By: Carole Haynes
Horses are such lovely creatures and having one can be a great experience, however taking care of them can be a problem if one doesn't know how. It's very important to learn all you can in order to keep your horse in the best of...
By: Jane Coln
Exercising your horse in an arena full of horses can be intimidating, especially if you are riding a nervous animal. Some riders will be more considerate than others but education is the key to arena etiquette. The larger breed shows will not have some of...
By: Tracie Anne
When you saddle a horse it is important to ensure that your horse is clean. If there is any dirt or dried sweat around the saddle or girth area it will rub your horse and cause a sore. Your horse should always be saddled from...
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...

 

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