Reinsman Ultimate Performance Saddle Pad

April 23, 2011 on 2:36 am | In Event Calendars | No Comments

Be the first to see the full line Reinsman Ultimate Performance Saddle Pads at M.C. Diamond Ranch  All at one of the Best Price you can find.

Reinsman X Series Ultimate Performance Saddle Pad
Constructed with a top layer of 100% wool hand woven Navajo top made of the highest quality wool available. 3/4″ orthopedic memory felt as filler with a Tacky Too bottom. The Tacky Too is exclusively made for Reinsman. It is breathable, non-slip, non-sweat, non-stick and shock absorbing.
Size: 34″ L x 36″ W.
See all 11 Navajo tops at M.C. Diamond Ultimate Permance Saddle pads

Horse Halters

April 23, 2011 on 2:16 am | In A Bit of Information, Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

The “Best” fitting and durable nylon Parker halter you can buy.

 Our Halter Brand X Halter 

First the fit on our halter; the throat latch is back behind the jaw. This feature is one of my favorites, when a horse pulls back  the pull is behind the jaw and the poll, not on the nose not like brand X.  The slider adjustment underneath and incorporating this with the buckle allows this fit. Double buckles on the noseband keeps the halter balanced. If your horse likes to pull back when he is tied up you will like this feature.
 Next, we eliminated the cast hardware at the squares. This makes this halter stronger and lighter than the other. The (stainless steel) drop dees are used for cross tying. The cast hardware that most use is not made for strength pulling from that angle. This halter also has a adjustable nose. They improved this feature over most halters. They use double buckles so the ring will be in the center rather than sliding back and forth. This keeps the halter fitting correctly. The nylon, its one of the highest quality USA nylon on the market today with a large color choice to pick from. CHECK THIS HALTER OUT AT .


About 7 years ago I bought 2 halters from MC Diamond Ranch.   I was able to pick the colors I wanted to put together and have my horse’s name put on them.   They had the Velcro nosepiece that comes in very handy when you are taking the halter off and bridling your horse at the trailer.   You don’t have to worry about your horse getting loose and running off.   They also have buckles at the chin so you can fit any horse.   Not to long ago one of my horses pulled back on his lead rope and broke the tongue on one of my halters.   About the same time, the dogs pulled down my other halter and the nosepiece was chewed in to.   I sent them back to Mark and Cheryl and they had them fixed, very quickly.  The one with the broken tongue was free of charge and the other was only $6.00.  I am very happy with the quality of their products and very, very happy with their customer service.   They are very easy to do business with and very nice people. Thank you so much, Mark and Cheryl.

Sharla  OK

This halter comes with the Velcro nose option. This option helps when you are putting on a headstall release the double lock Velcro nose then the halter will still on the horses neck while you are putting on the headstall.

Check Out The Halters and all the other Great Horse Tack at

M.C. Damond Ranch

Hoof Quality

April 23, 2011 on 12:55 am | In Event Calendars | No Comments

Hoof Quality
Healthy hooves are also a key identifier on whether or not the horse is receiving the nutrition he requires, notes Preston R. Buff, former extension equine specialist at Mississippi State University. Yet if you are feeding a balanced diet, then most horses should boast healthy hooves.

“There are some horses that do have some poor hoof quality, and you can supplement, on a pharmacological level with biotin, and it has been shown by research that it improves the health of a hoof,” he says. “If a horse already has a healthy hoof, then supplementing the biotin is not going to be effective in trying to improve the hoof.”

Show season and the increased feeding of supplements often coincide with springtime, when the horse starts to shed his winter coat, undergoes a deworming – which improves rough coats considerably – and spends an increased amount of time on fresh pasture.

“You have all of these other factors, and trying to separate out what is causing the improvement in the hair coat is really hard,” says Brian D. Nielson, professor of equine exercise physiology at Michigan State University.

While providing a balanced diet is integral to a healthy, shiny coat and strong hooves, a lot remains to be said for the application of good, old-fashioned elbow grease.

“Keeping a horse clean and keeping the dirt off of a horse’s body is going to help keep the coat shiny,” Preston says.

Mustangs: A Living Legacy

April 13, 2011 on 5:10 pm | In Event Calendars | No Comments

Track wild horses and relive the Old West in the seldom visited Pizona area of the Inyo National Forest. From a central meadow camp, riders track mustangs in their natural pinyon forest habitat. Observe and photograph mustang herds and wildflowers. Learn the social behavior of the horses and their current struggle. Enjoy spectacular sunsets of the Sierra and White Mountains while a cook prepares dinner over an open fire. This course highlights the historical background and political evolution of wild horse populations; relevant aspects of the physical environment of the horse range, including climate, geology, water and seasonal changes, relevant physiology, reproduction, behavior and nutrition for wild horses; the relationship between wild horses and other animals; plant life in the ecology of the horse range; the principles of wild horse management and the current policies of the federal government. Additional information is available upon request.


Craig London, D.V.M., is co-owner of Rock Creek Pack Station and Mt. Whitney Pack Trains in the southeastern Sierra Nevada mountains. He practices veterinary medicine in Bishop and has taught many UC Davis Extension courses on veterinary care and wilderness horsepacking.
Janet Roser, Ph.D., is a professor with the Department of Animal Science, UC Davis. She directs and teaches the equine program and carries out research in the area of hormone regulation of reproductive function in the stallion and mare.


June 11-14: Sat.-Tues., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.


Benton Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast, 55137 Hwy 120, Bishop, CA


$750.00 Includes horse, saddle, meals and instruction.


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Enrollment policies:

Refunds, less a $150 processing fee, will be given only if we receive written notification prior to May 11, 2011. No refunds after May 11, 2011

Use of the Rein Aids

April 1, 2011 on 12:47 am | In A Bit of Information | No Comments
By: Charles Wilhelm

March 10, 2011

Inside Rein

Inside Rein

I am often asked if it is correct to ride with a loose rein or if contact should be maintained. The different riding disciplines have different ways of using rein aids, however, in discussing the rein aids, it is best to start with the basics. It is important to understand the use of the reins and what rein movement means. Reins are aids used to direct a horse. The left and right reins tell the horse where we want to go. This includes directing the horse to go right, left, stop, back up, move the hind quarters or move the shoulders. The use of the seat and leg aids goes along with proper use of the rein aids. And, it is important to remember that we always use the body aids first and the rein aids last. Also, the horse must have enough training to understand body aids plus rein aids. In this discussion we are going to assume that the horse does understand the proper cues.

The inside rein is called the direct rein. This rein determines the direction we want the horse to travel and the amount of the bend we want in the neck of the horse. The outside rein reinforces the request of the inside rein. The outside or indirect rein, is in use at the same time. If I want my horse to go to the right, I open the inside rein. The rein is open to show the horse the direction I want to go. If the horse is green, I may have a large open rein. This would be eight to 12 inches out away from me. As a horse gets more finished, the movement is less obvious and less directional. It may be just a touch on the inside rein to tip the nose.

The outside rein dictates how much bend is in the horse’s neck. We all have a tendency to pull too much on directional control. When a horse is directed to go right but wants to go more straight and not follow the inside rein and his nose, most riders will pull more on the inside rein. Then, if the horse is somewhat supple, that action will cause a bigger bend in the horse’s body. While it is a natural human response to pull on that inside rein, when we are trying to go right and we pull more on the inside rein, the left shoulder will bulge out. The horse will start to go at
a diagonal to the left or even lateral to the left. Hence, pulling more to the right to go right is not the answer. The correct thing to do is to engage the outside rein, which is also called the indirect or supportive rein. Use of the indirect rein will regulate or manage the amount of bend in the horse.

If I want to turn right, I open the right rein and use the outside rein to support the right rein cue and to prevent the shoulder from going left. The outside rein should not cross over the withers. I can also slightly bring that rein back toward my hip to block forward movement and create a sharper turn. If I want a sweeping turn, I will use less outside rein which will maintain the shoulder support and the amount of bend. For example, if I am riding a 20-meter circle to the right, I want to use just enough inside rein to manage a small bend. Doing this, at most I can see about 1/4 of the horse’s eye. My right leg is at the cinch.

Use of the leg and seat aids goes right along with the rein aids. The reins show the horse where to go but our legs tell the horse to do it. Our seat aids are used before anything is done with the rein aids. I tell my students to look with their belly buttons on a turn. I used to tell people to look where they were going but I found that they would only rotate their necks and the rest of the body would continue going straight. When we rotate our belly button to the right, we are actually rotating our upper body and lower torso. We are opening our right thigh and seat bone and closing the left thigh and seat bone. By doing that, we are opening the door and closing the left door with our body. I like to tell my students that in the next class they are going to have to ride without a bridle. What this means is that I am trying to get them to execute every movement using primarily body aids. Another way I like to say it is using body English. We put our body in a position to direct and communicate with the horse and work with the movement instead of
against it.

Keep in mind that this is all based on the horse understanding the cues. To review, the left rein is the indirect rein. It executes or shows and supports what the inside rein is asking for. The left leg tells the horse where to go. Once the horse has executed the movement, the aids must immediately be released. Every horse in every discipline should know these aids. It doesn’t matter if you are a dressage rider, hunter/jumper, a western, trail, or endurance rider. What matters is that the aids are executed properly and the pressure released quickly. That is good
communication and riding effectively. Sometimes our use of the aids may be confusing. We talked about wanting to turn right but pulling too much on the inside rein and creating a big bend in the horse’s neck which results in the horse going straight or to the left. That is not good communication. It is not riding effectively.

Now, lets go back to the length of the rein. If I am riding a green horse, no matter what discipline, I will ride with a relatively short rein. I will maintain light contact, just enough that if the horse reacts to a stimulant that I need to control, I can use my rein aids instantly to control the situation. If I am riding relaxed with a long rein and the horse jumps or bolts, I must gather up the reins quickly or I could be in trouble. As the horse is more well trained and I can trust the horse more, I can relax the rein aids. In other words, maintain less contact. One way I evaluate a
horse that comes in for training is to determine if the horse will perform the riding exercises at a walk, trot and canter if I ride with a loose rein.

In the dressage discipline, a horse is ridden with contact. There is nothing wrong with that and we can teach our horse to give. We can teach our hands to be light and not always pulling on the mouth. We can maintain constant communication and when the horse softens we soften our aids. When the horse braces or leans on our hands, we block until the horse gives and as we ride through with our seat we are teaching the horse to come under himself.

In western, we typically ride with a loose rein. We don’t ride with such a loose rein that we lose our connection with the horse. I want a loose rein but I want to be able to execute a needed cue quickly so I don’t have much drape in the rein. The drape may be a couple of inches but it is different with each horse and you have to regulate what works for you and your horse. Use of the reins in this way is done with a snaffle, hackamore or a bridle. No matter what you have on the horse’s face, the horse must understand the rein, leg and seat aids. Remember that the rein aids
are the last to be used.

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