Category: New to Horses

Horse Blankets 101: Types of Blankets

It’s that time of year again. Time to start breaking out those blankets in preparation for winter. For those who already blanket on a regular basis, you probably already have…
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Hobbyhorse Revolution: Horsing Around…With Stick Horses

The other day I stumbled across an interesting new craze from Finland called hobbyhorsing. Most of us were horse crazy kids at one point and we all probably had a…
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The difference between a halt and a stop

No matter your discipline, at some point in the show pen you are going to be asked to halt. The halt is a deceptively simple maneuver that is often overlooked…
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Common Mistakes That Many Riders Make When Catching a Horse

Catching is one of the most common problems faced by horse owners. So, if you are struggling with catching your horse, know that you are not alone. Most of us…
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The Secret to Turning Every Horse Into Your Dream Horse

I’ve had several friends ask me “how do you always manage to find these amazing horses?” They look at the horses I have and seem to think that I have…
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5 Things Your Horse Should Know Before Going to a Horse Show

I know, a little late to the party. With summer drawing to a close (please don’t remind me), most show circuits are winding up as well, but it’s still not…
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Clicker Training: Dogs vs Horses

Clicker training is a controversial topic in the horse world that gained popularity along with the rise of the natural horsemanship movement. Some hail it as a humane way to…
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Is “anthropomorphizing” really as dangerous as people say it is?

Oh yes, I just went there. This is a huge taboo to some people who insist that horses are working animals who should be classified as livestock while others prefer…
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Dealing with Chronic Illness as an Equestrian

So far, I have kept most of my blogging focused on the horses. However, given my current struggles with seizures, I think this is a good time to address the…
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Slower doesn’t mean collected

There seems to be a bit of a disconnect for some riders in the western show pen. There is still a misconception for some riders that slower somehow means collected.…
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Why being on the forehand is detrimental to your horse

Last week we discussed the importance of knowing the ‘why’ behind everything you do with your horse. Here is an important ‘why’ that is sometimes skipped over because so many…
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The Difference Between a Breast Collar and a Pulling Collar

Pulling collars are popular among working ranchers and ropers as a practical tack choice. The have also been gaining popularity along with AQHA’s new ranch horse pleasure class as a…
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The Trained Monkey Bandwagon

In riding, we tend to focus our efforts and education on learning the “how” of everything. “How do I warm up my horse?” “How do I know my saddle fits…
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Standing While Mounting

This may seem like such a small and insignificant exercise, but it far more important than many people realize. Too often I see people who need someone to hold their…
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Hippotherapy: Horses as Therapy

Animals are widely considered to be therapeutic for humans, but none so much as the horse. Physical Therapy There are many therapeutic riding programs throughout the world. The technical term…
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The Fear Monster

We’ve all faced this one at some point in our riding career. Maybe you had a accident with broken bones and shattered confidence. Or maybe you lost the one horse…
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The Importance of Examining Your Horse’s Sweat Patterns After a Ride

Proper saddle fit is important for every horse, whether you are a trail rider or a show competitor. One of the easiest ways to check for saddle fit is to…
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Why “Heels Down” Is Right Out

No matter your level of riding, we’ve all been there. Constantly fighting to keep those heels down. It’s a mantra that get drilled into us from day one. But is…
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Top 10 Things to Remember When Horse Shopping

1. Know what you want before you start shoppingThis is one of the biggest mistakes I see a lot of buyers make. They have enough money saved up to buy…
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5 Secrets to a Thicker Mane and Tail

1. A healthy mane and tail starts with a balanced diet ...and a good diet starts with quality forage. I always recommend a high forage diet for any horse. If…
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Top 10 Good Horse Care Habits

1. Hose your horse off as part of your post-ride care routine Hosing off your horse with cold water does two things. First, it cleans the sweat off the horse’s…
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3 Secrets to Improve Your Riding

As riders, we are always looking for that magical secret to develop our riding. There are a few simple keys that I’ve discovered that advanced my riding overnight. The most…
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