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 […]
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 […]
We are pretty spoiled at Cottonwood. We have hundreds of miles of amazing trails right in our backyard—the High Line Canal Trail and all of the natural beauty of Chatfield State Park!
But sometimes, it’s fun to see something new. And what better way to see it than on horseback? If you can find a trailer, […]
It’s hard to beat this Colorado weather! I mean, we’ve had an entire week of rain and it’s in the 40s. A week or so ago, temps were in the 70s and the sun was shining!
Everyone at the barn is so smiley when it’s sunny, and it usually is. The horses enjoy the springtime sunshine […]
At Cottonwood we are very lucky to have trails close by that are not only fun but challenging. Many of us are on the trail more than in the arena, especially in the summer when we can cross water and enjoy a long trail ride in the gorgeous Colorado weather.
But winter slows that down a […]
For those of us with young horses, when is it OK to start riding or to asking your horse to perform strenuous activities like jumping? Here’s what you should know before putting your bright-eyed youngster to work:
You may have heard someone say something about waiting until a horse’s “knees close” to begin work, referring to growth plates […]
Are you or someone you love a little horse-crazy? Maybe you have a son or daughter who can think of nothing better than to spend his or her days at the barn making new friends and riding horses in the sun?
If that rings true, or if you’re a kid who just wants to learn about […]
It’s springtime! And you know what that means in the horse world: fun, fun, fun!
Warmer weather brings all kinds of horsing around–including shows, clinics, and events that we hold here and travel to from the barn. These are always great times when we ride hard, laugh hard and get to know each other better.
Regardless of […]
Horses are made for the cold weather. A horse’s ideal temperature is between 15-50 degrees Fahrenheit, but humans are more comfortable between 40-80 degrees. We often think the horses are cold because we are cold but the equines are fine.
Their long legs keep their center of mass off the cold ground. Keeping their heart and […]
You are what you eat—and so is your horse. Without proper nutrition, your precious baby would quickly decline in performance, develop a slew of health problems and turn from glossy to a dull, fuzzy mess!
So what should your horse be eating in order to perform and look his best and live a long, healthy life? […]