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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…

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…