As we have progressed through our boot camp series, we have touched on a lot. From the phone call to find a farm to setting a goal, and evaluating progress. Are You Confident Walking, Stopping and Turning? If you have been riding regularly, you are getting confidence in your balance and basic position. You should … Continue reading 13.Boot Camp Continues-Trotting!
Congratulations for making it this far in the new/returning rider’s boot camp! At this point, you have been going to your weekly lessons and keeping up with documenting your journey in your journal. You’ve outlined your goals for your first few months but do you know how to evaluate your progress? You can watch the … Continue reading 12. Evaluating Your Riding Progress
We are excited that you are following our boot camp series. Now that you have found the right place to ride. You’ve also set your goals and are working towards them each week. Hopefully, you took our safety quiz and passed with flying colors. Now you’ve learned some new safety information you can take with … Continue reading 11. Help With Common Rider Frustrations!
Here are the answers and a little more information about horse safety. Hopefully, you did well on the pop quiz yesterday! The first question is in regards to how to approach a horse. You should approach a horse from the front and slightly to the side. That way he has the best view of you … Continue reading 10. Boot Camp Safety Quiz Answers
If you are following our boot camp series, you are working toward getting familiar with your riding facility, comfortable with your horse and instructor, as well as learning the nature of the horse (the why they do what they do sort of information). In the process of learning these things, your instructor should have started … Continue reading 9. Boot Camp Safety Quiz
We have you going to the barn now, with an instructor you are comfortable with. That is the perfect start! You are also working on those first goals of comfort, familiarity and learning the nature of the horse. I want to begin talking about some of the “technical riding stuff.” The super basic stuff that … Continue reading 8. Sitting Properly To Ride Effectively
What are they again you might ask? Just in case you missed the last post. Three easy and non-technical goals we have set for your first three months of riding lessons. I set them assuming you are riding once a week allowing them to be attainable within three months. Your First Three Goals Your first … Continue reading 7. Knocking Out Those Goals (Months 1-3)
I talked a lot about how to find a safe and reputable place to learn to ride. We talked about what questions to ask and what to look for in a good beginner farm. Even in a perfect world, we can do everything right and sometimes we still end up in the wrong place. Maybe … Continue reading 6. What If I Chose The Wrong Facility?
You are doing great so far! You did your research. Found the right facility and instructor that you feel comfortable with, started taking weekly lessons, and hopefully started your riding journal. Now it’s time for setting goals tailored for adult beginner riders. Hopefully, you are enjoying your lessons and time with horses is everything that … Continue reading 5. Goals For Adult Beginner Riders
I did say that I’d get on your case about keeping a riding journal! I’m obsessive about documenting things and checking things off lists. I admit, the way I do it is probably to an extreme. I suggest if you keep no other journal in your life, that you keep a riding journal. Why is … Continue reading 4. Keeping A Riding Journal