Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Next Up For Construction

Thank you to everyone who came to the opening of the new lounge on Sunday, it was a lot of fun!

Now that the Lounge has been redone it's time to start construction on the office.

The office will be closed during this time and Allanda will be relocated to the lounge with her computer and printer for office work. Hopefully the office won't take too long to finish and she will be able to move back downstairs quickly.

In schoolie news, some people might have noticed that Skip left to join McNugget, as he wasn't working well as a school horse. We have brought in 2 more horses for our school string: Snowflake and Uckbar. Snowflake has been an amazing little beginner horse and will be staying with us for a while as a free lease. Uckbar will be leaving this week however, due to lack of training and handling on the ground.

We have also brought in Laddie for our leasing program. He is a big sweetheart who likes to make lots of noise, so please try not to feed treats around him.

Both Jerico and Shady have returned from their vacations are are well-rested and ready to get back to work in lessons.

The winner of the Pumpkin carving contest will be announced tomorrow!

Tonight is Halloween! Lessons will be wrapped up early tonight in anticipation of the kids who set off stray fireworks in the park and the barn will likely be closed early.

So everyone have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Proper Safety in Stalls

Did you know that proper horse tying in the stalls can prevent life threatening situations?

Every student at NSEC should know how to tie a "quick release" knot. It is one of first lessons we teach, however many students don't practice or tend to tie it wrong.

Tying an improper quick release knot can lead to injury or worse if a horse is spooked and reacts as their flight response kicks in. Things that might spook a horse can be as unpredictable as a car backfiring, something falling and making a loud noise or even sudden thunder on a stormy day. If something like this happens, students should quickly exit the stall and close the door until the horse calms down.

If a horse spooks suddenly they might pull on their lead as they panic in an effort to get away from whatever might be scaring them and if they find that they are unable to get free a horse will panic even further. By enabling them to get away, the horse may run to the back of their stall but they will not feel as trapped and as out of control as they would when they are stuck, causing them to calm down quickly and safely. The quick release knot enables someone to be in a position where they can quickly release the horse if this happens and get out of the stall.

All our school horses have tie rings by their stall doors. Some of these rings have quick release ropes attached to them with twine, while others should have a loop of twine attached for lead ropes to be tied to in the quick release fashion. If your school horse's stall is missing it's loop of twine, you should inform Allanda in the office, a helper or your instructor so that they may replace the twine for proper stall tying. By tying your horse to the loop of twine rather than the metal ring, you are ensuring that they will be able to break free even if you cannot undo the lead rope before exiting the stall in an emergency.

When tying your horse you must remember NEVER to tie your horse to the stall bars or water pipes as this can cause damage to the stall and make a bad situation worse if it arises (bars can bend and water pipes can break).

Parents who help their child tack up should watch to make sure that these rules are being followed when tying horses:

1. The stall door should be left open just enough for yourself and/or your child to make a quick exit if a bad situation arises

2. Horses should always be haltered and tied while tacking up or untacking

3. Horses should be either attached to a quick release rope found in the stall or tied with a lead rope to a loop of twine using a quick release knot.

4. Horses should be tied so that they can move their head but cannot graze or eat while being tacked up. If a horse is being fussy about food in their stall, simply shove some hay into the bars of the stall so that they may eat with their heads up.

Practice yourself or have your child practice tying a quick release knot at home by following the informative video below (please note that this video shows the person tying straight to the metal ring, but we want you to tie to the loop of twine rather than to the ring itself). If you or your child are still unsure of how to tie this knot properly please don't hesitate to ask Allanda, a helper or your instructor to show you the proper technique!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

NSEC Pumpkin Carving Contest: Deadline Extended

The NSEC 2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest deadline has been extended! The new deadline will be:

10pm on Oct 25th!

Make sure to drop off your pumpkin in the office!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Schoolie Updates

As I'm sure a few people have noticed, McNugget has gone back to his home. We found that he just wasn't fitting in with our lesson program and seemed a bit home sick.

Skip is still on trial for another week though to see if he will work out for our school string. Fingers crossed!

In other news Tasha is back to small amounts of work, doing walk and trot for private lessons. We're hoping this will help rehab her to build some extra muscle and work up her fitness level.

Friday, 12 October 2012

It's Getting Cold Outside

The rain is finally here and it's chilly outside and inside the barn at NSEC.

We'd like to remind Boarders, Leasers and anyone who rents a locker in our heated locker rooms, as well as all students using the tack room, that because these places are HEATED the doors to the locker rooms and the tack room MUST NOT be left open or held open with lead ropes, chains, ect. for any amount of time.

Please help us to conserve energy and keep our heating costs down by keeping these doors closed, or if you see them open, by kindly closing them for us.

Thank you for the help!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Who's on Vacation Now?

Now that Jasmine has had a well deserved break and is feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work, it's Jerico's turn to take a little vacation.

Jerico will be accompanying Laura Kinvig's horse, Luxe, out to Tara Mobbs for a week or so of rest and relaxation.

Let's all wish him a good time!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

NSEC 2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Don't let the beautiful sunny weather confuse you, fall is upon us and those chilly evenings that indicate the beginning of autumn have started to settle in, letting us know that it is time for NSEC's 2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!
Carve a pumpkin at home and submit it into our 2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Pumpkins will be on display until Nov 1st.

Deadline for submissions: Oct 21st at 10pm

Votes will be taken Oct 22nd to 31st for the best looking pumpkin by submitting your vote to office or by email at, and the winner will be announced on Nov 1st

The pumpkin with the most votes will win: Horse Care for Kids and a new Grooming Kit!

Please submit all entries in front of the office w/ Name & Contact info attached

Contest Rules
1. Contest is open to any NSEC students
2. All submissions must be at the barn by 10pm on Oct 21st accompanied with your name and a description your pumpkin carving
3. Students & parents will get 1 vote each (sorry, no voting for yourself 20 times)
4. Voting is not open to people outside of NSEC (ie-no getting family and/or friends to vote 20 times for you either)

Monday, 1 October 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend Reminder!

Just a friendly reminder, we still run all lessons over Thanksgiving Long Weekend.

If you are unable to make it on your regular lesson day, please be sure to give us 48 hours notice and plan to schedule a make up for that day, otherwise you could get charged for a missed lesson if you don't show up.

Please email me at or call me at 604.988.5131 between 11am and 7pm to reschedule.

Hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!