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Let Freedom Rein

Let Freedom Rein

Our fearless leader, Zach Ducheneaux, recently had a chance to visit with Jason S. on his podcast “Let Freedom Rein”.

He shared a bit about our ranch, some of the work he gets to do away from the ranch, and how his horsemanship journey began.

A culmination of all of he shares (all that horse, ranching and cattle experience) will come to life in what will be our first-ever, all-inclusive, ranch-hosted horsemanship clinic May 20-24, 2019.

“We’ve been preparing for this for over 20 years. When we first got to see Ol’ Nub Long introduce us to his interpretation of what Hunt and Dorrance had been trying to show the world about horses; it seemed impossible that we’d ever have our own program to offer because there was so much to take in.”

We feel like we’re ready, and we’re excited to share the opportunity with you. And do we dare mention the week will end with an acoustic, private concert with Steve Turner Music – a Nashville recording artist?

Jason helped Zach dig into a bit about “the why” of how he became who is is. We hope you enjoy the podcast as much as Zach enjoyed sharing; Jason does a great job, and we look forward to riding with him someday.

Click the photo below to listen.

Let Freedom Rein Podcast, Zach Ducheneaux
Happy Trails and Happy Riding!

Triple Crown Feed | Contest

Triple Crown Feed | Contest

Triple Crown Feed is our feed of choice when Mother Nature (ie – the beautiful grass of South Dakota) needs a little help. When it comes to our older horses, foals, or our performance horses, we don’t look any further than Triple Crown products – specifically Triple Crown Senior.

Triple Crown Senior may be our feed of choice, but this company offers many products that may be a better fit for your horse’s specific needs. The 30% Ration Balancer can supply your horse with all their daily vitamin and mineral needs in as little as 1lb/day/1000lb horse. Triple Crown Complete can provide maximum calories in this beet pulp based, 12% fat formula.  There is an option for every horse.

Triple Crown feed is a plant based feed consisting of alfalfa and beet pulp, rice bran and other forms of healthy fats. It contains essential amino acids as well as pre-and probiotics which are helpful for all horses, but especially those going down the road who may experience stress.

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It’s high in fat, and low in sugars, which is important for all horses. Fat is one of the most important things a performance horse can have in their diet because it aids in quicker recovery times and is an excellent source of energy for anaerobic activities, such as sprinting. And it’s exceptionally helpful (see link above) in the older horse when their teeth begin to fail. Just ask our two senior citizen stallions, WDX Banjobreeze Baby and WDX Nukem, how they like their feed — you’re going to get an overwhelming, YUM!

Proper Nutrition is the key to the health and performance of your horses. Triple Crown Feed is a premium horse feed designed to help your horse get all they need. From fixed formulas, to the addition or organic minerals, prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes, they want to make sure your horse has maximum nutrition.

To kick off the new year here at the ranch, and to celebrate all that’s going to take place here this year, we’d like to give away a Triple Crown goodie package, so you can see the results for yourself!

What are you currently feeding your horse? We’d love to know why you feed what you feed.

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Curt Pate on Pressure

Curt Pate on Pressure

We were fortunate enough to have Curt to the ranch in October of 2016, and boy was that a fun experience.

There are three types of pressure:

Driving Pressure, Drawing pressure and Maintaining pressure. Watch the video clip below for more – it works with people, dogs, horses, and of course stock.

This is is a demonstration Ron Gill got me involved with. The Fort Worth Stockyards is my favorite place to visit. There are great ways to entertain yourself in everything western, but the best part for me is the history. “The Herd” is a big part of keeping the stockmanship tradition alive with two cattle […]

via Pressure — Curt Pate Stockmanship

Introduction to the 2016 Interns

Introduction to the 2016 Interns

Meet our 2016 ranch interns! We have a lot of Animal Science Majors this year, as well as an Equine Management Major (who isn’t in this video). Ranch interns learn halter breaking, riding, low-stress cattle handling, and we get them teaching each other what they’re learning as soon as we possibly can — so stay tuned for more videos!

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This week we just took a few minutes to introduce you to them, and let them share a little about themselves. You can keep up with their adventures via our Facebook page, where they don’t post nearly as much as we’d like, but that also means they’re busy putting in 8-10 hour days with the horses, helping neighbors at brandings, and enjoying the scenery here at home.

The program is set up as an 8 week program, but can be as long or short as your university requires. We promise you’ll have fun and learn a lot!

What are your horsemanship goals?

Bridling Made Easy

Bridling Made Easy

Around here, we are all about becoming partners with our horses. We want our horses to “want” to help us. To “want” to be with us. To “want” to be bridled and go for a ride. So we take great care in helping them stay in that frame of mind. We get them get them good about searching for a release, and good about looking to us for support. Bridling made easy is part of that. We know that often people have trouble with their horses when it comes to getting them ready to ride. We also know how easy it is to get into a habit with your horse of just skating by, because you only have so many hours in your day and only so much time to spend with your horse. But what if, by spending that time, one or maybe two days, and not riding, you can help your horse, and in turn make your time with your horse eve more enjoyable? I’d say, sign me up.

Below, you’ll find a couple of ways we might go about getting them ready to be bridled and one way to bridle them. These are not the only way. These are just a couple ways we choose to do things.

Before you were to start either of the exercises below, you’ll want to make sure your horse is good about having his mouth/face/ears touched.

We hope this helps you in your horse endeavors.

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