|Posted by quartersbycoyles on August 7, 2017 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
What an amazing weekend!!! We had a lot of talented participants and horses. Everyone learned a lot and their horses improved 10 fold. Everyone had positive comments and loved how they formed a deeper bond with their horses. I absolutely LOVE seeing the progress everyone made over the weekend, it warms my heart.
Pictures are posted in the photo album for this clinic.
|Posted by quartersbycoyles on June 5, 2017 at 8:40 AM||comments (1)|
What an AMAZING weekend at the buckskin show. I really went outside my comfort zone and participated in our first bucksin show. Camo and I had a very good weekend and we made a lot of new friends, young and old. The teacher in me kicked in and I saw a little girl struggling with showmanship, so I hopped off Camo and went to her aide. She was having a hard time doing the pivot. He was a reiner, so he knows how to pivot on the hind foot when you are on him, just not when you are doing it with the halter. Cassidy and her parents were very appreciative. I love seeing the smiles on all the kid's faces. This is a neat organization and we are glad we went to the 2-day show. Thanks to everyone who made us feel like part of the group Jan, JD, Sandy & Ed, Bridget, Anne, Anna, Diane, ring steward guy, and many others who I'm at a loss for their names.
I don't have the point sheet in front of me, but we placed very well both Saturday and Sunday. We placed 1st in a lot of classes along with a couple 2nds and one third. We still have a lot of things to work on. I enjoy pattern classes, so some of the obstacles on the trail we need to work on is jumping a 2 foot jump in both English and Western. Discipline on the Rail was challenging with a sliding stop and flying lead changes. I placed Reserve Champion IBHA on Saturday and Grand Champion IBHA on Sunday.
|Posted by quartersbycoyles on February 16, 2017 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
Wow, I hope everyone has been able to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets here in Minnesota. The pictures I take don't do it justice.
|Posted by quartersbycoyles on May 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Was a HUGE success!!! Thank you to all the participants who made this an unforgettable experience. This was the first clinic we have held for the horsemanship 2 participants at our barn in Canton. This means the people who had participated in horsemanship 1 came back and expanded their knowledge of horsemanhip to a new level with more difficult maneuvers. Everyone did an amazing job!!! It is so great to see horses and riders improve over the two days. Check out the "photo gallery" for pictures.
I will be having a horsemanship 1 clinic in Browerville May 21st and 22nd, so if you are interested please let me know by calling my cell at 507-273-6126 or sending me an e-mail at [email protected] or private messaging me on Facebook.
Our first SEMSCA show is this coming weekend on May 8th in Albert Lea. Come cheer Team Coyle on. These shows are rain or shine or hail or snow or sunny weather . . .so come one, come all. I will personally be showing Ice and a 2-year-old buckskin gelding out of Ice, named Camo.
|Posted by quartersbycoyles on January 13, 2016 at 12:55 PM||comments (0)|
Riata had puppies December 9th. The dewclaws and tails have been done. Their first set of shots and worming are done and ready for their new homes. They are registered National Stock Dog Mini Australian Shepherds.
Two female black-tri/s $600 are available.
Female tri $600
Female Tri $600
|Posted by quartersbycoyles on October 13, 2015 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
The October Horsemanship Clinic (Riding From The Ground Up) will be this coming weekend, October 17th and 18th from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to audit, $25, bring a lawn chair and something to write notes on and enjoy.
|Posted by quartersbycoyles on September 23, 2015 at 9:10 AM||comments (1)|
|Posted by quartersbycoyles on September 11, 2015 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
Let’s talk about physical fitness—collective sigh noted. The goal for this column is to talk about physical fitness and how it contributes to—or detracts from—your riding. If you are in a healthy state of physical fitness, keep up the good work and look for how that currently supports your riding. Perhaps you already have a bit more capacity in the saddle than you realize, so notice how you can take advantage of that added strength.
If you are not completely satisfied with your level of physical fitness or are unsure of how it might benefit you, let’s look at how physical fitness translates to riding success. Riding is much more athletic than some people recognize, and even though we know this, we don’t talk about fitness related to riding nearly enough. Simply put, when you improve your physical strength, endurance and flexibility, new things become possible. While this is obvious from a physical perspective, let’s focus on how it impacts your riding mentally.
Focus is key to any kind of performance, whether it is in the home ring, the show ring, the office, your home or the sport field. There are countless things that distract us and weaken focus, negatively impacting performance. Believe it or not, feeling as though you are unfit is one of them. It’s like a pinhole in a tire: It leaks energy and focus slowly and persistently. Confidence and focus are inextricably connected, so improvement of either of those elements will directly affect the other. As your body feels better and stronger, your focus will have better direction and your confidence naturally grows. Even tiny, little accomplishments have tremendous impact.
I know what you might be saying: You have tried to become more fit before and it didn’t work the way you would have liked. Many of us use diets as a way to fix something, but have you ever considered what fitness or health should mean for you and your body? What if you treated it as if nothing were wrong but just needed some tweaking? The world has us all convinced that we are supposed to look like Twiggy—but most bodies do not perform well looking like that. What if you went to work on finding out what helps you ride the best and leave the rest out of it?
First, start by evaluating your physical condition in terms of your riding capacity. What do you need from your body to feel strong, balanced and confident? Perhaps this shift in perspective could take some of the pressure off.
Second, try connecting your fitness to a larger goal. Most of the goals I see are incomplete, which can set you up for failure. When goals have a small or singular focus like, “fit into my jeans from college,” and are not tied to a bigger picture like, “getting my gold medal,” it is like sending a dinghy out in rough seas to rescue a ship. If your physical fitness was tied to qualifying for regionals or nationals, riding FEI or a goal like that, staying on course is easier.
The third step is creating a plan. You might make mistakes or fail at an endeavor, experience both frustration and elation, but your plan helps you stay on track. It is the going off course that we tend to underprepare for, and a goal needs a solid plan to help you course-correct. When designing your plan, be sure to account for the very things that knock you off course. Be prepared for the things that have led to failure in the past and plan for them. Then recognize the things that have led to success in the past and exploit them.
The biggest problem with physical fitness is the emotional baggage from the past. This is the very stuff you should ignore! Don’t analyze or look for deeper meaning. Those processes are valuable in many areas but not in terms of physical fitness. Become rational and logical like a pilot is during a preflight check—he doesn't get upset with the plane when something isn’t working. He simply calls maintenance and gets it fixed. Work methodically, slowly and persistently; this will create success. There is no greater reward than a fantastic ride. So set a goal, write a plan and begin.
By Jenny Susser Sports psychologist Jenny Susser explains this mental aspect of dressage.
To take it a step farther . . . if you aren't in the competitive world of showing horses and are trail riding, one of your goals is to mount without a mounting block, then take action steps and make a plan on how to accomplish that goal and make sure you put a timeframe on it. If you don't put a timeframe on it before you know it two months have gone by and you are no closer to mounting without a block than when you first started.
Another obstacle I find for myself is finding a workout program that I like. If you don't like a certain workout chances are you won't stick to the regimen of continuing with it.
|Posted by quartersbycoyles on August 18, 2015 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
Do you start getting hunger pangs at 11:50 a.m. in anticipation of lunch? We've all been there. The cause is the hormone ghrelin; released when the stomach is empty, it sets off a chain reaction in the body to make you hungry. In general, you want to keep levels of ghrelin low during the day so you can keep hunger in check. Apart from an empty stomach, there are several factors that can raise ghrelin levels, including drinking alcohol, eating too few calories, and eating greasy, fatty foods. Here are some strategies that will help you manage these triggers and keep your ghrelin levels from rising:
•Have a substantial breakfast. One study showed that people who ate a higher-calorie breakfast produced 33 percent less ghrelin throughout the day and felt satisfied for a longer period of time. Try a whole-wheat English muffin with organic peanut butter, a cup of strawberries, and some low-fat yogurt.
•Choose complex carbs and get more fiber. Insulin and ghrelin go hand in hand. When insulin goes up after you eat, ghrelin goes down. If you eat the wrong kind of carbohydrates — refined carbs such as white bread and pasta — your blood sugar rises dramatically. In response, your body releases a surge of insulin to clear that sugar from the bloodstream. The insulin does its job very efficiently, and the resulting low blood sugar causes hunger sooner. These constant blood sugar ups and downs can wreak havoc on your metabolism, so it's best to eat complex carbs and fiber, which delay the release of sugar into the bloodstream so that insulin levels are kept stable and you feel full longer.
•Eat on a schedule. Research has found that ghrelin levels rise and fall at your usual mealtimes, so eating on a schedule prevents spikes in ghrelin. If you're running errands and are away from the kitchen at one of your typical mealtimes, carry a small bag of almonds or other nuts with you — you can eat a little something to keep your stomach satisfied until you can get home and have a real meal.
•Emphasize high-volume, low-calorie foods. Levels of ghrelin remain high until food stretches the walls of your stomach, making you feel full. High-volume, low-calorie foods, such as salads and soups, reduce ghrelin levels long before you've overeaten. All green veggies and any foods with a high water content count as high-volume, low-calorie foods.
•Eat protein. Protein-rich foods can also suppress ghrelin levels — they help create a long-lasting feeling of fullness. Try adding whey protein to a low-calorie smoothie. (If you're sensitive to gluten, just be sure to check the ingredients list; some whey protein products contain gluten.) One study found that whey brought about a prolonged suppression of ghrelin.
|Posted by quartersbycoyles on April 14, 2015 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Thank you to all the participants in the Riding From the Ground Up clinic this past weekend. I had a lot of fun teaching you and your horses respect on the ground, which then leads to respect in the saddle. Lots of fun, laughs and memories made this past weekend. Randy made delicious lunches both days, you are a rock star. Thanks to Lynn Christopher, Blanka for taking pictures and Blanka, Laura, Naomi for picking apples up in the arena and for everyone else who helped sweep the isles and clean up every day. Thanks to Wendi Olson Dolton for helping clean stalls for others and tidy up the office.