How to Stop Stall Boredom During the Winter

How to Stop Stall Boredom During the Winter

If you live in an area where you have long winter seasons then you will agree that your horses will be inside longer.

Signs of stall boredom can include; chewing the wood in the stall, stamping feet, increase in aggressive behavior towards you or other horses in the barn, nippiness.

If you live in an area where you get a lot of snow it is likely that you won’t be doing a lot of riding. There are things you can do during the winter months that will exercise you and your horse and help take up your horse’s mind.

Going for Walks

Horses love to go for walks. If you have a plowed driveway or even a sidewalk that you can use you can take your horse out for a stroll. Horse’s love the snow and they like digging in the snow for grass. If you are turning out in a paddock that doesn’t have a lot of growth walk you horse around an area that has tall grass sticking out of the snow. They will love it!!! This activity helps keep the horse/person bond alive during the months you can’t ride as much.

Stall toys

If you buy stall toys I would recommend a toy that you can refill with a flavor. Likits are great because not only can your horse move it around with their head but they can enjoy the taste of many flavors. Because horse’s get bored very quick this gives them something new to taste with each refill.

Another thing you can do is take old laundry or milk plastic containers. Wash them out then fill them with horse treats. punch holes in the bottom big enough so that the treat will fall through but not too big so that all the treats will come tumbling out. This will give y our horse hours of entertainment. This is especially useful for a horse that gets nervous in storms as it keeps them busy.

Visiting with your horse

Horses like company and not just of the equine type either. Sitting with your horse in the stall is a great way to spend some quality time together. This is also good because you don’t want your horse associating seeing you with work. If you only see your horse when you want to ride then you may find it hard to catch your horse as they will associate the site of you with work.

Ground Work in a Plowed Area

You might not be able to ride but you don’t need a lot of area to do some ground work with your horse. You can work on basic showmanship commands such as forward, stop, backup and pivot in a small area. This is great because it keeps you horse use to being handled and also gives you the jump on getting them ready for Spring shows.

Radio in your Barn

Horses’ s love the radio. It is soothing for them especially if you can find a channel that plays soft rock. Heavy metal is out! Haha.

Some people even bring their Cd players to the barn and play relaxation music or chakra music for their horses. It is very cleansing

Horse Training

Horse Training

Shane will travel to your farm to work with you and your horse. He has a great track record for training and showing young hunters and jumpers both under saddle and over fences. Shane’s style combines a balanced seat with a strong leg and soft hands that bodes well for keeping a young horse on track. His methods are kind, consider the horse first and consistently produce winning results.

When your horse is in training with Shane, you can expect a healthy mix of flat work, gymnastics and cross country conditioning work. Shane believes a horse needs variety and is a stickler for conditioning. There is no “cookie-cutter” routine – every horse is treated individually from their feeding program to their work schedule.

Breaking and Starting

Shane can break and start your horse for any discipline. You can expect that your horse will be treated with kindness and that she will be given a thorough, solid foundation to go on to your discipline of choice. Sometimes owners want to be involved with this critical part of their horse’s life. You can either send the horse to Shane, or he can come to you to help you bring your horse along. (Location permitting) References are available upon request.

Problem Solving

Shane is also known for fixing problems in pleasure horses and show horses. If you have a horse that has performance issues such as refusing fences, missing a lead change, or simply having trouble maintaining pace, Shane has a patient and deliberate way to fix these types of problems.

 

Trailer Training

Trailer Training

Trailer Training is always a fun and positive day for everyone involved. The more I do this, I have discovered that the trailer training sessions often turn into a modified ground work session that helps both the horse and their handler become more confident in their partnership. I do this because I love the smiles, the positive energy and I really love watching a horse click with his owner. It really is a blast.

“What people need to realize before hiring me or anyone else to teach their horse to load well is that there are all different types of horses out there who have different backgrounds as well as attitudes. There is no cookie-cutter way to teach a horse to load. There are several common denominators for success, though. They include persistence, patience, consistency and common sense. A lot of problems can be solved just bearing these thoughts in mind. While many horses that I train take as little as two hours to get right, some require extensive work to fix the bad habits that they have learned. People must remember also that just the act of loading a horse can be very dangerous. So whether you have a good loader or bad loader, always get the help of a qualified professional to make sure you are handling your horse properly.”

“Once your horse is loading well, the handler has to keep up and practice on a regular basis what the horse has learned. This will increase the chances of a successful relationship in the future.”

 

Riding Instructions

Riding Instructions

The benefits of owning a show horse:

  • Show horses are exciting at all levels of their training.
  • Show horses compete often – an average of two venues per month.
  • There is a sense of closeness and a great energy that surrounds a show horse.
  • Entertainment. The show horse competes in the name of the owner. Watching a horse develop through the years is an adventure like no other. Imagine going to the horse show with friends and family to watch your horse compete as he works his way through the levels of show jumping.
  • To be a part of something big. The goal of every Ledyard Show Horse is to excel at the top of their sport. Each new horse stirs the dream inside of Shane of creating a legendary show horse.
  • To be a part of a team. All great show horses have a dedicated team that surrounds them that includes: owner, trainer, rider (often the trainer), farrier and veterinarian. This team is managed by the trainer and becomes a close knit unit over time.

The goal of Ledyard Show Horses:

The primary goal of Show Horses is to develop top level show horses for the Show Jumper and Hunter disciplines. This is the dream set within Shane Ledyard that leads to our secondary goal: Making horse ownership something that truly enhances the person’s life and that of those around them.

FAQS FOR OWNERS

What are my responsibilities as an owner?

It is very simple. Pay the bills and support your horse. All management decisions are made by the trainer. All you need to do is enjoy your horse. You can watch him train as often as you like and attend the horse’s shows with friends and family.

What happens if the horse gets hurt, goes lame or dies?

Sometimes horses get injured. When this happens they may need a lay-up period or they may be permanently disabled. This is the toughest part of being a horse owner. An owner needs to be both mentally and financially prepared to put a horse to pasture, donate it to an appropriate organization if possible, or euthanize the animal when appropriate. We strongly recommend that each horse is insured for both major medical and mortality. While insurance may help cover some financial loss, the reality that a horse may be permanently injured or die during training/competing is something that an owner needs to be well aware of before getting involved with a horse.

What does a show horse cost?

You can buy a project horse for as little as $3500.00 and you can buy a top level made horse for as much as one million dollars.

What are the costs related to owning a show horse?

The average cost of owning a show horse is between $1500.00 and $2000.00 per month.

Is this an “investment”? Will I make money with a show horse?

No. This is not a way to make a return on money invested. While you can occasionally sell a horse that you own for profit, it is highly unlikely. Prize money is offered at some horse shows but the fees typically far outweigh the prize money.

If there is no way to make money, then why own a show horse?

For all the reasons listed above and more. A horse can give back to person like nothing else in the world. This is about sport and passion, pure and simple.

Sir Winston Churchill said:

  • The horse competes in the name of the sponsoring company resulting in the company name being announced every time the horse enters a ring at a competition. Horse show demographics clearly demonstrate a high quality market that is a perfect target audience for your company. In addition, your company will get a prime spot on the Ledyard Horse Training web site.
  • The horse wears coolers and blankets in the company’s logo while at shows and events, compete in saddle pads bearing the company name while the rider and grooms wear clothing with the company name. This is serious, repetitive exposure for your business in all the right areas.
  • PR: Media coverage can be generated, especially in the equestrian press, relating to the actual sponsorship deal as well as to any successes.
  • Corporate days can be arranged, both at major shows to see the company’s horses compete, and at the stable. Shane is happy to speak to clients at shows or to show them the horses at home.

What an icebreaker! Meet with clients in a family friendly atmosphere while your horse competes wearing your company’s logo. Bring the family along as well for a unique day out for everyone.

Horses inspire! As Pam Brown put it:

“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves-strong, powerful, beautiful-and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.”

FAQS FOR SPONSORS

What is the primary goal of a sponsored Ledyard Show Horse?

The primary goal of a sponsored Ledyard Show Horse is to expose a company’s business to its target market using the powerful tool of horseflesh.

What are my costs/responsibilities as a sponsor?

Simple. Pay your tax deductible monthly sponsorship fee of $1500 and start enjoying the benefits that this gorgeous 1200 pound walking billboard will create for your business. Your horse and his expenses will be managed by Shane Ledyard.

What if I don’t want to sponsor anymore?

Sponsorship deals are on a month to month basis and you can cancel at any time. When you cancel you forfeit your buy-in fee, the horse, all of the equipment as well as any custom gear purchased horse.

Where do my sponsorship fees go?
Your company’s monthly fee is for the horse’s boarding, training, veterinary, insurance, farrier, transport, and competition expenses.

What if the horse I sponsor gets hurt or goes lame?

A portion of your buy in and monthly sponsorship fee is escrowed for just that scenario. If, after the judgment of the trainer, the horse is no longer suitable for development or competition the horse will be replaced by one capable of competing.

Pasturing a Horse

Pasturing a Horse

Pasturing a horse year round offers easy maintenance and is low-cost compared to stabling a horse. However this does not mean you can leave your horse in a field and forget about him. A horse that lives outdoors most of its days can turn a suitable field into an unsuitable eye-sore if left alone to graze. To maintain the quality of grazing and to offer your horse a suitable field you will need to maintain the field for your horse. Good field maintenance is important to your horse’s health.

In order to maintain the quality of grazing for your horse, field rotation is best. A horse requires a minimum of 1 acre (0.4 hectares) for grazing. Dividing the area into separate fields will enable you to rotate the grazing. Horses graze selectively, so a field left unmanaged will result in areas grazed right down and other areas that the horse has left untouched will become overgrown with weeds.

Requirements for a suitable field:

• Fences should have rounded corners to prevent injury
• Supply fresh drinking water
• Fence off any poisonous trees
• The grass should be weed free and of equal height
• The field should not be too steep
• The field should offer shelter and security
• The field needs to drain well, particularly at the water trough and gate
• Avoid low lying areas as these tend to get muddy in winter
• An access road must be accessible in all weather conditions
• Position the shed with safety in mind
• Remove droppings from the field weekly
• Pasture is free of trash and foreign objects
• Check fencing and gates often and do any repairs if you note anything that needs mending.

Proper field maintenance will prevent your horse from escaping and straying or injuring itself. Select your hardware with your horses health and care in mind, such as when selecting the type of fencing for your field. Barbed wire is fine for sheep or cattle, but your horse is more than likely to sustain an injury as horses have fine skin.

Select Sale Horses

Select Sale Horses

This is a little bit of a wild card for me, but I like this horse so much that I feel he needs the benefit of our representation. This is a well bred Quarter Horse that is an absolute blast to ride. I learned about him through a great woman who owns him but just wants a quiet trail horse. Zuni is not quite that, but he is all business when it comes to the gaming world.

He is broke to barrel race, do reining, and cut cattle. He can be a bit sharp out of the barn when he is out of a program, giving the occasional buck at first, but for the rider with experience, this sensitive, extremely athletic and intelligent horse is for you. Once going, he is the kind of horse that you will need to be pried off of. He stands quietly and loves to work and play. Auto lead changes and auto-pilot gaming moves make him all that more attractive. He has a great mind when it comes to his job and doesn’t get hyped while he is gaming. This horse is going to be someone’s trophy winner and best friend.

 

Mountain Horses Past Sales

Mountain Horses Past Sales

We are offering Little Lulu – a finer built 3 yr old filly.  She’s up to date on shots, etc.  She was  traded in last fall by a lady that had purchased her as a youngster, but realized she is not going to be large enough for her to ride.  Lulu will probably be around 14’3 hands and is of a slender smaller boned build.  She’s real stylish, loves people, easy to catch and handle.  Prior to coming to us last fall, she was ridden numerous times in an arena, but had a person on the lead line.  Her gait just loose in the field is a thing of beauty!

When she came here, we  turned her out to the large pasture with the herd to have an extra winter to grow up and socialize with the herd, she is very good socially.  She has been pleasant to work with and handle.  Is not a jumpy nervous horse, I tied her for the picture and drove the car past her several times and she was totally unconcerned. Left her tied several hours and the  knot was not pulled tightly at
all, although the first time I tied her up, I was not careful to do a good knot and she released her self, went back to the barn and climbed into the stall she had been in before I started to work with her.

As she sheds out I’ll get some more photos, she’s a lovely deep red with nice blaze and 4 stockings.  I’ll also get a video up of her.  She has not been reg. but has the papers to do her registration.  If you want a flashy, well gaited smaller filly – Lulu would perfect! We will be breaking her to trail this summer, but if you purchase her before we put the time into her – we’ll sell her for only $900.

Psyches Shadron

Psyches Shadron

Shadron is 14.1 1/4 barefoot and freshly trimmed.  He has size in his background and throws bigger foals when bred to bigger mares.  Have only bred him to one small mare and the foal exceeded both sire and dam in height.  His 18 month old filly out of a 15.1 hand mare stands 14.1 already and she is not anywhere close to being full grown.  I do not know the mature height of his other foals, but have been told they are not as small as him.

Vetgen tested SCID clear. His metallic sheen is enhanced by his high tail carriage as he floats across the corral and struts his stuff.  Don’t you think you would like to add those names to the pedigree of your very own foal!  He thinks he is very cool and if I would give him a pair of sunglasses, Oakleys of course,  he would love to strut his stuff for the ladies.

Padrons Psyche is *Padrons best-siring and most look alike son.  He was US Reserve National Champion at the tender age of 3.  From the Arabian Legends book: “……….out of a daughter of the Tersk-bred *Tamerlan(Arax x Trapecia).  Psyche is somewhat line-bred, with three lines to Aswan, two to Arax and four to Priboj–but he carries a most unusual and extremely rare tail female dam, Dafina, a desert-bred mare– imported in England from Saudi Arabia by Lady Wentworth in 927.”  The book goes on to say “……….When he was just a baby, Psyche was “discovered” at a small Midwestern horse show by highly-regarded trainer Gene Reichardt.  The colt’s amazing presence and excellent conformation impressed even Reichardt (who has seen it all!), and he rushed to a telephone to call Walter Mishek, owner of many national winning Arabians and publisher of the “Arabian Horse Times” magazine. Reichardt convinced Mishek to buy the youngster sight unseen, right on the spot.  Although somewhat reluctant, Mishek did so.  It was like winning the lottery.”  In 1997 Padrons Psyche was the leading halter sire for both the US and Canadian national shows.

*Aladdinn is the only stallion to win a European championship and then go on to win US National Champion (unanimously) and Scottsdale Champion Stallion.  From the Arabian Legends book: “The enchanted smoke from *Aladdinns lamp seems to envelop all who descend from the dapper little bay.  Both get and grandget tend to inherit many of the same fine characteristics that make *Aladdinn himself such an outstanding individual: large eyes set in clean heads, excellent necks and shoulders, sound straight legs supporting good, tight backs, especially strong hindquarters that promote balance and athleticism, and an overall smoothness that draws all the parts together.  Many are bay.  Perhaps best of al, they often possess his
willing, sensible, quiet demeanor, a personality particularly well suited to the stresses of the horse show world.

Prospects

Prospects

This page is for the horses that are not yet in our breeding program, but are being considered.  To make it to the breeding stage of our program a mare or stallion must pass our criteria.  They must be sane and not overly reactive.  They must show sense and a gentle soul.  If they do not pass the tests, they will not be in our program.  The following horses are being evaluated for their future in our program.


This Chestnut

Flaxen Morab colt is from the breeding program of Morability Ranch in TX. Born in 2006.  He is kind and good looking all rolled into one.  He has a bit of chrome, but we won’t hold that against his gentle demeanor   Will take photos as he continues to mature.  I expect him to mature at between 15.1 and 15.2
hands.  He is 62.5% Arabian and 37.5% Morgan.  He is registered with the International Morab Registry.

Red Rock Dazzelina

Dazzelina is out of my mare Halima Rabi and the stallion Jazz Reata Hondo.  She is Ryans favorite and
he is hers as well.  She was born in 2005.  She is pictured on the 2005 foals page on the home page.  She is dark chestnut and friendly. has matured to 15.3 1/2 with a fresh trim.  16 hands grown out.