Your horses may not get ridden as much when it gets cold, but they still need to get out there and run around 🙂 Check out this helpful article from the U of Maine (where I’d guess they know a thing or two about colder temperatures.)
I like the segment on Preconditioning, water intake, and hoof care. But most of all, isn’t it great for horses to live in Texas? At least in the winter it is!
Here’s an article about choosing a horse to buy that might be helpful to you. Specifically it has to do with eventing horses, but the advice is applicable to many types of horse shopping. Decide what’s most important in a horse for you. In the case of eventing, strong straight legs and good feet, and what the author calls natural grace in your horse. Also, a good tip is to view the horse without its saddle.
What kind of training has the horse had, and in what type of environment? Is the level of the horse a good match to the rider? But please call Derek Freeman at 713-416-7792 to get help with your questions before buying your horse. His many years of experience, and helpful attitude may prove to be enormously valuable to you before you purchase your new horse. Here’s the article:
Eventing Horses for Sale – Diligent Performers
As much as a dealer may want you to believe that a horse is perfect, there simply is no such thing. Keep your expectations high, but also realistic. Like everything, there is a balance of pros and cons. Be prepared with the knowledge of what is the most important. That will help decide which direction the scale tips. Also, when searching for eventing horses for sale, it is important to know what you are looking for in terms of experience. If you can key into what is going to be the best horse for you, he will be far easier to find. Do you want a youthful prospect or a seasoned professional? You will not find what you are looking for if you don’t even know what it is. Lack of preparation and focus will not open your options to selection, but your options for failure.
Eventing horses have to stand up to a lot. Endurance and strength is a key quality that is needed for this type of horse. Viewing an event horse without his saddle is important to fully assess his physical structure. Important physical features to look for in a potential eventing horse include a great neck, strong and straight legs, and good feet. Physical abilities are obvious important features, but also pay close attention to the horses subtle ability, and the swing in movement. Natural grace cannot be trained, and this trait will set the best horses apart from the others for sale.
Young horses need to be taught the basics and have proper training and care. This safeguards against developing bad habits and prepares the young horse for a successful future. Eventing horses for sale will be advertised for many attributes, but ensuring they came from a good environment is essential. Over-worked and over-trained horses will come with a variety of problems that range from temperament to health issues. No matter the age of the horse, know where he comes from because that is the foundation of the horse he will, or has become.
There are many different levels of event horses, and they are best matched to the level of the rider. Finding a suitable partnership is a main ingredient for success. When choosing amongst eventing horses for sale, the rider should be a major influence on the decision.
Like all major purchases, your investment can only be protected by you. Follow all of the general rules of horse buying, and leave no areas unchecked. Horses for sale are like all others in terms of what to look out for. However, eventing horses have additional physical and training requirements that you must be sure of.
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Derek Freeman, owner/founder of Freeman Ranch and Stables is a trusted rancher who not only has horses for sale and lease, (ranch horses, and show horses), but is the type of expert you should talk to before you make your decision about what horse to buy.
In addition to horses he has at the ranch, he is well acquainted with many of the best trainers and riders in the area, and knows how to find the horse you want.
Are you looking for a Show Jumper, a ranch horse, or one to be used for leisurely riding? There are many factors to keep in mind in terms of the horse’s size, experience, age and health.
Call Derek Freeman at 713.416.7792 to find the right horse!
I found an article that addresses some of the reasons you might want to start riding horses, and wanted to share it. For me (Webmaster at Freeman Ranch and Stables), as a person with MS, I thought I’d like to start riding, as I noticed that Ann Romney also loves to ride and finds it therapeutic to help with her MS. So I’ve inquired about taking some lessons with Dev at Freeman Ranch in Katy and it’s surprisingly affordable.
As you can see from the article, there’s all sorts of reasons one might want to take lessons. In addition to exploring the outdoors and getting some exercise, it teaches discipline (parents take note) and is a pleasant way to socialize.
Horse Riding – 5 Reasons You Should Take Up Horse Riding Lessons
How many outdoor activities offer you the opportunity to bond with an animal? Move the same pace with it. Riding a horse gives you the opportunity not only to care for the animal but also let the animal take you places you would normally not go because of the distance or gear limitations. Here are 5 reasons why you should take up horse riding lessons.
1. Horse riding lessons are a great way to keep fit and healthy. Regularly riding a horse works out your heart and lungs making an amazing cardiovascular workout. The activity is also a great way to enhance good posture, muscle strength, motor skills and coordination. Horse riding lessons will introduce you to the liberating and confidence building endeavour of riding horses. It is a total mind and body workout while having a great time.
2. A great way to explore the outdoors. Riding a horse will take you back to nature. Vast countryside, and terrain that where you will find the outmost form of relaxation. Horse riding lessons are a relaxed kind of learning less the initial competitive aspects commonly found in outdoor recreational activities. As the horse is an essential in this activity, you will also learn to develop an affinity, a connection to the animal as your partner. Caring for your horse is also a form of learning that brings you back to the simplest form of caring for nature and its elements.
3. Discover a passion that will change your profession. Horse riding can open a diverse array of opportunities that you may be interested in. As you progress through your lessons, you may discover and develop a passion for these majestic steeds and open doors to show jumping, horse breeding and even opening your own stables and provide lessons yourself.
4. Learning to ride a horse is an amazing activity where anyone can learn and develop responsibility and discipline. Beyond riding skills and safety procedures, attitude plays a major role when riding a horse. A proper attitude and demeanour is learned by emphasizing the responsibilities as a rider and as the horse’s caretaker.
5. Riding horses is a great social activity. It gets you acquainted with different kinds of interesting people who are also into the same hobby. It is an activity that tends to bring people closer as they share their own horse riding stories. It’s also a social activity with different kinds of horses, breed, colour, skill and riding mastery.
Riding horses has been part of everyone’s childhood dreams. The freedom, the prestige and the adventure of riding horses is what cowboy dreams and princess tales are made of. It’s never too early or too late to take horse riding lessons and bring your youngest dreams to a galloping reality.
Hannah McEwen is a lover of horse riding. She is also an experienced writer and enjoys sharing information and tips on horse riding with other like-minded people. Hannah McEwen has experienced and tried horse riding all around Australia and recommends anyone interested in riding a horse to give it a go!!
Dev Branham now expands his service offerings at Freeman Ranch and Stables, serving Katy Texas, Houston, Cypress, Tomball and surrounding areas.
People wanting to learn to ride a horse can now take lessons from Branham or an assistant and can learn on one of Branham’s numerous training horses. Those taking lessons do not have to own their own horse, but can use their own if they choose to. According to Derek Freeman, owner and founder of Freeman Ranch and Stables, “riders can learn beginner horse riding lessons, which can include basic groundwork, horsemanship, and horse care. Dev can teach everything from how to get ready and get saddled up, to hunter jumper and dressage. You don’t even have to have your own horse to get started.”
This expansion of horse riding opportunities provides a way for horse riders to learn from a celebrated horse trainer, and board horses at what Branham calls “a beautiful and superbly run facility.”
Freeman Ranch is situated on over 900 acres of land for riding, and features a hot walker, two lighted arenas (one is covered), a hot walker, round pen, daily turn out (individual or group), a fly spray system, automatic waterers in stalls and turnout paddock, a wash rack with hot and cold water, clean restrooms with shower, and spacious tack rooms.
Branham continues to provide training on a competitive level. His career began early, growing up working at his parents’ training stable, whil working closely with hunter jumper trainer Shane George. In recent years among Branham’s credits are multiple USEF “A” and “AA” rated championships, high Medal/Maclay placings, GHHJA Year End Champions, USEF Jumper classic wins, and an AQHYA World Show champion in Jumping.
Now at Freeman Ranch, Branham makes his services available to the Katy area. According to Branham, “Beginner lessons are designed to introduce new riders to the skills and techniques needed to become better riders and horsemen. Lessons may be given privately or in groups of 2 and last from 45 minutes to an hour. Intermediate to advanced lessons will include flat work, dressage, equitation and style exercises, strength building, and jumping. If jumping is not possible, additional work on the flat, riding technique, and horsemanship will take place.”
Working with Branham also affords the chance to show horses. According to Branham: “Throughout the year we will attend various horse shows. While the most important expectation at shows is that you have fun with your horse and your friends, there are a few other expectations that are in place to keep the experience safe and running smoothly. Unless otherwise provided for in your fees for the show, it is expected of you to provide continual care for your horse (which may include feeding and stall cleaning). Furthermore, it will be expected of you to have your horse and yourself show prepped (which means spotless) and ready to school/compete in a timely manner.”
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Derek Freeman discusses different types of hay that are prevalent in Texas, and why fall is the best season for his ranch that grows Jiggs Bermuda. Also he knows what horses like, having been raised around horses and now the owner of a beloved ranch in Katy Texas: Freeman Ranch and Stables. He also talks about the drought and why recent rain has brought back good hay for the fall.
“When owner Derek Freeman adds another trainer, he seeks to keep the quality high, and is pleased to announce Dev Branham as their newest trainer. Branham is a lifelong horse rider, having grown up around his parents’ horse training stable…” See the whole story