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The No Stirrup November Challenge

On November 1st riders across the United States dropped their stirrups for the ‘No Stirrup November Challenge’. Most equestrians are not sure how this trend started, but it has been going strong for quite a few years now. If you want to improve your position and strengthen your legs,…

How to Develop Your Horse’s Topline

Your horse should naturally have a good topline. There should be a smooth line from their neck to their nail. Unfortunately, potential issues can arise. An improperly fitted saddle, starting a horse too young and lameness are just a few reasons why your horse may have a weak or…

Grooming Tips for Fuzzy Horses

In many areas, the horses are already starting to get fuzzy! With winter quickly approaching, their thick coat is gearing up for the cold temperatures. Each season presents its own grooming challenges. Specifically, your horse’s winter coat is likely to trap dirt, sweat and stains more easily. Fear not!…

Top Riding Destinations for Fall Foliage

  Autumn is one of the best seasons for trail riders. The crisp air, blue skies and trees full of color are just a few highlights. From daytime rides to overnight camping adventures, all riders can enjoy the spectacular scenery of fall. Saddle up for an experience of a lifetime!

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Horses, Hounds, & Tweed

Fox hunting in this area has been taking place since the mid 1800s.  Today it continues to be an important cultural tradition and social event.

For the past ten years I’ve been visiting Middleburg, once or twice a year, because my horse trainer lives there.  I had never been fox…

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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