All Blog Posts Tagged 'rider' (47)

Back to School: How You and Your Horse Can Benefit From Going Back to Basics

As the show season progresses, it’s easy to get caught up in competition and your goals of advancing through the levels. However, it’s back-to-school season, and both you and your horse can benefit from it. Taking a few rides to focus on the basics can make your more advanced riding even better. Here’s why you might want to take your…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 22, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Beach Riding: What You Need to Know

Galloping your horse along the surf, water splashing up around you as the sun sets – it’s on any rider’s bucket list. As summer draws to an end, some beaches will once again open up to horses. If you’ve never ridden your horse on the beach before, it’s an experience that you’ll definitely want to have at least once. Here are some ways to ensure that your first ride on the beach…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

From August 23rd through September 7th, top equestrians and their equine partners will descend on Normandy, France to compete at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Participation in the World Equestrian Games is an accomplishment in…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 18, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Heels Down: 5 Tips to Help

Carrying proper weight in your heels is the foundation to a secure seat when riding, but many riders struggle with getting their heels down deeply enough. If you’d like to be able to drop your heels down further while in the saddle, we’ve got some great exercises you can try.

Check for Proper Leg Alignment and Stirrup Length

If you’re riding with an improper…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Get Involved in Horse Biomechanics Book

Most riders echo the sentiment expressed by this high-level professional dressage trainer, who said, “As a riding teacher, trainer and student of ‘the horse’ I’ve searched high and low to understand how to make the horses job easier for them and applicable for my students. Various training…


Added by Understanding the Horse on August 14, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments

What You Need to Know About Tying Up

Tying up, also known as exertional rhabdomyolysis, or ER, is a syndrome that affects the horse’s major muscle groups and tissues. When a horse is tying up, he can present as being unable to walk or move, since his body cannot control what would be normal muscle contraction and…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 13, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Inheriting Fear and Anxiety

What if the some of fear and anxiety you have when riding comes from fear and anxiety suffered by your grandparents?  Many of the riders I work with state that they don’t know why they are fearful, just that they are.  Recent research suggests that some forms of fear and anxiety may result from…


Added by Understanding the Horse on January 7, 2014 at 10:21am — No Comments

Olympic Rider to offer Inspiration to N Ireland's equestrian community, in aid or Breast Cancer charity.

Excitement builds In a sleepy corner of N Ireland and i want to tell all - even though attending the event will be impossible for nearly everybody who reads this, but of course you are all welcome and as Irish hospitality is legendary, it could be worth the trip! However for those of you who dont make it, I will furnish my blog with reports and photographs of the event which should make for interesting viewing. Any tips and advice on getting the message out there will be…


Added by Wendy from KAN body protectors on March 24, 2012 at 8:50am — No Comments

Absurd Helmet Excuses.

This week there was a photo of Queen Elizabeth riding at age 85. Bless her heart; she has always been a lover of horses. She was wearing her usual outdoor head wear- a scarf. There was some internet banter about the missing helmet.

I notice her family members wearing helmets for polo; perhaps she falls into that category of riders who think that some equine events require helmets, but not others. It is the ‘Sometimes Dangerous’ argument. I used to use it…


Added by Anna Blake on January 6, 2012 at 8:14am — 5 Comments

~ My Own Miracle ~

     Hi everyone, sorry it’s been so long since my last post. You see, I had some unwanted drama in my life this past month and I’ll share the details with you soon, but first I wanted to share this short video of Chance and I. We were filmed a few weeks ago for the “Story Tellers” segment on the AZ Central website. You can find the finished product here:…


Added by Catherine Chamberlain on June 28, 2011 at 10:15pm — 2 Comments

Cat's Young Rider Years ~ The Del Mar National CDI and the Willy Arts Grant

     This past weekend Chance and I had a fantastic time at the 2011 Del Mar National Horse Show CDI!!! After a hard week of training in preparation for the show, we arrived at the show grounds on Wednesday to get Chance settled in and used to his new environment. Then on Thursday we had a great warm-up ride before the start of the show and I was definitely pumped up and ready to ride!…


Added by Catherine Chamberlain on May 3, 2011 at 7:43am — 2 Comments

Deaths on the Jump Race Course


Herald Scotland reported today that:


 THE Scottish Grand National was marred yesterday by the deaths of two horses after the race, sparking calls for changes to gruelling steeplechase races and the introduction of better animal welfare.


At Ayr yesterday, Regal Heights and…


Added by Barbara F. on April 17, 2011 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

De-Spook YOU ~The Missing Piece of the Horse Riders Confidence Puzzle

If you aren’t getting the full experience with your horse that you would like to have because of confidence, please read on!


We work hard to help our horses become “bomb proof” and confident, well now it’s time to De-Spook You™.


My clients, who are Olympic hopefuls, backyard riders and everything in between, have shared with me the thousands of dollars they’ve spent on training gear, clinics, lessons, books, DVD’s, CD’s etc all to help their HORSES…


Added by Anke Johnson on February 23, 2011 at 6:13pm — No Comments

An Experiment with Two Different Results

For the last two months or so I had been driving by this new sign in Midland, NC saying Tack Exchange. Finally I found the store in the rear room of a beauty salon! I haven't entered a beauty salon in around 40 years, but this one didn't smell too bad so I ventured in. The owner of the salon has started a consignment tack store, with bits, saddles, clothes, spurs, etc., both Western and…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 21, 2010 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Western Saddle Fit

Dear Julie,

My friends and I have a problem with our saddles rolling over to the side when we get on. My horse in particular has a flat, broad back with wide withers. Any suggestions? I know we are cinching…


Added by Julie Goodnight on November 8, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Discover how to win the blue

Quick story, well perhaps two short horse stories.

A mom thought that her youngest daughter was too optimistic, so she took the young girl to a therapist to get some help. The therapist agreed, so they decided in order to get her to look a little bit more dimly upon life, they brought her to room fulled of horse manure: Piled high.

The young girl's face instantly was covered with absolute shock. She clambered to the top, dropped to her knees and… Continue

Added by Roberta Edstrom on September 13, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Rider Fitness- those old bones!

Hi, I just posted a blog entry about managing age and injury as a rider. The post was doing some funny formatting, so I had to fix it. Here it is again:

EquiTip July 2010: Those Old Bones…


Added by Heather Sansom at on July 19, 2010 at 7:34pm — 1 Comment

Those Old Bones- Ride well after injury (or age!)

Hi, I thought I'd share a recent fitness tip I send out in my newsletter about how to recover from injury and manage age so your body works the way you want it to when you're riding. (by the way, you can sign up to receive free monthly fitness tips for riders at )…


Added by Heather Sansom at on July 17, 2010 at 12:09pm — 3 Comments

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