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Ready to add a pony or horse to your life? Whether to lease or own depends on several factors including your location, accommodations for the horse or pony, and the type of riding you want to do. There are pros and cons to owning vs. leasing a horse. When to Lease vs. Own a Horse There are some times when it may be more practical to lease a horse. If, for example, you want to show a valuable, well-trained horse but aren’t ready to invest thousands into a purchase, then leasing may be the ideal solution. If you have a child who’s not quite ready for a full-size horse but who will soon outgrow...
          Generally, when a rider purchases a saddle for barrel racing, he or she is looking to use it for several years. Naturally a rider purchasing a saddle for barrel racing, wants to get one that is suitable for fast-paced riding. Here are a few significant features to consider when looking at barrel saddles for sale.   The Size of the Saddle:           One of the most important features to look at when shopping for a barrel racing saddle is its size. The size of a western saddle is determined by the length of its seat. So, if a saddle seat measures 15 inches in length, then it is...
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. The first rule of showing is to always remember that your horse is a mirror of your mood that day. If you’re nervous, your horse is going to pick up on that energy and they’ll be nervous as well. Horses...
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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. Once you have decided that the facility is within your price range, look at the safety of the facility. What kinds of materials are used for the stalls? Are there any boards or objects...
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 Saddle your horse with your usual saddle and bridle. Do not forget to put on a helmet. Mount and warm your horse up as normal. Be sure your horse is responding to all of your cues. Ask the horse to turn to the left and right and...
If you closely watch a group of horses interact you’ll quickly see that they speak loudly through their body language even though it may be subtle. For instance, the head, or alpha, mare may quickly clear a path by just lowering her head a bit and laying her ears back instead of baring her teeth and charging at whichever horse is in her way. Her herd mates know she means business when she just simply lays her ears back and they move. Horses are in tune to these slight changes, however as humans we are often oblivious to horse’s mannerisms. Missing these subtle body cues in a horse with...
So you’ve finally got that third, fourth or even fifth horse that you’ve wanted to complete your backyard herd.  Now what do you do to get your new gelding or mare acclimated into his or her new companions – how do you keep everybody safe and happy and make the transition as smooth as possible? There are certain steps you should take before just throwing the “newbie” in with your herd – Step 1 – Let the new horse become accustomed to his surroundings for a few days. Walk him around the barn and the pasture where he will be staying and let your other horses see him.  They will most likely come...
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How to put a Bridle on Your Horse     It is essential for new riders to learn how to properly put both a saddle and a bridle on their horse. The bridle is a tool that consists of the headstall, bit and reins. It is used to allow the rider to direct and control the horse's movements. In order to be effective, the bridle has to be put on the horse correctly and properly adjusted to fit the horse's head.   Step One:   Brush the horse's head and face down with a face brush to remove any dirt or other debris that could become trapped between the bridle and the horse's skin during riding. Trapped...
Many people have the misconception that Barrel Racing is mainly about going fast. While speed is a huge factor in running barrels, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Like any other event, a solid foundation of collection, lightness and precise body control is required to run a good pattern. In Barrel Racing however, these foundational pieces are critical because you have mere hundredths of a second to control your horse at a high rate of speed. As with other events, the foundation needs to be perfected at slower speeds before progressing to faster speeds. If you want to Barrel Race, the first...
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The clothing requirements for showing in Western classes are pretty much the same across all breeds. Cowboy boots, jeans, belts, long sleeved shirts or jackets, and a cowboy hat are the base requirements for most shows. More formal shows may require chaps and a ties or scarves depending on the class. While the requirements are the same, what is different between breeds, and even classes within a breed, is the style of certain clothing items. For instance, cowboy hats used on the Arabian or Walking Horse show circuit have a different length and style brim than what is used by Quarter Horse...

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