How to Deal With a Spooky Horse, Part 1

We’ve all seen it: a wild-eyed horse galloping home across the bridge, reins flapping in the breeze and saddle empty, having left his rider with a bruised bottom somewhere on the trails or cross country course.

It happens. Horses are prey animals and therefore hard-wired to flee any appearance of danger. And encounters with apparent danger—bikers, […]

By |February 19th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

Why We All Need Western Days

Each form of riding has its benefits. One isn’t “better” than the other; it’s more of an individual preference thing for both horse and rider. And at Cottonwood, we’re proud to have many different disciplines, English and Western riding alike, represented!

It’s great when we can all learn from each other, and—while we’ll write another piece […]

By |February 8th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments