Friday, May 24, 2013

King P-234 - a Foundation for Performance Horses

King P-234 was the real beginning of the performance horse. Most of the 'foundation' performance horse sires have King blood in them, and a lot of it! Some examples are Okie Leo(a grandson), Joe Cody(a grandson) who sired greats like Topsail Cody, Poco Bueno(one of the greatest horses that ever breathed in my opinion), Royal King(a son who sired lots of greats), King Fritz(a grandson and a great-grandson who has a lot of influence in the horse world still today) and Hollywood Jac 86(a grandson and a VERY influential sire!) to name just a few.

Some more 'modern' horses with King blood in them are Hollywood Dun It(2nd all time leading sire in Reining, offspring earnings almost $6 million), Shining Spark(my personal favorite! a $3 million sire), Topsail Cody (Bob Loomis' famous horse) and Katie Gun(the best broodmare EVER!! She is the dam of Gunner, Spooks Gotta Gun, Dun it Gotta Gun and MORE super Famous horses) and MORE!.

As AQHA put it
In the kingdom of Quarter Horses, there are many legends, but there is only one King – King P-234.

 The bay colt was foaled June 25, 1932, on Manuel Benavides Volpe’s ranch in Laredo, Texas.  The colt’s sire, Zantanon by Little Joe, was considered the Man O’War of Mexico.  Jabalina, the colt’s dam by Strait Horse, was hogbacked and difficult to handle, and traced to Little Rondo and Traveler.

Hankins used the stallion as a regular cow horse, roping and cutting on his.  The rancher eventually quit using King because of the stallion’s heavy breeding schedule.

King sired a few racehorses such as Squaw H, but is best remembered for siring horses with tremendous performance ability and cow sense.  A few of the stallion’s better known sons were Poco Bueno, Royal King, King’s Pistol and Continental King.

The grand old stallion died of a heart attack in 1958 at 26.  He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1989.

Although the body of King may not still be alive, his legend can never die.

Monday, March 25, 2013

What sets a true horseman apart?

You do not have to be a super athlete to ride well. And you do not have to be a genius to train a horse well, either.
There are some very successful horsemen who are short and fat with no more athletic ability or brain power than the next guy.
So, what sets these successful horsemen apart?
A strong desire to succeed and an acute awareness of what they are doing.
The big “success factor” here is the awareness of what they are doing and the ability to change when they discover they’re doing something wrong.
This “awareness and ability to change” is so important it can’t be stressed enough.
Larry Trocha

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Playgun is a super cool horse!  

He is:
AQHA Show H-0/P-24
ROM Cutting

1996 AQHA World Jr Cutting-3rd
1997 AQHA Worldd Jr Cutting-7th
1995 AQHA High Point Cutting-3rd
1997 AQHA Hi Point Cutting-10th

NCHA $168,408 COA
LTE $186,000
Finalist at 21 Major Events

Sire of NCHA Super Stakes Open and Non Pro Champions, NCHA World Champion, RHAA World Champion (and more), Offspring Earnings over $4,500,000 and growing.
Breeder: Wes Shahan, Pleasanton, TX

Are you just surviving a situation with your horse? (video of the week)

These are some great principals he is teaching here. I had a horse that I was just surviving with until I sold her, I should have taken the time to ix her and make her a good, reliable horse. But I didn't, I could, I was doing it with other horses at the same time, I just didn't. And, I was terrified of that horse and did not have anywhere near a good relationship with her. Don't follow my example! Fix the horse before they fix you(think hospital, broken bones etc.) Please share any experiences!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Shining Spark

His foals have earned more than
$7.3 Million
and more than
32,881 AQHA points

Shining Spark is a
$3 Million Dollar NRHA
$3 Million Dollar NRCHA Sire!

 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee
2008 NRCHA #1 Leading Sire

The NRCHA's #1 All-Time Leading Sire and the First $2 Million Dollar Sire & First $3 Million Dollar Sire! 
The NRHA's #4 All-Time Leading Sire!

The NRHA's Youngest Two Million Dollar Sire!
AQHA's #2 All-Time Leading Living Sire of Performance ROM 
Sire of 60 World or Reserve World Championships!


In 2008 he was the Sire or Grandsire (maternal & paternal)
of More than 40% of the
NRHA Futurity Finalists!

Shining Spark babies have an amazing and trainable mind, plus, they inherit his beauty!


Yeah, he's super cool! 
(and yeah, I want one of his babies!!)


Bloodline research.

Any of you who know me well probably know that I spend an exuberant amount of time doing pedigree and bloodline research. I am going to start putting some of what I learn up on this blog so it is recorded so I can remember it. (I have a terrible memory!) 90% of the research I do is for reining horses, if they bore you than just don't read it!

First up, the one and only(oh, and GORGEOUS!!) Shining Spark!!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Some inspiration for ya! (Video of the week)

I don' know how many times I have watched this video. Probably close to a hundred no joke!!! I never leave it without feeling inspired and wanting to be better! This is my goal in training horses, to be able to not only train, but communicate with them in this way.

R.I.P Roxy!! You were amazing! (this next video is amazing too!)

Training Idaho 2/15/2013

Today is absolutely beautiful outside and one of the corrals has finally dried up enough I could work Idaho. I haven't been able to very much since my last post because of the weather.

We started with lots and lots of lunging. When I go to catch a horse I can usually predict pretty well what I will be working on depending on how they act when I am putting the halter on. Today was deffinitely a day where we needed to do a lot of physical work vs. emotional work.

I lunged her more than I ever have at one time without a break. She needed it though. After a little while she was light and responsive and I could tell she was just ready for something new. I tied the lead rope around her neck in a loop and jumped right on.

Yep, who trains horses bareback? Maybe it's because it's a bad idea...yeah probably...I was just too lazy to take her all the way back to the tack room and put it on. 

WOW!!!! She is sooooo much better to ride now that I stopped and took the extra time to do just groundwork for several months. Mostly she is just so so so so so much more supple. (did I mention she is so much more supple!?!?)By doing groundwork she has learned how to pivot on either her front or her hindquarters. Furthermore, she knows my cues for pivoting and knows what cue = what side I want her to move over.

Before doing groundwork, and just riding her she could not turn around in 1 stride like I like my horses to( by pivoting on the inside leg while the fore quarters bring their body around). It literally took her 10-15 strides to change directions. She just couldn't wrap her brain around being able to turn her body at those angles. And I couldn't teach her how from the that is where groundwork comes in. I taught her how to do that from the ground and now she knows how, I just have to reteach her the cues(I can't use the same cues from on top of her!) and she is set. She can do it in two steps that HUGE improvement or what!

She knows how to move her shoulder over when I ask her to with my foot. And she knows how to move her hindquarters over when I ask her to with my foot also(disengaging from the saddle). She knows the difference between them, that is the important part. She knows she basics of sidepassing but I have never actually asked her to do it, and I won't until she is ready for it...and I have a saddle under me!

We mostly worked on stopping today. I've got her to where she will usually stop pretty softly without me even taking all the slack out of the reins. She will back up just as softly most of the time too. I ask her to stop by saying 'whoa' in a deep voice, I then relax my legs and sit back as far as is appropriate and if she doesn't stop by then(she is already starting to some of the time) I will gently pull some of the slack out of the reins(or in today's case the leadrope). If she doesn't stop by then I will gently and slowly continue to pull back. That sounds bad 'pulling back on the reins' but it really doesn't happen like that, it's really hard to explain.

This video is great and can help explain what I am failing to. I don't agree with absolutely everything he says but I do agree with a lot of it.

Gotta run, but there's some food for the thought for ya.

PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK!!! How could I improve my methods? How does what you train your horses differ from how I train?

P.S. I <3 this mare to death...whoever buys her is one lucky person!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Training Idaho 1/23/13

Today we started off with some basic lunging. For some reason Idaho has decided she 'doesn't know how' in the last couple of weeks. I am working on correcting that. When I ask her to move forward and swat at her hip she just keeps disengaging her hindquarters instead of going forward. It is *very* frustrating! I have got it mostly corrected on one side. I have found that rhythmically tapping her under her bum kind of in between the point of her hip and her hock(if that makes sense?) she will move. That faster I tap that faster she moves which is something I want her to learn anyways so I might as well start on the ground instead of . On her other side however I haven't really gotten very far, if you watch me working her you will probably see me chasing her around when I work on this side. I have made a little bit a progress at least, it will just take more time.

Then we worked on desensitizing. I used the stick and string and leadrope. She is doing really really good there I can pretty much whack anywhere around her or on her and she doesn't mind. Well, atleast as long as I don't hit her! While  was at it I messed with her ears for a long time. She has come so far. I could barely put a halter on when I got her. I couldn't touch anywhere in the general area of her ears either, unless she could see the halter. Now I can rub her ears all I want and she has decided that she LOVES in between her ears to be scratched!

After that I worked on lateral flexion. I just use my index finger on the halter and wrap the lead rope around her neck because I like to teach them with just a teenie bit of pressure so they don't get used to being able to brace themselves against me or get to be resistant. It was pretty awesome because I pulled down instead of to the side accidently one time and she totally flexed vertically!!!!!! I was super excited because I haven't even been doing lateral flexion for very long or very works!!! I think I am a believer now more than ever! I can't wait to try it under saddle.

After I did the flexing I just let her sit there while I walked around her doing all sorts of crazy stuff. Whacking the stick and string around, jumping all over the place(me not the horse!) and other stuff. She was ''locked on me" yay!!! There she was standing alone, with no restraint in the middle of this huge corral with all of her focus on me, but keeping her feet still at the same time. It was pretty sweet!!! I felt almost like a professional....yeah, almost.

To finish things off for the day I worked with the plastic bag, she still thinks it is going to kill her but she has come a loooong way because she used to think it was going to kill and eat her. :) 

Yep, she's pretty sweet! 
Let me know if you or someone else you know would be interested in her. She is going to make someone a killer barrel horse if they want or a awesome trail/pleasure/kids/just fun to ride horse if they don't want to barrel race.