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!
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!
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.
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!
My experience with trail rides has been pretty incredible and crazy at the same time. Going on trail rides has taught me to get out of my comfort zone (and I think it has taught the horses I have ridden that as well – ha ha). While on trail rides I have come face to face with some amazing and breathtaking moments, but also some frustrating and terrifying moments (encountering a HUGE moose about 5 ft away with my friend, was one of them). So, basically every trail ride I have been on has been an adventure. Trail rides have MANY fantastic benefits for every horse rider and their horses and they have definitely helped me develop as a more well rounded rider. Today, I am going to share some of the benefits for both horse and rider that I feel come from going on trail rides. I hope that by seeing the benefits you will become more open to maybe going on a couple trail rides because, trust me, they are totally worth it.
We can communicate to our horses through…
1. Our Voice
Your voice is such an important way to communicate with your horse. Your voice has the ability to comfort your horse when he is worried or praise your horse when he does something special. When I ride Sky and want her to halt, I constantly have to be talking to her. When you communicate with your horse, you voice should be soft and low. We never want to yell at our horses because then they become more irritated and tense. As my trainer says your voice should sound like your are “talking Texan.”
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!