NRHA reining is officially coming to San Antonio! We will host an NRHA, AQHA and STRHA approved show on March 28-30 at the San Antonio Rose Palace. To make stall reservations contact Glenda Harrel at (817) 929-5802 firstname.lastname@example.org. To become an event sponsor for the show, contact Taumi Martin at email@example.com or by calling at 830-249-7835. Here is a link to the show bill! Hope to see you there!
The NRHA has a new affiliate called the South Texas Reining Horse Association. It is our mission to support, grow and promote the sport of reining by providing high quality horse shows and clinics. To learn more about the association, or to become a member, visit their website at www.strha.com.
We will be hosting a NRHA reining at the Rose Palace in March. More details will follow soon, so be watching. We would love for you to turn and make this a successful event so there are more reinings in San Antonio! I will be posting more information in the coming days as things take shape.
We have arrived in Oklahoma City! It is hard to believe it is that time of year again! It is like a time warp coming here each year. The horses change, but the people stay the same! Todd and One Night Whiz show on Saturday in their first go. We are excited to get to run this horse and are doubly thrilled that we own this wonderful horse. It is so neat to get to see one of your own go do the dance! Dwaine will show on Monday on Playboys Last Fling. She is a gem of a mare and we have high hopes for this pair. If you are in Oklahoma City, stop by, we would love to see you and meet you! We are in the Super Barn. We will post pictures and keep you up to date!
The year is quickly coming to an end! Which is really, really hard to believe. This week we head out to Katy to our last weekend show of the year! Then a few short weeks later we are off to the NRHA Futurity. Todd is completely thrilled about this year’s futurity, as he gets to show Brick aka One Night Whiz. He truly loves his horse and looks forward to getting to the big pen with him. We are also going to the Appaloosa World show at the end of this month to show VKS Thundermoon. Look for Todd in the show pen on him!
Also, we are going to do a clinic here at the house in December. Watch the website and facebook for more details!
Waco Warm Up is in full swing! Dwaine Rivers showed on Playboys Last Fling in his first futurity and was 4th! Well done Dwaine! Julie Crosby placed 2nd in her youth class on Mistress Gotta Gun. They looked fantastic together. Todd was 4th on Down By the Seaside in the Open. Mike Seay won the year end custom hat award on his horse Diamond! He was so thrilled, and it was a joy to watch him mark a 72.5! We have a few more showing today! Will keep you posted!
We are back from the Derby, and it was a great show! It was incredibly HOT, but in the end Todd made the Level 2 and Level 3 Open Finals on Wimpys Lil Hollywood. He placed 5th in the Level 2 finals and 11th in the Level 3. Congratulations to him and to all of the finalists. Tell Edgmon showed Black Magic Starlet in the solid paint class and won. So congrats to him too.
I also want to welcome Candy James to the barn with her horse Hobbs. We picked Hobbs up at the Derby and he is settling in nicely. Last, but not least I want to congratulate Sergio Elizondo on his purchase of Show Your Guns. He is a very nice horse and an excellent addition to the barn. We look forward to seeing you guys show and grow!
It has been a wild three weeks, but we are officially working out of our new facility. There is still some construction happening, but that should be finished by the end of the month, which means life will be back to normal. Well the new normal. We are so thankful for how hard everyone has worked over the past few weeks. We have started our days at 5:30 a.m and some ended at 10:00 p.m. Our help has been phenomenal! Good attitude and hard working! We look forward to creating new memories here at the 4R Facility.
If you are interested in seeing the new facility or learning more about our training program give us call! We would love to visit with you and show you the new diggs!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new site! Same great information with a new look created by Jeremy Olsen at Equine Promotion. He did an outstanding job and we are thrilled to have partnered with him on this site. We hope that you like the new look and encourage you take “her for a spin”! Watch for show updates, news and training tips.
If launching a new website was not enough, we have moved! The place on Toepperwein is sold and we are relocating our training business to 4R Performance Horses. They have constructed a beautiful state of the art facility right here in Boerne, so we did not have to move far! This is a new chapter for Todd Martin Performance Horses, and we are looking forward to the new adventure!
The new facility is located at 133 Scheele, Boerne, TX, so if your in the neighborhood, stop by! We will conduct an open house, so watch for details to come!
I left you last month talking about the neck and throat latch. This month I figured that we would just continue on down the body and talk about the withers and chest to include the front legs.
First, let’s start with the withers and what their roll is in performance. I want to see a horse have some withers. Yes, all horses have withers, but I am referring to being able to see the withers. Take into consideration that much like the crest of the neck some horses, if they are on the obese side, will carry some fat in the wither area like the crest of the neck. This is not what I am referring to. What I am referring to is the horse that has its withers buried in between its shoulder blades. One reason that I do not like this is because I will have a hard time getting my saddle to not slip or roll on the horses back. This is not a deal killer but it is definitely something to take into consideration. But, I do feel that it is very important that the horse should definitely be taller at the wither than at the croup or tall point of the hip. At the very least be level or the same height . Why? Good question, if the withers are higher it is going to be easier for the horse to be lighter on his front end, plus making it easier to stop and work off of his rear end. The key thing to look for is that the horse is taller at its withers than at the butt or hip.
Moving on to the chest, shoulders and front legs. When looking at the chest I like to see a horse that is broad in the chest. That is just a personal preference. But, I do not want to see a horse that has both of his front legs coming out of the same hole. Meaning that I do not like a horse that stands with his front legs real close together. This will result in interference later when asked to perform difficult maneuvers. I also like for the chest, or chest muscles to be out in front of the legs. Mostly because I will be asking for this horse later in training to spin which requires them to step over or cross their front legs a lot. If the chest muscles are directly between the front legs, this becomes difficult.
Now, moving on to front legs. I would have to say that the single most important thing about legs is that they are straight. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is from a breeding stand point. Conformation is hereditary and if the horse is clubby on one foot or toes in, you have a good chance of passing this on to your offspring. The second part to this is that a big flaw in this area of conformation will eventually lead to a breakdown in performance and could eventually lead to injury. But keep in mind that this is not always a kill factor when looking at a horse. Example: You have two horses and one has a lot going for him and performs all of the desired movements for the event you are going for, but is a little crooked on one leg. Horse number two legs are straight as a string and built great, but it does not have the desire to do diddle. Money is better spent on the horse that wants to perform.
Next month we will discuss the back, hip and hocks.