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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.

triple crown feed for ranch horses, performance horses and more

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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10 Equine Behaviors Every Horse Owner Should Recognize

Even if you don’t use Spalding Fly Predators (we do, and we love them- so if you want additional information please ask us), we can all benefit from their awesome TV channel!

Today we bring you Dr. Robert Miller, discussing equine behavior. It’s a must “see”!

What do you think of this video? We’d love to know.

Smile and Ride!

DX Tabasco Tivio

We’d like to introduce our newest stud prospect, four year old, DX Tabasco Tivo, aka, Cisco. He’s gorgeous, brown, kind, quiet, and friendly with a pretty good start under saddle. He’ll be getting his own stallion page soon enough but we wanted to show off how pretty he is- now. He is by our stallion, Poco Tivio Pep, and was the last foal out of one of our oldest broodmares- Sniper Rae Buck.

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A Water Hazard

Today, while I was riding a young horse, I had one of those lightbulb moments- a moment that reinforced what I have learned and what I know to be true about riding horses. Those can happen daily if we listen and are in a learning frame of mind each and every time we are in the presence of our horse. The horse is always willing to teach us.

It’s been raining a lot lately, and because of all the rain, our normally dry creek beds all have a lot of water running through them. And we don’t have creek beds like the rest of the US here- we have ground referred to as Gumbo. If you’re unfamiliar with what Gumbo is, it’s a sticky, black, clay-like soil that will either suck the shoes off of you, and your horse, or make both of you walk like you’re wearing stilts. It just depends.

So these creek bottoms are sticky, deep, and scary for a horse that isn’t used to them. Add to that the fact that I’d like the horse to walk through the creek, not take a flying leap. I can ride a flying leap, but often the folks we train for, or who will buy our horses can’t, or don’t want to, and if a horse can learn to walk through the water, and not balk at where we want them to go, then they’re all the better for it.

Now, back to the aforementioned young horse. In order to get her to the cow herd today, we really didn’t have a choice but to go through the creek. We set off from the barn at a lovely walk, and made our way to one of several crossings that are set up just right to help a horse learn to walk across a creek. If a crossing forces you down a hill to the bottom and straight up the other side, it’s not the most conducive place to be successful at teaching your horse to walk through the water; I’m not saying it can’t be done. I’m just saying it’s would be easier at a flatter crossing.

We approach the first place we can cross and when I asked her to cross, back onto her hind end she went. So instead of making a big deal out of the fact that she felt like she couldn’t cross, I simply picked up one rein and asked her to disengage her hips one way, and then the other. I then asked her to walk toward the water again. This time, however, I let her rest there, so long as she was looking across. Before I felt her get ready to tune me out, I turned her to my left and sent her trotting down the cow trail, parallel to the creek. When we got to the second of three places we could easilywalk through I asked her to look across and let her rest. Again, before she lost interest, we trotted to our right, back to the original place we’d tried to cross and let her rest there. It took several trotting/loping trips between these two spots (and I’d have spent all day if that’s what it would have taken), but with each trip, in the places she could get closer to the water, she did. I let her rest at each crossing, so long as she was paying attention or showing interest in the water. Finally, I took her to the third spot and let her rest. This time she showed great interest in the water, reached down to smell it, took a drink, and then walked across, calmly and quietly as if she’d been doing it her whole life.

We went on our ride through the cows, and on the return trip, went back to the same place she crossed in the first place. She walked right to it, smelled it, took a drink and walked across.

The point of sharing this, is that when we can get our horses focused on what we want, without obsessing on it, or punishing them for not doing what we want immediately (or even several hours after we began), we build rapport and trust with them. Further, we add try to their resume, because horses really want only to please us, and if, when they try to do what we want, there’s a release (in this case rest) they’ll try all the harder for us.

Smile and Ride-


Horse of the Week

If you want a horse that will turn heads, then Flint is the horse for you. He’s a 2005, grulla horse that will make you drop your jaw, he’s so pretty. He’s halterbroke and friendly, but has yet to be started under saddle. We have too many and he’s got to go, so he’s priced to sell- I promise! If time permits this summer we will start him under saddle and his price will go up with additional training.

He’s by our stud, Silver Bueno Tom, out of an old foundation bred mare. You can see his pedigree here.

Click on the photos to see them larger. And for more information on Flint, be sure to use the contact form above to get in touch.

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