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!
Tip #1: Become their Mentor
I feel that the first tip is the most important to involve your friends in your barn life. Whether they are grooming your horses or riding, become their mentor. What I mean by this, is learn how to teach them in a way that is easy to understand. Throughout my riding journey, I have valued the wisdom, knowledge, and teaching from all of my trainers and mentors. By learning from my mentors, I have also learned to become a mentor to other riders. If your friend has never brushed a horse before, explain to them what each brush is used for and then show them as well. This one-on-one mentorship with your friend will definitely strengthen your friendship, as well as your friend’s horse riding skills.
Tip #2: Take Photos of Your Horses
A few weeks ago, my horsey friend and I went out to the barn and took some photos of the herd horses. We both have cameras, so it was a great idea to do a mini photo shoot of the horses and we both had tons of fun. This can be a great activity to do with your friend, especially if they love to take photos and if they aren’t interested in riding. This activity definitely can help your friend to become more comfortable around your horses and eventually maybe become more comfortable to ride or groom.
Tip #3: Invite Them Along to One of Your Riding Lessons
The third tip I have for you is to invite your friend along to one of your riding lessons. If your friend doesn’t know a ton about horses or has never ridden before, let them tag along with you to one of your lessons. It can be great for your friend to see what it is like to be in a riding lesson, and it can also give you a chance to show your friend your horse and what style of riding you specialize in.
Tip #4: Give Them a Riding Lesson
This tip is also super helpful! If your friend has ridden a horse before or is really interested in riding, give them a lesson. When you are their mentor, you can teach them everything you know and teach them tips that you have learned in your lessons. For example, in my lesson, I learn about how not to depend on my reins for support, but instead, use my thighs to steer my horse. So then, I could teach my friend to use more of her legs to steer than her hands and explain it to her to help her better understand. This can also be a great friendship bonding time for you and your friend as well 🙂
Tip #5: Groom Your Horses
The last tip I have for you today is a simple one. Groom your horses. This is a great activity to do with your friend who hasn’t been around horses a ton, but really loves horses. Teach your friend the uses of each grooming tool and how it helps your horse. Another option is to braid your horse’s mane and tail as well. If your friend loves braiding, this is a great activity to include as a part of grooming. I don’t know about you, but I find braiding my horse’s mane and tail super relaxing and calming. This can be especially helpful if your friend is nervous around horses.
Thanks for reading and I hope that find these tips helpful! On a side note, I recently updated my gallery so if you want to see more equine photography from me, make sure to go check it out! Until next time… don’t forget to hug your horse.
How do you like to involve your friends in your barn life?