Horses are very unpredictable at times. At one moment they are afraid of a large puddle and another moment they are jumping out of their skin from the sight of their own shadow. It’s really tough sometimes to know how to deal with and help a horse who spooks easily. Sometimes, people who don’t deal with the issue at hand, immediately run into more problems in the future. As horse riders, we need to learn how to help our horses who spook and prevent further issues from developing. Today, I am sharing with you 3 tips that I feel can help a horse that spooks. I hope that you enjoy the tips and most of all find them super helpful!
Ever since becoming a horse lover, I have find myself doing certain things that I presume other horse lovers can totally relate to. When you’re a horse lover, you develop certain habits and obsessions that quickly become a regular part of life. I always remember the days when I come home from the barn and my family knows I smell like horse, but I can’t smell anything! I definitely have become used to the smell at the barn. I thought it would be fun to share some quirky characteristics I feel every horse lover can relate to. If you can’t relate, I hope this might give you a good laugh. 🙂
Do horses really fly? Of course they do!
Horses have been transported by airplanes since the 1956 Olympics in Stockholm. They needed a way to be able to transport horses overseas to big events and horse shows such as the Olympics. So out of their need to fly, large cargo planes designed with stalls for each horse were used. When horses needed to be transported to the Olympics in 1956, stalls with sides of plywood were used. Now, more efficient rubber stalls are used, but back in the 50s, plywood was all that was available. Something interesting is that when the horses landed in Stockholm, they didn’t have trucks or trailers to transport the horses, so the riders rode the horses many miles just to get to the Olympic grounds.
Personally, I LOVE decorating my room with DIYs and pretty decor. Honestly, I am the person who changes the decor of my room alot! I am sure some of you can relate! I am always looking for new DIY projects to try. Not only do I love decorating my spaces with decor, but I especially love adding a little bit of that equestrian flare. So, today I thought of sharing with you a DIY project I recently completed that is used to store keepsakes, for example, maybe a special horseshoe or one of your horse’s old bits. If you are obsessed with decorating and love horses, I definitely suggest you try out this easy equestrian wall art project! I am going to walk you through the steps to completing this DIY with pictures (for those visual learners out there). Enjoy and happy decorating!
I recently changed my slogan for Horse Chats on my blog to “inspired to ride” rather than “ride and inspire.” I really wanted to unpack why I changed it as this slogan really is what my blog is all about. So, what does “inspired to ride” really mean? It is pretty self-explanatory, but behind those simple words are three reasons HOW I want to inspire others to ride. Inspired to ride with:
Hey everyone! Happy Monday! Recently, I attended the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride. I have one word to describe it… incredible. The precision and organization of their skills and tricks was amazing. The performance was flawless. The RCMP Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and their horses. The performance includes multiple drills and exercises choreographed to music, entertains many people all over Canada, and also raises money for local charities and organizations. Overall, the RCMP musical ride aims to uphold Canadian traditions and heritage. Below, check out three of the drills the RCMP perform as well as some of the pictures that I took while I was attending the musical ride. Enjoy!
Hey! Welcome back to another blog post. Today, I am talking about tension and how to release your tension in the saddle. I feel that to truly become a better rider you have to develop confidence and clarity.
I have to admit, I have had some moments of tension in my riding lessons and while working one-on-one with my horse. It’s not easy just to release those nerves or emotions. Recently, I was working with Kahari, a horse I ride, and the ride just wasn’t going the direction I wanted it to go. Kahari wasn’t responding to what I was asking her and honestly, I was getting frustrated. The more frustrated and tense I got, the more frustrated and tense Kahari got. Now, Kahari is a super sensitive horse. I only have to put a little bit of leg pressure on her and instantly she will respond. But also, if I start to get tense or get nervous, she immediately picks up on my nerves and tension. This year while working with Kahari, I have really had to learn to put my emotions and tension away and come into a ride in the neutral zone. The neutral zone basically means no emotion or tension. There are pros and cons to riding a sensitive horse, but let me tell you, Kahari has taught me a lot. I honestly feel that I have become a better rider because of her.
Hey everyone! A while ago, I gave you a Q&A form to ask questions about anything related to horse riding. Today, I am sharing with you the answers to your questions with a short video. I tried to put my answers into writing, but then realized it would be much easier to answer them in a video. I want to say thank you for everyone who asked questions! I hope that this video answers your question and if at all you do not understand anything, shoot me an email by visiting my contact page. Enjoy the video!
Hey everyone! Welcome back to another blog post! This past weekend, I attended a jumping clinic taught by my trainer. Below is a pic of me jumping Kahari. The clinic was so much fun and I started to feel my love of jumping come back. Whether it is a ½ ft tall jump or a 3 ft tall jump, the thrill never goes away. While I attended the clinic, I learned many important basics of jumping. To be able to jump, you have to have the basics down pat. It’s basically like laying down a foundation for a house. Once you have the foundation, then you can start building. Today, I am sharing with you 3 tips that I learned at the jumping clinic. I hope that these tips will help the riders who are wanting to begin jumping classes, but also a reminder to those riders who have been jumping for a while. Enjoy the tips!