By: Tracie Anne
It is important when riding in an arena to be considerate to other riders, some may think it strange to have 'arena etiquette' but without it there would be serious safety issues!1. Always try to look around you and be aware of where other...
By: Annerleigh Harrison
How to Lead a Horse SafelyHorses are large, strong animals, with a mind of their own and four big heavy feet! So, any horse-handler must know how to lead a horse safely. It is one of the first things to learn. It is not difficult...
By: Amber Richards
When thinking of cueing a horse, people assume this means using their legs to squeeze the horse to turn either right or left. That is really only the beginning to cueing your horse. It is important to remember that cues can be anything. They are...
By: Linda Ann Nickerson
Ah! The UNSCHEDULED DISMOUNT! I know it well! Where I come from, anyone who falls off a horse must purchase ice cream for everyone at the barn. (We're probably just trying to fatten ourselves up, so we can sink deeper into our saddles and stay...
How to tighten a horse's girth before mounting
By: Linda Scrofano
Ensuring that the girth is properly adjusted prior to mounting is vital for the safety of both the rider and the horse. An improperly tightened girth can lead to saddle slippage which may cause the horse to spook while the rider is only part way...
Horseback riding tips: How to make the most of riding lessons
By: Rebecca K.
Choosing to take horseback riding lessons, whether you're a beginner, intermediate or experienced rider is almost always a good idea. Instructors can comment on your equitation or form and help you communicate more efficiently with your horse. Frequent lessons, that are taken at least...
By: Sarah Iralcea
Did you know that all movements asked for in dressage tests are performed naturally by the horse in his pasture? Shoulder in, half pass, canter pirouette they're all movements the average horse or pony will make when playing with his friends. The trick of flatwork...
By: Sarah Iralcea
The successful lunging of horse is much more than simply allowing them to trot wildly in a continual circle. When performed correctly, lunging can greatly improve your horse's muscle build-up, patience and engagement.Lunging is not only for show riders with flighty horses. Every horse...
How to get started with calf roping
By: Megan Kingsley
Calf roping, now commonly termed 'tie-down roping' was developed on the western rangelands as cowboys roped and tied calves for doctoring. A man working alone needed a way to hold the calf immobile without an extra set of hands. To accomplish this, he needed two...
Safety precautions for rough stock rodeo competitions
By: Beatrix Kiddo
Rough stock rodeo events include bull riding, steer riding, bareback bronc riding and chute-dogging or bull-dogging. Each rough stock competition can be dangerous and should be accompanied with safety precautions. Safety precautions for rough stock rodeo competitions should be as listed below.