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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 minimal tack and emotional connection between…

Keep Your Horse Safe from Heat Stress

While there’s a lot to love about the long, sunny days of summer, you have to remind yourself that this weather can be hard on your horse. It’s important to take a few precautions and keep a close on your horse when temperatures begin to soar. You can still…

The Best Age to Start a Horse under Saddle

Every trainer seems to have an opinion on the perfect age to start a young horse under saddle. This heated debate has come up over and over again! Each horse needs to be evaluated individually, preferably with the help of your veterinarian. Their physical and mental development needs to…

Adding a New Horse to the Family

I met Bob about 3 years ago.  A friend of mine asked if he could bring Bob to our farm so he could ride and use him for a high school prom parade.  My barn was closer to the school and we had riding trails nearby. Bob would only…

Natural Horsemanship 101

If you’ve been around horses long enough, then you’ve likely heard the term ‘natural horsemanship’. While it has been around for quite a while, it has only become popular in the past two decades or so. Nowadays, interested horse owners can find clinics, books, videos, and online resources all…

Part 2: My Weekend At TIEC

If you missed Part 1 of My Weekend at TIEC, where I describe in detail the facility of Tryon International Equestrian Center, please take a few minutes to read it HERE. If you are not familiar with TIEC, or as I like to refer to it as, “my horse…

A Look at the Classical Pyramid of Training

The training pyramid in classical dressage can be seen as an outline for your horse’s training journey. It begins with their first few days under saddle and continues for several years later. This process doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, classical dressage maintains the philosophy slower is better than faster….

Saddle Bag Necessities

If you work your horses in an outdoor or indoor arena, getting ready to ride is a matter of saddling up and then schooling your horse.  But if you are a bit more adventurous or would like to change up the pace, trail riding is the way to go….

Guidelines for Taking Your Horse into the Backcountry

Riding into the backcountry far away from roads and civilization—and even emergency help if you need it—demands a partnership between horse and rider like no other. If you’ve ever splurged on one of those weeklong equestrian vacations, you’ve experienced the bond that develops between you and your borrowed horse….

Tips for Legging Up Your Horse

 And while we may be rearing to go, some of our horses might not be nearly as excited. But who can blame them after a lazy winter spent munching on hay?
Before you saddle up and head out to a big show, weekend trail ride, or another event, it’s important…