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December 2002

Tricks Of The Trade




Attach a plumb line (chalk line) to the rider's helmet and heel. Mark the rider's clothes (use old clothes) so other students can see the line (or the student can see in the mirror) to mark Ear-Shoulder-Hip-Heel alignment. Or attach a string or fish line to the helmet with a weight on the other end to see how the line is while the rider is moving. Make sure horse is desensitized.

Pamila Robbins, 
Vancouver, WA 
CHA Instructor








Keep a pile of damp saddle rags doused with liquid glycerin handy at the end of the day. Instruct clients or staff to wipe down saddles before unsaddling the horse. It is much easier to clean a saddle while it is sitting secured on a horse. Hang a bit bucket with water and a little disinfectant right inside the tack room door and instruct clients/staff to dip the bit in the bucket (keep a rag handy for wiping down bridles too). Removing the accumulating dirt daily will keep tack clean and soft.





Use a laminated 12-month wall calendar (all 12 months on one side of poster board) and attach it to a wall in your main barn, in a visible and accessible area. Keep track of health issues, farrier visits, vaccinations/deworming, horses arriving and leaving, individual horse sickness or injury, heat cycles, employee work schedules or program schedules. I use this method for a stable of 25-30 horses and can keep all pertinent horse records at easy access. Right next to the calendar is a white board, the central spot for everyone to leave messages for employees or boarders.





A roan horse is a black or red (sometimes call Blue Roan or Strawberry Roan) horse that has an even distribution of white hairs through its hair coat. Sometimes people have difficulty distinguishing between a roan or gray coat color. Roans may be easily distinguished from grays or Appaloosas because they will have a characteristically dark head (black or red). Roans will often have a spotted or scarred appearance to their coat because if they are cut or scraped, the coat usually grows back in as the dark coat color, further confusing people with an Appaloosa appearance.

Julie Goodnight, 
CHA Clinician