Miniature Horse World Magazine - Page 92

A Da inL the ife… with Zach & Rachel Williams Trainers at Rockin W Miniatures 1) W  here are you from and how did Miniature horses enter your life? I am from Grants Pass Oregon, and my first experience with Miniature horses was when my parents adopted 5 special needs children and they wanted to do therapeutic riding. We found a breeder in our town which was Sheryl Peterson of Oak Bay Acres and by that weekend, I was at my first horse show helping her and learning all about the Miniature horse world. 2) W  hat led you to begin training Miniatures? Once we acquired a few minis from Sheryl we decided that we should put them with a trainer and we were recommended to Casey Campbell of Wingate Training Center. For quite a few years Casey trained our horses and I would go to shows and help him and from there I found that I had a passion for showing Miniature horses. 3) T ake us through a typical day at the farm. 4) P lease tell us the best parts of your job. The toughest parts? A typical day at the farm starts at sunrise when we feed everyone. Once they are through eating I start working them one by one. I like to let my driving horses out in the arena for a couple minutes to run and get their bucks out. While they are burning off their excess energy, I clean their stalls and fill their water. Lessons start by either bitting them up in the round pen and long line them or I hook them to the cart and drive in the arena. We also have an outdoor track that I like to use so they can be outside exposing them to distractions further teaching them to focus on me and my hands rather than depend on the arena walls. The halter horses are round penned with sweats on and after their workout they are usually tied for about twenty minutes before they are rinsed off. Once each horse is worked I go through and re wrap everyone and and F