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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Having a Training Plan and Keeping a Training Journal for Your Horse
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!
Advice for Beginner Horseback Riders on Common Riding Challenges
There are so many different scenarios that can happen with new horseback riders. We will talk about typical lesson-horse issues and how to overcome them while in the saddle.
How to Plan an On-Farm Show for Your Riding Students
Planning a show for your students gives them a safe, low-pressure, first-time show experience, and it gives them a goal to work towards.
Riding Tips and Tricks: Posting on the Correct Diagonal
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.
What Is Posting on a Horse? How to Do It and Helpful Hints
Learning to trot is an exciting time for new riders. Learning to post is part of that process. Here are some helpful hints for learning how to post.
How to Help New Riding Students Get Over Their Fears
Helpful advice for riding instructors on teaching fearful students. Even 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!
How to Teach a New Rider the Proper Basic Balanced Riding Position
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 riding students get it!
How to Teach Confident Riding With the Use of Your Lesson Horses
Learn how to use your lesson horses in the best way to encourage successful riding.
Working With Draft Horses on a Small, Sustainable Farm
What's so great about working with horses? Learn about utilizing the horse as a source of power, based on my personal experiences using them to perform farm labor and other tasks.
Equestrian Essentials: Horse Riding Equipment and Horse Clothing
Learn about English-style riding equipment, horse clothing, and the basics of caring for your equipment.
Horse Training Tips: How to Train for Barrel Racing (With Video)
This article explains how to train a horse for barrel racing. Video included.