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Fabulous Flatwork Drills for Every Horse

So you don’t have a lesson until next week and you have days of riding on your own ahead. Just plain tired of turning circles in the arena? You don’t have to!

We can’t jump every day. But there is no need for anyone to be bored on the flat. There are so many fun flatwork […]

By |May 27th, 2017|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

Happy Trails: Getting Out After a Winter In

Spring has sprung! What awesome weather! The trails are clear and delightful, and they’re calling to you!

But that first foray into the wilds of nature can be a bit disconcerting, to say the least.

To a horse that’s just spent the long winter months in the safe confines of the barn, paddocks and arenas, there could […]

By |May 13th, 2017|Advice|0 Comments

How Much is a Horse Worth? Part 1

Whether you’re in the market for a horse or already own one, the question of how much you can expect to pay (or ask) is an important one.

We’ve seen a lot of horse sale transactions in our day—all kinds of horses, from quiet trail bosses to polo ponies to show jumpers. How much is a horse […]

By |January 27th, 2017|Boarding, Advice|0 Comments

Looking Forward to 2017

Another new year has rolled around, bringing with it that yearly fresh start and new opportunities we all can celebrate.

If there’s one thing horses can teach you, it’s to never stop learning and growing! No matter how much you know and how great a rider you are, you can always get better and learn more—that’s […]

By |January 14th, 2017|Events|0 Comments

Picking the Perfect Leaser, Part 2

If you read our last blog, you got the lowdown on horse leasing in terms of finding the best leaser for your horse and some things to ask him or her.

Once you’re ready to meet a prospect, arrange for him or her to meet you at the barn in a public spot and fill out a […]

By |December 29th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Picking the Perfect Leaser, Part 1

Need someone to help you ride your horse?

It’s a scenario that many of us face at some point. Whether we can’t hack the commute, school is crazy or we face a medical setback, there are all kinds of reasons we find ourselves needing some horsey help.

After all, horses are a huge commitment and require a […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Boarding, Advice|0 Comments

So You Want to Ride My Horse…

Tell people you own a horse and inevitably at some point you’ll hear, “Cool! Can I ride him?”

The way you probably feel about that question depends on several factors: You, your horse, and the person asking. As you ponder, “Should I let So-and-So ride my horse?” your inner response may well be, “Yikes! NO! But I […]

By |November 21st, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Why Grids Are Great Training

Chances are, if you ride with one of our trainers, you’ve done your share of jumping grids. But why? Why do we love to torture you all so?

Jokes and maniacal laughs aside, grid patterns are great training for both you and your horse. (Believe it or not, lots of people even like doing them!)

Grids are […]

By |October 30th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

Pecking Order: Establishing Dominance with your Horse

Let’s say you’re at a cocktail party. People are milling about with their drinks, making small talk in low voices as jazz music plays in the background. You’ve just met a lot of these folks and suddenly, you start whistling and tapping your glass and, once you’ve got the attention of the room, you explain […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

Pecking Order: How to Tell Where Your Horse Fits

We might not be able to ask our horses, “How was school today? Did you make any new friends?” But once we understand horsey interactions and herd dynamics, we can use them to identify where our horses fall in the power pyramid and whether things are working out well or poorly for them with their […]

By |September 21st, 2016|Boarding, Advice|2 Comments