ABOUT F.J. THOMAS

FREELANCE WRITER

COMPETITOR

TALK CLINICHORSE SHOW JUDGING

CLINICS, LESSONS

Clinic
Clinic

 

 

(Contact form at bottom of page) 

 

LESSON  & CLINIC INFORMATION

Riding Lessons

  • Beginner riding lessons –cover all aspects of horse care, equitation, basic horsemanship
  • Lessons for show preparation – Western & Ranch, Trail, Speed, Hunter – cover what’s required, coaching for the event, warm up & show management strategy
  • Individual or group lessons available

Working With Rider & Horse

  • Horsemanship – Training focused
  • Specializing in problem and green horses
  • Trailer loading issues
  • Event focus – working through issues a horse may have for a certain event
  • Available for clinics at your facility

 

HORSE SHOW JUDGING

  • Carded with OHSA Association
  • Specializing in Western & Hunter
  • Rates negotiable based on distance & length

Oscar the donkey

 

PHILOSOPHY

I’m just a down to earth horseman that’s not real fancy but has a great passion for good foundations and good safe horsemanship. As a great friend C.J. Swiney once said, as an instructor, the ultimate goal in working with people and their horses is to train ourselves right out of a job. Whether it’s giving lessons, judging a horse show, or writing an article I strive to make people think about how their horse thinks and reacts. I’m not about turning out riders that just know how to look pretty. I’m about turning out riders that are true honest horsemen in and out of the show ring, and of course that always translates over to life!

 

In early 2015, I started COWGIRLS WITH CURVES for plus & real size riders. Being a plus size rider all my life and having struggled with my own confidence as a rider and a competitor, my hope with CWC is to recognize, encourage, and motivate riders of all ages and disciplines that struggle with their body image and ability. I know what it’s like to struggle and my program is geared to help riders become strong and confident, not just look good!

 HISTORY

With past training experience in the early 90’s with Oak Knoll Arabians, trainer Ed Lake, and MoonStar Arabians, as well as a lifetime of working with Quarter Horses I have a well-rounded background to be able to deal with a diversity of horses. I enjoy working with those horses that may be too sensitive or have too many issues for the average person as they offer opportunities to grow as a horseman. My specialty is dealing with problem horses.

In addition to training, I have 20+ years of showing experience. I periodically compete in Halter & Showmanship, Hunter, Ranch Riding & Trail, Team Sorting, Barrels, and Western Pleasure. In 2017 I plan on diving into the Eventing arena with my retired race horse, Dynamic Host.

WRITING

PUBLISHED AUTHOR – Writing under F.J. Thomas & Jewel Thomas 

Multi-genre, best-selling, internationally published author – AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

Look for my new Children’s Book, FRANCINE THE WORKIN’ STOCK COWGIRL coming summer of 2016 with Dingbat Publishing!

Published in Horse & Ranch Magazine, America’s Horse, Horseman’s Yankee Peddlar

Follow FILSON-BOUK TRAINING & HORSEMANSHIP on Facebook

 

 

BLOGS 

Cowgirls With Curves

Musings From The Leadrope

Talking In The Barn 

 

 
 
Hunter Class
Hunter Class

PRICING INFORMATION

 

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

On the farm

  • $35.00 for 45 minutes. Lessons may last longer at no additional charge
  • Use your horse or one of ours

 

Off site (off the farm)

  • $45.00 for 45 minutes. Lessons may last longer at no additional charge
  • Working with you & your horse
  • Up to 30 miles from the farm

 

GROUP LESSONS – OFF SITE

  • 2 -5 Students – $35.00 per student (45 minute lesson per student)
  • 6-8 Students – $25.00 per student (extended lesson time)
  • 7-10 Students – $20.00 per student (extended lesson time)
  • 40 mile radius for 2-5 students
  • 50 mile radius for 6-8 students
  • 75 mile radius for 7-10 students 

CLINICS

  • Although we do have long-term plans to hold clinics at the farm, we currently only teach clinics off site
  • Prices Negotiable & Extremely Reasonable
  • Location limitation will depend on negotiated rate & date/length of clinic – willing to travel

 

Hanging out at the trailer on show day. No rush!
Hanging out at the trailer on show day. No rush!

 

MO STEVE

HELPFUL TIPS FOR SHOWING

TRAIL

Accuracy over obstacles including not knocking or hitting obstacles

Calm, relaxed horse

Reins easily & lightly on & off the obstacles

Looks like a pleasure to ride

Nice movement where the horse is using themselves nicely – no short movement or being strung out

 

HALTER – Judged on Conformation

Overall balance of the horse

Correct straight legs (no toeing out, etc)

Good angles of the shoulder, the hips, hocks, fetlocks

Good muscle tone & condition & weight

Good coat condition & grooming

Nice even movement when walking & trotting for the judge

Movement & conformation that is ideal for your specific breed of horse

Squares up nicely

 

SHOWMANSHIP- Judged on how your handle your horse

Accuracy on pattern (example–stopping at the cone instead of past it)

Grooming of the horse & handler

How well you square your horse up – is it really square?

Know your quarters & your pattern!

 

GO AS YOU PLEASE, NOVICE & GREEN

See Hunter, Gaited & Western Class information below

Stock – Walk/Jog or trot

Gaited – Walk/Favorite Gait or Pleasure Gait

HUNTER

Nice big long stride that covers ground with a flat knee

Rounding of the back so that the horse uses themselves and steps up underneath themselves nicely

Free easy movement that is consistent in tempo

Level headset

On the bit – not nosing out or tucking their nose in

Nice, smooth, quick upward and downward transitions (example going from a walk to a canter)

Good equitation

OVER FENCES

Consistent tempo

Relaxed over jumps

Takes jumps confidently & clears them nicely

Nice even tucked knees

Rounds their backs over jumps

GAITED

Nice consistent tempo, footfalls & movement -not speeding up or slowing down & consistent in how they move

For Racking & Walking Horses a higher knee action and reach

On the bit – not nosing our or tucking their nose in

Smooth transitions between gaits

Looks like a pleasure to ride

Style Racking is more formal & they look for more knee action & reach- looking for more of a big show horse

Country Pleasure is less showy and less action & more natural

Good equitation

**Reverses to the outside on the rail

WESTERN

Nice relaxed calm horse on a looser rein

Horses ridden in a curb (bit with a shank) are ridden ONE HANDED

Horses ridden in a snaffle are ridden TWO HANDED

No tie downs, martingales, cavesons allowed

All gaits are slower in tempo but the horse should not be short-strided

Good quality movement where the horse is using themselves – the back is not hollowed out but rounded & they are reaching

Consistent tempo – no speeding up or slowing down

Smooth & quick transitions between gaits

Level topline -head not above or below the withers

Looks like a pleasure to ride

Good equitation

RANCH RIDING

Is still slower but covers a little more ground like you would want working out on the ranch

Penalized for the head going below the withers & un-natural movement

RANCH REINING

Precision & lightness on the reining pattern

Smooth lead changes

Nice solid stops but long sliding stop not required — you don’t want to slide when you’re out on the ranch!

**We encourage everyone that wants to try reining to give it a try! You don’t have to be a pro!

 

WESTERN RIDING & WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP

Precision on the pattern

Good western equitation

 

OTHER HELPFUL TIPS

Get to the show early so that you’re not rushed — if you feel rushed your horse will pick up on that!

Make sure your horse is groomed his best and make sure your tack & clothes are neat & clean

Review your breed’s rule books to know what they look for & what you can & can’t do!

Most associations require you to ride a Senior Horse (6yrs & older) in a bit with a shank

Don’t be intimidated — get out there and try something new! We have a lot of novices at our shows, which we LOVE, and you won’t be the only one!

Copyright – 2016 Frances J. Filson-Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

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