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  • Helpful advice for riding instructors on teaching fearful students. Even the confident riders have scared moments—it happens to the best of us. As instructors, we need to be prepared to handle that. Here are some hopefully helpful hints!

    Instructor Tips for Helping Fearful Students

    Instructor Tips for Helping Fearful Students

    by Ellison Hartley2

  • We have all been guilty of taking the easy way out or doing things with horses the fast way instead of the safe way. After being left with post-concussive syndrome after an accident in March, I feel it is my responsibility to remind others of the importance of safety with horses.

    Horse Safety Advice From a TBI Patient

    Horse Safety Advice From a TBI Patient

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • What makes a great student? How can you be one yourself? Having been teaching for almost 20 years now, I think I can give you some advice on how to be a superstar riding student.

    How to Be a Good Horseback Riding Student

    How to Be a Good Horseback Riding Student

    by Ellison Hartley1

  • There are many causes for nosebleeds in horses. Some causes of equine epistaxis can be detrimental to the health of your horse. Learn to recognize the symptoms of these serious health conditions.

    Horse Nosebleeds: Causes and Treatments

    Horse Nosebleeds: Causes and Treatments

    by Kate Daily2

  • I have mentioned before that part of learning to ride is progressing to riding more difficult 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.

    Learning to Horseback Ride for Beginners

    Learning to Horseback Ride for Beginners

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • We should all ditch the discipline snobbery! To each their own. And besides, before you can teach the skill set your horse needs for a certain discipline, we all need them to have certain basics. These basics don't change depending on the saddle.

    A Horse Is a Horse: Horseback Riding Basics for All Disciplines

    A Horse Is a Horse: Horseback Riding Basics for All Disciplines

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Some practical ways to afford a horse at any age! Learn where to look for a horse, and where to look for affordable tack. Most importantly, learn how to save on board and other expenses.

    How to Afford a Horse as a Teen

    How to Afford a Horse as a Teen

    by Stephanie Giguere21

  • Being in the business of teaching riding lessons and giving pony rides, I need the safest horses I can find—horses that have seen the world and experienced a lot, and horses that are calm and kind. Usually, these are older horses who may need special care.

    Horses and Aging: How to Care for Old Horses

    Horses and Aging: How to Care for Old Horses

    by Ellison Hartley7

  • These names from Norse mythology give you lots of interesting choices for your horse. From Fenrir to Odin, to Loki to Sleipnir—the eight-legged horse—the names below all have meanings that will add to your bond with your horse.

    25 Names for Your Horse From Norse Mythology

    25 Names for Your Horse From Norse Mythology

    by Teeuwynn Woodruff2

  • Learn how to manage and handle a scared horse and find out if you need the help of a professional.

    How to Handle a Scared Horse

    How to Handle a Scared Horse

    by rocknrodeogirl11

  • Are we doing the horse a favor putting a jacket on him when it is cold outside? I should think not. It is quite the opposite.

    Should You Blanket Your Horse?

    Should You Blanket Your Horse?

    by Joanna0

  • As a person running a riding program, this is the time that we begin to plan for the summer camp season. The dates are being set and we are advertising for new and returning campers to sign up. Here are 20 questions to help you find the perfect program for your child!

    20 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Summer Horseback Riding Camp

    20 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Summer Horseback Riding Camp

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Some horses definitely prefer to turn to one side. If your horse is like this, then why? And how can you fix it?

    Dealing With the One-Sided Horse

    Dealing With the One-Sided Horse

    by jenniferrpovey4

  • These great names for your horse, foal, or pony were inspired by astronomical, celestial, star, and space terminology. Give your horse a stellar name so that you will soar together as a team.

    15 Astronomy Names for Horses

    15 Astronomy Names for Horses

    by Teeuwynn Woodruff3

  • As horse owners, we know that one of our horse's favorite pastimes is getting themselves hurt. Hopefully, you won't have to deal with any major injuries. We can handle most bumps and scrapes at home on our own. Sometimes for one reason or another though, the problem is too big for us to deal with.

    The Benefits of Using a Rehab or Lay Up Facility for Your Injured Horse

    The Benefits of Using a Rehab or Lay Up Facility for Your Injured Horse

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • The benefits of planning a show for your students is great. It gives them a safe, low-pressure, first-time show experience, and it gives them a goal to work towards.

    Planning an On-Farm Show for Your Students

    Planning an On-Farm Show for Your Students

    by Ellison Hartley1

  • Are you looking for a name for your beloved horse? Perhaps you have a Thoroughbred, an Arabian, an American Paint, or a beautiful grade horse—here are 350+ perfect names for your beautiful companion.

    350+ Perfect Pony and Horse Names for Riders

    350+ Perfect Pony and Horse Names for Riders

    by Layne Holmes2

  • Every kid that rides has, at some point, begged their parents for a horse. Here is a guide to help parents determine whether or not their child is ready.

    To Buy a Horse or Not to Buy a Horse?

    To Buy a Horse or Not to Buy a Horse?

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • The Thoroughbred holds one of the oldest recorded pedigrees. There exists ongoing concern that the ever-narrowing gene pool of the Thoroughbred may be restricting genetic progress both athletically and reproductively, and contributing to an eventual increased frequency of heritable disease.

    Are Thoroughbred Racehorses Being "(In)bred to Death?"

    Are Thoroughbred Racehorses Being "(In)bred to Death?"

    by Liz Hardin2

  • 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.

    Frequently Asked Questions: How to Lease a Horse

    Frequently Asked Questions: How to Lease a Horse

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Learn about the Persian Onager (Equus hemionus onager), a rare wild horse native to Iran that is endangered. Only 600 to 700 individuals remain in the wild and at zoos around the world.

    All About the Persian Onager

    All About the Persian Onager

    by Carrie Kelley0

  • Horses come in all kinds of personalities. Some horses (and mules) are simply stubborn or lazy, refusing to go forward (sometimes in the face of significant persuasion). How do you deal with this?

    How to Make a Stubborn or Lazy Horse Go Forward

    How to Make a Stubborn or Lazy Horse Go Forward

    by jenniferrpovey1

  • Being realistic about how confident you are as a rider is important. It is important to know your confidence level and skillset to help you know what to work on. It is also important to be honest about your confidence in order for you to stay safe with horses.

    Quiz: How Confident of a Rider Are You?

    Quiz: How Confident of a Rider Are You?

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Horses are remarkably intelligent and beautiful creatures which have been bred by humans for a multitude of purposes for hundreds of years. Here are some of the world's most unusual equine breeds.

    Rare, Unusual, and Beautiful Horse Breeds

    Rare, Unusual, and Beautiful Horse Breeds

    by Anna32

  • I know many horse-loving kids who dream of a career with horses. Here is my advice for those who think they want to follow that path. It is not an easy path, but most certainly not impossible for those who are dedicated and hard working.

    Advice for Young Riders Who Want to Pursue a Career With Horses

    Advice for Young Riders Who Want to Pursue a Career With Horses

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • 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 journals on all the horses you work with, you will be surprised how great a reference it can be!

    Having a Training Plan and Keeping a Training Journal for Your Horse

    Having a Training Plan and Keeping a Training Journal for Your Horse

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Posting on the correct diagonal can be a frustrating thing for new riders to learn. It doesn't have to be though! Hopefully, my article will provide some insight to help it go more smoothly for both students and instructors.

    Riding Tips and Tricks: Posting on the Correct Diagonal

    Riding Tips and Tricks: Posting on the Correct Diagonal

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • It is a New Year, so how about planning on trying at least one or two new things with your horse this year? With twelve months in the year, think of how cool it would be to say you learned twelve new things or that you did twelve new and fun things with your horse this year?

    A New Year: Fun Activities to Do With Your Horse

    A New Year: Fun Activities to Do With Your Horse

    by Ellison Hartley2

  • While the advantages of owning a horse in the eyes of a horse lover can be various, the disadvantages often will be hidden under a veil of idealization. Indeed, passion may cover up some major flaws that come along owning the noble equine, yet...

    Disadvantage of Owning a Horse

    Disadvantage of Owning a Horse

    by Adrienne Janet Farricelli6

  • The energy and "vibes" that we carry with us around our horses affects how successful we will be in our interactions with them.

    How Our Energy Affects Our Horses

    How Our Energy Affects Our Horses

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • In this article you will learn the signs and symptoms of colic and ulcers. You will learn what causes them, and how to treat these chronic conditions that are popular among our equine athletes.

    Colic and Stomach Ulcers in Horses

    Colic and Stomach Ulcers in Horses

    by Corey0

  • Riding horses is nothing less than magical. There is absolute joy in feeling their powerful muscles respond to your every wish and command. Whether you are ambling along a country lane, galloping across a white sand beach, or taking a tight turn as...

    Equestrian Essentials: Horse Riding Equipment & Horse Clothing 101

    Equestrian Essentials: Horse Riding Equipment & Horse Clothing 101

    by Anne Coyle5

  • Superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injuries are a substantial source of lameness and diminished athleticism within the equine athletic industry. Mesenchymal stem cells have become a topic of interest for use in the therapy of orthopedic injuries in athletic horses.

    Stem Cell Therapy for Equine Flexor Tendon Injuries

    Stem Cell Therapy for Equine Flexor Tendon Injuries

    by Liz Hardin0

  • Look here for 20 great names based off of fire for chestnut horses, mares, geldings, stallions, foals, and colts. These fiery-red names will give you some great ideas for your new horse. The names come from different languages and mythology.

    20 Fiery-Red Names for Chestnut Horses

    20 Fiery-Red Names for Chestnut Horses

    by Teeuwynn Woodruff5

  • How many different kinds of horse whip are there? The answer is . . . quite a few, all of them designed for different disciplines and purposes.

    Horse Training Tools: Crops and Whips

    Horse Training Tools: Crops and Whips

    by jenniferrpovey2

  • Rare horse breeds like the Caspian and the American Cream Draft face extinction if the conservation efforts in place are not successful. Learn more about these beautiful and rare horses with facts, maps, images and videos.

    Rare Horse Breeds: 4 of the World's Rarest Horses Breeds

    Rare Horse Breeds: 4 of the World's Rarest Horses Breeds

    by Donna Cosmato11

  • Abraham Lincoln, John Steinbeck, William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill and more. All the best and most memorable horse quotes from famous people throughout history

    Famous Horse Quotes From Well-Known People

    Famous Horse Quotes From Well-Known People

    by Rickrideshorses2

  • Carrying a riding crop seems pretty straight forward right? You hold it in your hand and use it when your horse isn't doing what it is supposed to do. Well, not exactly. Carrying one should be a right of passage. You need to understand how to properly use it first!

    How to Properly Use a Riding Crop

    How to Properly Use a Riding Crop

    by Ellison Hartley2

  • The floor in a stock/horse trailer does not last forever. It must be replaced BEFORE it rots. When the wood floor rots it can break through at anytime when weight is applied to it. Tragedies...

    Horse Trailer Repair: Floor Boards

    Horse Trailer Repair: Floor Boards

    by Joanna0

  • Horses are magnificent animals that deserve a good name no matter what they are used for. Give your beloved pet a name that others won't soon forget, even if they don't compete in the Kentucky Derby.

    Cool Horse Name Ideas

    Cool Horse Name Ideas

    by Don14

  • Many riders deal with the frustration of their horse dropping its inside shoulder around turns and cutting in. Here are some exercises I use with my horses and students to correct this common problem.

    Common Horseback Riding Problems and Solutions

    Common Horseback Riding Problems and Solutions

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Horses, like most species of ungulates, are social animals with complex social structures and hierarchies. This article will discuss the basics of equine social behaviors within the herd, and how factors such as age, gender, and the environment play a role.

    Social Behaviors of Wild and Domestic Horses

    Social Behaviors of Wild and Domestic Horses

    by Liz Hardin2

  • Miniature horses! You can't ride them, unless you are a miniature person. Driving is the way to go. In this first of a series, we will look at the most common vehicle for minis: the Easy Entry cart.

    Hitching My Miniature Horse: The Easy Entry Cart

    Hitching My Miniature Horse: The Easy Entry Cart

    by Cheryl Nunez15

  • Do you have a horse that is prone to buck? This little setup might just do the trick to make him stop, or reduce the buck in him.

    Bucking Horse Help

    Bucking Horse Help

    by Joanna2

  • Learn basic training from foal to three year old, including haltering, tieing, leading, saddling, biting, and ground work. This is just an overview of the very basics a foal needs to know.

    How to Train Your Beginner Horse

    How to Train Your Beginner Horse

    by Joanna7

  • When it comes to horses and other equines, few people understand the true definitions of sensitive topics such as neglect, abuse, or cruelty. Much less often do individuals know how to identify the warning signs of mistreatment or which steps to take next.

    Rehabbing the Starved, Neglected, or Abused Horse

    Rehabbing the Starved, Neglected, or Abused Horse

    by Liz Hardin0

  • If you purchase a horse, the next step will be the process of finding a place to keep him or her. Some of us are lucky enough to have our own places. If you aren't one of those people, you will need to research and find out what is available in your area.

    Keeping a Horse: Stall Board vs. Field Board

    Keeping a Horse: Stall Board vs. Field Board

    by Ellison Hartley2

  • Genetics determine a horse's coat color. There are many different coat colors that are possible, but all colors are produced by the action of only a few genes. This article will review the basics of equine genetics, and the genes that create the beautiful coats of the horses we enjoy today.

    An Intro to Horse Coat Color Genetics

    An Intro to Horse Coat Color Genetics

    by Liz Hardin2

  • Sores in your horses mouth may be caused by a weed in the hay being fed to him. Pictures and video explain and identify those weeds that may be the culprit.

    Oral Ulcers in Horses

    Oral Ulcers in Horses

    by Joanna0

  • Saddle soap keeps leather saddles and horse tack clean and supple. Here is a traditional recipe using lye and a more modern safer home recipe that does not use lye.

    How to Make Homemade Saddle Soap

    How to Make Homemade Saddle Soap

    by Beth Eaglescliffe0

  • If you have ever read horse advertisements online or been to a horse auction, you may have heard the term "grade" horse used. What does it mean? Are grade horses better or worse than purebred horses?

    What Is a Grade Horse?

    What Is a Grade Horse?

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • There is a lot out there about finding the right horse, but not so much about what to do if you buy the wrong one! Hopefully, this article helps!

    So You Think You Bought the Wrong Horse?

    So You Think You Bought the Wrong Horse?

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • The following names from mythology and literature all feature strong, powerful horses for you to name your foal, mare, stallion, or gelding after. Some names are great for a chestnut, black, bay, or grey horse, while others work for any large horse.

    15 Big, Powerful Horse Names

    15 Big, Powerful Horse Names

    by Teeuwynn Woodruff0

  • Amazing horse quotes from famous people and celebrities including Benjamin Disraeli, J.D. Salinger, Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, W. C. Fields and many more.

    Famous Horse Quotes

    Famous Horse Quotes

    by Rickrideshorses6

  • When the summer storms roll in, don't miss out on an opportunity to keep your business running and your students coming to the barn. Use unmounted horsemanship lessons. Here is some inspiration for fun and educational unmounted lessons.

    Unmounted Horsemanship Lessons

    Unmounted Horsemanship Lessons

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • What is the right way to take care of a rescue horse? What health and behavioral problems should you expect? How should they be fed and should they be quarantined, and why?

    The Right Way to Take Care of a Rescue Horse

    The Right Way to Take Care of a Rescue Horse

    by MagicStarER9

  • 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 trail riding, here is some advice!

    A Guide for First-Time Trail Riders

    A Guide for First-Time Trail Riders

    by Ellison Hartley3

  • Mane pulling can be a tedious and frustrating job if you are the unlucky owner of a horse that doesn't like it. If you have ever seen a mane that has been cut with scissors, you understand why we go to the trouble of pulling instead of cutting.

    What to Do If Your Horse Hates Mane Pulling

    What to Do If Your Horse Hates Mane Pulling

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Learning the proper and basic balanced riding position from the very beginning will help riders to be more safe and confident. In this article, I hope I make it easier to understand and visualize for you, and provide some hints that have helped my riders get it!

    Help With Proper Basic Position for New Riders

    Help With Proper Basic Position for New Riders

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Horse training tips for calming a nervous horse, along with tips for preventing a hot horse. Discount calming supplements for sale, too. Videos included.

    How to Calm a Nervous Horse

    How to Calm a Nervous Horse

    by Holle Abee6

  • Does your horse throw its head in the air when you try to bridle it? Or turn its back on you when it sees the bit? What causes this problem and how can it be fixed?

    Fixing the Hard-to-Bridle Horse

    Fixing the Hard-to-Bridle Horse

    by jenniferrpovey2

  • These are just a few of the many misconceptions that I have heard floating around out there about horseback riding. I figured I would shed some light on them and help to add some clarification for those who may be wondering!

    Ten Misconceptions About Horseback Riding Clarified

    Ten Misconceptions About Horseback Riding Clarified

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Both purebreds and draft crossbreds such as the Sport horse are susceptible to certain health issues not so common in light horse breeds.

    Four Health Issues Found in Draft Horses

    Four Health Issues Found in Draft Horses

    by Donna Campbell Smith11

  • The names for all horses here, from mares to foals to geldings and stallions, are based in Greek mythology. Discover a cool name with meaning for your new horse so that their name will really stand out.

    20 Names for Horses From Greek Mythology

    20 Names for Horses From Greek Mythology

    by Teeuwynn Woodruff0

  • What does it mean to say a horse is "bridle lame?" What causes this problem and how can it be fixed?

    Horse Problem: Bridle Lame

    Horse Problem: Bridle Lame

    by jenniferrpovey4

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