Where 2 Barrel Race

March 19, 2011 on 6:37 am | In Event Calendars | No Comments

M.C. Diamond Ranch Calendaris Destined to the #1 Calendar. We offer maps, up to 10 day weather, info on arena, event flyer’s, entry forms, some with arena photos, hotels and so much more. Very easy to navigate you can search by Locations, States, Date, Categories like BBR and most popular events. It is also very easy to save dates to your calendar. Some calendars look like this for a event.

June 23-25, 2011 - Jackson, Mississippi
All American Youth, Kirk Fordice Equine Center, FMI Ralph Feathers, Ralphfeathers@yahoo.com, 901-626-8994

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All American Youth Barrel Race 2011 Jackson, MS

 We have over 2000 events already for 2011. We also host the official websites for Indiana NBHA, IBRA, Illinois NBHA and Heartland Tour. Here are sample of the Events

 Heartland Tour $5500 Added Carthage MO.

Check this out making this the most complete source of upcoming events for barrel racers. Event producers add your event it is Free!!!!!

Alamo Bling Headstalls

March 8, 2011 on 2:48 pm | In Event Calendars | No Comments

M.C. Diamond Ranch now offering a line of Alamo Bling Bling Headstalls on te web site. We offer one of the “Best” price’s on the internet with a large selection of this on line.

Check out Alamo’s Beautiful leather scallop headstall with zebra hair. Each piece is adorned with Silver Crystal Square conchos.  Also look at this one Alamo’s Gorgeous Crystal on Square Cut headstall with Natural Braiding.

 We are honored to have you as a guest and excited to show you our UNIQUE tack line designs. Alamo Saddlery Breast Collars Jewelry on Tack.

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Official Heartland Tour Website

March 8, 2011 on 2:31 pm | In A Bit of Information, Event Calendars | No Comments

M.C. Diamond Ranch are pleased to host the New Official Heartland Tour Website. Check out the Hertland Tour Event Calendar they have a lot of  added $$$. We will be adding more info and updates.

Maintaining Straightness in a Pattern

March 6, 2011 on 3:32 am | In Event Calendars | No Comments

In a pattern, maintaining straightness can be the difference between first and 10th.

By AQHA Professional Horseman Jim Searles with Christine Hamilton in The American Quarter Horse Journal

If you go by the dictionary, being straight means free from curves, bends, angles and irregularities. But our show-ring patterns always have circles or half circles and bends of some kind. It’s still important to stay straight, or on line, even in those maneuvers.

Think of it like driving an automobile. When you’re approaching a bend in the road, you curve, but you still stay straight in the middle of the road. If you don’t, you veer off and end up in the woods.

When riding, to “stay in the middle of the road,” you keep the horse’s body straight, in line through his spine. It really relates to balance – when you talk about a horse being straight on a straight line or a curve, the horse is carrying his body relaxed and balanced.

A good example of a horse not carrying himself straight is a horse that is over-canted in western pleasure. The horse is going down the rail sideways: his spine is not straight, and his hips are not in line with his shoulders. In the lope, a horse has to have some lead with his hock, but he should still travel straight, with his spine in line.

A horse’s conformation affects his natural ability to travel straight, although good training and conditioning can improve it. Balanced conformation and structural correctness are hugely important to the way a horse travels, no matter what the discipline.

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Straightness and balance are keys to every great ride, whether it’s in the flat patterns – such as reining or western riding or trail – or over fences or a cattle class. That’s key to the ride. If you’re not staying balanced or straight, that’s going to affect your equitation and horsemanship.

Common Problems
Inaccurate maneuvers: trouble maintaining straightness and balance shows up in many ways.

If you are not staying straight in a trail pattern, it’ll either add or take away strides between poles, and that’s going to result in either hitting or splitting poles or missing your line of travel.

In western riding, if you don’t stay straight, your horse’s shoulders and/or hips might get out of alignment, and that’s going to affect your lead changes when you’re going down the line.

It’s the same with backing up – if you’re crooked, you’ll start hitting obstacles. You often see a rider backing straight and then start looking side to side instead of one direction, and that causes the horse to start shifting his hips. The next thing the rider knows, the horse is hitting obstacles.

In horsemanship or hunt seat equitation, not being straight will take away from the overall look and degree of difficulty of your pattern.

Molly Powell Headstall

March 3, 2011 on 4:22 am | In Event Calendars | No Comments

     

M.C. Dianond Ranch has added this beautiful collection of Molly Powell is sure to impress the competition with its unique colors and design. This Molly Powell Turquoiseis Gator Headstall made with heavy premium oak skirting, double and stitched to be durable, with a layer of turquoise alligator overlay that is accented with black alligator. Unlike anything out there, this headstall looks more like a piece of art than a part of your tack collection. The black/clear crystal conchos at the bit ends and on the Browband along with shiny dots along the edges will really help to set you apart from the crowd. The other Molly Powell Turquoiseis Gator Headstall Slide Ear Headstall has it own look. We also offer in a Molly Powell Red Gator Headstall. We have a compleat line of Molly Powell Bits, Molly Powell Saddles all at great pricig.

  

Molly Powell Breast Collar

March 3, 2011 on 3:53 am | In A Bit of Information, Event Calendars, Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

       

M.C. Diamond Ranch has all the new Molly Powell Breast Collars on the website. The all new  Molly Powell Turquoise Gator Breast Collar and the Molly Powell Red Gator Breast Collar. This beautiful collection is sure to wow the competition with its unique colors and design. Scalloped edges on this breast collar are accentuated by shiny dots. Made to last with our heavy mahogany oak wood skirting leather and turquoise alligator overlay, double and stitched. The black-clear crystal conchos will sparkle in the arena at the rodeos and add flash to this breast collar. Matching Headstall available. Make sure you also check out the Molly Powell X-Treme Series Tan Gator Breast Collar and the Molly Powell Tooled Diamond Stamped with Shell Border Breast Collar.  We have one of the best pricing on the internet check our website out.

An aggressive cow could shake the confidence of a young cow horse.

March 2, 2011 on 2:01 pm | In A Bit of Information | No Comments

Question

Hello Al,

I have a 3-year-old gelding that I thought was going nice on a cow. I had him working for a couple of weeks. He’d hold a cow in the corner, fence and push a cow that wanted to push him. Then one day I was working some cattle in a pasture, and I came on a real angry little heifer.

In all, she charged him four times, he turned on her twice and let her have both hind legs, but she still wanted to come at him. Then he quit her. I then worked two other cows, and he was a little off them but did his job and penned them.

I have not worked him since that day as I hurt my ribs later the same day. Why did he quit her, and if it happens again, how do I fix it?

Regards,
Stephen Cox
Ireland

Answer

Hi Stephen,

Thanks for your question about your young cow horse.  Three year olds are very impressionable, and it’s easy to shake their confidence.  When an aggressive cow charged her, it had to scare or worry her.  Most good cow horses are a bit afraid of cattle anyway.

Horses that are aggressive toward cattle usually do not handle and continue to stay under full control during confrontation.  We want an individual that allows us to control and dictate the movements, but still has ‘cow sense.’

Our horses “give ground” when charged.  I try not to put the colts under this duress but prefer to use older more solid, tougher-minded horses with more training.  A horse that kicks a cow is in “fear and flight,” –  a defensive mode.  This can cause injury to the horse’s mind and body. I want to put my horses in a “win” situation and keep their confidence.

– Al Dunning

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