- Nov 20, 2019
Highlander Part Two!
There was a big delay between my two posts about Highlander... Highlander Part One and now, Part Two! MK Highlander and Roberta Herring That wasn't due to lack of inspiration or motivation on my part. However, I frequently have wonderful visions of "stuff" I'd like to do, but unfortunately lack the skill set to execute! Fortunately, I'm married to Mike, who for over 30 years has magically taken my sketchy plans and turned them into something wonderful. This little video of Hi
- Sep 10, 2017
How Lisa Lost Her Horse
Recently Facebook brought up a "memory" for me! A picture GJR Double O Seven and Lisa's daughter, not too long after Lisa bought "Bond"-for herself. I don't think it took very much time for Lisa to "lose" Bond, but if you gotta let them go, having them end up making this kind of match with your daugher is the best way to do it! The picture on the left is from this year at the East Coast Championship who where they were Champions in the Sport Horse Under Saddle Walk/Trot 10&U
- Aug 13, 2017
Canadian Nationals Day 1
The Canadian Nationals officially started today in the Westoba Arena. The morning was devoted to trail semi finals and the afternoon and evening with a mix of Showmanship, Reining, Western Horsemanship and Ranch Riding. P&H Horse and Cattle Company is the barn closest to my side of Westoba and their stall display tickled me and I made it one of my first posts of the day. It sounds simplistic, but nice does matter people. Because the morning trail classes were semi finals and
- Jul 27, 2017
Water...and other scary things!
The basics of training calm forward connections in the long lines!
- Jul 19, 2017
Hero and Sharon! Thanks Sis!
Insights into the management supporting the training.
- May 4, 2017
It Takes a Herd/Hero's Gift
While it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a herd to make a horseman.Every rider is a sum of the horses that they have ridden. In t
- Aug 3, 2016
I’ve been dithering about what to write next on this blog. Lack of posting hasn’t been because of lack of topics, but rather trying to decide which one to work on but I finally decided that it was way past time to write the story of a very special Arabian mare affectionately known as Queen Dee. But how could I possible condense he story into a short blog? As Mike and I were driving home last night, I said, “how do I write a short blog about Dee?” There was a not so helpful c
- Oct 15, 2014
Wilson and Peggy
First let me say that I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have told me they are referring to my blogs for help with their at home training! Most of my posts are generated by what I happen to be working on, but I'd like to also share some of the questions I've received. Maybe there's something here that can help others. With her permission, I'm going to share Wilson and Peggy's story! I acquired Wilson in June of 2012 and sold him to Peggy in 2013. Acqu
- Sep 27, 2014
Jet, Star, Lily and Nicole
I'll confess that I spent part of a gorgeous fall day, working on the computer....trying to understand all the ins and outs of using music found in Creative Commons so that I could get my "Hay Day" video done and posted. Saturday and Sunday will each have two separate posts! This is for Nicole and Lily and Jet and Star. We actually had a lot more photos to process from Storms sessions, so his will be finished tomorrow, as well as the pictures from Sunday! But, finally, we we
- Sep 18, 2014
Storms "Hat Trick"....3 Good Days in a Row!
Let me be clear. Even a bad day with Storm isn't "bad" like some! He's just been pretty good from the very start, and aside from the problems one would naturally expect from a nine year old that's just being introduced to having a real job, he's been super easy so far. That doesn't mean he's perfect! And the best thing is, Storm's no poker player. When he thinks life has become unfair, he just plain has a temper tantrum. Nothing personal, but he's going to "get pissy". So far
- Sep 15, 2014
A Very Busy Sunday! Robby learns a new skill!
Let me begin by saying that it was a very UNUSUAL Sunday. Wait, wait! I need to change that! Let me begin by saying, I am not...and have never been...a morning person. People that know me well, truly appreciate what a strange day it was when I begin the tale with the fact that not only was I going to a horse show without Mike, but that I was getting up at 6:00 am on a gorgeous Sunday morning to do so. It was a teeny, tiny show, but still! Keep in mind that I grew up doing a
- Sep 14, 2014
Horse Trainers Labor Day Weekend... Saturday, A Day of Firsts!
Day One....Saturday.... #HorseTraining #TeamTroxlerTraining #teamtrox
- Sep 7, 2014
Putting on a Bridle-Jet
This is simply a series of photos showing my hand and arm positions while putting a snaffle on a youngster. At this point in his training, Jett's worn a bit once or twice but could still be quite evasive! For a "first time" project, I would leave the halter on and just put the bridle on over. Note that with this training bridle set up, the cavesson (noseband) piece is separate from the bridle. I've put it on his face first. Once again, if this were his first time, I would jus
- Sep 2, 2014
Second Installment of Chronicles of Z
Last Monday, I introduced Monica and Zenith! We delivered him to her scenic place in Deansboro on May 12th, and took some pictures and then headed home! May 12, 2012 Dear Mike and Kathy, My neighbor makes me crazy!! My new horse is settling in nicely, when what does my neighbor do? He decides, after 2 years of not touching them, to lunge one of his horses. And where does he decide to do it? On his field next to the pumpkin patch! I have never even been able to see his ho
- Aug 30, 2014
Storm's day...Good, Naughty and Great!
Good, naughty and great all in one session? Welcome to horse training! If you think there aren't ever any days where they give you some "tude" then you're dreaming! Storm's rebellion for the day? I said "walk forward" (and this happened to be away from the gate) and he (for the first time) said "nope"! So he got a great big swat on his fanny. He's had that before and been a peach, but today, he got his panties in a wad and bucked and kicked out...then he got a REALLY big smac
- Aug 25, 2014
The Introduction to " The Chronicles of "Z"
The actual Chronicles of Z follow the story of me, Zenith and Monica after she took him home in May 2012. But before we get into the actual Chronicle, I guess it needs an introduction. I met my good friend, Monica Acee in early 2012. She was shopping for a horse to trail ride and had contacted Mike to see if he had anything suitable. While we didn't have anything "finished" we did have some that we thought could be excellent candidates, but they would definitely need more tra
- Aug 19, 2014
Pet Peeves? The term 'desensitize'
First of all, what is a "peeve" and why would someone make it a pet anyways? Thank goodness for Google! But right away I learn that "peeve" is a verb first. Synonyms include to; irritate, annoy, vex, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, nettle, put out, get on someone's nerves, try someone's patience and the picturesque, ruffle someone's feathers! The term "pet peeve" was used around the beginning of the 20th century and means "a minor annoyance that an individual identifies
- Aug 18, 2014
Horse Trainers On Vacation! Teddy's new family!
Yes! Odds are that even when "on vacation" "horse people", including horse trainers will somehow end up around or involved with horses! Why is that? It's because, you don't get into horses because it's an easy way to make your living...or a business with a very high profit margin (trainers reading this just snorted their current beverage!). You become a full time horse trainer because you absolutely can't imagine doing anything else...you live it, breath it....heck, you even
- Aug 8, 2014
The rest of Jamaica's first session of 2014
After negotiating the route in from her turn out pen (see post from August 5), we needed to evaluate whether or not Jamaica knew how to tie. Some people are surprised that this is an actual lesson that needs to be taught, and I prefer to teach mine when they are a couple of months old. A foal that has been properly handled to yied to pressure will have no trouble with this concept. But if it's been skipped as a young horse, it will still need to be taught, it still needs to b