Horseback Riding As Exercise

Horseback Riding As Exercise

There’s this terrible impression, outside of the horseback riding world, that horseback riding isn’t good exercise. It makes me a little grumpy, to be honest. People assume that because you’re mounted, the horse is doing all the work… Well, today I want to put that theory to bed once and for all! So we’re going …

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Why Horseback Riding Lessons?

Why Horseback Riding Lessons?

I think I will always have an ongoing relationship with riding lessons. I have been horseback riding for nearly 20 years now, but I really frequently take a few lessons, even now. So today, I’m going to answer your question: why should I take horseback riding lessons? In general, I think we should always try …

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Horseback Riding is Expensive

Horseback Riding Is Expensive

Any horse lover knows that horseback riding is expensive. Ultimately it’s all worth it, right? Your horse deserves the best that money can buy. But we have to be realistic here. As I write this, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. So many people have experienced loss of income. That can be so …

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How to Ask for the Canter

How to Ask for the Canter

I still struggle at times getting a smooth canter transition from the trot when riding a new horse. How to ask for the canter is tough because each horse is unique. Every horse has their own specific way they like to be asked with little nuances during the transition. With a new horse, it takes …

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Horseback Riding Hairstyles

Horseback Riding Hairstyles

Hair is such a big thing in the horse world. Maybe it’s because our horses have such long and luscious manes – we want our hair to look just as good! For me, finding a good set of horseback riding hairstyles has been a huge problem over the years. So now I thought I would …

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How to Stop a Bolting Horse

Stop a Bolting Horse

I had no idea how to stop a bolting horse the first time I was on a horse that “bolted”. Let me explain why I used quotations around that word. My First Time Unable to Stop a Galloping Horse I was about 12 at the time and I was with 2 good friends on our …

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How to Ride Without Stirrups

When I first started riding, my coach would very often make me ride without stirrups, or ride bareback, or play around the world with the horse moving. When I was about 8-9 years old, I was able to do all flat work without a saddle or a bridle. Unfortunately, as I got older and started …

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How to Collect a Horse

How to Collect a Horse

When I was learning how to ride, my coach was a dressage expert. But for the longest time, she refused to teach me how to collect a horse. I was always confused why she didn’t want to show me how and why it wasn’t more of a priority in our lessons. Wasn’t collection super important? …

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