Training Tips & HELPFUL HINTS

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Horses & People...It's the same rule in our life..Keep things simple,sensible & safe!!. Here we have listed some interresting tips & insights to help you in some basic information on horse care, trail safety, workshops we offer, & practical articles written by various authors on Twister's training techniques etc.

 

MOSQUITOS:

So you don't like those pesky mosquitoes, especially now that they have the
potential to carry the West Nile Virus?

Here's a tip that was given at a recent gardening forum.

Put some water in a white dinner plate and add a couple drops of Lemon
Fresh Joy dish detergent.

Set the dish on your porch, patio, or other outdoor area. Not sure what
attracts them, the lemon smell, the white plate color, or what, but
mosquitoes flock to it, and drop dead shortly after drinking the Lemon
Fresh Joy/water mixture, and usually within about 10 feet of the plate.
Check this out---it works just super! May seem trivial, but it may help
control mosquitoes around your home, especially in the South and elsewhere
where the West Nile virus is reaching epidemic proportions in mosquitoes,
birds, and humans.

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SCRATCHES:

50/50: DMSO and Non creamy Desitin (the white tube), NOT THE BLUE TUBE. It is a fungus, not necessarily contagious. Some horses are more prone to develop scratches than others. Our experience is that we see it winter or summer. Keep it applied on regular basis and we have found good results using this mixture.

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SLICK THAT WINTER HAIR OFF YOUR HORSES:

Use Soy Bean Meal which is 48% protein. It just takes 1/2 handful per feeding or that is what we use. It has worked real well.

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HORSE CARE TIPS ...Frequently Asked Questions
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS ARE INTENDED FOR INFORMATION ONLY. IN ANY QUESTIONABLE SITUATION CONSULT YOUR LOCAL VET, OR QUALIFIED HORSE CARE INDIVIDUAL.

FEEDING

Horses were born to graze.

HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH FEED IS ENOUGH?

Each horse is an individual: Our rule is - There should always be hay found in the feeder at the next feeding.

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WATER

Fresh, clean, water supply - always available. Water containers need to be clean - Scrub out with a brush on a regular basis, especially in hot weather. At feeding time check water containers for contamination due to drowning birds , horse fecal matter, mice, etc.

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HOW CAN I TELL IF MY HORSE IS SICK?

For the sake of simplicity, let's work with the scenario that your horse is stabled in a back pen at your home.

First, develop the habit to observe your horse on a regular basis. Notice how he eats, waters, etc. In his pen, see how he moves about, how he travels, is he a social creature?, etc. Their personalities differ just like humans. The more you get acquainted with your individual horse, the more apt you will be to notice changes such as these generic signs:

  1. Off of his feed and water

  2. Somewhat standoffish

  3. Depressed

  4. Hangs his head - no interest - not alert or bright-eyed, fever, runny nose etc.

  5. With these signs in mind, changes will trigger you to investigate further into your horse's well being. Check things out with a knowledgeable horse person and, of course, your local vet.

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DO ALL HORSES NEED SHOES?

This all depends on your horse's feet, condition of the soil he will be ridden in and the type of riding you will be enjoying. There are individual considerations - check it out with your horseshoer, trainer or otherwise qualified horse folk. There is quite a movement of barefoot horses....that can work in some circumstances but here in our Arizona ranch country it is a "rocky bugger".....We do the shoeing here & Twister is extrememly fussy as to getting it done right for our riding country here.

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WHAT ABOUT SHOTS?

Consult with your local vet. Your veterinarian is the individual who can help you to instigate a shot program suited for your location and well-being of your horse. He will be able to provide you with clear guidelines to care for your horse.
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Training Tips

IMPORTANCE OF LOUNGING YOUR HORSE:

We lounge each and every horse here at the place every day they are ridden--great way to warm him up. First, in the round pen, then progress to just running them around on the end of the bridle rein.

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IF YOUR HORSE IS FRESH:

Get your mount up from the pasture, pen or barn. Do the grooming, tack him up and head for the round pen or an enclosed area, making sure you have plenty of room to move your horse around. Teach him to the longe line, and warm him up good, moving him out in a warm up trot, moving him finally into a lope around the pen, do both directions, . When he flattens out, drops his head, licks his lips etc, he is ready for the first ride. Horses can get really sick of the pen work, so look for the signs that he is ready to be ridden, check and tighten your cinch, mount up, lope around the pen in both directions, then open the gate! We want him relaxed and ready to learn...don’t build a sorry attitude by boring repetition of running him around the pen forever.

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Trail Tips

#1.Don't wear aftershave or you gals, don't wear spritzers or perfumes when you are riding horses...you can save yourselves a Bee attack. Keep that in mind for dedorants etc.

#2. Snap, long sleeve shirts, for protection from the sun, cancer causing skin damage, & the brush. The snaps pop loose if you get hung up on brush etc.

#3. Jackets that have snaps also...same reasons. Think about it...if you bobble somehow on your horse & the bottom front of your jacket gently wraps itself over the horn...woozie!!! you is tied to it!!! (bad grammer on purpose)!!! I really like my denim jackets...some don't have snaps so I just don't button the last button.

#4. Wear wide brim hats for protection from the sun or rains. In the summer it will help you stay more hydrated...the heat here is brutal & dry.

#5. Wild Rags will save your life in the cold days...silk rags on sale can be spendy but I usually sew some up from inexpensive poly fabrics from Walmarts....it works great & makes good Christmas gifts.

#6. Riding Boots...Get a good fit, plenty of room in the instep & your calves should not be too tight in the boots...No lace ups....scary thing to wonder if your boot will pull off if you stick a foot thru a stirrup or if something spooky would take place.

This is a general guideline, it reaffirms “safety first”, then enjoy.

Adios, from the other side of the fence, cook and domestic engineer, the wife.

Sandy

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WorkShops

SAVVY and FEEL
We can help you get it!! No nonsense – just common sense!
Ranches, clubs & just plain folks:
Call Today to set a workshop just for you.
Family atmosphere.
LIMITED: 15 Riders
PRICE: $250/ 2 day (in Az)
$30 spectator Fee Per Day
Booking and $100 deposit required

A GOOD FOUNDATION:

That’s where we will start and from that foundation, continue on to learn to stop and turn’em around. We customize WORKSHOPS ACCORDING TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. Beginners to advanced.

  • Improve your skills
  • Start colts
  • Advance your horses

Every Horse needs a good foundation!

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IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS...

START COLTS...

ADVANCE YOUR HORSES

Using a practical, down to earth, common sense approach to horses and people.

HONEST JOB…

HONEST PRICE…

DURN GOOD HORSE!

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Publications

FEATURED IN WESTERN HORSEMAN MAGAZINE
Aug 1978
Pg. 38
Bill Owen, Twister Heller and the ORO Horses (part I)
by Chuck King
Sept 1978
Pg. 54
Bill Owen, Twister Heller and the ORO Horses (part II)
by Chuck King
June 1981
Pg. 40
Uses of the McCarty
by Chuck King
Nov 1997
Pg. 104
An Old Hand Starts a New Colt
by Mike Laughlin
Aug 1998
Pg. 58
Uses of the McCarty
by Mike Laughlin
Aug 1998
Pg. 156
Cowboy Martingale, Trainers Notebook
by Mike Laughlin
June 1999
Pg. 195
Ride First, Train Later
by Gary Vorhes
Aug 1999
Pg. 152
Standing Still for Mounting Training Notebook
by Twister with Lee Raine
Nov 1999
Pg. 234
Pressure,Ribs, and Spur
by Twister Heller w/Lee Raine
Oct 1989
Pg 16
Arizona Cattlelog Part 1
by Kathy McCraine
Nov 1989
Pg 10
Arizona Cattlelog Part 2
by Kathy McCraine
May 1990
Pg 12
Arizona Quarter Horse
by Kathy McCraine

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Below are a few horse training articles using techniques that Twister Heller uses. Remember, if you are unsure of the use of any of these techniques, you should consult your professional horse trainer. Some students are not yet to a point where they can comfortably or safely use any given technique or aid. Know your own limits as well as your horse's.

Using A McCarty by Mike Laughlin

Train a Horse to Stand Still While the Rider Mounts
by Twister Heller w/Lee Raine

Cowboy Draw Reins by Mike Laughlin

Cowboy Martingale by Mike Laughlin

Foundation Training in Twister's own words

Cowboy Training Halter by Mike Laughlin

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Horse Training Tips with Twister Heller is a sensible, no nonsense approach to caring for your horses....it works for us & it will work for you.

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Disclaimer For Student & Trainers: Equine training can be a hazardous activity which may subject the participants to possible serious injury. Twister Heller, Sandy Heller and their associates will not assume any liability for your activities. Our schooling provides you with a supervised, professional approach raging from general information to advanced information, instruction and techniques that may not be suitable for everyone. No warranty is given regarding the suitability of this information, the instructions, and techniques to you or other individuals acting on their own behalf.


Updated 7/27/2012

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