Facts and Tips

                Learning how to establish a good posting trot is essential for every English rider. Whether you are just starting out or at an advanced level, the posting trot is a key basis for riding. A posting trot helps the rider to be able to follow the horse’s movement and also learn how to flow together in the same rhythm. Doing a posting trot also helps with keeping both horse and rider more comfortable while riding. With beginner riders, the posting trot can be a hard motion to achieve. Learning how to post up and down while the horse is trotting can take a lot of balance and leg...
One of the most important pieces of riding tack is the horse bit. The horse bit is the device that is placed inside the horse’s mouth and is the main tool that communicates with your horse. The bit lets your horse know what direction to go and when to stop. Depending on whether the rider wants to stop, turn left, or turn right, the use of the reins sends a pressure signal to the bit and puts a certain amount of pressure in the horse’s mouth. The horse then feels this pressure and will go in the direction that is being asked of him. There are many different types of horse bits. They are all...
                 Learning how to control your horse’s speed, can be one of the hardest things to accomplish as a rider. Even riders of advanced levels have trouble with controlling their horse’s speed from time to time. Riders usually have speed control problems in two different ways. One, they have trouble moving their horse forward. Or two, they have trouble making their horse slow down. However, both of these issue result from one thing: not riding with an independent seat. Without having a secure/independent seat, a rider cannot coordinate the proper aid signals to their horse. And...
Horse Running
                Rein aids are most often the one thing that is misunderstood with new riders. Riders who are just starting out, may think that the use of the reins is to only steer and slow down your horse. While those rein functions are accurate for horseback riding, reins can also be used to have a conversation with your horse! Talking to your horse through your reins is called using rein aids. Once you have established your independent seat, learning reins aids will help make you and your horse flow smoothly together. When a rider has established their independent seat, they are able to...
                Finding the right kind of horse feed for your horse can always be a challenge! Especially if you are a new horse owner and you don’t know about what nutrients horses need. There are several different kinds of horse feed and they all have different nutritional value. Every horse’s diet is different and the tricky part is finding out what specific nutrients your horse needs. Talking to the horse’s previous owner, or a vet, can help you learn your horse’s diet needs and provide you with the different supplements/vitamins that your horse requires. This article will help show you...
               Clipping you horse’s coat comes with many benefits. Some of these benefits include keeping your horse from getting over heated, helps dissolve sweat faster for a horse that is being worked, as well as making it easier for you when it comes to daily grooming. Clipping is also a benefit when showing! By clipping your horse’s coat, it gives your horse a slick, clean-cut appearance that is sure to catch the judges’ eye. Horse clipping is most often done to horses that are huge competitors year round and are being heavily worked during the cold months. Here are a few easy steps that...
            Clipping your horse is another name for giving your horse a haircut. It entails shaving your horse’s coat, either part way or fully, in order to keep them from getting over heated. Clipping is usually done to horses who will be working through the winter and won’t need their thick winter coats.  Depending on how much your horse will be working and how thick his winter coat is, will be the deciding factor on what type of clip your horse should receive. Clipping your horse has several benefits. These benefits include faster cool down time for your horse, it make is easier on you for...
                Participating in horse shows is a great way to have fun and test your skills out in the ring!  Just like in any other sport, horse showing takes dedication, hard work, and skill. Whether you are just starting out or in an advanced class, showing gives you the opportunity to put on a performance with your horse and show the audience what you can do. Even though horse shows are a lot of fun, getting ready for them can be very stressful! It is always a good idea to pace yourself with the show preparations, and not wait until the last minute to do everything. Here are some helpful...
          There are many different types and purposes for horse blankets. They come in different sizes, colors, and are made with all different kinds of materials. One of the hardships of being a horse owner is trying to figure out and decide what kind of blanket your horse needs. This article will help horse owners in choosing the correct blanket. Here is everything you need to know in regards to horse blankets and sheets.           As the cold months approach, horse owners are getting ready to bring out their old blankets or they may be looking to purchase a new one. One of the struggles...

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