150+ Great Names for Horses, Ponies, Donkeys, and Mules
This article provides hundreds of names for horses that rrange 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 animals warm in winter. The article reveals crucial aspects to consider when getting ready for the first frost.
How to Select a Safe Helmet or Hard Hat for Horseback Riding
This article contains tips for selecting the safest horseback riding hat for American and British equestrians and serious riders from around the world. If you love riding, keep with it for a lifetime by taking the necessary precautions to protect your head from injury.
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 skills and have a blast at the same time.
Will My Child Outgrow the Horse Phase? 20 Signs to Look For
Lots of kids are horse crazy. Some stick with it and others don't. If you are seeing any of the following signs and behaviors in your child, chances are their love of horses is here to stay!
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. It makes riders really wish for spring! If you are one of those horse owners who is fed up with winter, here are some ideas to get you through the month!
20 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Summer Horseback Riding Camp
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!
26 Reasons to Not Quit Horseback Riding Lessons in the Winter
The weather may not be ideal, but here are 26 reasons not to quit riding for the winter!
Keeping a Horse: Stall Board vs. Field Board
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.
What to Do If Your Horse Hates Mane Pulling
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.
A Beginner's Guide to Riding Helmets
Helmets can be a topic of controversy in the horse world. To wear them or not to wear them? Being a TBI patient recovering from a horse-related incident, I'm not even going to discuss the option of not wearing one. In my humble, brain-bruised opinion, wearing a helmet should be non-negotiable.
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 came to me yesterday while I was teaching. I ended up doing it with all three of my students that night. All of my students are at different levels, and it was a great help to all three of them.
To Blanket or Not to Blanket Your Horse in the Winter?
To blanket or not to blanket your horse is always a question that is asked a lot this time of year. The weather is getting chillier, and we start to think about if our horses are going to be warm enough.
How to Care for Old Horses: 7 Senior Horse Care Strategies
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.
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 trail riding, here is some advice!
How to Ride a More Challenging Horse: The Basics for Beginners
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.
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.
An Intro to Horse Coat Color Genetics
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.
What Is the Best Horse Breed?
This is kind of a trick question. There is not a black and white answer to this question. There are a lot of generalizations people make about different breeds, but shopping by breed for a new rider is not the best way to do it. For a new rider, you should look for a horse based on its behavior.
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. The name ideas in this article all come from Greek mythology and are rich with history and legend. Explore these 20 ideas and find the perfect moniker for your equine companion.