How do you celebrate Christmas in your barn? From decorating to hosting special events for your friends, family, and boarders, the holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate with your horses right alongside. Here are just a few ways you can incorporate the holidays into your barn.
Start With Great Decorating
To get your barn in the Christmas spirit, start by decorating it so that it looks great. Christmas garlands, stockings, a Christmas tree, and some lights will instantly make your barn look festive. Want to go all-out? Wrap a wall or wrap some wall hangings […]
Riding clinics are valuable tools in learning to better ride, compete with, and train your horse. Clinics give you a chance to receive instruction from a trainer that you might not otherwise have access to, and riding in a clinic can open up opportunities and training advancements. But clinics are expensive and can require travel and time, so your chances to ride in them may be limited. When you do get to ride in a clinic, use these tips to get the most out of the experience.
Choose Your Clinician Strategically
Clinics are valuable learning opportunities, but only […]
It’s always safest to ride with someone else, but sometimes life happens and that isn’t always possible. However, getting help if you fall – especially if you’re unconscious or unable to reach your phone – poses a real problem for equestrians. Thanks to technology, though, you can take steps to prepare for this worst case scenario so that you’re still able to get the emergency help you need after a riding accident.
Ride With Me
The Ride With Me app is a free app developed by SmartPak. You’ll enter in some emergency contacts, and then […]
Riding lessons are your chance to practice your skills, to make mistakes, and to learn. The better you can use the time in your lessons, the better a rider you can become. With lessons being expensive and limited in frequency, these six tips can help you to make the most of your riding lessons.
One of the best ways to get the most out of your riding lessons is to truly stay engaged during your lessons. Think about how you learn best, and work with your instructor to ensure that you’re getting the most out […]
It’s a common misconception that horses’ pastures don’t have to be mowed, since the horses will effectively take care of that for us. But the truth is, mowing is an important part of pasture maintenance. Here are just a few of the benefits of mowing your pastures.
Enhance Pasture Quality
Mowing your pasture is an excellent way to enhance the quality of the grass available to your horses. By mowing your pasture, you can keep the grass in a growing state continuously throughout your summer. This increases the quality of the grass available to your horses […]
When we’re training horses with a goal in mind, it’s easy to get set so focused on the goal that things get boring, both for us and our horses. Drilling on the same exercises every day won’t result in much progress, especially if our horses get sour with the routine. These tips can help you to break up the boredom so that riding becomes fun and engaging again.
1. Find New Exercises
If your current training exercises are getting old, it’s time to find a new way to train your horse. If you’re […]
Almost every rider has a point during their career when their confidence is shaken. Once your confidence is lost, it can be hard to get it back. These five exercises can help you to build your confidence as a rider so you can enjoy riding again.
Perfect Your Position
A strong position will make you feel more secure in the saddle, which can translate to improved confidence. There are countless ways to work on your position in the saddle. Consider riding without stirrups, riding in two point, posting the canter, and more to develop your strength and position […]
With spring just around the corner, are you thinking of getting back into the saddle and maybe getting ready for the upcoming show season? Maybe you have more horses in your barn than you usually do, or maybe your schedule has changed and you won’t have as much time to ride. Whatever the reason, if you’re planning to lease out your horse this year, there are a few things you should know about finding the perfect person for the lease.
Be Honest About Your Horse
Start by making an honest assessment of your horse. What are […]