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How to Be the Leader Your Horse Deserves

Some riders really struggle with the idea of being their horse’s leader. They want to love and spoil their equine friend. Unfortunately, horses work in herd dynamics. Horses will either follow a leader or become the boss in the absence of one. This can be really dangerous when they…

Does Your Bridle Fit?

Tongue lolling, head tossing, balking when asked to go forward can be signs your horse’s bridle is uncomfortable. Horses can get as cranky about bridle fit as they do about a saddle that pinches. If your horse’s bridle isn’t adjusted correctly, it can lead to painful rubs behind the…

Enjoy the Ride

It may be cliché, but equestrians really do need to “enjoy the ride”. Far too often riders become absorbed in accomplishing goals and finding success that they forget to take in the little things. Let your stress go and learn to appreciate your horse and their little quirks. 

Is your…

Five Training Mistakes to Avoid

Every ride can be seen as a training session. Even a leisurely trail ride requires maneuvering through obstacles. It’s important you become the best rider you can be for your horse. They need a confident and educated person to bring out their true potential. Time and time again, it…

The Mental Side of Showing as an Adult Amateur

I didn’t grow up showing much. As one of four kids in a single parent household, going to horse shows was extremely low on the priority list and just not financially viable. 

When you’re a kid showing, things are very different then when you enter the world of being an…

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…

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…

How to Estimate Your Horse’s Weight

Knowing your horse’s weight is important when designing a feeding program and also for administering supplements or medications such as bute, banamine, or dewormers. The problem is that most of us don’t have a horse-sized scale on hand! 

Many people tend to estimate that their adult horse is about a…

Riding in the Snow

A fresh blanket of snow may look nice to some, but to riders it can mean hazardous conditions. Riding in the snow can be beautiful and even fun. However, it must be done with caution. It can be hard to tell what’s lurking underneath or how slippery the ground…