as well.  For starter put our hand with a treat down in front of your horse's front legs and say "bow" when she reaches for it, give it to her and praise her.   Do that a couple of times, then when she reaches effertlessly hold your hand back a bit farther between your horse’s front legs and say “bow”, when she reaches down for it praise her and give her the treat.  Each time, ask her to "bow" and put your hand a little farther back; when she reaches your hand give her the treat.  


After doing that a several times times and she gets the idea, you will know by when she lifts her left foot naturally to reach back farther, tie a lead rope around her pastern.  This time when you as you ask her to “bow” lift her foot up and back gently and hold your hand with the treat back farther, each time she reaches your hand praise her lots & lots, and then give her the treat. Always make it fun and do not ever get mad if your horse doesn’t understand at first, with practice and daily persistence she will.

Do the above several times using the lead rope as an aid, as soon as she understands what you are asking for untie the lead rope and take it off her leg.  Then reach back under her again with a treat in hand and say "bow", hold the treat back far enough that she has to actually try to bow to reach it, as soon as she lifts her foot up and back even a little as she reaches for the treat praise her and give her a treat.  Just as before have her reach back farther until she actually has to kneel to reach the treat. 

Once you get that far stop for the day and love on her like crazy.  Do not exhaust your horse, only train for about 10 to 15 minutes, always end on success and praise.  If she doesn’t get it the first day, no worries she will within time.  Resume the same training until she bows by voice command.  Use the a lead rope around your horse’s pastern for an aid if needed until she understands that she has to balance herself and kneel down to reach the treat.

You can also tap her shoulder and say “bow” as well if you would like her to learn a physical aid as well.  As she becomes better at it she will bow by voice command or by tapping on her shoulder, at that point you give her a treat after she completes the bow fully. 

Keep me posted on your horse’s progress with updated info of your horse’s progress and photos, and I’ll post them on my blog & Facebook Royal Grove Stables page, and if you have any questions please feel free to email me. 

Good luck & Happy Training! :)

~Carol Whitaker
Royal Grove Stables

Friday, December 16, 2011

FRIESIAN STUD FEE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Royal Grove Stables proudly presents our imported
Ster Friesian Stallion, APOLLO, at stud.

~ CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ~



* 20% OFF STUD FEE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ~ thru December 31, 2011 *
Purebred & crossbred breeding, now booking for 2012 ~ A.I. breeding only
* FHS Preliminary Approved Breeding Stallion
* FSA Provisionally Approved Breeding Stallion
* KFPS/FHANA Ster Friesian Stallion
* Grand Champion on Keuring In-Hand and Driving
* FSHR Friesian Sport Horse
* IFSHA Show horse

STUD FEES:
$1,000 Stud Fee ~ $800 CHRISTMAS PRICE
$250 Booking Fee (goes towards stud fee)
$150 Collection Fee
$100 US FedEx Overnight Shipping Fee
Refundable Deposit for Shipping Container

* Registered Name: Harold v.R.
* Dutch FPS, FHANA, USDF Registered
* Black Homozygous
* Over 16.1 hh * 3rd Level Dressage * Drives
* Dutch FPS & FHANA registered

* Memberships: FHANA, USDF, IFSHA ~ All are in Good Standing

Apollo foaled 2002 and was imported from Holland 4 years ago. He is modern built with long legs, short back, gorgeous chiseled head with large soft eyes and small tippy ears.

He has fairytale looks with tons of hair and movie-star looks and a huge presense. He has an amazing personality and is a true gentleman. He is the epitome of the Friesian breed with his uphill conformation with a huge presence.

Apollo is extremely athletic and is highly talented in dressage & was a Grand Champion at Keuring in driving. He is very confident and loves to show off whenever he can.

Apollo is out of KFPS World Champion, Sape 381. Dam is a purebred Friesian, ster + preferent.

Apollo was imported from Holland 4 years ago. He received his Ster rating in Holland and was invited to be Keured to become a KFPS Approved Stallion after coming to the states. He then received his FHS Preliminary Approved Stallion and was Grand Champion at the Keuring in US & Canada.

Apollo throws gorgeous bight eyed, highly intelligent and athletic foals. Their long legs, short back and upright conformation and beautiful soft eyes makes them highly desired & breathtaking.

Apollo has amazing suspension and is very forward moving. He is extremely intelligent and is a quick school in dressage. He is now training 3rd level. He has exceptional work ethic and always gives his all in training and the show ring. His personality is like a puppy dog very fun, playful, loving and loyal.

For more pictures & videos of him under saddle and driving please visit our website www.royalgrovestables.com or call us at 801-358-0202.  Thank you! 

Merry Christmas!



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ARE YOU YOUR HORSE'S BEST FRIEND?


ARE YOU YOUR HORSE'S BEST FRIEND???

Are you your horse's best friend?  Do you want to be your horse’s best friend?  Do you want your horse to want to be with you more than anyone else? 


To know how your horse feels about you pay attention to his/her body language. Is your horse the first to greet you at the barn?  Dos your horse follow you without a halter and lead rope?  Does your horse back up and allow you to feed him while waiting for your approval to eat? Does your horse stand still when you get in the saddle? Does your horse blow in your nose to take in your true essence? Do you ride in harmony with your horse by steering your horse with your seat and NOT with heavy hands on the reins? 
 
If you answered positively to these questions then congratulations, you have a deep bond and endearing relationship with your horse!  You have established an alpha role of trust, respect and companionship with your precious equine friend with both your spirit and your horse.  Horses are just like you and I, they desire leadership, they need love, they crave attention, want companionship and they want to be able to trust and respect their leader, always.
 
If you find that you struggle in any of areas mentions then spend more time on the ground with your horse.  One of my favorite ways to establish leadership is free lunging my horses and practicing the art of communication with my body language.  It is an awesome feeling to have your horse following you around like a puppy dog, and to know that nothing on earth can come between the love between you and your trusted friend. 
 
The relationship you have with you horse can truly be magical and rewarding on every level.  Become your horse’s best friend and in return your horse will devote his life, love and soul to you.  
 
Thanks for reading… until next time happy trails!
~Carol Whitaker


Saturday, December 10, 2011

HORSES HAVE FEELINGS TOO


HORSES HAVE FEELINGS TOO
Sharing time just hanging out with your horse and going out on peaceful hacks on the trails makes for a happier, healthier horse both in mind and spirit.  I know too many horse owners who just train their horse and put them away in their stall, as though they were a car or a commodity and then they complain that their horse is ring sour…

When I first get a horse before I ever even think of saddling him I always spend time with him in my arena bonding with him.  Just as I did with my Friesian Stallion, APOLLO, I let him smell me and take in my breath as he reached down with his gorgeous head and breathed in my nose.  I then free lunge him to let him know that I AM ALPHA MARE! 


Each of my horses respect & love me incredibly well on the ground and under saddle.  They trust and respect me, they know that I am their leader, friend and their spiritual companion.  It is a treasure to have such a deep bond with my equine family members, words literally cannot express the joy & love they fill my soul with each and every moment I'm with them. 

Horses are just like people; they have feelings and are just as emotional as we are they get excited, jealous, sad, depressed, crave & give love freely, just as we do.  Horses need to be a horse in all aspects of their lives, of course training is a must, but showering your equine friend with TLC and spending quality time doing ground training is absolutely essential to be able to bond and love your horse on a deep spiritual level, this is the only way to create true love, trust and respect from your horse.  Which creates a safer horse and a deeper connection in spirit that only a horse can give. 

If you take the time to get to know who your horse really is he will awaken in spirit and will become an eternal companion and friend, he will become the horse that you always dreamed of… So next time you're with your equine friend remember his feelings and let him know how much you love and care about him, you will be amazed how precious your relationship will become...


Thanks for reading xo

Thursday, November 10, 2011

OUR NEW FHS APPROVED FRIESIAN STALLION, APOLLO!!! XOXOX

 APOLLO!!!











~ APOLLO ~
Ster Friesian Stallion at Stud
FHS PRELIMINARY APPROVED STALLION
FRSH Sport Friesian Horse
FHANA Ster Friesian Stallion
Registered Name: Harold v.R.
Out of world champion Sape 381
Dam, Maaike Wimke K. Ster
Two Time Grand Champion * Over 16.1 hh * 3rd Level Dressage * Grand Champion at Driving

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F4SNnWr884

~ Video of Apollo Under Saddle & Driving ~

We are sooo excited to have Apollo finally home!!!  He is already a member of our family.  He is literally a gift from above.  He has the most amazing puppy dog like personality.  He's full of love and affection, and he adores people. 

Everyone keeps asking why I sold my sweet Xander whom I loved dearly as well.  I did so because the spirit told me to. I literally felt impressed to call and ask my dear friend, Michelle, if she wanted to buy him, and when I did and she said "yes" I was shocked!  She and Xander love each other very much, Michelle has been taking lessons on him for almost a year.  I always felt deep down that he would be hers someday, I just didn't think it would be so soon.

I soon came to realize that I had to walk in faith to make it through selling my beloved Xander without having another Friesian in mind.  I knew that I was leaning a beautiful life lesson on faith, so I began searching the internet for hours at a time hunting my equine soul-mate.  

After a week of searing I began getting worried that I wouldn't be able to find another majestic boy that had the looks, talent and personality I was looking for.  I couldn't find any that I really liked.  Then I turned to the Lord and asked him to direct me to my new equine family member that was calling to me.  I found Apollo's ad soon after.  I had always said that I wanted a Friesian stallion, but didn't think it was possible to have anytime soon ~ boy was I mistaken.

When I saw Apollo's ad I felt strongly that he may be "the one".  After I spoke with his owner I knew he was the one!  Well, the rest is now history... The photos of us are the day after we brought him home.  Our spirits united instantly!  He is a dream come true in every way.  I marvel at all the miracles that took place for him to become ours, he is a treasure and is a blessing to our family in unmeasurable ways.

I am incredibly thankful beyond expression for the gift of Apollo.  As I always say... Dream Big Dreams! Dreams Really Do Come True!... If you believe! :)  Xox

~Carol Whitaker

Saturday, October 15, 2011

DREAMS DO COME TRUE!




DREAM BIG DREAMS
DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE!

Dreams are magical, especially when you dream about horses.  I have always set my intention and dreamed big dreams.   And each time my dream literally comes true!  Each horse in my life began with a joyful dream, it was truly miraculous each time I realized that tender mercies from above were playing an intricate part in bringing my dreams to fruition.  It's truly magical each step of the way...

My heart is always filled with love, appreciation and joy for those that come into my life in which to play their role in manifesting that which my heart desires.  It's remarkable to see the beautiful miracles that transpire each and every day as I stay focus on my dream with hope and faith that it will come true!  

 
My biggest dreams other than being a loving wife & mother was to have a barn in my back yard filled with the most amazing horses ever.  Each time I felt the call of my horse's spirit I knew that it was time to look for him/her and bring them home.  It is awe-inspiring to feel the power of a horse's spirit calling out to you...

If your dream is to own your a majestic equine friend, then follow your dream, believe that all things are possible.  If you can't afford a horse then take lessons or offer barn services so you can be around them.  And when the time is right and you hear him/her calling to you move forward with faith and begin to dream big dreams!  Then realize that you can have the horse of your dreams and that you are deserving to have that which your heart desires.

At first it may seem unattainable, but if you prayerfully focus on having your dream horse each day and feel as though you already had him/her, you will begin to attract that which is needed for your dream to come true.  Always give thanks as you begin the journey to manifest that which you desire.  Before long the gift of divine intervention will begin to take place and synchronicity will play an active role in making your dream horse your reality!  Be happy and trust in your creative powers, it's a magical experience!

So dare to Dream Big Dreams!  Believe in all that you are and relish in the love & spirit of the magnificent horse... for they are truly God's greatest gift to us to love, embrace and to learn by. 

~  May all of your dreams come true ~

~Carol Whitaker

Saturday, October 1, 2011

THE MAGICAL SPIRIT OF THE HORSE

My Miracle Friesian, Xander

 ~ THE MAGICAL SPIRIT OF THE HORSE ~

When visitors come to my barn they often comment on how peaceful it is, as though all their cares melted away... I also have calming peace & serenity each time I'm in our barn and loving on my beautiful equine family members.  Our visitors and riding students also mention how much they love how they feel when they're around my horses; their stress subside and they become happier and more relaxed as we laugh and visit together.  As they pet, groom and interact with my sweet horses they feel the love, joy and happiness as their mighty spirits,  as their spirit touch and filled with love & light from above. 

It's truly magical for me to see the joyful expressions on each persons face as they spend time with me and my equine family members, it reminds me how gracious the Lord is in caring for each of us and for the magnificent horse which he created for us...  The horse has an incredibly powerful spirit.  They are the greatest gift to man on earth next to love of a family and being close with the Lord.  People do not often realize just how mystical the horse's spirit truly is. 

A horse is not like any other animal on earth.  It is innately designed for us in stature, love, dedication, loyalty and in spirit.  A horse's love and bond for you is eternal.  A horse has a memory second to the elephant, they remember everyone that has touched their lives in an intimate way.  You can love and bond with a horse and then sell it... if you see that horse 20 years later he/she will still remember you and will come running to you if you had a beautiful, loving connection together.


HORSES ENDEARING PERSONALITY

Horses personalities are endearing, just like ours, they have very tender feelings actually, they feel sad or jealous if your attention goes to one of their barn buddies, they get anxious and scared, they are full of love and compassion, they love to play and have fun, they love to be loved and most of all if you love them with all your heart they too will give their heart & soul to you, they will do anything they can to please you.  They will even literally run themselves to death for you if needed, just as they did in time gone by when ridden in the old wild west.  Horses are very much like dogs, they are indeed our best friend.

The spirit of the horse is huge! All animals make us feel better when we're around them because they soak up and eliminate negative energy and stress from us and replace them with vibrant, loving energy.  All animals do, however, the horse's spirit is so big that it soaks up that much more and brings out the child playful, carefree side of us, where dreams are made of...

HORSES ARE INCREDIBLY INTUITIVE


Horse's are also extremely intuitive, they can read the energy of your thoughts, emotions and body language better than you can.  They know when you're happy, joyful, tired, sad or stressed.  They will always lighten your spirit and help release your negative energy with the pure love they have for you. 




If you treat your horse with the love, kindness, respect and care as you desire to have in your life from your loved ones then you will create a spiritual bond that can never be broken.  You will be a better team together on the ground and under saddle, you will also become one in spirit ~ that is when the true magic happens...  However, if you mistreat your horse in anyway or try to bully him/her into submission you are literally breaking your horse's spirit and he/she will only do what you ask out of fear--not love or trust--just as you would if you had a parent that beat you... your love, respect and trust would be destroyed. 

YOU can create an eternal relationships with your beautiful horse if you put the time and energy into creating a trusting friendship of love, training & care each day.  In turn you will receive the same loyalty of love and devotion from your horse as you continue to build your unbreakable bond with each other.  When your horse bends down and breathes in your essence nose to nose that is a deep spiritual connection that is priceless... relish in his/her love, that is a great honor, that indicates that your horse truly loves and trusts you fully.  My Friesian, Xander, does it to me every day, I love it so much!


So next time you are honored to share your life with a horse, give him/her a big hug and say "Thank You!"  Your horse was literally created for you!  To bring you immense joy, peace and happiness to enrich your life by loving you...
~Carol Whitaker

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

ARE YOU RIDING CORRECTLY?


Davida Oberman & Musie

Are You Riding Correctly?


I haven’t blogged for awhile, I’m going to blog more often to assist those needing advice on how to become a better, safer rider as well as how to bond on a deeper level with their equine family member & friend.

I receive questions all the time asking for help on how to become a better, more confident rider.  Being an accomplished equestrian doesn’t mean you have to compete or take expensive lessons from a professional trainer. It means having a deep spiritual bond with your horse and riding correctly in the saddle to create a harmonious team together when in the saddle and on the ground.

Riding correctly is essential to be a happy & safe equestrian.  I have seen way too many “accomplished” riders bouncing in their saddle when trotting or cantering their horse.  My heart always goes out to the horse as it has to suffer the ongoing pounding on their spinal cord which runs down the center of the back. If you bounce in the saddle (your fanny coming out of the saddle unintentionally) then that indicates that you do not have a balanced or secure seat...

To ride correctly tuck & sit your fanny in the saddle – sit on your back pockets. Feel the arch in your lower back with your hands, if it is filled in then you are sitting correctly; however, if you feel an arch in your back then you're sitting too far forward on your pubic bone resulting in an unbalanced seat. Sit up tall, shoulders back, long legs (your heels should be in line with your hips) and toes forward with heels down.  Be sure to relax in the saddle and follow her movement with your seat & hands softly, (as though you were holding hands with her). If your fanny comes out of the saddle at a sitting trot or at the canter then you're not sitting correctly... When you tuck & sit your center of gravity will be in the center of your horse’s center of gravity giving you a secure seat.

An exercise to strengthen your seat and core muscles needed for a balanced seat practice riding without stirrups.  Place each stirrup up and over the front of the saddle near your horse’s withers.  Ride in the walk and trot first without stirrups.  In the beginning it is best to do this on a lunge line with an experienced trainer or friend. Riding without stirrups often will build up your seat, core & balance dramatically. 


Having a balanced seat makes for a beautiful equestrian team. When you are in-synch with each other and at one in spirit you will have more faith in your abilities and your horse will thank you for it by earning his/her trust & respect as his/her leader & friend… Happy trails! J

~Carol Whitaker




Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Utah Parades with Xander










* IMPERIAL FRIESIANS*

My dear friend, Kathy, and I love introducing & showing off the majestic Friesian breed in parades.  People go wild when they see us, it warms my heart to see the excitement on the spectator's faces as we walk by.  My Friesian, Xander, loves to show off to the crowd.  He knows when he is the star and always gives his all, he adores all the attention he gets.  He also loves it when the kids want to pet him.  We have a blast together!  I'm looking forward to the Provo 4th of July parade on Monday, it's going to be  so much fun! 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Horse's Prayer



The Horse's Prayer


- I'm only a horse, dear Master, but my heart is warm and true.

I'm ready to work my hardest, for the pleasure of pleasing you.


Good corn, hay and water, are all that I wish to ask.

And a warm dry bed to rest on, when I've finished my daily task.


Don't strike me in needless anger, if I'm slow to understand,

but encourage my drooping spirits with a gentle voice and hand.


Finally, O my master! When my health and strength are gone -

When I'm getting old and feeble, and my long life's work is done -


Don't sell me to cruel or strange owners, to be slaved to my last breath,

But grant me the untold blessing of a quick and painless death;


That, as you have always found me a patient and loyal friend,

The years of my faithful service may be crowned by a peaceful end.


I plead in the name of the Savior, Who cares when the sparrows fall.

Who was born in a lowly stable, and knows, and loves us all!


Your Faithful and loving friend,

~ The Horse



Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bucephalus - History's Greatest Horse



The Magestic Friesian spirit is Powerul, Graceful, Loyal & Loving... The most magical breed on earth... I'm grateful for my Friesian, Xander, more than words can say.... He is literally a gift from Heavenly Father... Dream BIG Dreams! Dreams really do come true!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS



HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS

Whitaker Stables offers horseback riding lessons in Utah County specializing in English, Western, Equitation, Natural Horsemanship and Riders Fitness. We have a lot of fun in our barn.  You can trailer in your horse or use mine. I can also come to your barn if located in Utah Valley.

SKILLS TAUGHT:

* Learn all about your horse from the ground up through Natural Horsemanship techniques.

* Learn how to easily train your horse with love, kindness & reward.

* Learn how to train your horse on the ground for a safer more respectful horse.

* Learn how to properly groom and care for a horse.

* Learn the basics of correct English riding through Classical Dressage.

* Learn how to understand horse language as well as how the horse reads your body language to earn their respect & trust on the ground and under saddle.

* Learn how to be a leader, to be Alpha when you ride.

* Learn how to properly balance your body on your horse to be a safer rider.

* Learn how to ride correctly with soft, quiet hands and a balanced seat.

* Become a stronger, more self-confident rider by learning Riders Fitness.

By learning proper riding techniques you will connect on a deeper level with your horse and you will feel empowered!  Riding horses is very therapeutic, great exercise and is highly rewarding.  You will feel free from worldly cares while in our barn.  It's a lot of fun to learn how to train a horse with kindness and reward.

RATES:

$25 for a half-hour lesson
$45 for a one hour lesson
$25 each for a group one hour hour lesson


Space is limited, please contact Carol at carol@royalgrovestables.com for time and availability.

Thank you!

Carol Whitaker
Riding Instructor
http://royalgrovestables.com

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Definition of a Friesian



MY DEFINITION OF A FRIESIAN

My oldest son wrote this beautful poem when he was 12 years old.  I dedicate this video to him.  He captured the essense of the Friesian spirit... Friesian's are truely the most magestic, powerful, magical breed on earth, a divine gift from above...