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10 Fun Horseback Games to Play

Horse shows and other equestrian events might be on hold for the time being, but that doesn’t mean fun with your horse is cancelled this summer. Gather the whole family and maybe a few friends and plan a day of horseback games instead! Here are 10 ideas to try:
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Bitless Options

I was still barrel racing at the time and found a mechanical hackamore known as the S hack, which soon became my go-to bitless option. However, when I later quit barrel racing and was doing more pleasure riding, I became interested in trying other bitless options. I thought I…

The World of Virtual Horse Shows

Virtual horse shows have been around for quite some time, but few equestrians have given them much notice. With COVID-19 upon us, everything has changed though! Most states are experiencing some sort of ban that prevents traditional horse shows from taking place. Because of this, e-shows have become very…

Should You Try Riding Bitless?

When you discover bitless riding, you will enter a whole new world! While riding with a bit is considered normal, some folks have begun questioning it. With more and more riders turning to riding bitless, you may be wondering if it’s a good option for you and your horse….

English Vs Western Riding

There are a ton of different riding disciplines across the United States. Most of them fall in the category of English or western. If you’re newer to horses, then you might be wondering which to try. It can be helpful to learn about the differences. And if still confused,…

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…