As riders, communication is key to developing a strong and trustworthy relationship with your horse. Communication is the connection between two or more people or animals. Horses have two main ways of communicating with their riders: vocal sounds and body language. Horses use communication to tell us how they are feeling. They communicate to us if they are angry, annoyed, happy, or even relaxed. The amazing thing about horses is that they are professionals at communicating. When they were young, they had to communicate to their mothers to tell them they were hungry, horses that live in the wild communicate with the herd to notify other horses of danger or prey, horses have the ability to communicate in small and even large ways and they can communicate by moving their ears or even by responding in flight.
A couple of days ago, I had a lesson with my trainer and let me tell you it was hard! I mean, it was definitely a rewarding lesson, but it was hard! Thanks Gary:-) I felt like putting my lesson into a blog post, because I learned something VERY important. I believe that once every horse rider accomplishes this, they will become an even better rider! So this is what I learned the night of my lesson…
Happpppy Monday everyone! Today, I am giving you my current top 5 favorite equestrian blogs and an extra bonus blog (because I have more than 5 haha). These blogs are all fantastic and definitely have given me insights into both riding and blogging. All of these bloggers have big followings and definitely know what they are doing! Some of them are horse trainers and some of them are equestrian fashion bloggers (which I LOVE)! I hope that you enjoy this post and maybe you will discover some new blogs that you haven’t visited before!
Yet another Throwback Thursday makes me realize how many fantastic experiences I have been blessed with over the years. I mean, when blessed with so many people that have shaped me as a rider is something I can feel proud of today. For example, the barn I am at now has influenced me in ways I never thought were possible. I have improved and progressed in ways I never thought I could. But most of all it changed my view on finding the RIGHT barn. The barn that will support you every step of the way. It changed my view to ask myself: What even is the RIGHT barn? That leads me to the story I am about to tell you all today. The story of when I found my RIGHT barn.
Hey everyone! So today, I am giving you a video tutorial on how to make an easy horse treat recipe that I found online. This horse treat recipe is called the Oat Carrot Horse Cookies and I will leave the link below the video if you would like to go check it out on the original website. It is SUPER easy and literally is done in 15 minutes flat. Also, on the original website there is a ton more horse treat recipes that you can check out as well! I hope that you find this video helpful and that most of all your horses LOVE the treats! Enjoy!
Buying a horse is an exciting moment in every horse lover’s life. It is a moment in your life where your dream and wish is granted. I have to admit though, buying a horse isn’t just all rainbows and butterflies. Don’t get me wrong, buying a horse is INCREDIBLE, but it also comes with great commitment and huge financial investment. Buying a horse requires a lot of thought, time, and most of all, money. It is definitely worth it though! There are so many decisions involved such as what breed of horse you want, how much you are willing to spend, what is the discipline you will be riding, and many more questions. Today, I am giving you my DO’s and DON’ts of buying a horse so that you can be prepared on how to handle different situations and how to make the final decisions on buying your dream horse. Enjoy!
Learn how to live in the now… what do you think that means? Well, it probably has about a hundred different definitions, but today I am only going to focus on one of those definitions… “living in the now” as it relates to horses. Isn’t that why we are all here? To “live in the now” with our horses?
Horses each have their own “horsenalities” as I have learned from previous experiences. Maybe some like to add in that extra buck when you are cueing them into the canter, or maybe their whole focus in life is on what you have in the food bucket, or they are the sweetest horse on the entire earth and all they want to do is spend time with you. As you know, not all horses are the same. They are all so different in their own unique and maybe quirky ways. But no matter what their “horsenality”, horses always live life to the fullest.
Hey everyone! YAY! Throwback Thursday is back and BETTER! I have been so excited for this post because this throwback really holds a special place in my heart. Now, sit back, relax and let me tell you about the time when I cantered for the first time. As a young girl I felt like I had accomplished the world, but I won’t spoil the story, so let’s get into it!
About 5 years ago, I cantered for the first time and let me tell you it was pretty AMAZING! I had just settled into a new barn that I was taking lessons at and I was working on completing the canter. Previously, I hadn’t cantered because I was too young and hadn’t learned enough yet to be prepared to efficiently (and smoothly haha) make my way into the canter. I had loved taking lessons as a young girl and I was so excited to be learning how to canter because I felt like I had come a long way in my riding. It is so inspiring and motivating to see your improvements and progress at work! At the stable I was riding at, I had ridden the same horse every lesson. He was a middle-aged quarter horse, Palomino.
Personally, as a horseback rider, I have a tendency to buy a lot of things for my horse. I am sure that all of you have been in this situation where you have been looking at a horse catalog and you end up buying something and another thing and you just CANNOT stop. Honestly, it is like a disease that is contagious for EVERY horseback rider. So, in the end, you have bought tack, treats, and even more items that you feel you need for your horse or yourself. Eventually, you don’t have any more room in your tack locker and you don’t know where to put everything.