Horseback Riding for Beginners: Bits

If you’re horseback riding on a fast horse, how do you get him to slow down or stop? Easy—by pulling back on the reins.

The reins are long strands of leather that attach to the bit, which is made of metal and runs through the horse’s mouth, over his tongue. The reins also allow you to […]

By |July 28th, 2015|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

Horseback Riding for Beginners: Saddles

Want to learn how to ride a horse and get a jump on the basics before your first horseback riding lesson? No problem! We’ll give you all you need to get started.

But remember! Reading about riding is much different than actually riding! So you could know everything in your head, but your body would still […]

By |July 15th, 2015|Lessons|0 Comments

Exercise Tips to Help Your Riding

We’ve all heard of cross training. It’s what athletes do to prepare for any demanding competition. It helps us to get stronger, faster and more effective at our sport of choice.

Horseback riding is no different. Of course, anything improves with practice and effort. If you’re a runner you can become a better runner by running […]

By |July 8th, 2015|Advice|0 Comments

Tara’s Tip: Setting Good Boundaries

Is your little angel horsey having one of those days? You’re doing everything right and he’s just not listening and you’re about to pull your hair out…

Maybe he’s distracted by a bunny or he’s checking out that cute mare in the next-door paddock. Maybe he woke up on the wrong side of the sawdust. Maybe […]

By |July 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What You Can Learn from Your Horse: Part 3

As we learn teamwork with our horses, we learn useful things like patience, fairness, boundaries and self-control.

To explain, we all know that sometimes, horse riding and training is tough. It can sometimes take a while for a horse to pick up a maneuver or a discipline. But practice makes perfect and you can’t lose your cool—that […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What You Can Learn from Your Horse: Part 2

Remember the “trust fall” at summer camp? Your fellow campers formed a double line and held out their arms, and you had to cross yours and fall backward and hope to high heaven that they would catch you?

It’s a weird thing, but they made you do it because they knew trust is important for building […]

By |June 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What You Can Learn from Your Horse: Part 1

We often think our horses learn from us. After all, we train them to carry us on their backs, to go right when we bump with our left leg and left when we bump with our right. We teach them to accept the saddle and to trust us enough to not run away from that […]

By |June 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s hot outside! Summer riding clothes to keep you cool

Whew- the heat really turned on this week! And it feels extra intense because we just had what seemed like an entire month of rain and cooler temps. The long, hot summer stretches before us… and we can’t go swimming with our horses every day!

Never fear: we have good news for all of you sweaty, sunburnt riders! Increased demand […]

By |June 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tara’s Tip: Trail Riding Do’s and Don’ts

Cottonwood riders have direct access to miles of some of the most beautiful trails the Denver area–and Colorado for that matter–has to offer. It’s good fun! But there are good and bad ideas when it comes to trail riding and nobody wants to trudge 5 miles home with their horse galloping ahead of them. So […]

By |May 28th, 2015|Advice|0 Comments

Sport Horse Conformation 101

We can all tell easily enough if a horse is beautiful. They practically all are, in their own ways! But how do you know if a horse is built well enough to be athletic and stand up to a tough, demanding discipline?

Well, each horseback riding discipline has its own desired characteristics in horse conformation, because each […]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Advice|0 Comments