Friday, February 25, 2011

Jackie Jatzlau Talks About “Perfect Practice”

As a trainer, rider and clinician one of the main things I focus on is perfect practice. I think that practicing a horse exactly the way you want them to run not only helps them build confidence in themselves but in their rider also.

Making a winning run is all about teamwork. Teamwork starts at the foundation, making sure that your horse is broke well and you know exactly what the ‘commands’ are is a vital part of becoming a team. Each horse is an individual and each rider has a different set of hands and applies pressure through their hands, body and feet a little differently. 

Many people overlook the fact that practice at home is not only for the horse but it is for the rider as well. All too often I see riders who practice one way and run a different way and they can’t understand why their horse performs and feels so different in competition than they do in the practice arena. Horses by nature want to be pleasers, but they look to you for guidance and reassurance in a run.

Becoming a team means riding the same every time you go through the pattern. This helps your horse to understand what to expect from you in different situations and you, in turn, can develop your horse’s knowledge of exactly how you want them to react as well. Immediately stopping and correcting a problem while practicing helps a horse to clearly understand where the mistake was and you can show them the correct way you want them to react. I call this perfect practice! It isn’t “perfect” because no mistakes are ever made and your horse works exactly perfect. Instead it’s “perfect” because you are building clear boundaries on what is correct and what is incorrect.

By using repetition of “perfect practice” eventually your horse figures out exactly what you want and you as a rider become more consistent as well and a winning team is created. Before long stopping and correcting happens less and less and may even become rare in practice and that is when you will see it really carry over to perfect runs in competition!

We all strive for that winning run not once, not twice, but as often as possible, but that all begins with how you practice. Do you practice perfectly?

Best of Luck!

Jackie Jatzlau

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Hi faithful blog followers! I just wanted to drop a quick line and let you all know that we will be giving away a free pair of Iconoclast Equine Support Boots on March 31st. For more information and to enter this contest please click on over to our website!

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Also please stay tuned as later this week Jackie Dube Jatzlau is going to be checking in with some great information to share with all of you via our blog! Jackie is a very accomplished barrel horse trainer and competitor and she no doubt has something great to share with all of us. Check back later this week for her blog entry.

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Jeremy Heid
Western Legacy Sales

Friday, February 18, 2011

Iconoclast Equine 2/18/11

Every single day we are busy exchanging emails or talking directly with owners and trainers over the phone about their horse’s health. We are sure to take as much time as we can to answer every question to the best of our ability. It is important to note that NONE of us here at Western Legacy Sales are veterinarians, however, we do have a wealth of knowledge from decades spent working, training and dealing with issues in our own horses. Perhaps more importantly, there is no real way for us to go back and calculate the man-hours we have spent, and continue to spend, working with and learning from some of the best equine vets in the country while developing the Iconoclast Equine Support Boots.
Whenever you have an issue with one of your equine partners we highly recommend contacting your veterinarian first and foremost. The information you find in this blog is what we would call our best approach in a given situation. Every situation is unique and every animal has their own story, so please consider what you read here to merely be advice. An experienced veterinarian is always your best resource so when you find one that serves you well, keep his/her phone number close by at all times because you never know when you may need them!
This week we want to share with you a situation we were approached with recently. The following is the email we received (names have been changed): 
Yesterday, our vet was here and noticed two horses with suspensory injuries. We have a Lipizzaner cross gelding that is showing the beginnings of suspensory injuries with a drop of a fetlock of his right hind. He hasn't been lame or showing any signs of injury. I feel completely devastated by this and I'm searching for a way to protect him. Would your boots help him lift his fetlock back to normal position? He is a lesson horse and I refuse to put my horses in danger. Would our horse need to wear your boots all of the time or just while riding?  
The second horse is an older mare and our vet believes she had a suspensory tear.  She is off a bit off but nothing terrible. Her fetlock has dropped a lot and she does appear to be sore. While she is out in the pasture she looks happy, running around and getting to know our home (she is new-supposed to be an advanced beginner lesson horse). Our vet said she is best for a pasture situation and not for riding.  Since she appears to have a tear, which could have been a long time injury, how can your boots help her?
I would love to know a lot more about this. If this can help my two horses then I would love to become a distributor and build a website to get this out to more people not to mention to all of the horses who need assistance in our local area. I love our horses and honestly I'm heartbroken. I don't want our horses to feel pain and if this can fix them then I'm all for it.
~ Sarah

We hear stories just like Sarah’s every day. It is truly unfortunate to feel so helpless, but we are here to supply you with hope! As a matter of fact situations similar to this in our own horses is exactly what led to the development of the Iconoclast Equine Support Boots. The following is our correspondence back to Sarah:

Dear Sarah,
Thank you for your interest in our Iconoclast boots.
I am sure you have a very good veterinarian. I think there are two different issues with soft tissue of the horse’s leg as it pertains lameness. First you can find a strain or second you will find a tear.
The strain is less problematic than the recovery of a tear. The greatest difference is TIME. In the case of a strain, the horse needs to be stalled for a period of time to allow proper healing and function of the tissue in question. In all rehab situations it is very important to know exactly what ligament or tendon you are dealing with and the full extent of damage. There are 32 different ligaments and tendons in the horse’s leg from the knee/hock to the coffin bone. Damage to any of these can cause some degree of discomfort or expression of lameness.
The amount of time the horse is confined will be determined by several factors. Severity of injury, location of injury, modality of treatment and diligence of care givers. Once you have located and identified the injury you will proceed with prescribed methods of treatment (usually provided by the attending veterinarian).
The use of the Iconoclast support boot should be implemented as soon as you identify the injury. If the horse is confined to stall rest, put the Iconoclast Rehabilitation boot on for confident, consistent support. This boot is best used in 10-12 hour sessions, allowing time out of the boot for therapy and freshening.
Remember to always treat both legs the same, save the good leg as it will be under more strain because of the injured leg. Put both boots on and take booth boots off. The recovery of injury is improved if you can allow very controlled motion allowing the ligament or tendon to function but this motion must be properly supported. The Iconoclast boot will provide the necessary and proper support needed to stabilize the injured area. You cannot get proper support from any other device such as polo wraps, splint boots or bandages. As the fetlock is the nucleus of the soft tissue of the equine leg, proper support is the only avenue to recovery.
If you are dealing with a soft tissue tear, treatments are much the same, and motion must be allowed in order to minimize or eliminate the development of scar tissue. If scar tissue is allowed to form in the injured tendon or ligament, re-injury is very likely as scar tissue has little if any ability to stretch. If enough scar tissue is formed or if the injury is of a time past your horse may always exhibit some degree of discomfort.
The Iconoclast boot is the best device offered today for the rehabilitation, recovery or prevention of damage to soft tissue of the horse’s leg. The ability to reduce injury due to hyperextension, fatigue, poor conformation, preexisting condition, improper balance or aging is the hallmark of the Iconoclast boot.
If you would like to view our products please see our web site We also have some informational videos about our boots at if you would like to learn more.
I look forward to hearing back from you and I wish you the best of luck rehabilitating your horses! If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ward Heid

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Iconoclast Equine Support Boots

Here at Western Legacy Sales we have decided to head down the essential road of social media in 2011. We want to be constantly in touch with our customers and any horse enthusiast that is not only looking for better leg support for their horse, but those that are simply seeking some educational tips and information from leading horse trainers, veterinarians and other horse minded people just like you. We believe in taking care of the entire team of horse and rider and hopefully we will be able to provide you with a little something to help you along from time to time with the information you find in this blog.

We will have something new every single week for you all to read. If you have any ideas or topics/questions you would like to see us tackle here please feel free to send us an email and suggest it. We will be committed to tapping into our team of professionals to see how we can help you along.

The Iconoclast Equine Support Boots were designed because we were having suspensory issues with horses that we could not find an answer for. Our boots were born out of years of frustration from dealing with set backs in our own equine partners. The first Iconoclast boot was stitched together on the kitchen table and after finally seeing the results we were looking for we are now helping equine enthusiasts all over the globe provide unparalleled support to their horses. We have customers from all disciplines of Western and English equitation and we have even been accepted to run on several Thoroughbred race tracks!

Your horses deserve the best quality support you can give them and our customers deserve a company that is dedicated to helping them get the most out of what they have to work with. This blog is going to help us do that. If you follow us on Facebook (search Iconoclast Equine Support Boots) you will be the first to know when something new appears here and you can also stay up to speed on all the news from the Iconoclast Equine Support Boots.

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Jeremy Heid
Western Legacy Sales