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The Riding Bug

They talk about Chloe nonstop at home and we pretty much have the Netflix cartoon Spirit Riding Free on the TV on repeat. As soon as we get to the barn, however, they freeze up around the horses. Ask them if they want to sit on Chloe and they…

The Benefits of Lunging a Horse

Lunging a horse is a powerful means of training and exercise. It can be a wonderful way to change up your training program and keep your horse interested. Both young and experienced horses stand to benefit from this form of exercise, if done correctly. 

If you’re new to lunging, it’s…

War Bridle: Simplicity in its Finest Form

 I consider myself highly educated in equine health, training methods, and riding; but I am a master of none of it. When I converse with an elder who has been in the horse world far longer than myself, I take into consideration every hidden tip and trick they speak…

Balancing Bareback

When you learn the art of bareback riding you have a better idea of correct leads, muscle movements, and most importantly balance; all of which are a necessity in the saddle but could easily be ignored if you don’t have the knowledge. Also, I thrive on the simplicity of…

Keep Your Horse Safe from Heat Stress

While there’s a lot to love about the long, sunny days of summer, you have to remind yourself that this weather can be hard on your horse. It’s important to take a few precautions and keep a close on your horse when temperatures begin to soar. You can still…

The Best Age to Start a Horse under Saddle

Every trainer seems to have an opinion on the perfect age to start a young horse under saddle. This heated debate has come up over and over again! Each horse needs to be evaluated individually, preferably with the help of your veterinarian. Their physical and mental development needs to…

Adding a New Horse to the Family

I met Bob about 3 years ago.  A friend of mine asked if he could bring Bob to our farm so he could ride and use him for a high school prom parade.  My barn was closer to the school and we had riding trails nearby. Bob would only…

Natural Horsemanship 101

If you’ve been around horses long enough, then you’ve likely heard the term ‘natural horsemanship’. While it has been around for quite a while, it has only become popular in the past two decades or so. Nowadays, interested horse owners can find clinics, books, videos, and online resources all…

Part 2: My Weekend At TIEC

If you missed Part 1 of My Weekend at TIEC, where I describe in detail the facility of Tryon International Equestrian Center, please take a few minutes to read it HERE. If you are not familiar with TIEC, or as I like to refer to it as, “my horse…