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2002/08/15


Mississippi Trainer Comes Home With An Angels Touch by Kip Weiss, Painted Pony Ranch A trainer came to town and am I glad! I found him by accident. He had just recently come back to Mississippi after the death of his father. His cousin Becky brought him to see my horses when he was visiting her. "My cousin the horse trainer,"... of course he is, isn't everybody? I showed him my horses including my black and white overo medicine hat stallion SMOKIN COPY. SMOKEY had spent a couple of months with a well known reining trainer just recently. He was described as talented but resentful. Charlie mentioned that he was a reining horse trainer. I said "Fine , saddle him up." SMOKEY acted like he was not even broke, (very embarrassing). Charlie was calm and quiet and just wore him down. A few days later he trailered him to an indoor arena and came back pleased with the horse. So the next time he took him I went along to observe. I could not believe the difference. SMOKEY did everything in his power to please Charlie. That resentful stallion was actually enjoying himself! When they were finished, Charlie took off the bridle and walked away. SMOKEY would not let him get more than about six inches away. He followed him like some old patient hound dog. Keep in mind, although SMOKEY is a sweet horse, he is a six year old breeding stallion, in a strange place, and loves Charlie! Charlie did so well with SMOKEY I decided to have him start STARHAWK. STAR is a completely different deal. The only thing he has in common with SMOKEY is his black and white overo hide and his gorgeous head. Where SMOKEY is a cute, quick cuttin' horse type, STAR is a four year old American Warmblood stallon, over sixteen hands tall, gorgeous, and elegant. I have not had the time to teach him to lounge. Charlie was lounging the big boy in two minutes; Charlie saddled him, lounged him some more, then let him loose to get stupid if he wanted to. STAR dashed around a little while, hopped a few times and stopped. "He's ready"Charlie said. He quietly took his time mounting, then sat there for awhile. STAR was very interested in his boots, but not one bit woried about the new friend sitting on his back. Within another ten minutes STAR and his "old" buddy Charlie were wondering around the arena, backing up, turning both ways and, in general, enjoying each other's company with just a halter and a lead rope. That's what I call a great first ride--no panic by horse or rider no fear, no temper tantrums. Just a good experience for a young horse who will be looking forward to his next ride, instead of running and hiding his head in the corner when the saddle comes out I was so pleased with the new-kid-in town's work that I called my friend Mary. Mary's black and white overo filly had turned two. (Honest they all really are black and white overos! Of course the filly is by one of my black and white overo studs). I took Charlie to visit "MIRA",(MAGNUM's MIRACLE) Charlie started working his "horsey magic" with her. MIRA had been orphaned at two months old. She is just a little spoiled, but sweet. She pitched a fit when Charlie started asking her to do things that were not her idea. Within a very short time MIRA had become a "Charlie's Angel." Without punishment, yelling, or any rough stuff at all. When they took a break , MIRA "loved" all over Charlie. I was impressed. Three entirely different horses and all had the same result. They learned what Charlie wanted to teach them, and enjoyed the experience. It is so hard to find someone to train your horse. It is especially hard to find someone to correctly start a horse without damaging their mind or their willingness to work. Charlie's last name is Rowzee and he has trained a lot of horses to do a lot of different things from the Carolinas to Colorado. Now he's back at the old family farm in Batesville, Mississippi. As soon as he gets set up, he'll be starting young horses and training reining horses out of his own barn, not all that far from where he started training horses at the age of twelve at the French Camp Academy. For now, he's training out of several different arenas. You can reach him at 662-224-3280.

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