Sitting the Canter Like a Pro, Part 1

You may not know it if you’ve never taking time off from riding, but sitting the canter well is an art that we riders have to maintain.

Posting the trot is like riding a bike—once you learn it, your body remembers how to do it even if you don’t do it for years. But the canter […]

By |June 25th, 2016|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

How to Post the Canter

If you’ve ever watched a polo chukker or just happened by while the Denver Polo Club folks are riding, chances are you’ve seen them posting the canter. They do that pretty much all the time.

We eventing, hunter-jumper and dressage riders—not to mention Western riders—almost never do this, though! (We sit, we ride light seat or […]

By |June 6th, 2016|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

How to Build Horse Topline Muscle Right

A horse’s topline is the muscle that runs from his poll to his croup, literally connecting head to tail. It’s important because a strong topline means better carrying power, balance and ability to work from behind. Basically, better everything.

The challenge is that the topline is often the last to come and first to go, on the […]

By |May 24th, 2016|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

Our Approach to Horse Barn Biosecurity

Over recent weeks, we’ve had a few boarders inquire about our biosecurity measures here at Cottonwood. This is an issue that comes up repeatedly in the horse world regarding infectious equine illnesses, most recently because of regional reports of the Coronavirus and equine herpes (EHV-1) earlier this year.

So we thought we’d write a blog about […]

By |May 11th, 2016|Boarding|0 Comments

Choosing a Home for Your Horse, Part 2

We all know that finding a barn to board our horses is no joke. It’s a big decision. But hopefully this blog and our last one will help you prepare for it. We know a lot about horse boarding in Denver area!

In our last blog, we wrote about quality of care, cost and facilities. Those […]

By |April 14th, 2016|Advice, Boarding|0 Comments

Choosing a Home for Your Horse, Part 1

As horse owners, we all want the best for our equine partners. We want them to be happy and healthy, both mentally and physically.

That means choosing a home for your horse(s) is a really big deal! If you’re doing that right now, you’re probably searching around tirelessly to find the best fit. But there are […]

By |April 7th, 2016|Advice, Boarding|0 Comments

Densensitizing a Spooky Horse, Part 3

So we’ve done two blogs on dealing with spookiness so far and now we’re talking about desensitizing a spooky horse by sacking out. How does it work?

A round pen (we have them up by the Western arena) is the best place to start with this. Basically the idea is that you allow your horse freedom […]

By |March 22nd, 2016|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

How to Deal with a Spooky Horse, Part 2

In our last blog we discussed what not to do when your horse spooks and why. It’s important to understand the why behind all of this—horses spook naturally and trying to force or fight it out of them is ineffective. We have to train it away kindly and patiently (and probably never entirely) by showing […]

By |March 8th, 2016|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

How to Deal With a Spooky Horse, Part 1

We’ve all seen it: a wild-eyed horse galloping home across the bridge, reins flapping in the breeze and saddle empty, having left his rider with a bruised bottom somewhere on the trails or cross country course.

It happens. Horses are prey animals and therefore hard-wired to flee any appearance of danger. And encounters with apparent danger—bikers, […]

By |February 19th, 2016|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

Why We All Need Western Days

Each form of riding has its benefits. One isn’t “better” than the other; it’s more of an individual preference thing for both horse and rider. And at Cottonwood, we’re proud to have many different disciplines, English and Western riding alike, represented!

It’s great when we can all learn from each other, and—while we’ll write another piece […]

By |February 8th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments