Welcome to Cade Henry Horsemanship.
We are very excited to announce our 2014 clinic schedule. This year we will be adding clinics featuring guest clinicians covering various topics, as well as a fun day for miniature horse cart driving. Dates and more info will be posted soon .We are looking forward to another exciting year of learning and making new friends!
My thanks to a very talented artist Malerie Ericson, for her work on my new logo. If you ever decide to change career paths from training horses you would certainly have a thriving career as an artist!!
My Thanks to Kim Roman from Roman Ranch Country Store. You did a beautiful job! I'm looking forward to working with you in the near future!!
If you were to ask me what my favorite part about being a clinician is, I would say it is seeing the breakthrough moment that someone has when they learn how to be an effective leader and make the bond with their equine partner stronger.
I get tons of calls and emails from people who get discouraged because they can't get their horse to do something or their relationship with their horse just isn't as good as what they want.
Here is one thing everyone should know and should always remember- EVERYONE GETS DISCOURAGED! If you have ever had that feeling you are 100% NORMAL!! It happens, especially when you are dealing with an animal that can think and do things for himself.
If you asked any horse trainer or clinician "Do you have off days when working with your horses?" I guarantee they would say yes. Humans aren't perfect and neither are horses.
I have an A type personality. I like to have things done perfectly and done a certain way. When I first started training horses, if the horse didn't do something I wanted him to do, I didn't get mad at the horse, but I did get discouraged that I couldn't get it done. However, I didn't give up. I would study, come back the next day, and try it again and usually it was a lot better than the previous day. My point is, when something goes wrong most people give up. What you have to learn is that if something isn't going right, don't give up! Try it again!
I see people all the time at my clinics that put way too much pressure on themselves and the horse to be "perfect". In a horses mind there is no "perfect". There is only what he can do to the best of his ability for that day. Everyday I ask for a little better than what was done on the previous day. I just keep building, looking for a little more "try" every time I work with him.
"Perfect" is a humans perception, not a horses. "Perfection" tends to put unnecessary pressure that will actually cause more problems than its solves.
In my program I have incredibly high standards. My version of a "broke" horse and someone else's are two different things. However, in the beginning I don't look for perfection, all that matters is if the horse tries. Success doesn't happen overnight. It is something that is built over a period of time. Sometimes you have to work through the ugly to get to the good stuff. Most people quit too early when success is just around the corner.
2014 Schedule Coming Soon!
The Holidays are coming to an end and spring is getting closer. All of us here at Cade Henry Horsemanship are gearing up for another exciting and busy year of teaching horsemanship and helping horse men and women achieve their horsemanship goals. As many of you know, this year I will be retiring my beloved mare Echo. She will be spending more time relaxing and enjoying the companionship of her pasture buddies. That means it's time to pass the torch off to another very talented group of horses that will be traveling with me throughout the year to help demonstrate exercises and bring inspiration to the crowd. With that said, I'd like to introduce one of my favorite horses to work with Dio. Dio's naturally inquisitive, loving, and ornery behavior make him a barn favorite and a truly amazing partner to work with. Dio was originally a rescue that was adopted out as a youngster. He was starved for 3 years only eating breadcrumbs and alfalfa cubes when the owner felt like feeding him. I got him in my program to put 30 days on him and I could tell instantly that there was something special about him. Look for demonstrations with Dio in my upcoming 2014 schedule.
Dio takes desensitizing VERY seriously! His 30 yr. old pasture mate is not always amused by his antics!
A BREAK IN ROUTINE
It's always a good idea to give your horse a break from the everyday routine. Just like humans, horses do get bored and quite often get "ring sour" from constantly working in an arena.
One of the best ways to make things interesting and more fun for your horse is working over an obstacle course. Obstacles present challenges that are going to test him and make him think about what he's doing. You'll engage his mind by sending or riding him over or through something. It's also a great way to build confidence and respect in your leadership.
I like to think of obstacle course work like recess. The obstacles are meant to be fun and enjoyable and a place to blow off steam.
The obstacle course is not meant to be a place to train your horse.
Your horse should already be broke enough to do simple tasks before ever working over obstacles. If your horse doesn't have a good solid foundation the chances of him doing something silly and getting out of control are a lot higher.
Another tip, obstacles are meant to be FUN. Think about when you were a kid and were headed to recess. It was the only time of day to just relax and have fun. It was meant to be a mental break before your next session. However, lets say for example, the teacher followed you outside and told you what do, what not to do, and how to do it. Recess would no longer be recess would it? It would be just another class and you would go insane because there wouldn't be any time to relax.
I see too many cases of "sour horse" because someone picks on, or micro-manages their horse the entire time they are working on the obstacle. Give them a break, allow them to have some fun and you will notice a huge difference in their demeanor.
Liberty with Lola
This is Lola after a couple weeks with liberty training. Lola is a 4 yr. old grade mare I bought for $150. I bought Lola to prove you don't have to pay a lot of money or have a pedigree a mile long to have a nice horse. This girl and I have a pretty special relationship.
A Successful Career Starts Early!
This little beauty is off to a great start! She came to me with several issues typical to her age group. Dandy is coming on 2 yrs. of age and over the course of 30 days was a shining example of how well youngsters absorb and process information. Her owner has been a long time client of mine and was having issues such as leading, loading, clippers and just plain pushy behavior that was making her harder to handle. The earlier you can get your young horses started on the right path and laying a good foundation, the more success you will have later on down the road. She was a joy to work with and I look forward to continuing her training later on next summer and fully expect she will be a force to be reckoned with in the show pen.
Horse Friendly Training Sticks. When I was searching for a company that made natural horsemanship training gear I had 3 major components that I was looking for. Quality, ease of use, and durability. Horse Friendly had exactly what I was looking for. Their equipment is backed by a 60 day warranty on all of their products and they can custom make any rope product you want. I've been more than happy with the craftsmanship of their training gear and amazed at how long it lasts. Their training sticks come in a variety of colors and one of my favorite products for clinic participants is the 3' training stick. It is easier to handle, light weight and every bit as durable as their 4' sticks. If you need training gear I highly recommend purchasing their products. You won't be disappointed.
Illinois Search and Rescue
I'm VERY proud to announce I am now certified with Illinois Search and Rescue!!! It was a HUGE weekend! I learned a lot, met a ton of very nice people and had a great time. The most fun was searching through the woods at night. I am also involved in mounted search and rescue with the Mercer County Sheriffs Search and Rescue. It is a great cause that I hope more people will join.
National Veterans TEE Tournament.
Cade Henry Horsemanship spent the entire day with a wonderful group of people helping Veterans ride horses at the National Veterans TEE Tournament in Riverside, Iowa. The smiles were amazing to see!! Thank you Michelle McLain for allowing me to be part of such an amazing event! http://thegazette.com/2013/09/11/photo-gallery-2013-national-veterans-training-exposure-and-experience/