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The 5 Calmest Horse Breeds

Are you looking for a calm horse breed to purchase for a beginner rider? This article discusses the five calmest breeds based on my experience as a horse owner, breeder, and trainer. Horse photos included!


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!


A Beginner’s Guide to Horse Accessories

Decking out both your horse and yourself out is not only fashionable, but it's a way to feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl.


How Much Do Horses Cost in the UK?

Ever wondered what factors go into a horse's cost? If so, this post is for you. We've laid out the different factors and how to find the best price for a horse you're planning to purchase.


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!


Summer Riding: How to Ride Safely in the Heat

Pro tips to keep you and your horse happy and healthy for summer riding!


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.


A Guide to Shopping for and Trying Horses

I recently was in search of the perfect horse to join our education program. I decided to share my experience in order to help others with what to look for and which questions to ask when shopping for a horse.


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!


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 whether to bathe or just groom our horses.


Lunging Your Horse Before Riding

This article gives advice on lunging your horse before riding. When should you do it? When not to? (Another alternative!)


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!


Pancho, My Peruvian Paso and Lifelong Companion

This is the story of how I saved a starving yearling Peruvian Paso who has now become my best friend for life.


350+ Perfect Pony and Horse Names for Riders

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 companion.


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!


What Is Horsemanship?

This is my true definition of horsemanship.


How to Properly Use a Riding Crop

The riding crop should be an "extension" of our leg. Learn how to properly use this important riding tool.


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!


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.


30 Fun Activities to Do With Your Horse

Are you and your horse stuck in a rut? Are you looking for something new to do together? Check out this list for some creative ideas.


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.


What Is a Grade Horse?

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?


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.


8 Qualities of a Great Horse Rider

In my opinion, these are the main differences between a good rider and a great rider. Trust me, these small things make a big difference.


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.


Buying a Horse: 15+ Essential Questions and Tips

A guide to the essential questions to ask when buying a horse, including questions about sizing, diet, and turn-out schedule.


The Great Debate: Mares vs. Geldings

Like English versus Western riding, one of the most debated topics among horse owners is if they prefer mares or geldings.


How to Take Holiday Photos With Your Horse

If you are a horse owner, I'm sure you would love to include your horse or horses on your holiday cards. But sometimes, that's easier said than done! Here are some tips.


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.


Do Horses Actually Like Being Ridden?

Horses enjoy being ridden when riding is fun. Here are my ideas for making riding fun for horse and rider.


7 Tips and Tricks for Your First Horse Show

The top seven tips and tricks for your first horse show, including clothing, planning meals, and advice for after the show.


How I Train a Horse

Horse training tips from an old-time cowboy.


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.


15 Astronomy and Space Names for Horses

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.


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.


15 Big, Powerful Horse Names

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


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.


Horseback Riding: How to Be a Great "Barn Parent"

Here's some advice on how to be a good "barn parent" or "lesson parent"—whatever you prefer to be called.


How to Be a Good Horseback Riding Student

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


Common Horseback Riding Problems and Solutions

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.