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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…

Fuel Your Body for Riding

Often, riders focus on their horse’s nutrition but neglect their own. Your horse isn’t the only athlete in this partnership. If you want to keep up with the demands of riding, then your body requires proper nutrition and exercise. Even basic barn chores and a leisure trail ride burn…

Keep Your Horse Fit Through Winter

Winter is nearly here! The temperatures will soon be plummeting and a blanket of snow laid on the ground. Some riders are lucky enough to have access to an indoor riding arena, while others need to get a bit more creative. You and your horse don’t have to go…

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,…

The Benefits of a Round Pen

Round pens are a great investment for horse farms. They allow you to train and evaluate your horse in a more controlled space. The greatest benefit is how versatile they are. Almost all types of riders and horses can utilize these smaller, confided arenas. Many trainers find them indispensable!

The…

Back to basics.

Like everyone else around the world, I can say that this last month has been, for lack of a better word, tough. Being isolated from extended family, having to homeschool two little kids, Zach working from home and not having much “me” time have been a few of the…

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…

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…

Yoga for Horseback Riders

There’s a few different names- equestrian yoga, yoga on horseback, cowgirl yoga… but they all share the same purposes. They focus on mindfulness, breathing, and connecting with your horse. Through various movements and poses, the rider can strength muscles, improve their alignment, and support their emotional well-being. These exercises…