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A quality horseback riding lesson is key to achieve the ultimate horsemanship

Horse riding is a kind of sport that demands the skill of riding driving or vaulting with horses. With having such skill of this kind of a sport one can use horses for many practical purposes such as transportation, competitive sport of horse riding or recreational activities along with many cultural horse-related programs.


A General overview regarding the utility of horse riding…


Added by Silvia Watson on April 8, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

Bingo Slowly Improves

Bingo Slowly Improves

The shedding season is in full force and the bug season is just about to start down here. Bingo hair is all over my saddle pad, my girth, my riding clothes, and tracked into my mini-van and house, Bingo hair is taking over my universe (with some help from Cider.) You'd think after weeks of weekly thorough groomings that the quantity would decrease, that his coat would look…


Added by Jackie Cochran on April 13, 2019 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

Choosing the right set of horse riding boots

Horse riding is a fun-filled exercise. You get to experience adventure while embracing mother nature in its pristine form. One can spend an entire day in the English countryside while enjoying and admiring some breathtaking natural beauty.…


Added by Eada Hudes on March 25, 2019 at 9:24am — No Comments

Bingo's Selective Memory

Bingo's Selective Memory

Due to Debbie's endless list of tasks to get her stable ready for a show today I had to take my lesson on Thursday. I'm just glad that Debbie was able to fit me in!

When I got to the stable I noticed a sign in the wash stall, to NOT shed the horses out in the wash stall because all the hair had…


Added by Jackie Cochran on March 30, 2019 at 10:56am — No Comments

Essential Equine Health Care Products For Every Horse Owner

Horses are majestic and large animals, and they require a great deal of responsibility. For first-time horse owners and experienced horse owners alike, you’ll need a comprehensive list of horse care products to properly care for your horse. Here, we provide you a handy list…


Added by Sandra Ericson on March 30, 2019 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Are Horses in your DNA?

Have you ever wondered why you like horses? 

Hmm. “Like” is a very weak word to describe the connection 99% of horse lovers feel to horses.

Statements, such as horses are in your blood, and born to ride are common among horse people and understood at a core level.

Which begs the question are horses in our DNA?  Are we (some of us) hard wired to carry the horse lover gene?

Artist /…


Added by Linda Finstad on February 21, 2019 at 8:20am — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 38 - The End of Our Beginning

   We did a dressage competition at the Royal Canadian Riding Academy last Saturday. We were riding the 2019 USEF Training Level Test 2. For the first time, a test result that came back and I'm quite happy with everything on it. The judge, I was told afterwards, judges FEI competitions, and has a reputation for marking hard and being picky, so it…


Added by B. G. Hearns on February 21, 2019 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Two Creaky Old Ladies

Two Creaky Old Ladies

Yesterday I got to ride Mia. When I got to the stable the stable hands told me the Mia had hung around the barn UNTIL someone asked if I, Jackie, was coming. Mia immediately headed out to the furthest part of the pen she was in, out to the other side of the riding ring. Then they told me she had done the same thing earlier, hanging around the barn until someone mentions my…


Added by Jackie Cochran on February 16, 2019 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Can Investing in "Prim-Equus" Make You Rich?

We have all heard of the fantastic prices some pieces of art fetch at auction especially when created by some famous painter like Monet or Salvador Dali

The style of these two painters are polar opposite, however they have one very important thing in common  - they both were the originators of a particular style of art. 

Way back in 1860 Claude Monet was one of the first artists to paint in the “Impressionist” style, he was…


Added by Linda Finstad on February 17, 2019 at 10:05am — No Comments

Make Money - Introduce New Clients - Easy as ABC

How to - Make Money with your Equine Business

This idea is as simple as ABC which is why it works.

If making money from what you already have and attracting a steady stream of new clients to your business sounds interesting.  Continue reading.

If you have all the clients and money you could possibly want or need. Congratulations, feel free to discard this information, I won’t waste any more of your…


Added by Linda Finstad on January 22, 2019 at 10:26am — No Comments

Horse Care 101 - All You Need to Know

Horses are far from your average pet. In fact, they are beautiful, majestic creatures. Owning a horse can be very exciting but at the same time, owning a horse also comes with a great deal of responsibility.

It’s important that you know all there is to know about how to care for a horse, observing what good horse health looks like, and when you need to call a veterinarian.

What You Need To Know…


Added by Sandra Ericson on February 4, 2019 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Oakley Diaries 37 - The Important Effect of a Subtle Change in Posture

  Despite all I've read about how to position oneself in the saddle, and despite my best effort to follow advice, it is still easy to mis-understand, and easier still to slip into poor posture.

  So, re-reading the advice for beginners in the EC handbook, and re-reading Sally Swift's definitive work, and discussing it with my coach while doing my usual, strenuous riding without stirrups, we came to two observations, viz., that the stirrup bars and flaps of the standard European riding…


Added by B. G. Hearns on December 24, 2018 at 12:21am — 1 Comment

On the occasion of the 20th birthday of my horse Alamuti.

When I first had you as a pony, you were slim and weak,

Though naughty and wild, you ate well and never felt sick,

I worked on your muscles and fed you well,

Once you were four, strong and built well,

I saddled you, slowly mounted on your back and waited an action,

After a few steps you jumped up and down in joy, your reaction,

You ever since played and played, and I fell down so many times so badly,

Nevertheless, we loved each other, throughout the years,… Continue

Added by Amir Khosro Alai on November 28, 2018 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment


Toronto's leading indie art gallery, URBAN GALLERY, presents their show for December 2018 with a whole herd of colourful, vibrant horses galloping across the gallery walls: VANESSA CUARTAS presents lively abstract equine portraits in her solo…


Added by Glenda Fordham on December 10, 2018 at 2:33pm — No Comments

The possible methods for making the environment safe for your pets

The environment plays a vital factor,and it affects every living thing on this planet. As human beings, it is like a sacred duty to save the environment. There are many human actions and machines built by human beings that affect the environment,but the ill effects can be curbed if proper measures are implemented. The keeping of a pet animal or…


Added by Silvia Watson on November 11, 2018 at 5:16am — No Comments

As Michael Approached

As Michael Approached

I just got to ride on Wednesday this week. There was off and on rain, and a pretty persistent drizzle while we drove to the stable. Debbie had called me to make sure I was still coming out, but when I told her that this would be my only chance to ride this week and I was willing to dodge the raindrops she told me to come on out.…


Added by Jackie Cochran on October 13, 2018 at 3:55pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 36 - Strong Legs

   It astounds me, as I comb through back issues of magazine articles, online articles, and books on equitation, the degree to which I now find myself adding a mental asterisk to almost every exercise and lesson, especially whenever it mentions "quiet seat" or "keep the hands/legs quiet" or some such: *if you have enough leg strength.

  That little aspect rarely, if ever, get mentioned; it gets glossed over, in fact by almost everyone. Even Clinton Anderson, in his videos…


Added by B. G. Hearns on August 24, 2018 at 8:04am — 1 Comment

What is "Prism-Equus"

What is “Prism-Equus”?

Linda Finstad is a world renowned equine photographer who spent many, many years capturing the beauty and grace of horses on camera.  Her work in the field fostered a deep fascination for equine body language and communication which lead to her book “How to De-code equine body language” in which Linda Finstad uses photography coupled with years of experience and research Linda Finstad to reveal the secret language of…


Added by Linda Finstad on September 10, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

Halt at X.

Credit: Dana's Doodles

Like bookends to the dressage pattern’s rhythm and brilliance, the halt is a moment to compose beforehand and reflect afterwards. This week Jill Irving reflected on her FEI WEG performance regarding the challenge of the halt. She was so proud that her horse stood quietly, despite outside…


Added by Lindsay Grice on September 16, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

“Bad mood “?…or maybe an ulcer.

Equine vets are filling up on the latest, smartest research this week at the British Equine Vet Congress.  We all benefit , don’t we?... as new evidence trickles into our barns, it changes our treatments and traditions. It often changes our minds.

Here’s just one of  the top seminar tweets…”Based on Dr. M. Hewetson’s ongoing study of owner-reported signs, most…


Added by Lindsay Grice on September 24, 2018 at 4:02pm — No Comments

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