This unique horse trek has been rated in the Top 10 of Unique Adventure
Holidays. Step back in time, experience our vanishing heritage and ride
in the magnificent New England countryside of NSW Australia.While on the trek-we overnight at the historic pubs of the country side!
Although this ride is called a
Pub Crawl on Horseback, many of the people who join us are social or
non-drinkers who wish to experience the joys of riding a horse through
the magnificent New England High ranges combined with the warm,
comfortable atmosphere and friendly characters of the country pubs. All rides include walk, rising trot and controlled canters.
A vehicle will take your luggage from pub to pub. Non-riders can also be catered for.
What exotic horse back riding adventures have you been on? Or have you heard of other adventures on horse back. Let us know, on our facebook fan page.
Hand crafted from the finest medium oiled Golden Bridle leather, this
Old Martingale style shaped breast collar features an over the shoulder
fit for a better pulling position. Also featured is the adjustable neck
strap and billet. The breast collar is hand tooled Wild Rose, edged,
rubbed and lined with soft chap lining. Then finished with Antique
Silver Square Berry hand engraved old Mexico style conchas with a Cross
or Buckin Horse in the middle or plain center .
For pleasure, work or
show, the hand craftsmanship and attention to detail will make you
proud to use this breast collar on with your favorite horse. Additional
concha styles are available in our concha catagorie; see our headstall
& reins categories for tack that will compliment this item.
Roy Rogers used this same piece of horse tack on his famous horse,
Trigger. In the picture above, you will see one of his amazing saddles,
designed by Edward H. Bohlin, with this style of Breast Collar.
or Golden Cloud his original name, was born on a ranch in San Diego, Ca
in 1932 or 1934. Roy Rogers changed his name for their first movie
together, "Under Western Stars" in 1938.
Trigger's first movie role was in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" in
1938. He was the horse of Maid Marian played by actress Olivia de
Roy Rogers was truly impressed and enamored by this
horse. So in 1943 Rogers purchased Trigger from Hudkins Stables of
Hollywood for $2,500. (In 1943 $2,500 was roughly equivalent to $30,000
today.) Rogers paid the $2,500 in payments, as quoted by Rogers "just
like you would a bedroom set." He would later say that it was money
well spent!Roy Rogers and Smiley Burnett, Roy's sidekick in his first
two films, where discussing a name for the horse, when Smiley commented
that the big horse was sure "quick on the trigger." Roy decided that
would be a good name for him and that is how Trigger got a new name.
Smiley was right, Trigger was very fast; in fact he was the fastest
horse on the lot. The beautiful golden horse was very athletic and
could stop on a dime and give you nine cents change. He could cut and
spin so fast that a less experienced rider could be left in mid air and
yet his disposition was such that Roy could put three or four kids up
on his back at the same time without any worry they would be injured, a
remarkable trait for a stallion.
Whenever Roy Rogers was making
personal appearances, Roy always placed Trigger and his fancy horse
trailer outside of the arena or building where they were appearing
before the show. He wanted all the kids to be able to see Trigger,
especially the ones that couldn't afford to buy a ticket.
Rogers was careful not to overwork his equine partner, so, along with
the original Trigger, there was also Little Trigger and Trigger Jr.
Neither Little Trigger nor Trigger Jr. was related to the original
Trigger. The original Trigger remained a stallion his entire life, but
never sired any offspring.
Trigger passed away peacefully in 1965. Assuming he was born in 1932,
he would have been 33 years old at the time of his death. When Trigger
died his hide was mounted over a plaster cast of a rearing horse. It
now located at the Roy Rogers Museum in Missouri
Denny Chapman Endorses Buckaroo Leather!
Buckaroo Leather is proud and excited to have Denny Chapman,
a national champion of mounted shooting and a world famous specialty
trainer, endorse Buckaroo Leather's quality leather horse tack! Denny
now uses our Quality American made tack on his performance horses and
at his training school.
am proud to use and endorse Buckaroo Leather Products. The highest
quality American made leather products on the market.....Can't wait to
use it on my competition/performance horses and on my client's horses
here in training. Thanks, Buckaroo Leather!!!"
Denny Chapman is a professional announcer and equine entertainer, trainer and clinician with more than 20 years in the industry.
member of the famed Old Timers Rodeo and Wild West Performers Club and
the prestigious former Wild West Arts Club in Las Vegas, Denny has
served as a mounted shooting, trick horse and trick riding clinician
and performer for many major equine events including Equine Affaire in
Columbus OH and the Can-Am Equine Emporium in Ontario, Canada. He has
entertained at professional sporting events and has also served as the
featured performer as the "Singing Cowboy" in the famous Kentucky Horse
Park's "Best of the West" show.
Denny also stared in the TV Show "Top Shot" by The History Channel.
He is one of the most recognized figures in the sport of Mounted
Shooting as a competitor, announcer and clinician and recently won the
title of 2009 Florida State SASS Rifle and Open Class Extreme Mounted Shooting
Champion. Denny has also competed within the ranks of the American
Quarter Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, the
World Foundation Quarter Horse Association, the United States Team
Roping Championships, and is one of the few certified male side saddle
instructors in the country.
I encourage all you buckaroo and buckarettes to visit Denny's website, DennyChapman.com, follow him on facebook and sign up for his blog. His website has some videos of his performances and more information on his classes and clinics.
by Amy Allen
Amy Allen Barefoot Trimming
are some examples of what hooves should look like when trimmed using
the barefoot method. All of the examples shown are horses that are
When the owners ride these horses on trails they are booted. What
breeds? Mostly QH's, but one is an OTTB who use to have thin soles and
weak hoof walls. The right kind of trim can do wonders for any horse.
It's a beautiful sight to see a balanced, healthy, bare hoof that not
only looks good but also can perform.
To learn more about Amy Allen, I encourage you to visit her website , follow her blog and become a fan on facebook.
Amy Allen - Horsemanship and Barefoot Trimming
728 W. Hurley Waldrip Rd.
Shelton, WA 98584
Natural born eventer works for head rubs and treats......
I wanted to share this story of an OTTB that is near and dear to my heart...........
James proved to be a lovable eventer
Natural Horsemanship veteran Farah DeJohnette's methodology starts in the stall. The "home visit" figures right up there among other important details
of buying a horse, from physical conformation to a clean bill of
health. This is tantamount to choosing any breed, Warm blood,
Thoroughbred or something else. Stating she has a "knack" for picking low-key Thoroughbreds in this
way, DeJohnette says, "I go into the stall because that's where the
horse is who he is. This is where he lets down his track energy."
And the results speak for themselves. In her 20 years training horses
through a method that gains an equine's trust and cooperative spirit,
she has taught her Warmblood to jump with her, at a canter, and without
a bridle! And Thoroughbreds and other breeds have been taught to
loosen, relax and work collaboratively in disciplines, which include
trail riding, dressage, hunter/jumper and reining.
Race name: Homeland Security
New name: AKA James
Sire: Corporate Report
Dam: Sportin' Woman
Foal date: April 2, 2001
In his stall at Penn National is where DeJohnette met her all-time
favorite horse, an off-track Thoroughbred named Homeland Security, now
known as James.
"When I met James in his stall, he was the most soft, friendly horse
I'd met. He turned his head to me as if to say, 'Don't you just want to
love on me?' It was as though he was asking me to rub his face and hug
Her years of experience had shown her that horses who are flighty, or
flinch away from the touch in their stall may have personality issues
to overcome. By contrast, she recognized James as an equine gem.
Farah DeJohnette takes a jump on another horse
Working through a service called Mix n' Match, which helps
connect buyers with off-track Thoroughbreds, DeJohnette found the
16-hand Chestnut with white blaze and socks roughly three years ago.
He was the type of horse that nobody could pass by without commenting. "Everybody would tell me James was such a nice horse and he really was," she says. "His energy is so kind and sweet and gentle."
She laughs now when she thinks about how his personality first
affected her. "I imagined he felt a little dejected because he wasn't a
good racehorse," DeJohnette says. "I always talk to the horses and I
told him I thought I had a job for him that he'd be really good at." She proved correct. After four or five months of training, James was purchased by a young
girl, and ran "double-clean" is his first event years ago. He went on
to finish in the top six at numerous horse trials. "He jumped cross
country, did a dressage test, and did all the natural jumps, and he
didn't have any penalties.
"He started a totally new career, in a new environment, and he just
went out and did it like he'd been doing it his entire life."
James was rare, true, but his story of transitioning from the racetrack
into a successful off-track life through Natural Horsemanship training,
is not unusual one. By working with a horse's natural herd instinct, Natural Horsemanship
techniques attempt to build order, trust, and establish bonds that
closely resemble relationships that exist naturally between horses.
It has worked so well with Thoroughbreds she has trained that there
have been times she has suggested an ex-racehorse might fit a client's
bill better than a Warmblood.
"I work in the show world surrounded by a lot of people who have this
notion, 'I want a warmblood.' I tell them the Thoroughbred is often a
better horse, purely from a technical standpoint. And they'll tell me,
'Well, it's just a Thoroughbred.'
"But I've realized that I can train a Thoroughbred into being a highly competitive sport horse that won't break the bank."
A natural tendency to want to work combined with Natural Horsemanship
is a combination that often brings out the best in Thoroughbreds,
DeJohnette says. "To me, Natural Horsemanship was invented for track horses, and horses who have lived in a high-alert state," she says.
James, with new owner, and her sister
exercises and inducements to bring out the horse's desire to want to do
a task, she has been rewarded by the horse's willingness to partner up. After all, the horse is ultimately "choosing" whether to cooperate or not, she notes. "I don't care how much restraint you put on a 1,200 pound horse. If
he's frightened, he can snap a leather strap so easily. The point is to
let him choose to work," DeJohnette says. "I always tell people a horse
is not under control to me unless he's choosing to be under control.
After all, I've been on many horses in my life who don't care what's in
their mouth. When they decide they're done, they're done."
But when they decide they're part of your team, and they're willing,
there's nothing like it. And factor in a Thoroughbred, and the
combination can be very winning. "I have Warmbloods, and they're great. But I just have a soft spot for
Thoroughbreds. And when they go to a show, if they want to work for me,
it gives them a real competitive edge against horses who are coerced to