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.
Happy Monday everyone! So, today I am doing a review on a blog called Strides for Success. I have been a subscriber of strides for success for a while now and I have learned a lot from their posts and podcasts. The founder, Lorna Leeson, originally from Ireland, moved to South Africa and bought a farm. Lorna records weekly audio riding lessons, blogs regularly, creates riding fitness challenges, and also provides lesson workbooks. Her aim is to get you to be comfortable in the saddle and shows you how to communicate with your horse effectively. I am going to share with you, my top 3 favorite things about her blog.