Two years ago if you would have asked me to ride an Arabian, I would have been terrified. Most of the barns I went to, two years ago, had many horses such as quarter horses, paint horses, thoroughbreds, ponies, and more, but the one horse I had never ridden before was… an Arabian. Because I had never ridden an Arabian before, I started to form thoughts in my head that Arabians were scary or “crazy” and it really started to impact my riding journey.
A couple days ago I found an inspiring quote on Facebook that said this:
“Ride softly, listen carefully, and love completely”
I wanted to share it with you because I feel this quote really represents what horse riding is all about. It represents what the relationship between a horse and a rider should be. Today, I wanted to give you my perspective and thoughts on this quote and what riding softly, listening carefully, and loving completely truly means to me.
Welcome back to another blog post. Today’s post is all about my top tips to making sure that your horse is happy and healthy! It is so important to have a happy and healthy horse because it does not only make your horse feel amazing, but it also helps in having great rides as well. As I always like to say, a happy horse equals a happy life 🙂 Let’s get started! Enjoy.
Massive wildfires are continuing to rage throughout California. It has been so devastating and disheartening to see the posts and videos on social media showing the impact that the fires have made on California. Within minutes of the fire starting, it was already roaring over the mountains. However, amidst the devastation and tragedy, we do see hope through the many stories being shared.
Many people and animals have been affected, including horses. Some owners are facing the decision to set their horses free to escape from the fires, not knowing if they are going to survive or not. 500 horses were stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center and most of them were set free to run from the flames. From that training center more than 46 racehorses were killed by the flames or smoke inhalation. Trying to save six horses, a horse trainer was also seriously injured, suffering from third-degree burns, and is currently in a coma at the UC-San Diego Medical Center. Some horses are being found and treated while others are still lost and possibly starving.
Have you ever had an AMAZING teacher? A teacher that encouraged you, helped you, and challenged you to become your best? Whether it was a school teacher or an instructor in sports, a teacher can often be extremely influential in helping you reach your goals and truly become a better person. I am so grateful to have had a few of those incredible teachers in my life. One of those continues to be an integral part of my life. Who you might ask? Well… one of the best teachers I have ever had is my horse. That might sound silly, but it is 100% true. Horses can be incredible teachers…if you are willing to learn from them. The horses I have ridden have taught me so much and definitely have helped me to develop into the rider and person I am today. Today I want to share with you 3 ways that horses can help in shaping you as well as a rider and person.
I took a breath, said a simple prayer, and lifted the saddle onto Aurora’s back…
Aurora was a friend’s horse that I was in the process of training. She was 7 years old and let’s just say a little herd bound with no experience with a rider on her back, let alone a saddle. I would say, it definitely was a little too much for me to handle at 14 years old. But, I wasn’t going to give up just because of my age (trust me, I don’t give up easily). So, two days a week with a halter and a load of treats in hand, I walked the long pathway to Aurora’s paddock.
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.