Horse Care : How to Tack a Horse

To tack your horse, we’ll begin by making sure your horse is groomed. Assuming that it is, we’ll begin with the saddle pad. And we’re going to put the saddle pad right up to where her hair starts to grow on her withers. And the place that the girth goes Continue Reading

Beginning Horse Riding : Horse Riding Balanced Walking

As our novice rider begins to take those skills that we’re learning and apply them, we’re going to ask her to go ahead and mover her horse into a right handed circle. She’s going to use her right hand as that direct rein. Her left hand is going to stay Continue Reading

Horse Training for Equestrian Games : How to Compete in Dressage

To compete in dressage, you first want to make sure that your horse is well groomed, they should be clipped and their mane should be braided. As for tack goes, you don’t want to have any bell boots or boots on. You should have a square nice clean, usually white Continue Reading

Equine Massage Techniques : Equine Massage Basics

So, we’re going to talk a little bit more about different massage strokes that you can use on your horse, different areas where they are appropriate. We’re going to target the neck with a technique called jostling. There’s fist compression, where you hold your fist and actually use that to Continue Reading

Horse Training for Equestrian Games : How to Ride Bareback

To ride bareback, you’re going to take your saddle off, you still have the bridle on. Everything else will still be the same, you still have all your protective riding clothes on. And you want to make sure first of all that you’re at a point in your riding where Continue Reading

Horse Training : How to Make a Horse Run Faster

Alright, to make your horse go faster, let’s say you’re trotting. I’m simply going to close my legs, give the horse a squeeze and already we’re at a faster trot. And if I want to go faster say “up” and do a canter, when I close my outside leg. And Continue Reading

Beginning Horse Riding : Collection Horse Training a Lope

We’re going to take this horse to a forward lope as we ask him to be collected. This is often a piece that many backyard novice riders struggle with. It’s hard to imagine that in holding your horse forward in to its movement, everything that worked at the stand still, Continue Reading

Beginning Horse Riding : Collection Horse Training Backing Up

In our discussion about collection and how it impacts the horse, we like to think about backing up a horse. Putting him in reverse is actually a very collected, and often thought of as kind of a forward movement. Odd to think that backing a horse up would be considered Continue Reading

Horse Training for Equestrian Games : How to Compete in Hunter Hack

To compete in hunter hack, you first want to make sure that your horse is well groomed. In any hunter class, the horse is really being looked at and so they should be shining clean. They should be clipped, their mane should be pulled and in most cases, they should Continue Reading

Horse Care : How to Build a Round Pen

Round pens are a great way to start young horses. They’re very useful for teaching a horse how to lunge because a horse is completely confined, can’t get away from you. If you’re starting a young horse, it’s nice to be able to work in a small area where you Continue Reading