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 […]
Have a smartphone? Then you have a valuable tool that can improve your riding, competition results, horse care skills, and more. Thanks to the countless apps for equestrians available now, you can turn your phone into a horse health database, a way to access the rules for your next competition, and even an alarm that will alert others if you get into trouble while riding alone. These top 5 apps for equestrians are must-haves.
Horse Side Vet Guide
Have questions about your horse’s health? Horse Side Vet Guide is a database loaded with valuable equine health […]
Winter will be here before you know it, and those cold temperatures have already started to descend over parts of the country. Don’t get caught off-guard with your winter barn prep! Here are five important tasks that you should take care of now.
Maintain Your Horse Trailer
As your show season wraps up and you get ready to put your trailer away for the weekend, take a day and do some important maintenance. Pull up all of your floor mats and evaluate your floor for any weak or rotting areas. Check your tire pressure and look […]