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Most Common Mistakes Made By Beginner Riders

Everyone has to start somewhere. There’s no shame in being a beginner rider. Learning to ride is difficult and even dangerous! It’s best to go on this journey with an open mind and ears. Take all the advice you can get. Before you jump into the saddle, check out…

How to Make Your Horse Happy

Making your horse happy seems simple enough! You may not think your horse requires that much to be content. And that’s probably true compared to most people. However, the reality is your horse has emotional and physical needs that can’t be ignored. If one area begins to slack, your…

Is It Too Cold To Ride?

The most common concern I have heard about Winter riding is the cold air damaging the horse’s lungs. One article from a 2014 SmartPak Ask The Vet blog mentioned that studies have shown breathing cold air repeatedly and rapidly can cause significant stress on the horse’s airways. The horse’s…

Understanding the Half Halt

Half halts are used in abundance within the dressage world, but the reality is all riding disciplines can benefit from their application. In simple terms, a half halt is a specific riding aid. This tool can transform your horse into an elegant and willing partner. Unfortunately, the aid is…

Trail Riding Safety Tips

Many dedicated trail riders saddle up year-round. You’ll catch them riding on the hottest days in summer and coldest months of winter. Even if you’re not a diehard, trail riding can still be dangerous. The most beautiful of days can quickly turn sour with rain, a loose shoe, or…

The Show Must Go On

In my last blog post for Your Horse Farm, I talked about how I was gearing up for a week at Tryon International and how feeling well prepared helps to calm my intense show nerves. It has been a few years since I showed Chloe in the Jumpers at…

Enjoying Fall Foliage from Horseback 

Fall is one of my favorite seasons with my horses and can be the best time to go trail riding. The weather is cooler, there are less bugs out, and the colorful scenery is beautiful. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you hit the trails…

Getting Back On

After months of worrying about it, and even visualizing it, I fell off Hamster. Looking back, it is easy to see where the jump went wrong. Even though it was a tiny crossrail, it was still our first jump of the day’s ride and I think Hamster likes to…