Control Your Emotions – 3 Steps to Better Results

We’ve all been there when working with our horse... frustrated and upset, crabby and irritated, angry and fed up - so how do we prevent this!?  Simple, learn to see the world through your horse’s eyes!  Learn to empathize with their situation, do NOT sympathize with or accept their negative/uncooperative behavior but learn to UNDERSTAND it.  The key to keeping ... Read More

Keeping Calm – A Necessary Trait For Equestrians

Keeping a cool, calm, and collected demeanor around all animals, especially horses, is of the utmost importance. There will be times when things are going downhill where keeping a level head and a composed thought process can make all the difference. It can keep a bad situation from getting worse and can turn things back to smooth sailing very quickly. Conversely, ... Read More

Planning Your Vacations as a Horse Owner

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With the weather getting better and schools letting out for spring break more of us are planning our vacations. If you own/care for horses, planning trips can become quite difficult. Here are some tips for making sure that you and your horse have the best time and the fewest worries! 1. Plan ahead financially. When budgeting for your trip include the cost … Read More

Training Through Fear

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“WHEN A HORSE THAT IS TRAINED THROUGH FEAR FINDS THEMSELVES IN A SITUATION IT FEARS MORE THAN YOU, IT WILL EVENTUALLY MAKE ONE OF TWO DECISIONS - TO GET AWAY FROM YOU OR TO GET RID OF YOU.  A HORSE TRAINED THROUGH A RELATIONSHIP OF MUTUAL RESPECT PUT IN THAT SAME SITUATION WILL MAKE THE DECISION TO TURN TO YOU FOR ... Read More

Check Your Tack!

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Whether you trail ride or compete, many accidents and cases of horse/rider discomfort can be avoided by simply keeping tabs on your tack. A worn billet that breaks, a loose Chicago screw on a bridle, hay/shavings under your saddle pad… all of these can cause problems from serious accidents to just being frustrating when trying to enjoy your ride. Check … Read More

When Your Trainer Smiles…

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As a student you may sometimes feel that your trainer/instructor is the hardest person to get solid, pure congratulatory praise from. Not just a “good job” or “well done” - those are common place.  Any good trainer sprinkles those into your ride. I’m talking about an excited “perfect” or “great job” accompanied by a high five or even the occasional ... Read More

You Can’t Ride Papers! The Truth Behind the Phrase

Young woman riding a horse WHAT DOES THIS COMMON EQUINE PHRASE REALLY MEAN? If you’ve been in the horse world long enough I'm sure you've heard this phrase, and if you haven’t yet, you will. What does this phrase really mean? That depends on your viewpoint. There are many different people who may take offense to this phrase, but like all ... Read More

What’s Your Reason For Riding?

There are thousands of people out there who ride on a regular basis. Whether it’s daily, several times a week, or several times a month - we look forward to our saddle time. Some of us ride as an occupation, some purely for personal pleasure but what’s the actual reason you ride!? Is it for money, points & buckles, exercise, ... Read More

Horses Teach Humility

To be truly great you need to realize that there will always be more hours to work, more skills to learn and more trials to overcome. When you think you have peaked physically, mentally, and emotionally - push harder and dig deeper, only then will you achieve and maintain greatness. For equestrians we know the following to be true: If ... Read More

Does Your Horse “Love” You?

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Without respect, there cannot be love. That is a fact. I come across many people on a daily basis that crave an emotional connection with their horse. I am constantly asked if I think their horse “loves” them. Here is my answer; “if they do not respect you they cannot love you, if they respect you it is possible they ... Read More