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English Riding Tips for the Western Rider

However, when I later leased my first horse, a retired hunter jumper named Lady, I would soon discover the world of English riding. The young woman who owned Lady gave me her old English saddle and also gave me a few lessons in the riding style, which I would…

Make Your Own Trail Obstacles

There’s no better way to desensitize your horse than with an obstacle course. It gives you a chance to expose your horse to a wide variety of objects. Some you may find in everyday life, while others only at a show or on the trails. Each exposure will make…

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…