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Tips for Desensitizing Your Puppy

Horses and dogs go together like peanut butter and jelly — almost all horse people are also dog people. I’ve always loved dogs, but I didn’t become a dog owner until I was an adult; growing up in the city my family always had cats. Our first dog, Rocky, was just about the easiest puppy you could ever have, while Kona (our new labradoodle) is much more of your typical puppy, From puppy #1 to puppy #2, we learned a lot, and one thing we did differently with Kona was immediately enroll her in puppy preschool, where we learned some great tips on desensitizing your puppy.

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My first 3' fence ever

Armand Lacayo Clinic

I’ve been bitten by the clinic bug. This winter, I participated in my first clinic ever, with local hunter trainer and judge Scott DeHelian and had a wonderful experience. Some of the things I learned, I’ve been working on all winter and spring! So when our barn manager set up a clinic with one of her former college instructors, I signed up. A relatively cheap lesson with no travel required sounds like a win-win to me!

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I love her canter

The Happiest Little Hunter Pony

Over  the winter (and into early spring), Moiya is my main ride — she we hack 3-4 days per week and take one jumping lesson. Our rides are never long, usually 20-30 minutes tops because Moiya pretty much is what she is. She comes out with different personalities sometimes, but there’s not a whole lot to be done to change it that day. If she’s hot and spicy, you won’t work it out of her that’s for sure, so you just roll with it. Honestly though, our rides are usually super short because she’s just so damn good. And ever since we’ve been able to consistently ride outside, Moiya has not only been good, she’s been just plain happy.

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