In The Saddle (Riding)

Snow and cold temperatures keep many people inside. There’s no reason to bench yourself and your horse though, because even the coldest days can be great for getting outdoors and treating yourself and your equine companion to some exercise. Use these winter horseback riding tips to get started! Warm the Bit Keep your bridle in the house or a heated barn, or invest in a bit warmer. You can also warm your bit by holding it in your bare hands for a minute before putting it into your horse’s mouth, or by wrapping it in a warm (not hot!) pack. Take it Easy Cold temperatures make the body work a...
Enjoy these winter riding tips for cold weather fun!
Proper saddle fit leads to a balanced, safe ride for you, and it lets your horse work comfortably. If your horse pins his ears, flings his head, and wrings his tail while you’re on his back, or if he tries to bite you or the saddle while you’re tacking up, it’s extremely likely that the saddle you’re using fits poorly and causes pain. This is dangerous – and probably uncomfortable – for you, and it can permanently damage your horse’s back. Lastly, there’s no way a horse wearing an ill-fitting saddle is able to do his best on the trail or in the show ring. Look for these six signs that your...
Watch an equestrian event, and the odds are good that at some point you’ll witness riders in English saddles taking their mounts over a variety of horse jumps. Whether you’re simply curious or are perhaps interested in learning to jump, you’ll find this guide to the most popular types of horse jumps is a good place to begin. Bank Banks are jumps that go from one level to another. A bank can be approached from the uphill or downhill side. The uphill approach is safer and easier for the horse to navigate. Bounce Bounces are horse jumps consisting of multiple fences with no room for the horse to...
There are many different types of horse jumps!
One of the top questions equestrians receive concerns how to ride a horse. While those who are new to the world of horses often interpret the act of riding as a person simply sitting on the back of a horse while it carries them around a ring or along a trail, there’s a lot of communication happening that’s very difficult even for some experts to see. So, how to ride a horse? Come along for a look. Learning How to Ride a Horse Just about anyone can learn to ride a horse. Look back in history, and you’ll find that nearly everyone knew how to get from one place to another with a horse’s help,...
Learning how to ride a horse is fun. Once you get started, you'll learn how to prepare yourself for a discipline that interests you.
You’ve made all the necessary arrangements for keeping a horse, and you’re ready to start looking at horses for sale. How to choose the one that’s best for you depends on several factors. Are you into competition or showing? Do you care about impressive bloodlines? Or do you simply want a safe, friendly horse that’s fun to ride on trails? Factors to Consider Before Looking at Horses for Sale Run a search for “horses for sale” or attend an auction, and you’ll be overwhelmed with the number of equines looking for a suitable home. Owners work hard to put the horse’s best foot forward, but even...
The right horse will carry you through the events you enjoy most
“Do I really have to wear a riding helmet?” This is a question heard over and over again. While some choose to ride their horses without helmets, statistics show that riding helmets make a difference. Here’s why. Helmets Save Lives Laws in many places require motorcycle riders and cyclists to wear helmets – and for a good reason: A traumatic head injury can happen in an instant, and if it doesn’t kill you, it will almost certainly have a negative impact on your future. According to NEISS, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, approximately 78,000 people visited emergency rooms...
Accidents happen in a split second, and lives are ended or change for the worse when equestrians choose to ride without helmets.
You finally bought the perfect pair of English riding boots, but they feel so stiff on your feet and legs that you can’t keep your heels down! What to do? Here are some expert tips for breaking in tall boots. Before You Get Started Before beginning the process of breaking in a new pair of English riding boots, be sure that you really want to soften the leather. If your boots are for dressage, you’ll want to break them in very minimally at the ankles only, if at all. These show boots are meant to look and feel like stovepipes – thus the nickname! If your boots are ones that do need softening,...
Breaking in new boots takes time, but comfortable boots keep you safe and allow you to focus while riding.
          For many people, there is simply no better way to spend their time than riding a horse.  Whether it's enjoying a slow ride through open fields or a more spirited ride through the woods, there is always a special bond between a horse and its owner. However, to make the ride as comfortable as possible for both horse and rider, a great saddle is a must. If you've been looking around and just can't seem to find the saddle you want, let us here at SaddleOnline.com help you find exactly what you need. Discount Western Saddles           Here at SaddleOnline.com, we specialize in discount...
          There's nothing like riding on horseback, head and shoulders above the rest of the world, with a graceful animal beneath you. When you want to make most of that ride, western saddles can take you there in comfort. Featuring a deep seat, stirrups that are broad, and a high pommel, you can rest assured that you will be settled in as you hit the trails. Whether you are galloping across a field or ambling by the side of the road, you'll want to see all of your options and review a host of western saddles for sale to find the right fit for you! A Saddle for Every Occasion:          ...
           Dedicated equestrians and casual fans of horseback riding will have the opportunity to browse through a variety of saddles, all available for purchase at SaddleOnline. The right saddle can often be enough to make a tremendous difference in the quality of the ride and the different activities that the rider can enjoy. As such, it is important for all individuals to select a comfortable saddle, making sure that it is not only chosen for the specific riding activity, but also sized appropriately to guarantee comfort. Different Range of Sizes           All types of riders are...

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