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  • How to Fit a Western Saddle To Your Horse

    How to Fit a Western Saddle

    Finding a saddle that correctly fits your horse is as important as finding one that correctly fits you. An ill-fitting saddle – one that is too large or too small – causes pain and discomfort that can make your mount ill-tempered and dangerous to ride.

    Halter your horse and place her in cross-ties or tie the lead rope to a something stable so she can’t move away.

  • How to Find a Western Saddle To Fit You

    Sit on a hard, wooden chair much as you would a saddle. Keep your back straight and your rear end away from the chair back, with your ears, shoulders, hips and heels in a straight line from top to bottom.

    Make a mark directly in front of your crotch and directly behind your bottom and measure that distance. That should give you an approximate size of how your body is going to fit in a saddle when you go to your local tack store or look online.

  • Cleaning Leather Bridles and Saddles


    As all equestrians know, horseback riding can be dirty fun. The dust and sweat kicked up by a horse during grooming, tacking, and riding can permeate your clothes and your hair, and can cover your saddle and bridle with a thin film of grime and horsehair. By keeping your leather equipment clean and supple, you can preserve it for years to come and save the expense of replacing dried-out, worn tack.

    Cleaning Bridles

  • Handling Show Nerves For Horse and Rider

    Flash Lightning Bolt Saddle

    When you go to a show to compete are you a confident rider who is prepared, or are you a nervous wreck? What about your horse? Is your horse relaxed and confident or is she a bundle of nerves as well?

    Nervousness is one of the hardest aspects of showing to overcome for riders and horses alike. Not only are you in a new environment, but there’s the added pressure of doing well in competition.

  • Grooming Techniques

    woman picking out horse's feet


    Grooming is not just for looks. There is absolute therapeutic value in the process. Wild horses instinctively groom each other. Regular grooming improves body circulation, helps prevent sores, keeps the coat clean and healthy, and provides essential bonding time for horse and handler. In addition, a well-groomed horse will have much better ground manners than one that receives only occasional contact. Follow this seven-step grooming plan for best results.

    Step One

  • Fun Games on Horseback


    Owning a horse is hard work. Interrupting a rigorous training regimen with some fun games provides an opportunity for playful skill development that further enriches the horse and rider relationship. Mixing up a regular work schedule with games keeps riders focused and allows horses a chance to interact in a less restrictive environment. Riders of all ages and skills levels can participate in fun games on horseback with a horse of any discipline.

    Broom Polo

  • Evaluating a Boarding Stable For Your Horse

    Finding the right place to board your horse is no easy task. There are a lot of details to consider.

    Pricing is the very first thing you’ll want to look at. Is the monthly fee within your budget? What services are included in the monthly fee? Are there additional charges for things like

    blanketing or holding your horse for the farrier? These questions will determine whether or not you need to look any further.

  • De-spooking a Horse

    A spooky horse presents considerable risk to a rider. Many serious accidents occur when a horse reacts negatively to something unfamiliar. Using natural horsemanship techniques you can teach a horse to be brave through any challenge. Putting the time and effort into de-spooking is well worth it. De-spooked horses are safer and more enjoyable to ride.

    Prior to Training

  • Basics of Rider Fitness


    People that aren’t familiar with horseback riding often think of the sport as nothing more than a rider sitting on a large animal that carries them around. If you’ve ridden a horse and couldn’t walk the next day, then you tend to think differently.

    Core strength is the single most important component of riding safely and maintaining your balance. Balance involves small minute movements of your stomach, back, and pelvic muscles and requires more control and detail than the larger movements of your arms and legs.