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!
You might be thinking, “Is it even possible to ride horses and still stay on budget?” Well… I believe there are some tips that can help us save money and not spend too much money on our horses. I am sure you have been in a situation before where you walk into a store and come out with more horsey things than you bargained for. I know, I definitely have! So today, I am sharing 7 tips to help all of those “horse crazy shoppers” to stay on budget while still investing in your horse! I hope that these tips help you! Enjoy reading!
Dear Younger Me,
So, you’ve decided to start horseback riding, have you? Well, let me start off by saying it’s not going to be easy. But I guess I shouldn’t start off negative, right?
Horse riding is very rewarding and enjoyable. There’s nothing more amazing and life changing than getting on the back of a 1,000 pound animal. I am a true believer that horses are the best secret keepers EVER! They will never ever tell 😊 Personally, I do believe that it is a sport. I mean, it is in the Olympics. But horse riding isn’t only a sport where you compete, but it is so much more than that. It is a commitment and a character building experience. It builds strength, perseverance, and a will to never, EVER give up.
Summer has arrived… well kind of… I mean with thunderstorm warnings and rain where I live, it doesn’t make for a “fun in the sun” kind of day. Technically, however, summer here began on June 20, so I thought I would give all those summer lovers a guide to thriving this summer as a horseback rider. I don’t know about any of you, but I love to ride outside. Sometimes though it does get really warm. So today, I am sharing with you 10 tips I feel will help to stay cool in the summer. We want to enjoy riding in the summer instead of feeling like we are going to melt from heat exhaustion (I am sure you all have been there). I hope that you enjoy this list of tips and most of all find them super helpful!
So the topic today is… roundness and collection.
Collection does not only makes your horse look super fancy, but it also is a helpful and beneficial exercise to your horse. Basically, the horse softens their neck, allowing them to round their neck. I have been recently working with Sky on this exercise and I have been using many different techniques and tips that I have learned along the way to help her.
Have you ever heard of equine facilitated learning? I have had the amazing opportunity to be able to volunteer with a program called the Arabian Literacy Reading Project and it has been incredible to see the impact horses have had on children. When I found my RIGHT barn, I discovered that my current trainer and his wife started a program called the Arabian Literacy Reading Project. Basically, the program aims to help children learn and love to read through horses. They feel that horses help children learn to read because they are non-judgmental and really help children to relax. The program aims to motivate children to read through quality books and horses.
Hey everyone! Welcome back to another post! Today’s post is on the topic of… posting. Posting is a very important aspect of riding at the trot, especially when riding English. Posting can be simple, if you do it right. So on the topic of posting today, I am going to share with you the 3 tips that I feel improved my posting, significantly. These are just 3 tips that I have learned throughout the time I have been riding. Now, remember, that many trainers might teach posting a little bit differently, but this is the way that I have been taught. I am sure that once you master these tips, trust me, your posting while riding will definitely improve. Enjoy the tips!
Hey everyone! Today’s post is a special one because TODAY I am sharing with you an interview that I did with my trainer, Gary. Gary has taught me lessons and has been my mentor for about a year and a half and I have learned SO much! I would like to tell you a bit about Gary… Gary is co-owner with his wife Marion of Millar Venture Arabians,, so most of the horses at his farm are Arabians. Gary also started the Arabian Horse Reading Literacy Project which basically aims to teach kids to learn and love to read through the use of horses. I have had the chance to volunteer at his programs and it has been incredible to see the impact the horses have had on the kids. I have also learned through watching the kids it is pretty much impossible not to smile around horses. 🙂 Gary continues to teach me so much; therefore, I wanted to share some of his wisdom with my readers. Without further adieu, let’s get into the interview. Enjoy!
Remember your good days… I think that is something that we all should live by in our daily lives, especially when it relates to horses. Remember the day that you finally achieved your goal with your horse… remember the day that your horse made you laugh (I am sure there are plenty) … and remember the day your horse finally understood after an hour of making him understand… remember the day you faced a challenge, and most of all, remember all of the happy and joyful memories you are making with your horse.