2011 Horse Breeders and Owners Conference

This session will provide an overview of a model for resolving conflict and discuss strategies for avoiding issues that lead to conflict.

altLinda Jesse

Linda Jesse is a mediator and arbitrator, managing a private practice in conflict resolution for nine years before retiring to live in the country and develop VJ Stables. Through her experience on both sides of the horse boarder/facility owner relationship, Linda provides a unique perspective on why conflicts develop and how to achieve sustainable resolutions.

Conflict can be defined as the perceived opposition of needs, values, wishes or external demands that result in stress or tension.  The word ‘perceived’ in this definition is critical, for it allows us to consider that the conflict may simply be born out of misunderstanding.  The most common contributor to a misunderstanding is missing information.  All we need to do is provide the same information to all the relevant parties and surely we shall all see the light.  This sounds pretty simple and in fact it can be.

In every industry there are standards and practices that provide for clarity and consistent treatment of similar circumstances.  Standards are neutral.  Rules can be applied universally.  Policies and procedures can ensure consistency.  The rent is due on the first of the month.  A widely accepted standard that rarely invites debate.  All riders participating in lessons must wear a certified riding helmet.  A policy easily applied.  Please keep this door closed.  A polite rule that all can follow.  We must first develop effective standards, rules, practices and policies to avoid conflict.


This session will focus on the principals of both natural and traditional hoof care with a practioner of each methodology presenting. Art Gallais will present information on traditional hoof trimming and shoeing. Lane Moore on the philosophies of natural or barefoot hoof care.

altArt Gallais

Art Gallais has been involved in the farrier business since his graduation from the Olds College Farrier Program in 1973. He decided to stay in Olds and begin a practice in the area, due to its central Alberta location and large horse population. Art also began work at Olds College as a Farrier Program assistant in 1974. In 1985 he became the head instructor for the Farrier Program at Olds College and continued his career there until he retired in 1998. Since retiring from the college Art has maintained a full time shoeing practice.

What is Tradition Hoof Care?  What is Natural Hoof Care?


Understanding A Horse’s Brace: Deepening the Horseman’s Pursuit

Training a horse can be a difficult task but amidst all of the ideas there are certain primary concepts to understand that will change the way you look at horses. Gaining the ability to sense what is happening in your horse and understanding the implications will take your horsemanship to another level. This session will focus on what is happening in your horses as they experience situations, beginning in the mind and following its response into the body. The journey of this experience will explain aspects of lameness, correct self-carriage and true leadership.

altJosh Nichol

Josh Nichol is a trainer and clinician based in Western Canada who specializes in freeing the horse from resistance and helping riders better communicate with their equine partners. Josh’s training philosophies have been featured in several publications including Equus, Horse-Canada and Western Horse Review.

Most people who are involved with horses will, at one time or another, face the struggles of having to deal with unexplainable lameness in their horse.The horse inquestion may at some point have been difficult to train yet managed to blossom into an overall workable saddle horse. There are no obvious tell-tale signs that can help identify the source of the pain.  Over time the problem persists, the soreness comes and goes and soon the horse is believed to suffer from chronic lameness that renders him unsuitable for riding.

Some horses that find themselves in this predicament were pushed extensively as youngsters and weren’t offered the chance of building the necessary strength to get through life without significant lameness.Many horses however, are the unfortunate victims of a widespread problem that is plaguing the horse world: horses being worked in a state of mental anxiety who are therefore in a consistent state of brace. These situations are far more rider focused then horse focused. How the horse feels is not considered, but obedience and submission are primary.


altSeveral decision making pathways and plans to determine if euthanasia is a viable option will be discussed along with methods and reasons for horse owners to consider.  

Carolyn Stull

Dr. Carolyn Stull, PhD is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis.  Her research projects have focused on long-term transportation stress in horses, nutritional rehabilitation programs for starved animals, the glycemic index of common equine feeds, and the characterization of unwanted horses relinquished to non-profit rescue facilities throughout the US.     

Examining the process of euthanasia for horses is a combination of concepts including those with a cultural, emotional, and scientific basis.  None of these components can stand alone; however, this talk will discuss and describe some of the major topics that horse owners may find useful and helpful in the care and management of their horses, especially with the tough decision of euthanasia. 

Euthanasia is defined as “the intentional causing of a painless and easy death to a patient suffering from an incurable or painful disease” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1996). The term euthanasia is derived from the Greek words eu meaning well or good and thanatos, or death; thus, often combined to “good death.”  Applied to horses and other animals, it is the humane termination of the life of an animal with minimal distress, anxiety, and pain. 


Peggy Brown explains how Centered Driving techniques apply to all types of driving including pleasure, draft and combined driving. Learn how to achieve independent seat and hands, clear intent, and exercises to improve balance and movement in the driving horse. This lecture will appeal to both beginner and experienced drivers. 

Peggy Brown

altPeggy Brown is a Centered Riding and Driving instructor and the co-author and producer of the best selling videos Anatomy In Motion - The Visible Horse and Anatomy In Motion - The Visible Rider. Peggy and her Haflinger mare Ulie were long listed for several years with the US Equestrian Team in combined driving. In 2005, Peggy was awarded the Instructor of the Year Award by the American Riding Instructor Association.

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Centered Driving is an adaptation of the principles and techniques devised by Sally Swift in her popular book Centered Riding published in 1985.   Centered Riding is not a new type of riding but rather a new way of utilizing and expressing classical principles of riding and working with horses.   Centered Riding and Centered Driving not only address the hows of horsemanship but also the whats and whys of effective communication with the horse.

Centered Riding is founded on four components that Ms. Swift refers to as "the four basics".   These four basics are : Soft Eyes, Breathing, Centering, and Building Blocks.   Awareness of  these four basics will have a profound effect on the ability of an individual to communicate clearly and effectively with the horse whether riding, driving or work in hand.   When the driver becomes aware of his own body, inner balance, and clear control, the horse will respond with increased freedom, forward motion and suppleness.   A horse who is balanced and in clear communication with his handler moves with a unique freedom and joy that cannot be duplicated artificially.



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