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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
An Unmounted Horsemanship Lesson for Beginners
Not all horsemanship is learned while riding! Just as much is learned in the barn and on the ground. Here is another unmounted horsemanship lesson plan for instructors, camp, or 4H organizers to use for their groups.
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.
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 Horseback Riders Get Over Their Fears
Advice for riding instructors on teaching fearful new students. Even confident riders have scary moments—it happens to the best of us! These are hints for instructors to be ready to help.
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
How can you encourage confident riding from your lesson horses? Learn how to accomplish it in the most successful way possible.
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 farming experiences using them to perform agricultural labor and other tasks.
Tools for Making Sure Your Saddle Doesn't Slip
How do you stop your saddle from slipping? This has been a problem for generations of horsemen, and all kinds of solutions have been invented over the years. Read on to learn about some tools you can use to make sure your saddle does not slip.
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)
Looking for tips to train a horse for barrel racing? Here is how to do this activity in a safe manner.