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The Story of Topaz and Casper Part III

Topaz learned to trailer. While we waited for some pics of Topaz and Caspar, his surrogate mum, we thought we would share some images of life at La Mancha with Topaz (he left yesterday). Since he had to travel, Manolo and Chantelle worked with him to make going up into the trailer and
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The Story of Topaz and Casper Part II (video clip)

While Topaz was here at La Mancha, the whole team got involved in feeding every 2 hours and making sure he did not get depressed. He played, moved, investigated and received some good scratches. Thank you Jenny for letting us share Topaz will all the people who care for him. Here is a
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The Story of Topaz and Casper Part I

It begun like this: DEC 31, 2013. URGENT: NURSE MARE NEEDED FOR FIVE DAYS OLD COLT. We need a nurse mare for Topaz, Clint’s new baby. Tragically, our very dear friend Jenny has just lost her beloved mare to complications and little Topaz is now an orphan. Everyone is pitching in
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We wish you a very Happy New Year 2014! With a fun Clip

This year is the Year of the Horse and we have decided to do something a little different to celebrate the next twelve months by putting a spotlight on education. But first, a little riding levity! First, starting in January, we will be sharing a dozen articles on Manolo’s websi
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What does your horse's tail tell you?

Does your horse’s tail swing?

If a horse’s tail gets caught between his hind legs he is not using his body properly. If the tail lays flat and listless these are clues that energy, messages and feedback from the brain to the body and back may not be traveling up and down his spine properly. If the tail is cl
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How well does your tack fit?

Another view of the horse’s anatomy which should prompt us to check our tack carefully and think about how we use our hands and interact with the horse’s face when we discipline or reward him. This image was loaned to us by Professor of Veterinary Anatomy and Veterinarian,
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On balance and collection…

“Balance and collection cannot be hurried, forced or taken. Both comes from within the horse. They are born not just from developing the horse’s body, his straightness, strength and suppleness but from tending to his mind and heart and carefully cultivating his desire to w
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Facial Nerves and the Importance of Proper Bridle Fitting.

Image © Diane Schell This is something Manolo is quite fanatical about, always adjusting nosebands, flashes, browbands and making sure the buckles do not push into delicate structures or the poll strap does not push against the horse’s ears (and of course checking bit fit). A qu
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Manolo on the Half-Halts…

In the two images above, Manolo is schooling and preparing for pirouette work. The first image is a medium trot and the second a step of pirouette. “Some schools define the half halt as a hold and release with or without a stopping of the back or hands for a couple of seconds or
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