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horsemanship

How to Be the Leader Your Horse Deserves

Some riders really struggle with the idea of being their horse’s leader. They want to love and spoil their equine friend. Unfortunately, horses work in herd dynamics. Horses will either follow a leader or become the boss in the absence of one. This can be really dangerous when they…

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…

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…

Getting Back in the Saddle

I was heavy into barrel racing and swore that even the birth of my first child wouldn’t change my ways. However, fate had other ideas…

 
Life Happens
It wasn’t a sudden shift, like one day I decided I no longer had time to ride. Rather, this life adjustment came about slowly…

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 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…

Soul Riding: Delicacy and Brilliance

I would have not been able to explain myself. I knew the feeling but wouldn’t have been able to put that feeling into words. Growing up I did compete in Western disciplines, but I am in no way a competitive person. I was successful but also completely content with…

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…