Rogue Horse, LLC

Natural

Hoof Care Services

and

Horsemanship

by Christine Johnson

 
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Services & Pricing

Easyboot Shell

Easyboot Shell

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Christine Johnson, owner of Rogue Horse, LLC, specializes in natural hoof care services and natural horsemanship training and lessons. Christine is based out of Curlew, WA, and serves, Ferry, Stevens, and Okanogan Counties.

Hoof care products have been personally tested by Christine's most industrious volunteers, her horses, and proven to work in the toughest conditions. Christine likes these products, because they are practical, easy to use, and effective. 

Christine proudly offers Easycare, Cavallo, Scootboot, and Hay Chix products for sale. Services and products include:

  • Trimming Services: $40/horse

  • Training Services (for horses that do not stand for hoof care services): $40/hour

  • Our Most Popular Products (Excludes Tax):

    • Easyboot Glue on Shells - $75/pair - includes fitting services and Power Straps or $130/pair glued-on (including trimming)

    • EasyShoe N/G (nail-on) - $120/pair (includes trimming & application) or $40/pair without application; $35 reset/pair plus trimming. Service only available to established and regular clients.

    • Easyboot Rx - $166/pair

    • Cavallo Simple Boots - $154.95/pair

    • Scootboots - $190/pair, includes fitting services and spare hardware

  • Hay Chix Hay Nets:

    Slow feeding hay nets are becoming more and more popular with horse owners, because when used properly, hay nets not only benefit owners, but the horses as well. For the owners, hay nets will save you time, because you’re not out feeding several times a day and save you money from wasted hay. What could be better than having more time to ride? More importantly, the horses benefit the most from slow feeding hay nets. Slow feeding hay nets will reduce your horses’ stress, chance of colic and founder, boredom, and ulcers, because the slow feeding mimics that what they do in nature: grazing. Slow feeding hay nets are a must for any horse owner and easy to use. Nets currently in stock include:

    • West Coast Bale Net - $87.00

    • Small Bale Net - $57.00

    • Half Bale Net - $43.00

    • Need something else? Just request a special order!

Our Story

Radiograph of Temptress' right foot shortly after the accident.

Radiograph of Temptress' right foot shortly after the accident.

Sideview of Temptress' foot 3 months after the accident. Low ringbone is beginning to develop.

Sideview of Temptress' foot 3 months after the accident. Low ringbone is beginning to develop.

One year after Temptress' accident. Minor low ringbone in her foot, otherwise, she has made a full recovery.

One year after Temptress' accident. Minor low ringbone in her foot, otherwise, she has made a full recovery.

Working on leg yields at Ellen Eckstein clinic at Indian Creek Ranch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine's journey into natural hoof care began in 2016, after her mare, Temptress, the namesake of her business, suffered a PIII fracture to her right front coffin bone during turnout. After learning of what the options were for healing Temptress' foot and potential side effects, feelings quickly became overwhelming... feelings of confusion, helplessness, and despair. The possibility of Temptress developing low ringbone and side bone was a scary and real prospect. Was she doomed to becoming a brood mare at the age of 5?

Temptress's injured foot was casted for the first 3 1/2 months, then transitioned into an egg bar shoe with clips and epoxy padding. One side effect to the protocol included contracted heels and low ringbone, which could lead to complications later in Temptress' life. Therefore and during this process, Christine decided to educate herself on hoof care, which brought her to Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners (PHCP) so that she could work on reversing most of the negative impacts after Temptress was healed. Through PHCP, she has learned (and is still learning) from some of the best hoof care practitioners in the nation, which has been incredibly humbling and eye opening. PHCP has taught her the importance of keeping a 6-week trimming/shoeing cycle, diet, and proper alignment/balance through trimming. All of these factors can affect the quality of life for horses and long-term athleticism. Temptress' diet was changed to support her overall health, along with joint supplements and a supportive vitamin supplement.

A year after Temptress' injury, she was finally released from stall rest and walked away with minimal side effects. Immense gratitude goes to the veterinarians and farriers that helped Temptress get through this. This was astonishing, because she was at high risk for advanced low ringbone and side bone. She had minimal changes to her coffin joint, with the development of low ringbone. Shortly thereafter, shoes were pulled to start de-contracting her heels in the affected foot. To everyone's delight, Temptress' foot quickly began reverting to its original condition. Temptress is now barefoot and is ridden 4-6 times a week in the Easyboot Glue-on Shells and is actively trail riding, showing, and participating in clinics.

 

 

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A Student of Natural Horsemanship

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A Committed Horsewoman

Christine is a committed horsewoman, always looking for the the best, gentle, and lightest approach in communication with her horses, her partners. In that journey, she has achieved a solid foundation in horsemanship from her mentors, Renee Coble and Ellen Eckstein.

Christine currently works intensively with Ellen Eckstein, Co-Author of “Bringing it Together” (https://www.ellenecksteindressage.com/) and protege of Tom Dorrance. With Ellen, Christine has learned a novel approach on how to best communicate with horses through feel, grace, and ease: through the feet. When the horse learns the meaning of the bit, as a tool to communicate where to place each foot, the sight of self-carriage and harmony between the horse and rider rises to a level of beauty and lightness that the moment is almost indescribable. The system that Ellen developed with Tom’s mentorship is ingenious. I am grateful that Ellen has made her method available to other riders and horses, like myself and Temptress.

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Our Story with Ellen

Personally, I know for a fact that my mare, Temptress, and I would not be as far along today as we are, if it were not for Ellen’s help. Temptress is a very sensitive mare. I knew that the moment I started her under saddle. Temptress is very independent and expressive at letting you know exactly how she feels about any given situation instantaneously. She does not tolerate forceful riding and could be a dangerous horse in the wrong hands. Yet, she is the most giving, kind, and talented horse I have ever met and honored that she is my partner.

Two weeks after Temptress was released from stall rest, following her injury, we sought Ellen’s help at a clinic near Ennis, Montana. At that point in time, I was at loss at finding someone who could help me bring her along in training. At the clinic, admittedly, Temptress was a little bit wild. She did not want to be there, let alone do anything other than run around and set her own agenda. When she was asked to do a little bit of work, she usually responded with a buck or two and a good sprint. With Ellen’s help, I learned how to “be there” with her. It was okay for Temptress to express herself, so long as she took me with her and I patiently waited for her. At this stage, when Temptress was not allowed to express herself and/or ridden forcefully, she was the most explosive. These moments felt like riding a rumbling Old Faithful, where she was inclined to rear and buck.

Gradually the wild side of Temptress faded away. What has made this method of training so special is that Temptress’ personality is still very much intact, along with her expressiveness. The difference now is that she is a willing partner. We are now schooling First and Second Level dressage, hoping to start showing Summer 2019.

Lessons & Training

Christine is available for teaching lessons and taking in horses for training. Whether you’re seeking natural horsemanship skills, confidence with your equine partner, or a natural horsemanship approach dressage, please contact Christine for further details.

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