Thursday, April 30, 2009

Zen Horse

Horse Tip of the Week
By Clinton Anderson

Picking up your Horses Feet:

Many people encounter problems when picking up their horse’s feet. Whether the horse won’t let you hold his foot up or he kicks out at you, most of these problems are fear-based and can be helped by using my “approach and retreat” desensitizing method.

The first thing you should be able to do is rub your hands all over the horse’s legs. If he’s really sensitive, stay up by the horse’s shoulder where you won’t get kicked or hurt and rub him all over with the handy stick first. Once he relaxes and is comfortable with this, you can start using your hands. Start high up on his leg where he is less sensitive and more used to contact, then work your way down a little bit at a time. If he begins to get nervous as you’re sliding your hand down his leg, just hold your hand there until he stands still and relaxes. As soon as he relaxes, remove your hand. Keep doing this until you can slide your hand all the way down the front and the back legs without the horse getting uncomfortable.

Now take your lead rope and shimmy it up and down all four of the horse’s legs. When he’s used to this, put the lead behind his fetlock and pull up. As soon as the horse lifts his foot, release the pressure. If you can get your horse to lift his foot with the lead rope, you’re ready to start cueing him with your hand.

As soon as the horse lifts his foot, release the pressure. Only make him lift his foot for a second or two the first time. It’s very important that you release the pressure before the horse takes his foot away from you. The second you feel him wanting to put his foot down, release his foot even faster — beat him to it! That way he thinks it was your idea, not his, and he feels rewarded.
Remember, handling feet is a process that takes time. When first handling a horse’s feet, you can’t just grab his foot and expect him to respond well. Instead, work up to it by using these simple steps to prepare him for having his foot held up. If you’ll take the time now and work up to it a second or two at a time, having your horse behave when his feet are being handled will no longer be an issue.

Happy Trails,


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Damn Good Stuff

Restless Sea

My mind is a restless sea of thoughts.
Ideas come as waves,
radiating outward from my inner being.
A storm, causing ripples that thrash about in all directions.
With no form or shape,
peaking, then crashing without discretion,
a useless power.
Then,time and motion
commence with duty.
Aligning and combining my mental forces,
transforming scattered waves
to an organized swell
of untapped potential.
Groomed by opposing forces
of persuasive energy
the waves are shaped,
ideas take form.
marching in unison
their force can not be denied.
Exploding with precision,
over the sands of time.

Hanging out at the ocean

Damn Good Stuff!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

Tip this Tuesday by Neale Donald Walsh

Your favorite number is lucky for you.

Whatever your "favorite number" is, use it! Use it a lot!
It is lucky for you! Why? Because by having it as a
"favorite number" all your life, you have embued it with
tons and tons of positive energy.

This means that it now attracts positive energy,
like a magnet. The energy that anything has is the energy
you give it. This includes people, events...and numbers.
Why does a "lucky charm" work?
Because you say that it does.

Great Tip this Tuesday!

I believe it!!!

You'll see it when you BELIEVE IT!!!


Monday, April 27, 2009

On The Road Again

Hollywood Charity hosted by William Shatner is in the books.

It has been two years since I set up at this nice event.

Let's talk about set up. 100+ record breaking degrees. Wow after leaving Park City Utah and a week prior that was filled with 3 foot of snowfall my body was in shock.

What a nice surprise we had when Loren Skyhorse walked into our set up. We invited him to set up with us in our front and center spot. His saddles and accessories add a class and beauty that is definitely and eye catcher.

Catching William Shatner's eye's of course. To own a Skyhorse Collection Saddle is a treasure. I feel very confident he will own one real soon. William owns a new Burns Saddlery hat. Always fun to sell to a celeb!!!

With the last of the Lucchese Boots loaded in the trailer, tents dropped and stored away for the next show, a much needed and deserved few days off are on tap.

I have put in a few hours this past year. A record certainly for me. 180 some odd days straight. The pacific ocean is calling my name. I will spend a day walking, reading, listening, exploring and just peeling layers.

Next week we travel to Tulare California for the BRND California Championships. For now it is R&R California Style.

Hanging Loose,


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Inspire Me

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. ~George Santayana

The changing of seasons is one of my favorite past times, to watch the new life come forth in spring refreshes my soul. To feel the first hot summer night and smell the flowers in full bloom. To view the leaves as they age and become full with color all the while drying and dying. The first refreshing reverent snowfall turning shades of green to elegant white.

Enjoying the transition.

Tomorrow I get to go put my toe in the ocean, my first visit in awhile.

Living life and loving it,


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

My review today is the book,

It's Not About the Money
By Bob Proctor

I downloaded this book on my IPod a few weeks ago and have listened to it several times. You may know Bob Proctor from the movie The Secret. I was drawn to this one evening when I was looking for a new book to download.

I have been trying to figure out a way to attract more money into my life. I want to be able to keep all my financial obligations as a business owner paid in a timely manner. When I read this title it intrigued me, I was looking for a book that would help me attract money, then instantly I read the title: It's Not About the Money! I read who the author was, when it was Bob Proctor I clicked on, buy it now.

I believe in the law of attraction and like to study and read material about it. Bob's enthusiasm and passion is addicting.

A person's overall attitude is a composite of their thoughts, feelings, and their actions, not one or two but all working together. Not one or two but all working together which includes the environment we were raised, the education we were given and the people and events that have influenced our lives. Each persons attitudes are completely unique.

As human beings we think in pictures. Your mind exists in every part of your body, if you think of something painful in your life, your neck or back muscles may tighten.
Your mind can heal your body, but your body can't heal your mind.

Through the media we are compounded with 10,000's of images per day. If you are surrounded with negative images and material your subconscious mind stores these and you will more than likely be a negative person.

Choosing what materials we choose to put in our mind is critical to what we will create with our minds. Today's thoughts create our tomorrows.

The title of this book, it's not about the money, is very similar to "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. I like how Bob takes Napoleon studies and directs it into a newer version of this 7 decade old classic.

Taking responsibility for the circumstances of our lives is crucial. Once we figure out the working of the mind we learn that as James Allen said, "Circumstances don't make a man they reveal him."

I highly recommend this book to all those that want to constantly evolve and change their lives to create more of the things they desire.

As Earl Nightingale stated: Good Luck is where preparedness meets opportunity.

Working and learning about life in Southern California!


Friday, April 24, 2009

Funny Friday

A motorcycle patrolman was rushed to the hospital with an inflamed appendix.

The doctors operated and advised him that all was well.

However, the patrolman kept feeling something pulling at the hairs in his crotch.

Worried that it might be a second surgery the doctors hadn't told him about, he finally got enough energy to pull his hospital gown up enough so he could look at what was making him so uncomfortable.

Taped firmly across his pubic hair were three wide strips of adhesive tape, the kind that doesn't come off easily.

Written in large black letters was the sentence.
"Get well quick..... from the nurse you gave a ticket to last week."


Revenge can be sweet!!!


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Zen Horse

Fly Season Approching

To practice my approach and retreat method for desensitizing your horse to fly spray, first fill an empty fly spray bottle with water. (If you don’t have one, just pour the fly spray into another container to use later once you’ve solved your problem — this will keep you from wasting your fly spray!) Put a halter and lead rope on your horse and take him somewhere he can move his feet — but can’t get completely away from you — like a round pen or a small arena. Do not tie him up.Now, follow these simple steps:

Step 1 To desensitize your horse to fly spray, you first have to desensitize the air around him. Let’s face it, mate, if I can’t spray the air around my horse there’s no way he’s going to actually let me spray it on him. If he moves away, I just hold onto that lead rope, keeping his head tipped toward me, and move with him, continuing to spray the air with rhythm. Keep this up until he stands still and relaxes. The minute he stops moving his feet and shows you a sign of relaxation, immediately stop spraying.

Step 2 Once he’s comfortable with my spraying the air around him, I’ll begin to desensitize my horse’s topline, or as I like to call it, his “weather shield,” by spraying along his withers and back, then his hindquarters, and then and back up to his neck. If he moves around, I just keep moving with him and spraying just as I did in step one. When he stops and relaxes, you stop and relax.

Step 3 When my horse is comfortable with my spraying his topline, I move on to more sensitive areas like his legs, belly and face using the same approach and retreat method I did in the first two steps. If at any time the horse reacts to my spraying a certain area, I just continue to spray it until he stands still and relaxes, and then I retreat.

Repeat this lesson for several days or until your horse stands still and relaxes while you spray every part of his body. Some horses are more sensitive than others, so how long this takes depends on your horse’s temperament and how consistent you are. Then, replace the water with actual fly spray and you’re good to go!

Above all, mate, don’t act like anything’s different when you spray the real fly spray on your horse. Even after doing this exercise, a lot of people still tend to sneak around when they first try to spray their horse with real fly spray. Don’t. With horses, if you act like there’s going to be a problem with something, the horse will think there’s something to fear. After a few days of using my approach and retreat method for desensitizing your horse to fly spray, neither you nor your horse will ever give fly spray a second thought.

Tips by Clinton Anderson

Excited to saddle up and apply fly spray. Back country horse rides coming up!!!

Happy Trails,


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Damn Good Stuff

This lady is incredible.

Her enthusiasm is contagious.

She makes me want to get to know her and spend time with her.

Living definitely in the top 2%. I love to study, meet and emulate successful people.

At 88 years young she inspires me to LIVE!!! Imagine to be able to live that positive in the world of politics. WOW!!!!

Thanks Lisa for sending this to me, you also INSPIRE me! Lisa Skyhorse is simply the best leather carver in the world. Her and her husband Loren create timeless works of art out of leather. I have known them now for many years and feel so blessed to call them my friends. Check out their product on their website or stop by and see several of their works at our Park City location, Burns Cowboy Shop.

Have a inspired day,


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Monday, April 20, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

Great Spring Cleaning tips

When you dust, start at the top and work down.
Take all your cleaning tools, avoid unnecessary trips back and forth.
Clean as you go! It takes a lot less time to remove new dirt than old.
Leave baking soda on carpeting over night will absorb musty odors
Make a checklist of chores to get organized first.
Wash walls from the bottom up, to avoid streaking.
Use old socks as mitts for cleaning difficult wood work.
Wash small knickknacks instead of dusting.
To removing heel marks , take pencil eraser and rub them off.
Don't mix cleaning products. Ammonia and bleach are toxic.
Remember common cleaners such as windex and comet meet this don't do rule.
Allowing cleaners to set for several minutes will ease the cleaning job.

My favorite cleaning tip:

Hire a professional, it's fun, it's easy, and you don't have to worry about mixing toxic products.

I do what I do best and hire those who do what they do best, for all of the rest of you follow the insturctions above.

Doing what I love and loving what I do, the rest I leave to Penny and Yani!

Sorry Mom, I know you tried!


On The Road Again

California here I come!!!!

Ski season #1 is in the books!

Yesterday with temperatures nearing 70 degrees, rocks starting to appear on the lower part of the ski runs the 2008/2009 ski season came to an end. Extended one week because of the incredible late spring snow fall that occurred just days ago.

I now am sitting in a truck wash in Victorville California, as temperatures reach near 100 degrees. Less than a week ago I was watching the snow pile up on the large pine trees in my backyard.

As one door closes another one opens. Ski season over, show season just beginning.

Destination Burbank, California, home of the the LA Equestrian Center and the William Shatter Hollywood Charity. This fun filled event combines the top reining horses in a 5 day event along with a open horse show. Saturday night the celebrates gather as William Shatter hosts a charity event with entertainment provided by Willy Nelson.

Tomorrow we set up the show in record breaking heat, departing from record breaking snow fall last week. Amazing!!! My body is saying what the hell!

Wintering in Park City, setting up and selling in California in summer temperatures. Enjoying the extremes!!!

After one week in Burbank, it's off to the beach for a couple of days before heading to Tulare California for the BRND 4-D Championships.

Spontaneously living life, and loving it!

Back On The Road Again,


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Inspire Me

Getting to Know You

The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.
Thomas Carlyle

Getting to know yourself better takes courage. It is far easier to hide behind a mask than to see yourself as you really are. There are many who think they're the center of the universe, and they have a problem.

If you wish to know yourself and change for the better, you need to accept your inadequacies, fears, weaknesses, mistakes, and more. If you need others present constantly to entertain and distract you, then you are afraid to be still and know yourself.

So spend some time being totally alone and see how you feel. If you are comfortable, then I would say you are in the process of knowing yourself. Knowing yourself means being willing to be with yourself. Once you can do that, the frantic search for distraction and escape will stop ruling your life and you can choose to fill your life with the things that bring you joy.

Taken from Dr. Bernie Siegel's book
365 Prescriptions for the Soul

Even if it feels uncomfortable, go away with yourself and spend some time together getting to know yourself. You may find that you are great company.



Friday, April 17, 2009

Funny Friday

The husband was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife as she turned back and forth, looking at herself in the mirror.

Since her birthday was not far off, he asked what she'd like to have for her birthday.

"I'd like to be six again," she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her birthday, he arose early, made her a big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park.

What a day!

He put her on every ride in the park: the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, every ride in the park. Five hours later they staggered out of the park.

Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside-down.
He then took her to McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, with popcorn, soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's.

What a fabulous adventure!

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted.

He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, "Well dear, what was it like being six again?" Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed."

I meant my dress size, you dumb ass!

"Moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he's going to get it wrong.


Happy Trails,


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week: By Clinton Anderson

If worming your horse has become a nightmare, try sweetening the deal with the following steps to worming success.

Plan ahead several days before you actually need to worm your horse and spend a few minutes each day working through the following steps. Throughout this process, remember to use approach and retreat. Don’t tie your horse up, but instead work with him in an enclosed area like an arena or round pen where he can move his feet.

Step 1 Desensitize your horse’s face and mouth by rubbing your hands all over his face and putting your fingers in his mouth. You have to be able to do this step without resistance before you will be able to worm your horse.

Step 2 Desensitize the air space around your horse’s head with the wormer by moving the tubeall around his head on all sides without touching him.

Step 3 Desensitize your horse’s head and mouth with the wormer by rubbing it all over, just like you did with your hands and fingers.

Step 4 Teach the horse the cue to open his mouth by inserting your thumb into the corner of his mouth. As soon as he opens his mouth, take your thumb out. Use the approach and retreat method when you do this.

Step 5 Insert the wormer into the horse’s mouth, and then retreat. When you take the wormer out, rub the tube all over the horse’s face. After you rub his face, put the tube in his mouth again, and then take it out. Repeat this process until the horse is comfortable with it.

Step 6 Repeat Step 5, but this time, actually give the horse the wormer. If my horse is really hard to worm, I’ll first put honey in the dispenser and “worm” him with honey for five days so he associates being wormed with something that tastes good. On the sixth day use the actual wormer, and then follow up with a few more days of “worming” him with honey to help your horse remember worming as a sweet experience — even if he did get that one bad batch of honey!

Happy Trails,


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Damn Good Stuff

BORN 1920-1979

FOR ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants &children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were OK.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ridedown the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chatrooms....... WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and best inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good .

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

I love this email ! I received it from several of my friends born in those decades. We are survivors and very self sufficient.

Age, Wisdom, Accountability,

Damn Good Stuff!!!


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday


Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop.

Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink.

For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.
Remember to use a timer.

A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.

If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives; then you'll be afraid to cough.

You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.

Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

Funny Tips this Tuesday!!!!

Happy Trails,


Monday, April 13, 2009

On The Road Again


First barrel race of the season is in the books. A big thank you to all who attended, sponsored, worked, and contributed in any way. What a outstanding event, held at the beautiful remodeled Blackhawk Arena in Salina Utah.

Horse Events Inc. and Burns Saddlery Inc. sponsor four of these events per year. The next event is held May 15-17th.

A reunion of horse enthusiasts spending up to a week, working with their horses and spending time with family and reuniting with friends.

Also in the books is ski season one for Burns Cowboy Shop in Park City, Utah. What a wonderful first season it has been. I look back in amazement at how fun ,and incredible the adventure has been.

The hustling Park City now waits for the transition into the busy summer season. It gives me a chance to follow up on all the things that were put away during "the season". And get ready for the first summer season in this beautiful resort town.

They always say, you come to Park City for the snow, but you live in Park City for the summers.

Not sure where the roads will lead me in the following weeks, a little R&R, a little switching of inventory, a little planning for my future , a little time planting seeds , and as always a lot of fun doing it all.

Doing what I love and loving what I do!!!!


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Inspire Me

Written by an Australian Dentist

To Kill an American

You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is . So they would know when they found one.
(Good one, mate!!!!)

'An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish , Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan. An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.

An American is Christian , or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan . The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion...... For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world.
The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence , which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.An American is generous.

Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return......... When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!
As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan ..

The national symbol of America , The Statue of Liberty , welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed.
These in fact are the people who built America Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11 , 2001 earning a better life for their families. It's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

So you can try to kill an American if you must.. Hitler did. So did General Tojo , and Stalin , and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself . Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom.

Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.

This was sent to me by my friend Paul. Thank you!

I was looking for something inspirational this Easter Sunday. Why not something patriotic!!!

To the land of the free and the home of the brave!!!!!

Happy Easter,


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

2 bunches spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
4 cups sliced strawberries
1 pkg. of silvered almonds
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

You may use your favorite poppy seed dressing from the store as a easy substitute for the dressing.

In a large bowl, toss together the spinach and strawberries.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, paprika, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds. Pour over the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat.

This is one of my favorite easy salads.

It's Strawberry Season!!!



Friday, April 10, 2009

Funny Friday

Housework was a woman's job,
but one evening,
Jenny arrived home from work to find the
children bathed,
one load of laundry in the washer and another in the dryer.
Dinner was on the stove, and the table set.
She was astonished!
It turns out that Ralph had read an article that said,
'Wives who work full-time and had to do their own housework were too tired to have sex'.
The night went very well.
The next day, she told her office friends all about it,
We had a great dinner.
Ralph even cleaned up the kitchen.
He helped the kids do their homework,
folded all the laundry and put it away.
I really enjoyed the evening.
''But what about afterward?' asked her friends.'
Oh, that ...., Ralph was too tired..'

(Thank God I'm Female)

Thanks tall girl for sending me material. You are one lucky girl, Casey does all of that and never is too tired!!!!



Thursday, April 9, 2009

Zen Horse

One of the best ways to teach your horse to lope slow on a loose rein is the Cruising Lesson. It also helps establish a gas pedal which will help you control impulsion in later exercises and will make your horse responsible for maintaining the gait you set until you tell him to do something else. For you, this exercise will also help build your confidence, a more secure seat and better balance.

The trouble is, most people do the Cruising Lesson once or twice and they think they’re done with it. For the Cruising Lesson to work the way it’s supposed to, I recommend Cruising at the canter for 10-20 minutes a day for seven days in a row. Don’t have seven days in a row to ride? No worries! Just Cruise with your horse at the canter for 10 minutes or so every time you ride him, and when he can maintain a good consistent lope for 10 minutes without your having to correct him, you’ll know he’s ready to move on to more advanced exercises.

Horsemanship Tip of the Week
By Clinton Anderson

I need to start me a Cruising Lesson, or as others call it daily exercise!!!

Happy Trails


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Damn Good Stuff

The husband had just finished reading a new book entitled,


He stormed to his wife in the kitchen and
announced, 'From now on, you need to know that I am the man of this
and my word is Law.

You will prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I'm finished
my meal, you will serve me a sumptuous dessert.

After dinner, you are going to go upstairs with me and we will
have the
kind of sex that I want.

Afterwards, you are going to draw me a bath so I can relax.

You will wash my back and towel me dry and bring me my robe.

Then, you will massage my feet and hands.

Then tomorrow, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?

The wife replied, 'The freaking' funeral director would be my first


Damn Good Stuff!


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dream Big

"Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality."— Earl Nightingale: Author, The Strangest Secret, Lead the Field

I love Earl Nightingale!!

I use his quotes often, and his book Lead the Field is definitely in my top 10 best all time books. I enjoy the audio version because of his deep voice and enthusiasm he portrays while reading his work.

Today's thoughts do create our tomorrows. I read once that our conscious mind only retains as long as you can remember a phone number when directory assistance gives it to you, before writing it down. If your like me that's short. I say it over and over again, desperate to hurry and write it down before it vanishes into infinity.

Subconscious, is thoughts put in our head, either by what we choose to read, listen, watch, and our surroundings in general. That is why it is so important to surround yourself with positive, people, materials, and most importantly direct your thoughts to strength, happiness, health, wealth, joy, love, bliss, all the things we truly want in our lives.

It really is easy. When you feel bad, that is a sensor telling you are attracting what you don't want, and what you don't want is on it's way if you continue to think those thoughts of sadness, anger, disappointment, etc.

When you feel good, you know you are thinking the thoughts that will align you with what you truly want. Feelings are wonderful sign posts that help you know where your thoughts are taking you. Don't be upset with them, be glad you have them.

While Dreaming Big, feel what you want, get happy, feel joyous, feel the appreciation in your heart for receiving it. Know it is coming, and the magic begins to flow.

With appreciation for all,


Monday, April 6, 2009

On The Road Again

Busy, Busy, Busy, week!!!!

Flew to El Paso, Tx. yesterday.

Today design new boots for fall, business meetings to mastermind the upcoming seasons.

Fly to Park City tonight, sleep a few hours, then head south.

I have not been to Salina since Christmas Day. Excitement feels my soul. Grand kids hugs are the best!!!! Share fun with the family, and host hundreds of barrel racers for our first barrel race of 2009! This year a week full of fun, with jackpots, seminars, leading up to the big money races that kickoff on Saturday and Sunday.

Destiny, my middle child has worked her tail off getting this race ready. Kudos to her and the outstanding Horse Events Inc. Team!!!! They are amazing!

Scott and I will head back to Park City Thursday to run shop, then it's right back to Salina and Blackhawk Arena to help out with the rest of the weeks activities. A big thank you to Tall and Short Girl for stepping in and helping out up at Park City. The Burns Team is incredible, I feel so fortunate to be involved with such wonderful people. Well I better sign off and get back on
the road again.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Inspire Me


Spiritual strength depends on spiritual posture.

Rabbi Laibl Wolf

Why is man's posture upright while most of the animal world's posture is horizontal? Why is our spine built to have us walk on two legs instead of four? Maybe it is a sign of what our lives should be like. Perhaps we should be reaching for a higher level of living and not just living by instinct, as other animals do.

Our spine also reminds us of the balance between those at the top and those at the bottom. This is not about evaluating the importance of an individual life but understanding that we are all important and that we all rely on each other. The feet cannot go anywhere unless the feet carry it.

The key is to be aligned in an upright position and work to accomplish higher things with our lives.

Taken from Dr. Bernie Siegel's book:

365 Prescriptions for the Soul

Become upright in your life, relationships and work.



Saturday, April 4, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Strawberry Shortcake

3 pints fresh strawberries
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
2 cups whipped heavy cream

Slice the strawberries and toss them with 1/2 cup of white sugar. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease and flour one 8 inch round cake pan.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons white sugar and the salt. With a pastry blender cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add the beaten egg and milk. Stir until just combined.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool partially in pan on wire rack.
Slice partially cooled cake in half, making two layers. Place half of the strawberries on one layer and top with the other layer. Top with remaining strawberries and cover with the whipped cream.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Funny Friday

This woman rushed to see her doctor, looking very much worried and all strung out.
She rattles off: “Doctor, take a look at me.
When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face!
What’s WRONG with me, Doctor!?”
The doctor looks her over for a couple of minutes, then calmly says:
“Well, I can tell you that there ain’t nothing wrong with your eyesight….”

Damn Mirrors!!!!



Thursday, April 2, 2009

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week
By Clinton Anderson

Post for Better Balance:

Whether you ride English or western, compete or trail ride, we all have one thing in common and that’s to be the best horsemen we can be. A truly great horseman moves as one with their horse and has extremely good balance. One of the best ways to develop good balance with a horse is to learn how to post to the trot. The trot is a two beat diagonal gait, and when you post correctly, you’ll be sitting one beat and raising the next. In order to stay in rhythm with your horse, you must have good balance and be in time with his feet.

Most people make learning to post difficult, but in reality, it’s as simple as this:

Learn to post at the standstill first by practicing the up and down motion – this way you don’t have to worry about your balance as much as when the horse is moving. Start out by standing up in the stirrups and act like you’re going to head butt the ceiling. Then sit down. Remember that you have to have rhythm so as you stand up and sit down, count out loud to yourself – “one, two; one, two; or up, down; up, down.” You’ll find that whatever comes out of your mouth, your body will often follow. Notice that one, two or up, down has two beats to it, the exact same beat your horse’s feet will have when he’s trotting.

Practice the same motion of posting (up, down; up, down) at the walk. This will be a little trickier since the horse is moving, but it’s important to practice the up, down motion while you’re going slow before jumping straight to the trot. Remember to keep a consistent rhythm.

Now practice posting at the trot. Put the horse on a loose rein at the trot and let him go wherever he wants – don’t steer him. By letting the horse go wherever he wants, you will only have to worry about moving up and down and finding a rhythm, not steering him and worrying about where he’s going. Of course, you want to practice in a safe arena or pasture. As you post to the trot, remember to keep counting out loud to yourself and focus on establishing a consistent rhythm. You’ll find that at first you’ll be flopping and bouncing all over the saddle, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be moving in rhythm with your horse in no time.

Happy Posting,


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Damn Good Stuff

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class.
The class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism."All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided that since they could not make an A, they studied less.
The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for anyone else.
All failed to their great surprise just as the professor told them that socialism would ultimately fail because the harder people try to succeed the greater their reward, but when a government takes all the reward away; no one will try or succeed.

Democracy....Damn Good Stuff!!!

Thanks for sending this to me Hagd.