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Garrison FFA Member Utilizes Rodeo Experience to Train Performance Horses    
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | Author: Lani Pieper, Texas FFA News Staff

Garrison FFA member Mallory Moore turned her experiences in the rodeo industry into a Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) project in equine science.

“My love for the rodeo industry and working closely with performance horses outlined the ideal paid placement SAE for me,” said Moore. 

The high school senior's job at her parent’s business — Brown Equine Services requires her to train customers' horses, focusing on their groundwork, endurance, and agility. 

“In our contract with the clientele, I ride five out of the seven days a week, providing the horses with substantial, high-quality training,” said Moore. “Horses are exercised, fed, shoed (if needed), and seasoned for the span of their training.”

Moore stated that oftentimes performance horses are trained to specialize in specific rodeo events. Whereas her training teaches horses and their riders to work as a single unit which helps them be more experienced in numerous rodeo events.

“My family is heavily involved in the rodeo industry,” said Moore. “Growing up and participating in rodeo allowed me to become skilled and well-versed in the capacity of all events offered. Enough so that all of my horses that I use for competitive events are personally trained by me.”

Throughout her experiences at Brown Equine Services, Moore said she learned that patience and planning ahead are key.

“I am heavily involved in many other high school extra-curricular activities,” said Moore. “My advice would be to always plan ahead because ‘when you fail to plan, plan to fail.’” 

Moore’s parents limit her to training two clients per month so that she has enough time to provide the adequate attention necessary to meet the needs of the horse and maintain a proper education.

“In the end, my goal is to provide complete satisfaction to our clientele by sending their horse home in better shape than when it arrived,” said Moore. 

Moore’s successful SAE project was recognized as the 2020 Texas FFA proficiency winner and a National FFA finalist in Equine Science. 

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