The Basics of Flying Lead Changes, Part 2

Moving on from last week’s blog…

Once you have smooth walk-to-canter and canter-to-walk transitions, you are ready to play with simple changes. In dressage, simple changes are defined as a change in the canter lead through 3-7 walk steps.

Again, keeping your horse calm is paramount, so if you feel them getting hot or confused, take a […]

By |August 26th, 2015|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

Tara’s Tip: The Basics of Flying Lead Changes, Part 1

When you see a really well trained horse (no matter the discipline), it is amazing to watch. And one thing that is common in all disciplines is flying lead changes. Barrel horses need them to be faster around the barrels, dressage horses need them to show proper training and for competition, jumpers need changes to […]

By |August 19th, 2015|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

What to Expect in Your First Riding Lesson

When you make the decision to finally follow that dream and take your first riding lesson (or in many cases give in to your daughter’s continual requests for a pony), what do you do next?

Well, first you have to choose a great barn—something family friendly and near your house. Look for a place that offers […]

By |August 12th, 2015|Lessons|0 Comments

Tara’s Tip: Why We Mount From the Left

Have you ever wondered why we horse people always lead and mount from the left side? It’s one of the first things you learn when you take up horsemanship…but why? Well, I asked that question when I first started and there were a ton of different answers.

Basically, it comes down to tradition. Modern horseback riding […]

By |August 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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