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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...
Flash Lightning Bolt Saddle
  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. One way to test your core fitness and balance on your horse is to ride without...
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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Trail riding is a rewarding experience for both horse and rider. Although it may be tempting to hit the trail "running" so to speak, taking your time to familiarize yourself with some noteworthy trail riding do's and don'ts will help keep your ride safe and fun. Do Remember Safety Small precautions can save a life whether riding on a familiar trail with friends or alone in the middle of the back country. No matter how bombproof your horse is, always protect your head with certified equestrian headgear. Practice emergency stops and dismounts with your horse at home. Knowing how to stop a...
Horse Trail Riding
Breaking a horse can be rewarding experience. It’s also a huge responsibility. Good or bad, a horse takes those first rides with them throughout their lifetime. In addition to being a serious responsibility, breaking horses is also very dangerous. There’s no guarantee how a horse will react even with proper training and preparation. No one method is an absolute guarantee that a horse won’t react violently when ridden the first time. It goes without saying that if you’ve never broken a horse, be sure to get the help of a trainer or friend who is very experienced with breaking. An outside eye...