On the Road to the Canter
Cantering Cole has been tough for me, but it’s my own fault. I never taught him to canter on the lounge line before I started riding him—or for that matter—all winter when I was lounging him before I rode him. I have to confess, part of the problem is I don’t like lounging. I see nothing wrong with it, but my time is limited and I prefer riding. Once I…Continue
Don’t get excited. It really wasn’t a big deal. One morning, we found out there was a horse show at the public show ring. Since we were planning to ride up there, anyway, we thought we would expose Cole to some of the excitement.
We rode all around the back trails behind the showground, like we usually do. This gave him a chance to get acquainted with the loud speaker blaring.
We then rode to the show grounds and stood on the outskirts…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on September 19, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments
If you, like me, subscribe to Practical Horseman magazine, odds are you might also be a devotee of George Morris' monthly column called Jumping Clinic. Each month, readers faithfully turn the pages to see which four riders he picks and what he has to say about their equitation, their horse's jumping ability, and their turnout.
Just about every month one finds George bemoaning the prevalent habit today's riders have of jumping ahead of their horses.…Continue
Learning a new skill in riding can be pretty daunting. Not only do you need to coordinate your entire body (including the ever-pervasive ‘core’ of your body), but you also need to stay in balance while moving, in time, in partnership with the (much larger) horse that happens to be using his own feet while yours are dangling in mid-air! You get my drift….
So at best, it’s not easy. When other people tell you that riding is all about the horse and not about the…Continue
Before I got Oakley, I'd never actually loaded a horse on a trailer myself. I've led horses up to someone who took them onto the trailer, I've seen it done a dozen times, but never done it myself. So, I figured, since he's going to have to go to shows, therefore I'd better learn how to put him on board and get him there safely, in comfort.
The first thing I learned was how not to do it.
Under instruction from his previous owner, we led him to the trailer. I climbed up…Continue
Added by B. G. Hearns on September 17, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments
First lesson of the next group of 10 but I am just going to continue numbering them as if it were in sequence.
It was after 7 by the time we got to the barn tonight. I groomed and put Coopers boots on him and took him into the round pen as the sun was going down. By the time I was done that and tacked up it was time to for the lesson. It is dark now and the earlier lesson was indoors too, I think it was too cold for them outdoors. It will soon be too dark to do round pen work and we…Continue
The equestrian world can seem kind of bi-polar. Some of us ride like headless (brainless) horsemen with little consciousness for our horse or surroundings. Some of us are such control freaks that we slow every walk stride and micro-manage our horse’s nose into being afraid to take a breath. Most of us are working towards a middle ground.
Dressage seems to attract riders who like…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on September 16, 2011 at 8:12am — No Comments
Your horse’s skin and coat form an important protective barrier against bacteria and infections. If his coat is short on shine, that could be an indication that his skin isn’t as healthy as it should be. Adding a high quality skin and coat supplement to his diet isn’t just a great way to boost his good looks, it’s an investment in his good health.
To get a glossy coat, add essential fatty acids to optimize skin health. When comparing…Continue
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Yup, that seems about right. The ad flat out states the the mare is not sound, and yet they want you to breed her and put an additional 100 pounds on a bum hock. Let us then ask you, oh knowledgeable seller, if you were crippled in some way, would you want to carry a child around your midsection for 9 months? No? WE DIDN’T FREAKIN THINK SO!
We’ll stop taking ads from craiglist when… no wait, we can’t think of scenario wherein stupid people stop posting on craigslist. Case in…Continue
Added by Snarky Rider on September 13, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
At a horse show the other day a horse came firing backward out of a trailer, breaking the trailer tie (and the pride of the red faced owner) as she pranced free, tail flagging, touring the show grounds. Her owner had tied her up, and then went around to…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on September 12, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Remember the mare from “Solid doesn't even begin to cover it"? Well we think we’ve found her long lost twin on equine.com!
Added by Snarky Rider on September 12, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
Then don’t go to the show. Seriously.
DON’T go if:
- you aren’t getting excellent rides at home, mentally and physically, both you and your horse.
- you haven’t taken your horse off-property in many months (go somewhere lower-key first).
- you haven’t done your “homework”: both you and your horse are fit, and riding AT LEAST one level (regardless of discipline of riding) higher than what you will be doing at the show.
- you are struggling…Continue
Aah, such a nice week, I got to ride both Mick, the new Arab gelding, and Mia, the Arab mare I've been riding. Two Arabs, I haven't gotten to ride two Arabs in one week for decades. Joy!!!!!!
Yes, I know each and every horse of every breed and type is a wondrous creature, but to me Arabs have that little extra. That extra sensitivity, that…Continue
Sorry about the wait; as Dressage Princess delighted in pointing out the other day, I’ve been slightly distracted lately… I promise I’ll improve!
And now, without further delay, our (my) thoughts on the ponies:
None of the examples are ideal, especially if we are considering the POA breed standard. That said, our first place pony is Pony C.
Added by Snarky Rider on September 11, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
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One of our regular readers sent us a photo of her project POA in the hopes that we would use it for a conformation clinic. We happily agreed and immediately started searching for comparable ponies to use in our post.
Holy hell, was it ever depressing!
This is Natchez. He’s…Continue
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