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.
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!
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.
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.
Have you ever heard of equine facilitated learning? I have had the amazing opportunity to be able to volunteer with a program called the Arabian Literacy Reading Project and it has been incredible to see the impact horses have had on children. When I found my RIGHT barn, I discovered that my current trainer and his wife started a program called the Arabian Literacy Reading Project. Basically, the program aims to help children learn and love to read through horses. They feel that horses help children learn to read because they are non-judgmental and really help children to relax. The program aims to motivate children to read through quality books and horses.
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!