April 23, 2012 12:14
Maestro German (Her-mawn) Baca was born in Peru, and was introduced to the Classical Spanish style of training by his father, at an early age. In the tradition of Old Spain, He worked training horses and mules at his uncles hacienda, and in the tradition of Old Spain, eventually followed his father, and grandfather before him in achieving the title of Maestro(Master) Trainer.
He has developed the ability to connect with the horse, and sense the horses needs, wants, or fears. This instinct allows him to create amazing changes in the horse, in a relatively short amount of time. He also uses his instinct to help riders achieve harmony and balance with their horse. Buy teaching them what to look for the rider can begin to understand what their horse needs of them in order to perform to it's full potential.
He has combined the art of dressage, with basic horsemanship, and years of experience, to become a truly breathtaking horseman. Always interested in learning more, he was fortunate to be able to attend several private schooling sessions with Jose Manuel Martin de Leon, of Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, Jerez (Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art)
http://www.realescuela.org/ing/home.htm This was his introduction to the world of high school dressage, and when he was able to start shaping his own style of horsemanship.
The theories, methods, and skills he has developed allow him to work with all types of horses in a wide range of disciplines.
He has trained many horses, including several peruvian paso national champions in Canada and the US. Some other note worthy horses that have been shaped by German are the Canadian Champion Andalusian Stallion El Santo, and the Kiger Mustang Stallion "Donner", who was purchased by Dreamworks studios, to be a living model for the Animated film Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron. German was hired to train him to work at liberty in the studio with motion sensors on to map the way his muscles moved. He had learn to do everything from run and jump to rear, buck, and kick on cue, with no tack to interfere with the readings.
His calm energy and keen sense of humor creates a fun, inviting environment for his students. Always the gentleman, he uses the same firm but gentle approach with his students as he does with his horses. Ever willing to share his knowledge, it is his desire to pass on what he has learned for the next generation to become Maestro Trainers.
April 20, 2012 20:14
Due to truck breakdown Paul will not be in Saskatoon tonight, tentatively rescheduled for Monday/Tuesday, will post new time.
Paul Defresne of "Training for Courage" will be at Forest Hall Andulusians, April 21, 2012 for a potluck meet and greet beginning at 6 pm, approximately 6 miles south of Saskatoon on Highway 219, west side of the highway, big red gates...if you get to the curve you have gone too far....for more info 306-220-5797
April 12, 2012 07:20
Susan Jaccoma can come June 16-17th to Maple Leaf Meadows for a clinic. It will be hosted at Maple Leaf Meadows. Here is a link to some info from the website.
I need 8 riders to fill the clinic. First come first serve. If you are interested please let me know as I have to confirm the date with her in a week. Thanks!
I have one spot left to fill in the Geoff Teal clinic this weekend if anyone is interested. Its 450$ for all 3 days in the clinic.
April 11, 2012 09:56
Trick Training Philosophy "Train with Trust and Communication"
Trick training is a great way to foster a fabulous relationship with your horse. In order to have a great relationship, you have to have great trust, and great communication.
In order to make trick training enjoyable and achievable by all, I train with grace, rather than force.
April 10, 2012 14:00
Biosecurity in the horse industry can be a difficult concept to comprehend, and put into practice, especially when the average horse frequently travels off property or encounters horses that have been off the farm. However, lack of infection control procedures can leave a barn vulnerable to all kinds of diseases. Indeed it is an important topic to discuss with your veterinarian. This can include subjects such as: cleaning, disinfection, considerations to make when moving horses around and testing of horses when they become sick. According to University of Guelph Researcher and author of the “Worms and Germs” blog, Dr. Scott Weese, “Having a basic infection control plan in place is probably the biggest thing someone can do to reduce the risk of disease.” Weese goes on to stress, “It does not matter what you do with your horse(s), or whether you have only one horse, or a herd of 100, as an owner you should have a general idea of the measures you are going to take in order to reduce the risk of infection.” Weese has been working in the area of biosecurity and infection control for over 15 years trying to find better ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases with a strong emphasis on prevention including giving talks at Equine Guelph’s new biosecurity workshops and two week e-Session.
Weese studies a wide range of diseases, one of which includes current diseases where the virus may change, like the Equine Herpes virus. He also mentions diseases that spring up out of nowhere, like West Nile virus, and cautions even though the disease may first appear on another continent we are always at risk for new and emerging diseases.
Weese and Dr. Maureen Anderson of the Ontario Veterinary College's Centre for Public Health and Zoonoseshave been tracking diseases and infections all over the world. For the last three years they have been posting helpful information for horse and pet owners, first with “equIDblog” and now via the “Worms and Germs blog.” Keeping tabs on emerging diseases in the area is valuable information when discussing the importance and timing of a vaccination program with your veterinarian. This will help ensure the program is a good fit for the needs of your horse. Weese cautions that vaccination should not be the only biosecurity practice horse owners engage in.
Any time a horse goes off the farm and encounters other horses it has a chance of contracting an infectious disease. A few ways to lower those risks include: avoiding nose to nose contact, not sharing water buckets and grooming equipment and avoid having people that are handling other horses handle your own horses.
This brings us to the topic of what to do when returning from a trip off the farm. Ideally a horse that leaves the farm and is exposed to other horses should come home to a quarantine protocol to reduce the chances of spreading infections to the entire herd. Although this is not always possible, due consideration should be given to keeping the housing separate for horses that travel frequently especially if you also keep horses at greater risk of infection such as broodmares or foals.
Weese was the first speaker at the launch of Equine Guelph’s “Beat the Bugs” biosecurity workshops and says, “These workshops are great for getting people thinking in a broader context when it comes to infection control and putting into practice the easy day to day steps which can reduce outbreaks of disease.”
To view the Report on Research video on Biosecurity for Horse Owners go to: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9ACE18F9180735B1&feature=plcp
To learn more about protecting your horse from infectious disease- sign up for Equine Guelph’s upcoming Biosecurity e-Session April 16 -19 at www.EquineGuelph.ca/biosecurity.php
April 3, 2012 18:54
The Future is in Your Hands – Take the Reins!
What You Can Do to Give Strength to the Horse Industry
You may be surprised to know that there are over 9 million horses in the United States, based on a study done by the American Horse Council entitled the Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States.
The American Horse Council (AHC) is the only organization that represents every segment of that vast horse population. Every day, the AHC communicates with Congress and other federal agencies to ensure that each understands the economic, agricultural, sporting, and recreational importance of the horse industry.
This can be tedious work, but without open lines of communication with our leaders in Washington, D.C. we could lose the ability to enjoy our horses and our work in the industry that we love. We hope that our efforts ensure that these federal officials will support a legislative and regulatory structure for the horse industry that encourages individuals and other entities to support and participate in the horse industry, to invest in our horses, and to sponsor and support our events and activities.
The AHC believes that the more opportunities there are to use horses in various activities, the better the overall health of the industry and those who participate. Our goal is to keep opportunities open so that EVERYONE in the horse industry is able to thrive.
Because we are a not-for-profit organization, we depend on you – a person who is devoted to your horse and to your sport – to help us stand up for our rights as horse enthusiasts. Join the American Horse Council today and help us to help you, your horse, your sport, and your industry!
It is extremely important for everyone in the horse community to present a unified front and show Congress and other federal agencies that the horse industry is not only important to their constituents, but is also a large, economically diverse industry that provides hundreds of thousands of US jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue. The AHC is the only Washington, D.C. based organization solely dedicated to representing all horses, equestrians, and every segment of the diverse horse community and industry.
The AHC provides many updates on important issues affecting the industry, and explains to its members how they can contact their elected officials to speak up about these issues. By joining the AHC, you give strength to the horse industry’s voice.
To learn more about supporting the AHC and becoming a member today visit www.horsecouncil.org/ahc-memberships.
March 28, 2012 07:21
Please contact me to register for this chute jumping clinic held at Maple Leaf Meadows April 21-22nd.
- Prep for the Free Jumping Challenge in Olds the following weekend
- Sale videos
- Educate riders how to properly free jump horses and stradgies how to best show horses performance through the chute
- Educate riders on the benefits of free jumping young and schooled horses
- Develop an eye how to comment on horses technique through the chute
- Promote local sale horses and stallions
- Or just come and show off!!
If numbers are high we may run horses through in groups of 3 at a time. One benefit of this is you will be able to watch and listen to Daytons comments on each horse.
It is mandatory to pay for this clinic before you come. Space is limited. Contact me to register. Cost is 60$ per horse per day. www.Horseclinic.ca
March 15, 2012 16:03
Washington, DC – March 15, 2012. The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) has joined the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC).
"Supporting the mission of UHC is totally in line with the USHJA’s mission of which a major component is protecting the well being of our participants both human and equine and offering broad based education for our members. We want to do all we can to help ensure that these generous animals have the responsible care that they deserve from all of us," said Shelby French, CEO of the USHJA.
The USHJA, which is the nationally recognized affiliate for the hunter and jumper riding disciplines, promotes the equestrian sport and the well being of its participants. The USHJA offers broad based education for its members and provides the framework for the conduct of the hunter/jumper sport.
“The UHC looks forward to working with the USHJA to educate our industry about the welfare of horses. The UHSJA offers so many wonderful programs and educational seminars, it is truly a pleasure to work with an organization that has a similar mission,” said Ericka Caslin, UHC Director. “The USHJA offers equine retirement listings, as well as owner resources. Their welfare committee is dedicated to improving the well-being of our nation’s equines.”
The Unwanted Horse Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the umbrella of the American Horse Council. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses.
For more information about joining the UHC or unwanted horses, please visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or contact Ericka Caslin at email@example.com.
The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.
March 15, 2012 07:42
Guelph, Ontario – March 9, 2012 - The University of Guelph’s award winning continuing education program has unveiled their new Equine Welfare Certificate which will offer students the opportunity to explore animal welfare issues in the horse industry both locally and globally.
Made up of six online courses, this program has been designed to engage students who have a passion for making a better world for our equines, and will examine the biological and emotional factors that affect a horse’s quality of life. Course content will include housing, management practices and procedures that can affect the well being of horses.
"It is extremely important that everyone who owns or works with horses understands not only the complex issues, but also the common practices in daily care and management that can affect the welfare of horses,” explains Tina Widowski, Director of the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare. “Through our partnership with Equine Guelph, we are able to combine top expertise in both equine science and animal welfare science to deliver a practical and well-rounded program in Equine Welfare."
Offered by the Campbell Centre, Equine Guelph, and the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support, the Equine Welfare Certificate core courses include Equine Welfare, Advanced Equine Behaviour, Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition, and Global Perspectives in Animal and Equine Welfare, as well as two elective courses including Health and Disease Prevention, The Equine Industry, Equine Nutrition, and Advanced Equine Anatomy.
The Equine Welfare and Advanced Equine Behaviour courses will be offered during the fall semester beginning September 10, 2012; however, the required pre-requisite courses for this certificate are currently available for registration, with courses starting in May 2012.
While acknowledging that most only want the best for their beloved equines, many horse lovers yearn for the chance to better understand why horses do the things they do and recognize situations that may compromise horse welfare. “This program has been designed to provide students with the tools to become familiar with negative emotional states and recognize how welfare can be objectively assessed in the horse to improve its overall health,” says Gayle Ecker, Director of Equine Guelph.
For more information, please contact the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 519-767-5000 or visit www.EquineWelfareCertificate.com.
About The Centre of Open Learning and Educational Support
The Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support provides expertise and leadership to the University of Guelph community and our partners in the following: the scholarship and practice of teaching, technology-enhanced education, open learning and professional development. We provide support for teaching and learning that is evidence-based, responsive, developmental, and based on best practices.
March 5, 2012 18:21
I have a rider who needs to sell her spot in the Hendrik Gabael clinic March 19-21st. Please let me know if you are interested in her spot. The cost is 480$ for 3 private lesson plus stabling. The clinic is hosted at Maple Leaf Meadows.