News from the round pen… Tell your trainer EVRYTHING!

Hello Friends,

I’ve been pretty busy these last months starting colts and helping folks with their horses.  But occasionally things happen that makes things difficult and dangerous for those of us that work with other folks horses.. One such case is the horse I just sent home. This horse came in for a restart after he displayed a marked change in his attitude. with rearing up, bucking, not taking the bit etc. Most I thought was probably just bad manners and habits and not getting the proper start in the first place. However…. That was not the case. Turns out that this horse had numerous physical and mental problems associated with conditions the owner ether knowingly or not, left out when she described her horse. She did mention that this horse had Lyme disease and Anna Plasmosis last year which could contribute to his problems but the one she left out was that this horse had EPM before that.. Had I known that I probably wouldn’t have even gotten on this knot head in the first place, and explains a number of his physical and mental problems. Please folks, be honest with your trainers and tell them everything about your horse. We take a risk for you by just getting on your horse and trying to fix the problems your having or help make him better. We don’t want to unknowingly get on something that could very well be very dangerous for us and him based on his physical and mental problems. Sometimes horses just can’t be fixed and it’s to dangerous to try.. This was one of them, and I got busted up trying because his issues were from something that none of us could have fixed.  Luckily, I will heal up but its getting harder at my age to do it fast and when your charging 10 bucks a day to get on something the owner doesn’t want to get on, it aint worth the trouble.. Read my books and go get yourself a good horse and we will both be better off.

About Smokie

Smokie Brannaman grew up on a 5000-acre horse and cattle ranch in Southwestern Montana. Working with horses, cattle and rodeoing as a professional trick roper was his way of life as a youngster. Upon graduating from high school, Smokie chose to serve his country in the United State Coast Guard. Although his military duties did not always allow much time to spend with his horses, he never the less, rode and trained horses of his own and others throughout his military career. Smokie retired in 2000 from the Coast Guard and worked as a Corporate Operations Manager for a security company. But he soon realized that his true enjoyment came from being around horses, training, riding and helping others with their horses. After working for 2 years as a stable manager for a large boarding stable, Smokie hired on at Ots Sunrise Farm to work with the young horses halter breaking, ground work and starting horses under saddle to progress to more advanced training. Smokie started his own business, Horseman’s Services Limited, llc in 2006 and now works full time as an educator of the horse and rider. Smokie utilizes the training methods of his brother Buck Brannaman, Jeff Griffith, and others, as well as his own techniques learned during a lifetime of working with horses. Smokie is a published author of two books about horses and their riders, Whisper This… Not to your horse, to yourself, and his newest book Equiknowlogy 101… and numerous horse training DVDs. Smokie lives in Greenleaf Wisconsin with his sweetie Vickie, and has three grown children, Kat, Travis and Jason. He raises and trains registered quarter horses of his own, which he uses as, Cavalry horses for his hobby, Civil War reenacting, and performing in Wild West Shows throughout the Midwest.

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