Scott Daily Trains Green and Competition Horses at Southern Plains Farm ShowThu, 19 Apr 2012 18:45:29 CDT
One of the most popular features at the Southern Plains Farm Show over the last few years has been the horse training sessions with Scott Daily. Daily is originally from Inola, Oklahoma, where he began working with horses in 4-H. He completed a degree in equine management at Northeastern A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma, and has perfected his training techniques over the last 15 years. He and his wife own and operate Daily Horse Training in Arkansas City, Kansas. Daily trains about 200 horses per year and works a lot of the farm shows.
At a lot of the farm shows, Daily says he has worked with new riders and horses, but this year he has spent more time with older horses who may have had some problems. He said the riders and horses he has worked with have presented some challenges, but he relied on his training system.
"So I went through my steps and showed them what to do and everybody really liked it and he seemed to progress. That's the main thing right now on these older horses-to progress them and get them better."
Being as Daily is working in front of an audience, the training sessions he does at the farm shows are more like classes. More than just a performance, Daily said he really wants everyone to take something away from the experience.
"Maybe just show them an easier and better way. They always like to see what I do. Every time something comes in, it's always different. If I can educate somebody, keep them from getting hurt, that's the best thing where they can go and enjoy their animal."
Daily said the Southern Plains Farm Show is right in the middle of horse country and attracts a lot of enthusiasts.
"It doesn't get any better than that. You go a little south of Oklahoma City here to Purcell it's big horse country down in there and you get on further down in the Marietta area and it's really big down there as well. And naturally Texas is huge. And you get to the upper side of Oklahoma City and right around Kansas, there's a lot of horses in there."
Daily said he sees a lot of different types of people in his work, from those brand new to horses to those who have been around him all their lives. People are always asking for advice, especially those new to the animals.
He said if there's one tip he could leave with people who are new to horses and have the idea it would be best to get a young horse and grow with it, it would be, "Don't do that. Don't put yourself through the trouble for the simple fact that if you have a green and a green together, you're going to have an accident. Go in there and get you an older horse, a horse that knows what's going on. That way you're not having to train on it.
"And if nothing else, you can just go to a professional and have him help you on your riding to where you're not having to worry about the horse. And it makes it a lot better. You can go in there and enjoy yourself. And that's the main thing. If you go in there and buy yourself a young horse and you have a wreck, you're going to be disinterested and you're not going to want to mess with it any more. "
Daily will be working with green and competition horses at this year's Southern Plains Farm Show at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. He has two sessions Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The farm show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission and parking are free.
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