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Sunrises and Sunsets

Posted by quartersbycoyles on February 16, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments 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. 

First horsemanship clinic of the year . . .

Posted by quartersbycoyles on May 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments 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. 

PUPPIES - For Sale

Posted by quartersbycoyles on January 13, 2016 at 12:55 PM Comments 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

October Clinic

Posted by quartersbycoyles on October 13, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments 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. 


AQHA 6 Year-Old Western Pleasure Mare

Posted by quartersbycoyles on September 23, 2015 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (1)

For Sale: Soda is a 6 year-old red roan mare with Zips Chocolate Chip, Zippos Mr Good Bar and Scotch Bar time on her papers. She has been shown in the SEMSCA circuit since she was 2 in western pleasure, horsemanship, English pleasure/equitation, trail, showmanship. Suitable for husband and youth. She is easy to catch, clip, load and bathe. She has been trail ridden from Wisconsin to the Rocky Mountains. Quiet, safe, has been through the Clinton Anderson method. With her breeding she would make an awesome broodmare when you are done showing. She is out of a world champion producing sire, PS Good Bar Kat. The owner has moved and is looking for a forever home for Soda. Canton, MN - $8,500 obo https://youtu.be/xi3J6SPfz3w

How Physical Fitness Impacts Riding and Confidence

Posted by quartersbycoyles on September 11, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments 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.

5 Ways To Calm Hunger Pangs

Posted by quartersbycoyles on August 18, 2015 at 2:20 PM Comments 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.

April 2015 Riding From The Ground Up Clinic

Posted by quartersbycoyles on April 14, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments 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.

What does "Body Mass Index" mean?

Posted by quartersbycoyles on February 19, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)



BMI, or body mass index, is a simple tool used to determine body fat for most adults. Your BMI is calculated using your height and weight. While it's helpful to predict risk for developing weight-related health conditions, it's important to know what your BMI does and does not indicate about your weight and overall health.


How to calculate your BMI



Use this formula of weight (in pounds) ÷ [height (in inches) x height (in inches)] x 703.


Click here to calculate your BMI  http://gundersen.staywellsolutionsonline.com/InteractiveTools/Calculators/41,BMICalc


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BMI is categorized like this:


Underweight: BMI below 18.5


Normal weight: 18.5-24.9


Overweight: 25.0-29.9


Obese: 30.0 and above


What BMI means for your health:


Studies have shown that people with very low or very high BMIs tend to have the greatest health risks. However, BMI is only a rough predictor of overall health. Even if your BMI is in the normal category, there are other factors than can raise your risk for health problems such as smoking, lack of regular exercise, or a diet high in added fat and sugar. If your BMI is above the normal range and you have normal blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, and exercise regularly your overall health risk may be lower.  This is from Gundersen Health Systems

Tips to eat better after exercising

Posted by quartersbycoyles on December 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Why do you exercise? Is it to lose weight? Recover from injury? Or do you do it because you love it? Your motives for pushing play or lacing up your shoes could have more of an effect than you think.


In a recent paper (spanning three different studies), researchers from both Cornell and New Mexico State University found a correlation between the way people categorize their physical activity and how much food they consume after. Those who found a workout to be fun consumed far fewer hedonic snacks (food eaten for pleasure, such as chocolate) and food in general as compared with those who viewed exercise as nothing more than that.


The first study sent two groups of people on a walk. The first group was told the walk was fun whereas the second group was told the walk was exercise. After the walk, participants had access to a free buffet. Those who were in the exercise group ate far more than the fun control group.


In the second study, participants participated in the same walking trial (fun or exercise), only this time they were given M&M’s. Like the first experiment, those who were told the walk was exercise ate more (this time over 200 more calories of M&M’s) than the fun control group.


For the last study, researchers observed people after a race (231 runners participated in the study, ranging in age from 16 to 60). The findings were consistent with the previous two studies; the runners who had more fun running the race chose healthier food options than those who didn’t, tending to eat less.


This is big news for people trying to lose weight or even for those trying to eat healthy. Simply labeling your exercise as fun could cut down on the number of calories you eat post workout. As for why, the researchers found that when you view a workout as fun, it takes your attention away from the effort of physical activity. The researchers also speculate that if you are internally motivated during a workout, you will be more energized, and are more likely to eat better after.


So before you begin your next workout, think about how you can make it fun. Try listening to music or finding a workout buddy who will help you enjoy that burpee and push-up routine just a little bit more.

From TBB William Courtney