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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!
Whether you’re setting out to enjoy time on the trail or compete in the show ring, you need the right equestrian clothing. These essentials for western riding will help keep you comfortable, protect you from the elements, and help keep you looking your best in the saddle. We hope you enjoy this quick head to toe guide! Hat or Helmet? Yes, you might need a snazzy hat for the show ring, but for trail riding – especially in areas where you’re far away from help, a helmet is better. Pick one that fits well, and you’ll be a whole lot safer in the saddle. Once you start shopping you’ll find that...
Traditional western equestrian clothing offers a distinctive look. Here's how to dress the part.
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.
Horse tack for Western riding offers a distinct look. It’s often beautifully detailed, with showy conchos, interesting inlaid hair on hide embellishments, or even hand-painted designs. If you’re new to the world of Western riding, you might wonder exactly what to purchase. With the right horse tack, your Western riding ensemble will have a complete look, plus you’ll be safer in the saddle. Basic Horse Tack for Western Riding Basic horse tack for Western riding shares some similarities with English tack, however you’ll find some differences between the two when you take a close look. In this...
Western horse tack often has a pleasing, decorative appearance.
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
When entering the equestrian world, the most expensive investment besides the actual horse is the saddle. Being that a saddle is a very important and expensive investment it is crucial to research and choose the best saddle suited for your horse and your needs.   Choosing the right western saddle can seem like an overwhelming challenge but there are some elements to consider that can narrow your view when making this decision.   Know what style you’re looking for   Depending on what kind of sport you and your horse are engaging in will generally dictate the type of saddle you buy. Different...
    A horse’s saddle will often times cost up to half of what you paid for the animal itself. With such a large investment into your equestrian career it could have people wondering how long it will actually last. Not all saddles are created equal but from the right source and with the right care they can last much longer than most would think.   An average horse saddle lifespan mostly will depend on where you get it from and how you treat it while it’s in use but generally they last decades at least. Often times a horse saddle will outlive a horse or at the very least it’s career.  To...
  When choosing the right type of saddle for a show horse the options at times can seem overwhelming. With such a hefty investment it is best to narrow down to the best choice. This can seem difficult with all the options that are available these days but there are definitely guidelines to follow that can help with this.   The best choice for a show saddle might not immediately jump out to you but when taking certain factors into consideration your choices will be narrowed down significantly.   Pay for quality   It can be intimidating but a quality saddle can range anywhere from $500-...
“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.
Famous for its massive size and its gentle disposition, the Shire horse breed is a type of draft horse that descends from the Old English Black horses (Destriers) of medieval times. Despite their popularity during the days before machines replaced horses, Shires are fairly rare today, with the US-based American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and UK-based Rare Breeds Survival Trust placing them at critical levels. As interest in draft horses for pleasure riding and driving increases though, numbers are likely to go up – and that’s a great thing! Shires are wonderful horses. Shire Horse Breed...
Shires are magnificent draft horses, usully marked with four white socks and a blaze.

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