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June Newsletter

We have had an incredible month of clinics and shows, and we’ve got full coverage of the much-anticipated Lynn Palm clinic later in this newsletter. But we’re just getting started with the exciting events for the rest of the summer. Keep reading for photo highlights from the farm and our complete 2017 event schedule.

Special Feature: The Most Important Lesson You Can Teach Your Horse

We like to share training tidbits whenever possible, but we recently stumbled across some internet wisdom from trainer Dale Rudin that was too good not to share:

“As a trainer, I think the most important thing I can teach a horse is fearlessness. There are two reasons for this.

One: horses are driven by fear. It is their number one motivator because of the way their brains perceive the world. Remember they are prey animals. Being fearful is a highly effective way to stay alive.

Two: When a horse is afraid he can NOT learn and what will be imprinted in her brain is a negative association with whatever is happening or whatever you are doing that is causing her to be afraid. On the other hand, a fearless horse knows it is safe to express her feelings, explore her world, and trust her human companion. Even if she does become confused, uncertain, or insecure, she continues to think and tries to work through the problem without become highly stressed or reactive.

Fearless horses are safer to be around, happier, and more comfortable in their own skin and within their surroundings. Teaching a horse to be fearless takes time, compassion, and skill. It isn’t easy. It doesn’t just happen. However, it is TOTALLY worth it.”

Horses are social herd animals, so training techniques should take those instincts into account.

Horses are social herd animals, so training techniques should take those instincts into account.

Dale’s philosophy here takes a horse’s natural behaviors and herd instincts into account. As herd and prey animals, they are often skeptical of new things until they learn that those things will not harm them. Positive reinforcement works well to help them associate new stimuli with rewarding experiences. Keep those ideas in mind as you work with your own horses!

To learn more about Dale Rudin’s training philosophies and practices, check out http://www.un-naturalhorsemanship.com/.

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Horse Massage Clinic

What horse wouldn't love a clinic dedicated to massage therapy?!

What horse wouldn’t love a clinic dedicated to massage therapy?!

Petra Rodin recently joined us at Clearview to host a Masterson therapy massage clinic. The Masterson method takes a unique approach to massage where you learn to use your horse’s responses to touch to find areas of tension and release them to improve their well-being and performance. In other words, the horse participates in the massage along with the owner.

Now that is the face of utter happiness!

Now that is the face of utter happiness!

Needless to say, the lucky horses who got to participate in the clinic enjoyed a lovely day of pampering! Petra, thank you for sharing your techniques and wisdom!

The Best Way to Spend a Birthday

Okay, time for a show of hands. How many of you dreamed of getting a pony for your birthday or at least wanted a horse-themed birthday party when you were a child?

Don happily jumped into the birthday festivities.

Don happily jumped into the birthday festivities.

That many, huh? Well, we can certainly understand why! Horses make birthdays even more amazing, especially to a child. This lovely young lady got the birthday of her dreams by spending it at Clearview with her horse.

What's better than a birthday pie? Not much!

What’s better than a birthday pie? Not much!

Her parents write, “Happy 11th Birthday to my sweet Sarah! She leaves a little sparkle everywhere she goes and some barn dirt too! It is not a surprise that she wished to celebrate her birthday at the barn with her horse. Thanks Don M CharestClearview Farm Marie Lloyd and Cam for helping make her day extra special!”

And of course, the mandatory birthday photo with her horse. That's going in the photo keepsake album!

And of course, the mandatory birthday photo with her horse. That’s going in the photo keepsake album!

Happiest of birthdays to you, Sarah! We had a blast celebrating with you!

Arena Reports: Lynn Palm Clinic

Lynn Palm’s back-to-back clinics were definitely one of the major highlights from this month. Her small class sizes meant that spots in the clinic sold out months in advance, but she welcomed auditors to watch, ask questions, and take her tips and tricks home to their own horses.

Auditors enjoyed the clinics almost as much as the attendees!

Auditors enjoyed the clinics almost as much as the attendees!

And the small class sizes meant that attendees enjoyed tons of personalized attention and feedback during the two-day clinics.

Our clinic attendees definitely learned a lot in their horsemanship!

Our clinic attendees definitely learned a lot in their horsemanship!

Thank you to Lynn Palm for coming out to Clearview and for all the attendees, auditors, and support who helped make the clinics such a great success!

Love the group photo!

Love the group photo!

Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850

Charlie Hutton personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality! Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

Charlie Hutton personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality!
Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

Corona Extra Chex, son of Nu Chex to Cash, is standing at stud at Clearview, and you could not ask for a more personable stallion to sire your next foal. He’s extremely “honest,” in that you never have to worry about guessing his moods before a show or change classes at the last minute. And when he’s not cleaning house in the show ring or training, he has a gelding as a pasture buddy, enjoys his leisure time, and gets along great with other horses on trail rides. In fact, he’s so laid back that people who have never met him are often shocked to learn that he’s a stallion!

Diego, 5 year old gaited flashy TWH gelding – $2500 OBO

Diego is a flashy, sure-footed trail horse perfect for an advanced beginner!

Diego is a flashy, sure-footed trail horse perfect for an advanced beginner!

Diego is a 14.2 hand chestnut and white spotted TWH gelding, solid broke and fun trail horse for the advanced beginner rider! We have taken him trail riding numerous amounts of times. He will lead or follow and also rides out on his own just fine. His gait is as smooth as silk and will go all day long, anywhere you point he will go. He is sure-footed and will go through water, over logs, and over bridges. He is up to date on all shots, vaccinations, and Coggins and good for the farrier. The only reason for sale is we are reducing stock, so Diego is ready and eagerly looking for his next trail buddy! He does well at all the local fun shows due to his eye catching appearance and solid gait. Click this link for more photos and a video! http://www.equinenow.com/horse-ad-1059309

Upcoming Shows and Events

We can’t wait for the Music City Donkey Show to return just in time for the 4th of July! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day than with adorable mini donkeys. We also have more belt buckle roping and the National Working Cow Horse Association Invitational. Spectators are more than welcome, so come on out and join the fun!

July 2-4, 2017

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Music City Donkey Show 

July 22, 2017

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Central Tennessee Ropers 

Contact: David McRae

Phone: 931-261-7402

July 29-30, 2017

NWCHAI

National Working Cow Horse Association Invitational

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – SPECTATORS WELCOME

Contact: Tracy

Phone: 615-543-0199

August 5-6, 2017

HeartOfDixie

Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show

2 Judge Breed Show

Contact: Beth Maher, Show Secretary

Phone: 256-527-2617 

August 26, 2017

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Central Tennessee Ropers

Contact: David McRae

Phone: 931-261-7402

Sept 9-10, 2017
Zen Dog Versatility Sports Show 
Contact: Gregory Brasen
615-491-3919
Email:  Zendogsports@gmail.com

September 23, 2017

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Central Tennessee Ropers

Contact: David McRae

Phone: 931-261-7402

September 27 – October 1, 2017

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Parelli Clinic

John Baar, 5-Star Master Parelli Professional
Kathy Baar, 4-Star Senior Parelli Professional

Contact: Marie Lloyd

Phone: 931-619-0773

October 8-9, 2017

TSHA
Tennessee Stock Horse Show

October 14, 2017

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Zen Dog Versatility Sports Show 
Contact: Gregory Brasen
615-491-3919
Email:  Zendogsports@gmail.com 

October 28, 2017

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Central Tennessee Ropers

Contact: David McRae

Phone: 931-261-7402

November 18, 2017

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Central Tennessee Ropers

Contact: David McRae

Phone: 931-261-7402

Comment Questions: Did you attend the Lynn Palm clinic? If so, what was your favorite take-away lesson? Which event are you most excited about in July? As always, we would love to see your photos and hear stories, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!