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The True Cost of Riding

Riding is considered an expensive sport. There are a lot of factors to consider before you sign up! You’ll experience both initial expenses for things like tack and riding equipment and ongoing costs related to lessons and horse care. There are ways to reduce certain fees, but you should…

All About Alfalfa

It’s true that the higher protein and caloric content of alfalfa can be beneficial for certain horses, such as those that are growing, pregnant or lactating mares, or horses needing to put on weight, but if your horse doesn’t need the extra protein or calories, alfalfa may not be…

Bodywork for Riding Posture

My dressage trainer has always said that we use posture as an aid.  This includes the shoulders, arms, core, seat, legs, joints, etc.  Body awareness allows a rider to move joints and limbs independently or together in order to cue the horse properly.  Easier said than done!

When I was…

Celebrate Galentine’s Day at the Barn

February may be associated with Valentine’s Day and your special someone, but there’s another holiday you don’t want to miss! It’s called Galentine’s Day. This “made up” holiday is celebrated on February 13th. It’s basically a day in which you shower your closest gal pals with love. 

Since most equestrians…

Let’s Talk Zebras… the Other Equus

 Zebras are actually in the same genus family as horses, Equus.

While looking more into zebras I found that there are three main types of them, but all of them are native to Africa. There are the plains zebra, the mountain zebra, and the grevy zebra. 

Plains zebras live in…

Does Your Horse Love You?

It’s February and love is in the air! This intense emotion can be described as feeling deep affection for someone or something. Many would say they love their horse with their whole heart. Afterall, riding becomes a partnership in which you bond and learn all about each other. It…

Horses of the Wild West

The Wild West wouldn’t have been the same without horses. After all, every cowboy needs a trusty steed. Beginning after the Civil War and ending around 1895, the American Frontier was known for its pioneers, outlaws, and gunslingers.

Similar to modern times, these folks had different breeds of horses. Each…

Fuel Your Body for Riding

Often, riders focus on their horse’s nutrition but neglect their own. Your horse isn’t the only athlete in this partnership. If you want to keep up with the demands of riding, then your body requires proper nutrition and exercise. Even basic barn chores and a leisure trail ride burn…

Hello, Two-Thousand and Twenty-One

I’d rather reflect on how it helped us all grow, learn, and expand our way of thinking. We have all learned to not take days for granted with people whom we cherish deeply. As it may be their last day in this world. We have all learned to slow…

Skijoring: Ski Boots, Spurs & Horses

Those that enjoy extreme winter sports will love skijoring.  Basically, it’s skiing behind a horse. The sport has been known to draw quite the crowd in North America. With speeds upward of 35 mph and various jumps, it’s no wonder spectators pour in to watch competitions.

Not only is this…