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Phantom’s Training: Desensitizing to Rope

Desensitizing to Rope

Daniel has been working with Phantom as I haven’t felt up to getting any training done.

Desensitizing to Rope

Unfortunately, this means that currently, Phantom is only getting training once or twice a week, so his training is going slower than we would like.

Desensitizing to Rope

For us, the groundwork is extremely important as it will make for a better horse and better ride once we get back to that point.

Desensitizing to Rope

Because we follow the Clinton Anderson method with our horses, the first step is desensitizing with the tools.

Desensitizing to Rope

They’re both pretty good with the rope although Phantom can be a bit sketchy on certain days.

Desensitizing Ears to Touch

Along the way, we often find “Oh no” spots on the horses. For Phantom, one of his big “oh no” spots is his ears which means we’re working on desensitizing him to touching his ears. He’s definitely not a fan of this part of the training, but he eventually settles down and the training continues.


They’re both getting a lot better with the handy stick as well. Part of that is probably because we’re getting better with using the handy stick as well. ;)

Grooming Phantom

All training sessions end with a good grooming. It’s a nice time of relaxation for us and the horses. Not to mention, these two horses love to roll around in the dirt, so they are never clean. Sometimes, we use this time to train Phantom to stand nicely while tied up. He does not like to be tied, so it’s a work in progress. He’s slowly getting better.

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Movie Review and Giveaway: Unstoppable with Kirk Cameron

Unstoppable DVDDisclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing a sample of the product in exchange for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by monetary compensation.

Unstoppable Movie Synopsis:

Inspired by the death of Cameron’s close friend who succumbed to cancer at the age of 15, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on an inspiring and hope-filled visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?” Going back to the beginning—literally—Kirk investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives … and our eternities. UNSTOPPABLE will prompt audiences to consider the role that pain and suffering has in our lives, as they affirm their personal views on faith, and encourage conversation starters about God, suffering, and hope. Follow on Twitter and Facebook.

About Kirk Cameron:

Kirk Cameron is best known for his memorable role as “Mike Seaver,” a cultural icon of the 80′s, with his mullet hairstyle, cool glasses, and wisecracking comebacks. More recently he enjoyed much success with the No. 1 grossing inspirational film of 2008, Fireproof, and his recent documentary, Monumental. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, were on-screen sweethearts during their Growing Pains years and are the founders of Camp Firefly, where terminally and seriously ill children and their families are provided an all-expense paid retreat ( Together, Kirk and Chelsea live in California with their six children.

About Provident Films:

Provident Films, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, produces, markets, and distributes faith-based films. The company is part of Nashville-based Provident Music Group, which has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades. Films from the company have included Courageous, October Baby, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants. More info is available at

DVD Details:

  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2014, Provident Films
  • UPC: 602341006293
  • Language: English 5.1
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 65
  • Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:

Going into this movie, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’ve always been impressed by the films in which Kirk Cameron has been involved. I was also intrigued by the topic covered – “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?” – as I believe this is one of the most asked questions by people when it comes to God. Every time a tragedy strikes – especially on a large scale – this question seems to come to the forefront.

Kirk Cameron’s young friend, Matthew Sandgren, finally lost his battle with cancer which cut Kirk to the core. Matthew’s family and friends knew that he was in a better place and no longer suffering. Yet, his death, his suffering beg the question as to why he had to get cancer in the first place and why he had to eventually succumb to it rather than defeat it. In other words, why do bad things happen to good people.

Kirk takes us back to the beginning, the very beginning, to where the world was first created by God. We follow along as visually as sin enters the world through Adam and Eve. Kirk’s story is part documentary about Matthew, his family and friends, and it’s part dramatization of Biblical events. Some of the events are covered in a less than traditional way – such as Satan being shown as a man rather than a serpent, but the dramatization is very thought-provoking.

There are some scenes that may not be suitable for young children – Cain killing Able and the resulting blood is one of them, but these topics are important to the information being presented. Parents may want to preview the video as they know their children best when it comes to what they can and can not handle.

Unstoppable tackles the difficult topic of suffering and death within the domain of a living God. It does a nice job of laying out the reasons behind why there is suffering and death in this world. It also presents the salvation message within the telling of Matthew’s life and death. Kirk is very passionate about the topic, and his love for Christ and the Sandgrens is quite evident.

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A Look at Biblical Reproductions

Biblical ReproductionsRecently, I was given the opportunity to be part of a review team for Biblical Reproductions. I hadn’t previously heard of the company, so I headed over to their website to check out their products. The first thing out of my mouth was “this is so cool!” And yes, I did actually say that out loud which caused Munchkin to look over to see what I was talking about. Her response upon seeing the products? “Look at all the cool history!”

Dead Sea Scrolls

Right now, we’re studying Biblical Archaeology, so we had fun looking over the various products. There are high dollar items such as reproductions of the Dead Sea Scrolls (pictured above) as well as lower dollar items such as the beautiful pieces of pottery (pictured below).

Pottery by Biblical Reproductions

As I looked over the different products being offered, I found myself thinking that these would make wonderful learning tools as well as fun conversations pieces. There is something special about having reproductions of Biblical history. Not all of us will be able to travel to Israel to experience the culture and/or walk where Jesus walked, so being able to look physically look at reproductions of history is the next best thing.

One of the things that I noticed about the products being offered is that they each have interesting history attached to them. I love the idea of knowing where and how the original piece was found. Understanding our past history helps us get a better grasp on the teachings in the Bible because it lends us a helping hand in understanding the context in which something was being written.

I have to say that I’m very much looking forward to seeing which reproduction piece of history we will get to review as part of the team. Munchkin can’t wait to have this as part of her Biblical Archaeology class this year.

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Dixie Horse Training: Desensitizing to Rope

Desensitizing to Rope 1

Upon bringing the horses home, we realized that we were going to need to start at the very beginning to make sure their were no holes in their training. They both are hot horses and need some serious groundwork and desensitizing. For the past few days, Munchkin has be faithfully working on desensitizing Dixie to the rope.

Desensitizing to Rope 2

She throws the rope over and around all parts of her body until it no longer phases her. As you can see in the pictures, this part of the desensitizing doesn’t really phase her. In fact, there are times where it looks like she’s going to fall asleep. That’s a good thing.

Desensitizing to Rope 3

She still does not like anything to touch her ears, and she is a little head shy. Munchkin has been working those areas more than the other areas. Some days she does well, and other days, she tends to over-react.

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I’ve been very pleased with the dedication that Munchkin is showing to this training. She’s been out there almost every day doing some training.

Desensitizing to Rope 5

Munchkin ends her desensitizing sessions with a good trot around the turn-out area. This is Dixie’s favorite part as her head goes up and her tail pops up in typical Arabian style. She’s gotten quite good at following Munchkin’s lead by going at her pace and stopping when she stops.

Desensitizing to Rope 6

Thanks to the almost daily training, Dixie is starting to fill out more in her hind end and topline. It’s good for both Munchkin and Dixie. (Side note: Munchkin is not mad; she’s concentrating.)

Desensitizing to Rope 7

We’re using the Clinton Anderson Fundamentals series to learn how to train our horses, so it’s a step-by-step process which we like. He does a great job teaching the skills and covering potential horse and human issue each step of the way.

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Wordless Wednesday: Hanging Out in the Stall

Hanging Out in the Stall 1

Hanging Out in the Stall 2

Hanging Out in the Stall 3

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