Picking the Perfect Leaser, Part 1

Need someone to help you ride your horse?

It’s a scenario that many of us face at some point. Whether we can’t hack the commute, school is crazy or we face a medical setback, there are all kinds of reasons we find ourselves needing some horsey help.

After all, horses are a huge commitment and require a […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Advice, Boarding|0 Comments

So You Want to Ride My Horse…

Tell people you own a horse and inevitably at some point you’ll hear, “Cool! Can I ride him?”

The way you probably feel about that question depends on several factors: You, your horse, and the person asking. As you ponder, “Should I let So-and-So ride my horse?” your inner response may well be, “Yikes! NO! But I […]

By |November 21st, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Why Grids Are Great Training

Chances are, if you ride with one of our trainers, you’ve done your share of jumping grids. But why? Why do we love to torture you all so?

Jokes and maniacal laughs aside, grid patterns are great training for both you and your horse. (Believe it or not, lots of people even like doing them!)

Grids are […]

By |October 30th, 2016|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

Pecking Order: Establishing Dominance with your Horse

Let’s say you’re at a cocktail party. People are milling about with their drinks, making small talk in low voices as jazz music plays in the background. You’ve just met a lot of these folks and suddenly, you start whistling and tapping your glass and, once you’ve got the attention of the room, you explain […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments

Pecking Order: How to Tell Where Your Horse Fits

We might not be able to ask our horses, “How was school today? Did you make any new friends?” But once we understand horsey interactions and herd dynamics, we can use them to identify where our horses fall in the power pyramid and whether things are working out well or poorly for them with their […]

By |September 21st, 2016|Advice, Boarding|2 Comments

Pecking Order: What the Heck is It?

It’s kind of like middle school. *Cringe.* Everyone is trying to show everyone else how cool and capable they are…making cases for why they should be part of the club, the team, the clique, the chess club…

Before we all lose ourselves in memories of our own middle school days: we’re talking about horses here and […]

By |September 11th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Mares vs. Geldings, Part 2

Let’s get a little brainy for a moment. We’ve been talking about the mares vs. geldings debate and differences between mares and geldings. While we can’t be conclusive, we can shed some light on the subject by learning about how mares think.

Recent scientific studies of horse herds in the wild show some things that might […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Mares vs. Geldings, Part 1

Chances are, if you’ve been around horses for any length of time, you’ve come across people who swear they’ll never own a mare. Maybe you’re one of them. Or maybe you’re one of the people who’d never own anything but a mare.

Why? Why do mares evoke such strong for-and-against responses among riders?

It’s no secret that […]

By |August 13th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Stall vs. Run: Which is best?

Here at Cottonwood, we offer a plethora of options to accommodate many different kinds of horses. We like diversity and the atmosphere it creates! That’s why we offer pretty much everything under the sun when it comes to horse boarding near Denver.

We have stocky barrel racers, quiet trail horses, lanky eventers, floaty dressage horses…and everything […]

By |July 28th, 2016|Advice, Boarding|0 Comments

Sitting the Canter Like a Pro, Part 2

The canter is a beautiful gait—smooth and rhythmic and even dance-like. But it can also be difficult to master. Many horses love to canter, but often this is the gait where you’ll experience bucking or an over-excited mount. Nobody wants to be the guy in the photo, haha! Also, some less forward horses don’t like to move […]

By |July 18th, 2016|Advice, Lessons|0 Comments