Horse Riding Lessons Learned: Meditate, Don’t Marinate

This summer we were out on the trail at Dawson’s Butte, Colorado with a big group of horses and, as usual, some of them had minor disagreements with their riders about how the day was going to go.

It was a brand new trail for most of them, a group of fairly hyper Thoroughbreds and warmbloods […]

By |November 24th, 2015|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

Horse Riding: Brave vs. Stupid

Chances are, if you’re into horses you have a flair for adventure and like living on the edge a little bit. Especially those of us who love the more extreme horsey sports like jumping cross country, running barrels or playing polo!

Of course there’s inherent danger in all of these. Heck, there’s danger in any kind […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

How Cold is Too Cold to Ride?

Ahh! Our horses have gotten all furry! It’s that time of year again…days are growing shorter and colder with the inevitable approach of winter.

You may have guessed this already, but your horse is much happier in cold weather than you are. In fact, he’s probably happily gallivanting around in turnout while you’re just trying to keep […]

By |October 26th, 2015|Advice, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Why Riding is Great for Kids, Part 2

In my last blog, I (Tara) wrote about how handling horses and horseback riding are great for building kids’ confidence, character and fitness. In short, horseback riding for kids is an incredibly powerful teacher of life lessons. In this blog, I’ll tell you how horses offer youngsters an amazing, unique bond, and give kids a healthy, peaceful […]

By |October 14th, 2015|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

Why Riding is Great for Kids, Part 1

Many parents struggle with the decision to finally give in to their kids’ constant requests for riding lessons—especially if you have never ridden a horse or worse, had a bad experience with a horse when you were younger.

Over the years, we have seen thousands of families at Cottonwood with those same concerns. Let us share […]

By |October 7th, 2015|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

Tara’s Tip: How to Groom Your Horse

Now that you know from my last blog why horse grooming is important and which tools you need to do it right, here’s the nitty-gritty on exactly how to do it.

The curry is used in a circular pattern all along the horse from head to tail, under the belly and down the legs. Press hard enough to […]

By |September 30th, 2015|Advice|0 Comments

Tara’s Tip: Why You Should Groom Your Horse

Ugh! All I want to do is ride! I don’t have time to groom! He is clean enough! Have you ever spouted these words? I know I have! Time is short and the time warp at the barn can wreak havoc on a schedule. You know how it goes…sometimes we get talking to a friend […]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Advice|0 Comments

Tara’s Tip: Getting Started with Trail Riding

So you are ready to head across the bridge and over the canal! Yay! It can be a big decision for many riders and simply making that choice means you have won a big battle! Plus, this is absolutely the BEST time to enjoy trail riding in Chatfield State Park—everything is so beautiful this time of […]

By |September 16th, 2015|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

Why Trail Riding is Good for Your Horse

We’ve had such a fun summer at Cottonwood – chock full of memorable moments at shows, in arenas and out on the trails. The season has been a whirlwind, so it’s hard to believe that the brisk temperatures and gorgeous colors of fall are beckoning…but they are!

With golden leaves and cool, crisp mornings ahead, we’re […]

By |September 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tara’s Horse Training Tip: Slow Down To Go Faster

Reading the title of this blog, you might be asking yourself, “What is she talking about, go slow to go fast? This makes no sense!” But it does in horse training.

Here’s the scoop: When I am training a horse on something new, I must slow things down to give the horse a chance to think […]

By |September 2nd, 2015|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments