These are the mistakes that I see new riders and people coming back to riding make the most frequently. Read on, so you don’t make the same mistakes! Spending A Lot On Riding Clothes And Equipment You could spend a ton of money at the tack store on riding clothes and equipment. When you are … Continue reading Common New Rider/Returning Rider Mistakes…Read On So You Don’t Make Them!
This Applies To Everyone, Not Just New And Returning Riders Spooking is something that all riders have to deal with at some point in time or another. This goes along with the post about keeping your horse’s attention when he gets distracted. A distracted horse is more likely to find something to spook at. Even … Continue reading New/Returning Rider BootCamp- Riding A Spooking Horse
Distraction City Some people would consider my barn “distraction city” for a horse! This is true. Not necessarily a bad thing though, it is good for them to learn to tune out outside craziness and listen to you. Our place is surrounded by a school complex. We have a football stadium, just a driveway away … Continue reading New/Returning Rider Bootcamp- What To Do If Your Horse Becomes Easily Distracted
It Seems Like A Right Of Passage When you get more involved with horses and riding. Taking more lessons or maybe leasing, I bet buying a saddle of your own will cross your mind. Should you do it though? By the saddle before the horse? Read on! Pro’s and Con’s Get Exactly What You Want … Continue reading New Returning Rider BootCamp- Saddle Before The Horse?
Falling Off If you have been riding for a while you may have already taken your first tumble. If you have not I can assure you that you will one day fall off. It is a privilege that all of us people silly enough to ride horses can look forward to. It Happens To Everyone … Continue reading New/Returning Rider Bootcamp- We Can’t Put Off Talking About It Any Longer- Falling Off!
I have neglected you again! I do apologize, I’m all over the place. What can I say! I’m back at it again for you now with some suggestions on graduating to independent riding. The Best Way To Take The Next Step To Improve Your Riding If you have been in a lesson program, doing the … Continue reading New Rider/Returning Rider Boot Camp
I know from both riding horses and my tramuatic brain injury (TBI) recovery, that making note of milestones on your riding journey is important. It is cool to see how far you have come. I bet you have had a lot more milestones than you think. The Decision Making the decision to start riding is … Continue reading New Rider Milestones!
Besides the common rider problems that I mentioned yesterday, this is one of the first things that comes to my mind when I think of teaching the canter. It tends to be especially common in lesson horses. Since their riders are inexperienced, no fault of their own, the horse leans in and they don’t know … Continue reading What To Do If Your Horse Leans In Or Drops His Shoulder
Your Cantering Now! The other day I wrote about cantering. How to ask for it, what the expect, etc.. I was hoping to give you as much information as I could about what it would be like cantering for the first time. That way it wouldn’t seem so daunting and maybe if you have been … Continue reading Simple Solutions For Problems At The Canter!
Catching Up So last time we talked, we were starting to think about cantering. We discussed if you thought you were ready or not. I emphasized that it is no rush…horsemanship is a journey. Not a weekend trip or day trip! Your Instructor Says You Are Ready! Your instructor says you are ready to canter. … Continue reading New Rider Bootcamp Update