Do you have friends that would love to come see your horses, but aren’t exactly “horse riders” on a regular basis? Do you have friends that are nervous around horses, but you still really want them to come out? Well, if you do, I totally understand. It can be hard at times to incorporate your friends in your barn routine especially if they aren’t into horses as much as you are. So, today I am going to share with you my top 5 tips to involve your friends in your barn life, whether they are horse riders or have never even seen a horse before. Enjoy the tips!
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! 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.
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.
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.
As I have been growing in my experience with horses I have come to understand the importance and differences of taking lessons versus not taking lessons. I have realized that both are equally important when developing riding skills. I have taken many lessons while I have been riding horses and I have learned a lot, not only from the trainers, but also from their horses. But, I have also realized that developing a balance between taking lessons and working one on one with your horse, is also very important. I feel the rewarding moments with your horse don’t only come when you take lessons with a trainer, but also when you spend quality time with your horse alone. So, what are the benefits of taking lessons? But also, what are the benefits of not taking lessons?
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…