Today as you read this, we will be headed South, to Art of the Cowgirl in Phoenix. We’re taking a home-raised filly — one we’re pretty dang proud of. In fact, she was the pick of the 2017 foal crop.
Dx Iyama Poco Dancer (Paisley), is the culmination of 40+years of our breeding program here at The DX Ranch. She’s been friendly since she was days old, always wanting you to pet her. She’ll hunt you up for scratches.
Her sire, Poco Tivio Pep, is our go-to babysitter horse and is one of our favorite sires. His get are always easy to start, and willing to please. We use them on the ranch for every job, and he has two offspring currently heading for the barrel racing arena.
Her dam has produced colts on the place for nearly 20 years. She has produced some of the gentlest, easiest to start horses in our herd, and in our herd. That says a lot.
If not for this special event, she’d be destined for our broodmare band. She may well be the the last filly out of this mare. Paisley should be able to go any direction you choose and do well for anyone. Her kind eye, willing disposition, and excellent conformation are sure to make her a success.
Dx Iyama Poco Dancer
As we’ve been preparing her for the trip, we’ve had our intern, Yahel Applebaum, playing with her. She got her good about having her feet handled. Good about loading in the trailer. As well as various other things to help her handle the long trip to Arizona. Yahel did a great job preparing her. In this video below, we clean her feet up for the first time.
We hope to see you at Art of the Cowgirl. If you’re there, come say hi! And if you’re in the market for a gorgeous horse to add to your herd, we think Paisley would be a welcome addition!
“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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Those of you who’ve been to the ranch and had the pleasure of eating here know, when it comes to meals, we don’t skimp. Whether it is blueberry bacon stuffed waffles, homemade noodles in beef broth, or a home-raised ribeye, we are sure to have something on the menu to satisfy the appetite you’ll work up while you are here!
Here’s a little sample!
A breakfast omelette with eggs from the chickens that run around this place.
I’m glad you’re hungry now! And I’m getting full on this omelette! I need the energy to handle horses all day!