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.
I feel that it is very beneficial for every rider to have a journal to keep track of and up to date on what they have been learning in their riding lessons. Whether it is to keep track of a training schedule, lesson plan, or achievements in your riding, a journal is very helpful. You can find journals literally ANYWHERE and they are also very cost effective. Today, I am going to be giving you three benefits that I feel come from investing in a riding journal. If you are a new rider or have been riding for awhile, this post is for every rider, because it is never too soon or too late to start journaling your riding experiences.
I remember it clearly. I was at my friend’s horseback riding birthday party when I was about 7. The first time I got on the horse, I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life riding horses. I always had the dream of becoming an olympic champion in the event of jumping. I could just imagine myself joining the Canadian jumping team, riding a super tall horse and jumping over the rails, flawlessly. Horses became my day and my night… horses became my life. I’ve made many memories that I have treasured and know that there are still more to come. Throughout my riding journey, I have learned many important things about being an equestrian and as I continue to learn my goal is to share all that I learn with other riders as well. Whether you are just starting to learn how to ride or you have ridden for years, today I am giving you some advice on horseback riding. I hope that you find my advice helpful in your riding journey and maybe you can even take this advice and pass it forward to a friend or someone close. Enjoy reading!
Owning a horse brings a lot of excitement, but it does take a lot of responsibility and commitment as well. You have to be able to care for the horse and have the money to provide for your horse too. Before buying a horse, it is especially important to set out a plan such as your goals, budget plans, and to make a list of what you will need to help support your horse, not to mention the vet and farrier bills. To make that “planning” a little easier, today I am giving you 5 must-haves for a new horse owner. This is really helpful if you are stuck and don’t know what the first steps are in taking care of your horse. I hope this post helps all of you new horse owners out there and gives you a good idea of what owning a horse is all about. Enjoy!
Do you have your own horse?
Everyone has stories of their horse journey and how they came to be a horse lover. So, that is why I am launching THROWBACK THURSDAYS!! Throwback Thursday is when I am going to tell stories once a month about my horse journey…and of course you probably guessed it… it will happen on a Thursday. I am going to give you a sneak peak into my beginnings with horses. Today, I am telling you the story of when I got my first horse. Yes, that was the BEST day of my life! Cozy up, maybe grab a cup of something warm, and let’s start the story…
Last Tuesday, I had a riding lesson with my trainer and I learned two key concepts that I think every rider should know. As I was riding, I realized that there are so many different concepts that we can learn in riding, but to really excel at one concept we, first, have to have proper teaching and second we can’t give up. Sometimes, it takes a while for us to grasp it and actually understand it, but once we do, there is no one stopping us. I also realized riders sometimes can feel tense or tight in the saddle if we are nervous or anxious. When we do that, our horses get all tense and then the concepts we are trying to learn seem even more difficult. So, today I am giving you a little sneak peak into my riding lesson to show the two concepts I learned and I am hopeful that this will help you to better understand them as well. Enjoy!
Have you ever fallen off a horse before? How about three times in one hour?!
Two years ago when I was in a jumping lesson with a previous trainer, I fell off my horse three times in one hour. Let me tell you, by the third time, my confidence was completely gone and it took a while for it to come back.
In life, when we don’t feel good about ourselves, we can develop a lack of confidence and self-worth. We can feel like the whole world is on our shoulders and nothing will ever get better or resolve itself. When we fail or make mistakes, our whole mindset can revolve around those mistakes or regrets and then that makes us feel powerless. Feeling powerless can make us feel vulnerable or useless.
As you might not know, I live in Canada and it is COLD in the winter time here! I have to really bundle up when I go out to the barn because here in Canada it can get as cold as -40 degrees celsius, which is SUPER cold! Usually, I don’t go out to the barn below -15 celsius, but even that is still cold!
So today, I am going to give you my top 10 winter riding essentials for every rider. Whether you live in Canada or some other place really cold, these essentials apply to you as well. It is so unenjoyable to ride when us riders can’t even feel our toes or our fingers feel like they are going to fall off (trust me, I know from experience). It is much more enjoyable riding when we are warm! So, I am giving you my essentials for riding in the winter! I hope you enjoy this post and most of all find it very helpful!
This past weekend, I attended a Horse Conference and it was a great experience. The Horse Conference had many speakers and live sessions that taught about things like horse biomechanics, equine colleges in the area that offer a variety of programs for horse enthusiasts, how to be prepared for equine disasters, and much more. I learned about all the different areas one could specialize in the horse industry. Also, there was a groundwork/liberty performance by Jim Anderson. For those of you who don’t know who Jim Anderson is, here is some backup info…