How to Successfully Pasture a Foundered Horse or Pony
Is your horse foundering? Are you worried your pony will have to live in the barn and eat hay for the rest of its life? Don't worry! Here are eight tips to pasture your equines so they will heal and thrive on grass.
150+ Great Names for Horses, Ponies, Donkeys, and Mules
This article provides hundreds of names for horses that range from classical to traditional to whimsical. You're sure to get some wonderful ideas!
How to Care for Horses in Winter: Horses and Cold Weather
The cold days are coming, and equine owners may be wondering how to keep their horses warm in winter. The article reveals crucial aspects to consider when getting ready for the first frost.
4 Ways Becoming a Wrangler Helped My Horsemanship
After training and showing dressage for most of my horse life in high school with an occasional trail ride maybe once or twice a year, I accepted a position as a trail ride guide at a national park for a summer seasonal job. It was the best move I could have made for my horsemanship!
Mounted Games in Horseback Riding Lessons for Fun and Learning
Mounted games are a way for students to improve their horseback riding skills and have a blast at the same time.
Will My Child Outgrow the Horse Phase? 20 Signs to Look For
Did you know that lots of kids are crazy for horses? If you are seeing any of the following signs and behaviors in your child, chances are their love of horses is here to stay!
Is It Warm Enough to Bathe My Horse?
Warm spring days make it tempting to bathe our horses. We need to make sure it is warm enough for them before we go ahead and do it, though! Here's some advice to help you decide if you should bathe your horse or just groom him when it's too cold.
All the Encouragement You Need to Start Riding as an Adult
When people think of horseback riding lessons, they typically think of a bunch of children in a group riding lesson. Hopefully, this article is all the encouragement you need to start riding as an adult!
Activities and Ideas for Horse Owners in the Month of February
For some horses, February is an awful month—cold, dark, and wet. If you are a horse owner who is fed up with winter, here are some ideas to get you through the month!
Quiz: How Confident of a Horseback Rider Are You?
Being realistic about your confidence as a horseback rider is important. Why? Having a firm understanding of your confidence level and skillset allows you to know what to work on and helps you to stay safe when interacting with horses.
Keeping a Horse: Stall Board vs. Field Board
Where do you find a place to keep a horse after purchasing one? If you don't have your own place, you will need to research and find out what is available in your area. Learn about the differences between stall board and field board.
A Beginner's Guide to Riding Helmets
Being a TBI patient recovering from a horse-related incident, I'm not even going to discuss the option of not wearing a helmet. In my humble, brain-bruised opinion, wearing one should be mandatory. Here's my advice for choosing the best riding helmet and which types to stay away from.
Your Visual Guide to Face and Leg Markings on Horses
Some horses are born with white markings on their faces and legs. Do you know the difference between snips, coronets and stockings? Correctly identifying them can be very satisfying for anyone who loves horses.
Horseback Riding and Training: The Square Exercise
This square exercise came to me yesterday while I was teaching. I ended up doing it with all three of my students, who are at different levels, that night. It was a great help to all of them.
How to Care for Old Horses: 5 Senior Horse Care Strategies
Did you know that older horses need special care? Here are five tips to care for them according to a professional horse trainer and riding instructor.
A Guide for First-Time Trail Riders
With the beautiful fall weather setting in around the country, I bet a lot of riders are thinking about getting out of the ring and onto the trail. There is no better place to view fall foliage than from the back of a horse. If you are a new rider and considering a trail ride, here is some advice!
How to Ride a Difficult Horse: The Basics for Beginners
I have mentioned before that part of learning to ride is progressing to riding more challenging horses (or climbing the lesson-horse ladder, as I have been known to call it). It is hard to explain to students who love the old faithfuls that they have been riding that it is time to move on.
How to Treat a Leg Wound on Your Horse When No Vet Is Available
What is the best way to clean, disinfect, and treat your wounded horse? Learn basic first aid and correct treatment methods so that you can help in the event that a veterinarian cannot be reached.
20 Legendary Names for Horses From Greek Mythology
Whether you've got a mare, a foal, a gelding, or a stallion, your horse is going to need a memorable name with meaning. Mythical horse names from ancient Greek literature are rich with history and legend. Explore these 20 ideas and find the perfect moniker for your equine companion.
How to Lease a Horse (Plus Pros and Cons)
A common question I get asked a lot by my clients is what does it mean to lease a horse? Also, why would you want to lease a horse rather than buy one? Hopefully, I can help you understand what it means and if it might be a good option for you.
Ten Misconceptions About Horseback Riding Clarified
These are just a few of the many misconceptions that I have heard floating around about horseback riding. I figured I would shed some light on them and help to add some clarification for those who may be wondering!
How to Create a Horse Training Plan and Journal (With Examples)
Having a goal, writing it down, and taking notes is a great way to accomplish your goals with your horse. Journaling also helps you to see how much progress you have made over time. If you keep a training log on all the horses you work with, you will be surprised how great a reference it can be!