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The equestrian sport of endurance riding is a long distance race that is competed worldwide.  There are two types of long distance rides, the competitive trail ride and an endurance ride.  The competitive trail ride covers a distance between 15 and 40 miles per day.  The competitive trial ride can occur over the course of one to three days.  The ride is paced-timed, which means you must complete the ride as close to the objective time as possible to avoid penalty points.  The horse is evaluated on performance, criteria such as pulse and respiration, the way you handle obstacles, camping...
It's Show Time! And you need a saddle. The Western Show Saddle is designed to stand out! It is a saddle built on looks rather than hard work. These are very highly decorative saddles, that usually feature moderate to extensive use of silver trim on the skirts, cantle, horn, pommel/fork, and the stirrups. They usually contain a long and deep skirts which allow for additional silver and tooling. The tooling on show saddles is very intricate and usually covers nearly every inch. The seat of the saddle is padded or suede, which allows the rider more grip. This helps to create the picture that the...
Roping      Roping is one of those sports that has been around forever. Since men worked cattle and kept them for food and what not there have bee ropers and roping. It begin in Spain, Mexico and later the U.S. What it comes down to is that here is only a few ways to bring down a large cow to be treated or branded. One person would rope the cow over the horns, another would rope the back legs. Thus rendering the large animal immobile and easier to treat. Once the commercial aspect of cattle took effect these ranch hands would come together near the end of their cattle drives and often bet or...
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Tips for Show Time      Western Horse shows are stressful events. It takes a lot of hard work to get to the point where you want to show your horse. Aside from getting there, there is the tack that is needed and the show attire. Each sport is different requiring a different set of tack and clothes. But a few things remain the same. How you and your support team prepare and work while at the show can make or break your show experience.      The team, these are the people that will help you to look and show your best. Your trainer, friends, parents can all be on your team. Have a friend hold...
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Western vs. Australian So what gives? What makes one riding style better or worst than the other? Horse people are notoriously passionate about their riding style and discipline. We tend to back up our preferred style. That being said where is there an unbiased look into the different styles of riding, styles, and disciplines? Well here is one. Each discipline has its advantages and some disadvantages. Making the decision on what riding style you would like to pursue takes time and a willingness to try new things. For a western rider to switch to English there is a lot of different terms and...
The Differences Between Riding Styles English vs. Western   So what gives? What makes one riding style better or worst than the other? Horse people are notoriously passionate about their riding style and discipline. We tend to back up our preferred style. That being said where is there an unbiased look into the different styles of riding, styles, and disciplines? Well here is one.   Each discipline has its advantages and some disadvantages. Making the decision on what riding style you would like to pursue takes time and a willingness to try new things. For a western rider to switch to...
The Basics of Peruvian Paso Horses Gaited horses are gradually gaining popularity in the horse community. Gaited horses such as the Peruvian Paso provide riders with a smoother ride and are known for having good temperaments. These horses are a popular choice with older riders or riders who's physical health problems, such as back and leg pain, may have been keeping them out of the saddle. The Peruvian Paso is a medium-sized horse breed, known primarily for their unique four-beat paso llano and sobreandando gaits, which are performed in place of the trot. The paso llano is a slower, more...
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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