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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 respiratory tract is designed to warm…

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…

The Proper Riding Position

As a rider, your goal should be to maintain an effective seat that follows your horse’s movement. A quiet seat stays out of the way and doesn’t disrupt the horse. Eventually, you’ll learn how to encourage movement through your aids. Your body needs to carry itself properly for you…

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…