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Focus to Win
By Don Blazer
   
        Winning riders and winning trainers know why and how they win, and itís no secret.

          Itís focus.

          Most of the time, most horsemen - almost everyone for that matter - are looking at negatives.  Itís part of our social structure.  Nearly everyone and every organization creates some kind of negative to promote their special interest which will supposedly correct the problem.  The focus is directed toward the problem, toward the negative.

       For example, itís common to hear horse training methods are based in pain and punishment.  Thatís the negative.  It is usually.....    

Nightmare in the Horse Trailer
        
           It's been over 40 years but I remember the sight and sounds as if it were yesterday.

            We were at a horse show, and I was grooming a horse as it stood tied to the trailer.             

            Suddenly screaming interrupted the normal sounds of people preparing for the first classes.  People quit what they were doing and ran in the direction of the screams.

            My parents and I were some of the first to arrive.

            We came around the back of the trailer that had just arrived, and inside was a palomino.  The horse had broken through the floor boards and a hind foot looked like it had been ground off.  There was blood everywhere.  My dad grabbed me and pulled me away...but not before I had seen the horror, and it was embedded in my mind forever. 

            To this day I am a fanatic about the trailer floor and you should be, too.

            Trailer floors take a lot of punishment.  They have to support horses that weigh over a half of a ton.  Urine, manure, road dirt and salt deteriorate the structure.  Support beams are being corroded, aluminum is oxidizing and wood planks are rotting.  


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  She started as a 2-year-old "demonstration" horse for www.horsecoursesonline.com and finished with two ABRA World Championship awards and a Reserve World Championship title.

      Sheza Especial Gold got her training as a demonstration horse for Don Blazer's online course,
Training Performance Horses.  Step by step she followed the course program until she competed for 2010 and 2011 World Championship titles at the American Buckskin Registry Association show in Tulsa, Ok.  Blazer rode the 5-year-old filly in her competition classes.

      In 2010 Sheza won the ABRA Junior Trail Horse title under all five judges, and then came back this year to repeat as a judge's choice sweep in Junior Trail.

      This year the filly also won Reserve World Champion honors in All-Ages Western Riding, a pattern class requiring 8 flying changes of lead.  She was the only junior horse in the class.

      Sheza was sold at the Reichert Celebration Show Horse Sale in Fort Worth September 9 and 10.

      "We'll miss Sheza in our program," Blazer said.  "Hopefully she'll go on to win many more titles for other horse lovers.   I think she'll make an exceptional all-around horse for an amateur or youth rider."

     Sheza's trail horse training followed the course instructions in Train A Trail Horse, taught by world champion trainer and AQHA director Cathy Hanson.   The filly's education in western riding came from following the instructions in
Train for Western Riding taught by world champion trainer Nancy Cahill.
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