Sometimes paddock boarding with run-in sheds can be the best of both worlds for horses and their owners. Horses get the freedom of movement they need and a shed to keep them dry and out of the wind when the weather gets cold and rainy.
If your horse deserves the BEST – call Janie Cornett at Cornett Ranch to talk about your horse living HERE! 706-889-8080.
The leaves might be gone and there’s a chill in the air, but winter time has a beauty of its own, made all the more special when you can enjoy a trail ride. Cornett Ranch has 200 acres of trails, and Michael Cornett spent time this fall doing trail maintenance – mostly removing fallen branches – so the trails are clear and easy to follow.
Being new to the trails, I took the opportunity to walk in the woods and see the lay of the land. The woods were wonderfully quiet, except for that lovely sound of hoofs on the dry leaves, and without all the leaves on the trees I could easily see where I was going. More energetic riders could go up and ride the ridge, but I took the easier trail that winds around to the south pastures.
From here I could look down on the other horses in the paddocks, including my favorite little mule.
“Skeeter” is the newest addition to the farm family, and I could see her big ears moving as she watched us walking the trail above her.
Come board at Cornett Ranch and you too can start finding your own Happy Trails!
As all riders know – there’s always more to learn – even if you’ve been riding for years.
In today’s lesson, Janie Cornett went back to the basics to help our rider gain confidence on her own horse. Ground work is a great tool to use to make sure that every time you ride, your horse is focused on you as the leader.
As Janie says “if your horse isn’t doing what you ask when you’re on the ground, it won’t get any better when you’re in the saddle”. She demonstrated some easy-to-learn techniques that our rider was excited to practice next time she rides.
Once “Misty” was paying attention and willingly doing what she was asked, our rider mounted and Janie worked with her on asking Misty to stop in stages. This method teaches Misty to pay attention to her rider’s commands and she begins to learn that the sooner she responds to what is asked of her, the gentler the “ask” is. If she ignores the commands, the “ask” gets stronger. Her rider learns to ask in stages. This teaches the rider to not get in a “tug-of-war” with their horse – a battle we never win when a horse weights 1,000 pounds!
Winter time is a great time to take lessons and refresh your skills in preparation for summer time riding and competition. Cornett Ranch has a large covered arena and a grass arena. You can take lessons on your own horse or one of theirs. Call Janie for details – 706- 889-8080