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The Scoop on Western Saddle Pads

When shopping for new Western saddle pads, two important factors to consider are the materials it’s made from and the thickness. Here’s more information on both…

 

 
Saddle Pad Materials
The main materials used in modern Western saddle pads include:

Foam (either closed-cell/neoprene or open-cell/polyurethane): While foam pads may be cushy and…

How to Improve Your Riding Posture

Most equestrians can agree on the importance of having a proper riding position. It doesn’t matter what discipline you ride, ultimately your seat, legs, and hands are used to communicate with your horse. An improper position or poor posture in the saddle can give your horse unclear aids and…

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO BUILD A GREAT HORSEWOMAN 

The Beginning 
As a little girl, I didn’t know what it meant to be a horsewoman, I just knew I loved horses! Some of my earliest memories are of standing on the couch by the window so I could watch the neighbor’s horses run around their field. Aside from a…

Top 10 Best Beaches to Ride At

As summer comes to an end, now’s your chance to enjoy a final beach trip before cooler weather arrives. Make it a memorable experience by bringing your horse along for the ride of a lifetime. There are many beaches in the USA that are horse-friendly. Imagine the salty wind…

Bosal Basics

It reminded me of the true connection that lies between a horse and rider. One that cannot be found between a bit and the hands, but instead between the hearts of both the horse to rider. I still own my first bosal and ride in it frequently. It is…

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…

Does Your Bridle Fit?

Tongue lolling, head tossing, balking when asked to go forward can be signs your horse’s bridle is uncomfortable. Horses can get as cranky about bridle fit as they do about a saddle that pinches. If your horse’s bridle isn’t adjusted correctly, it can lead to painful rubs behind the…

Enjoy the Ride

It may be cliché, but equestrians really do need to “enjoy the ride”. Far too often riders become absorbed in accomplishing goals and finding success that they forget to take in the little things. Let your stress go and learn to appreciate your horse and their little quirks. 

Is your…

The Mental Side of Showing as an Adult Amateur

I didn’t grow up showing much. As one of four kids in a single parent household, going to horse shows was extremely low on the priority list and just not financially viable. 

When you’re a kid showing, things are very different then when you enter the world of being an…