In The Saddle (Riding)

                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
               Finding the right saddle fit can be a frustrating process. There are so many different measurements that have to take place in order to find the right saddle that is going to suit both you and your horse. For the horse measurement you need to measure his withers, his back length, as well as his body structure. For the rider, you have to first determine what type of saddle you will be using (i.e. Western or English). Once you know what type of saddle you will be riding/purchasing, you can then figure out the appropriate measurements that you will need for yourself! For the rider...
                Saddle cinches are one of the most important accessories for horseback riding. They are a key element to keeping your saddle tied down and to keep you, and your saddle, from sliding off your horse’s back! The front cinch rigging, also called the girth, is used to connect your saddle to your horse and to keep it secured onto his back. The back cinch rigging, also called the bucking strap, is used to add extra security and to keep the back of your saddle from popping up! Back cinches are only seen in western riding and they are most often used for endurance riding, speed events...
                Horse showing is a great way to have fun with your horse and to let your competitive side come out! Entering the showing circuit allows riders to show off their skills that they have acquired through riding and helps them to stretch their talent outside of the barn. Horse showing takes confidence, determination, as well as the proper attire. You want to make sure that you are properly dressed for the type of show that you entering and that you meet all the dress code regulations. For entering a horse show, here are some helpful tips to help you find the best attire that is...
               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...

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