Be sure to check the flyer you receive when you enter the grounds of Horse Progress Days to see how many other demonstrations have been added to the event.
Andrew Erb of Chestnut Ridge Morgans
This seminar will be brought by a driving horse trainer. Andrew Erb has been full time in the horse training business for about four years, but he grew up with it and the move to full time was just part of a natural progression. His dad was always supportive, and he credits his older brother for encouragement and support as well. This farm in Brinkhaven, OH has 10 horse stalls that are pretty much always filled with client horses. The client base is mostly buggy horse people with the occasional show horse, and once in a while a saddle horse, thrown in. The breed specialty for this farm is Morgans, but the horses trained are by no means restricted to one breed. Most of the horses are youngsters; some of his regular customers bring him two or four horses every year to work with.
Natural horsemanship is the approach, which means horses are trained to respond to requests, rather than forced into submission. The value of the kind of training that you will observe in the round pen demonstrations at Horse Progress Days is of great significance, especially for horses. There has been a major shift in what is considered good horsemanship in the last 20-30 years. The shift has had a significant impact on relationships between horses and humans, a great improvement that can lead to high levels of satisfaction for horses and people. And, many approaches to improving relationships between horses and people can be applied people to people as well!
Monroe Miller of Hidden View Ranch
High-headed, hard mouthed, unresponsive; soft-in-the-bridle: which of these sounds more appealing to you? Monroe Miller is a full-time horse and rider trainer. He will bring an older horse to the round pen that needs to be taught how to become soft; from nose to tail. Some horse’s heads go up as soon as they are mounted. When asked to stop or turn they pull against the bit. The ultimate experience for horse and rider is one in which they understand one another, paying close attention to cues that are sent between them.
On his 92 acre farm in Fresno, Ohio, Monroe raises quarter horses and keeps several head of horses in training for clients. He is an experienced clinician and is acting as coordinator for the 2021 round pen clinics. He has been full time in the horse business for 10 years. He trains horses from a lot of different disciplines to be soft. In other words, his is basic training from which a variety of disciplines can be built, from pleasure to dressage. Participants in this seminar, by listening closely, should be able to pick up riding relational tips since a horse can be well-trained by a professional only to resort to old habits if the rider remains untrained.
Lost Mule Company
Leon Raber has a reputation as a mule man, but he works with horses too. All of his work is with riding, whether horses or mules. He has had customers come to him from a lot of different places to take advantage of his years of experience. He trains their animals so that they can use and enjoy them as they want to. This is his full time work. He also does some clinics so this will not be his “first rodeo.” His specialty is starting young colts, and this is what he will be demonstrating in his round pen seminar. He has competed in numerous training competitions, taking a young untrained mule and making a champion. Leon has a jack to breed some of his own mares and also some outside mares. His interest in horses is part of his earliest memories; he’s a natural. If you visit his farm you will find all kinds of riding horses and mules on hand, including a mustang or two. His place is just three miles north of Mount Hope.
Joe Bowman has a lot of experience when it comes to fitting a working horse with properly fitted working accessories; harness, bridle, collar. Any size horse or pony is not too much of a challenge. Joe has a self-described passion for properly fitted collars and harness; so much so that he keeps on hand in the shop a hame bending tool. If a horse develops sore shoulders after heavy work, maybe the collar isn’t fitting properly. But then again, if changing the collar doesn’t work, maybe the hames aren’t fitting the contours of the horse’s neck as well as they could. It could be that bending the hames to conform to the neck might solve the problem. This will be an interesting seminar. Joe will probably bring along his bending tool and if the situation warrants, he might even demonstrate it. A hame bending tool, it seems, is a very special piece. A quick search of the internet yielded many steel bending tools and machines, but no hame benders.