Hello everyone! Sorry for the lack of posting, but its been very busy lately for everyone at Shiloh. All has been great at the ranch though. The weather is getting cooler and the horses are enjoying the climate change. It is starting to get really cold at night, so its just about time for some winter blankets...especially on our older guys.
As for Iceman, he is doing very well. With everyone being so busy, he has enjoyed a little rest and relaxation the past week or so. Eric's Dad, Darrell Clayton, made a surprise visit to the ranch recently after making a long drive from Southeast Texas just for Eric's birthday. Darrell just loves Iceman and made it a point to spend some quality time with him during his short visit. They first met back in June of this year. They spent some time together bonding and stretched their legs a bit. It is so nice to see someone who doesn't see Iceman on a daily basis handle him so well...makes you realize just how far he has come.
Joe Weitekamp Horsemanship Clinic / Getting Respect on the Ground
Joe Weitekamp will be holding a Horsemanship clinic December 5th, 2009 at Diamond W Ranch in Las Vegas, NV . Topics covered will include: Establishing leadership / Building trust / Defining your space / Catching Leading Controlling your horse's body from the ground / Trailer Loading. Whether you have a green horse that has not learned any manners yet or a seasoned horse that has developed bad habits, this clinic will get you on the right track to developing a better relationship between you and your horse.
Location: Diamond W Ranch Las Vegas, NV 89143 Time 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Cost $50.00 for Horse/Handler Teams $20.00 to Audit Registration By email: firstname.lastname@example.org By Phone: 702-664-4381 http://www.diamondwranch.net/ Please register early as space will be limited to 8 horse/handler teams. I have already gotten a few emails from people wanting to register so I will be repeating the clinic on Sunday. Please let me know if you have a preference for Saturday or Sunday when you register.
Such a wonderful day at Shiloh today. The weather was perfect...not too hot, not too cold, just a slight breeze, and extremely quiet.
Eric and Iceman had a challenging day as Iceman was quite defiant. Maybe he still hasn't recovered from his long clinic weekend and didn't feel much like doing anything. Just like humans, horses can have their off days, and today was definitely one for Iceman. He would just plant his feet and stand his ground, refusing to take one step. Finally Eric was able to get him out of his stall and wander around the property for a bit. He was doing great until they headed in the direction of an arena or Round Pen...and then the shenanigans started up again. He is really just too smart for his own good. Once in the Round Pen, they worked on some problem areas like Iceman lunging to the right. After some time though, it seems the light bulb came on and Iceman was going to the right without an issue. Today was like Iceman's equivalent to wanting to stay home on the couch watching Bonanza reruns on TV Land, haha....
Sharil also had a chance to spend some quality time with Iceman. She took the rope and started leading him across the property, around the barn, through City Center and the Mare Motel, and then back to his stall. It is always so nice to see Iceman interacting with our other Shiloh regulars. Sharil did great with him, talked to him the whole time they were together.
The best part of Iceman's day was probably hanging out with Gus and Cochise in the turnout. They ran, and ran, and ran...having so much fun together. Iceman had a few nice rolls in the soft sand as well....as you can tell from the pics below :)
Wow! We had such an amazing day out at the ranch on Sunday! The clinic with Joe Weitekamp turned out to be a huge success and proved to be an educational and fun day for all who participated.
We had a wonderful mix of Shiloh horses, trailer ins from Las Vegas (all Mustangs), and plenty of auditors. A big thanks goes out for everyone who came out for the event! We couldn't have done it without you! Be sure to check out Shiloh's Daily Blog for more pictures from the clinic!
Eric was the handler of Iceman for the clinic, and along with the other horse/handler teams, they followed Joe's lead for a full days worth of learning. This clinic was geared toward handling Mustangs, so we were also able to implement this methods with our Rescue horses perfectly. Joe started with gaining respect first, moved on with Round Pen techniques, and finished off with disengaging exercises. Iceman did such a great job considering this was his first time in this type of environment, and proved that he can handle crowds, noice, and action.
We hope to provide Horsemanship clinics with Joe Weitekamp at Shiloh at least twice a year, with the next one being tentatively scheduled for May 2010. Thank you Deonna and Tara for the pictures of Iceman!