Trail / Pleasure

                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
                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...
             When you hear the word “Therapy,” what do you think of?  Some people might think that the word “therapy” refers to talking to a therapist about your problems or going to a therapist to fix a relationship issue. Others might associate that word “Therapy” with a hospital and how one would us therapy as a means to rehabilitate their body from a serious injury. But do you ever think about horses when you hear the word “Therapy”? Did you know that horses can be used as a therapeutic tool too? Equine therapy is a program that uses horses, as a therapeutic outlet, to help people with...
                Horse jumping is one of the most widely known events within the world of English riding. It is an extreme sport that requires focus, good body control, and balance.  Horse jumping also requires a lot of trust between you and your horse. Your horse has to trust you to lead him into the right direction, and you have to trust your horse to take you over the fence. Without that trust, the rider might become nervous and therefore making the horse nervous. Confidence is key when it comes to this sport! Horse jumping doesn’t have to be just a show event. Jumping is a great way to...
Spring is here and summer is right around the corner.  What better way to get out and enjoy the nice weather than to go camping with your horse?  Camping with your horse can be a lot of work but it is also very fun and rewarding.  There are many things that go into camping with your horse, so in this article tips for making the experience fun and rewarding are discussed.    When planning a camping trip with your horse it is a good idea to prepare him/her for the experience.  First, make sure that your horse is mentally and physically ready for this trip.  You will most likely be spending long...
Horse Camping and Trail Riding
          Have you heard other horse enthusiasts talking about gymkhana?  Have you ever wondered what gymkhana is?  In this article gymkhana is described and how to get involved in gymkhana is discussed.             Gymkhana is a term used to describe an equestrian event that consists of speed events. These events include barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole, keg race, and flag race. These competitions often center on children participation. Most gymkhana competitions are put on by young rider groups such as Pony Club or 4H.               In other parts of the US, this type of competition may...
Horse Pole Bending
The Australian Stock Saddle was designed originally by English settlers, in the late 1700's, for the purpose of handling livestock. The settlers made changes to the English saddle they were commonly accustomed to.  These modifications where to accommodate long hours in the saddle, cow work, and steep/ uneven terrain. The most obvious changes to the traditional English saddle were the addition of the Poleys or the kneepads. When sitting in the saddle, these poleys help keep the rider secure over various terrain. The girth system was also changed for rider safety. The double girthing system...
Are you looking to take your horse to a parade, then you need to follow these four simple S’s: Safety, Saddle, Style, and Smile.     Safety: Riding in parades can be very fun, but you do need to be prepared.  There are many safety factors that go into riding in a parade.  First and foremost, safety first: wear a helmet!  Anytime you ride a helmet can be a lifesaver, however when in parade it is that much more important.  Remember that you will likely be traveling on a road; a fall would not be very fun without a helmet.  Secondly, prepare your horse as well as possible to the environment of a...

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