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… Continue
Added by Understanding the Horse on January 7, 2014 at 10:21am —
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… Continue
Added by Wendy from KAN body protectors on March 24, 2012 at 8:50am —
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 —
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:… Continue
Added by Catherine Chamberlain on June 28, 2011 at 10:15pm —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Barbara F. on April 17, 2011 at 12:30pm —
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… Continue
Added by Anke Johnson on February 23, 2011 at 6:13pm —
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… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 21, 2010 at 4:00pm —
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… Continue
Added by Julie Goodnight on November 8, 2010 at 11:00am —
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 —
Added by Kimberly Cox Carneal on August 18, 2010 at 11:00pm —
Added by William Micklem on August 1, 2010 at 5:00pm —
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 Equifitt.com on July 19, 2010 at 7:34pm —
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 www.equifitt.com )…
Added by Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com on July 17, 2010 at 12:09pm —
Well, it's official! The dust has settled after the last of the qualifying competitions for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and Chance and I have ended up leading the U.S. Region 5 Junior Team with a 66.4% average! The other team members are Jordan Farr with her horse Phoenix and Aylin Corapcioglu and Ruhman. Our Young Rider Team consists of Brandi Roenick with Nobel, Laura Decesari with Cheenook II, and Maddi Birch with Starlight. I'm so proud of everyone and I know… Continue
Added by Catherine Chamberlain on June 30, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Help Your Horse Jump
Jumping horses is an aspect of many equestrian disciplines and in many of these disciplines we often see a horse refusing, drifting, jumping crooked, taking a bad take off spot, or rushing the fence. Horses can make these mistakes when jumping for many reasons and the rider can be the cause of the mistake, more often than not. Riders can interfere in many ways with a horse’s jumping and it’s important that you have an… Continue
Added by Lindsey Forkun on April 12, 2010 at 9:30pm —
While we all know there is a huge psychological component to riding there is no denying that it is also very much a physical skill. Everyone needs to develop a balanced, stable secure seat on a horse. That requires improving your core strength and balance but there is a payoff for that effort. You will fee much more confident in the saddle if you know that you can stick there no matter what happens.
Your posture and balance also have a tremendous influence on your horse's… Continue
Added by Laura Hunter on March 10, 2010 at 9:49am —
Your Seat And Your Saddle
So many riders find it hard to keep their seat and pelvis in the correct position on their horse. Your own conformation and the conformation of your saddle plays a huge role in allowing your seat to be in the correct position.
Take a look at the conformation of your saddle. Make sure that your saddle allows you to find a neutral pelvic position. Even if your saddle fits your horse, it doesn’t mean it fits you. Just because your… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on March 4, 2010 at 8:00am —
Hello and Happy New Year!
I had a great question recently posted to my page about the effect of barn chores on your body, as a rider. Lorel's question about barn choring is actually quite common, so she gave permission for me to post her question here in the blog so that others could benefit.
Hi Heather, I struggle with a problem which I am sure many other riders have. I am employed working with horses then do farmwork when I get home so I have… Continue
Added by Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com on December 28, 2009 at 11:00am —
Do I have the answer. I'll have a better idea after this clinic.
This Clinic is suitable for both Therapeutic and non Therapeutic Coaches and Instructors, riders and volunteers.
Clinic: Elaine Potter – Open Para Dressage Judging
Date: Sunday, 24 Jan 2010, Snow day 31 Jan 2010
Timings: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM with a half hour lunch provided
Location: CARD (Community Association for Riding for the Disabled)
4777 Dufferin St
Just north of Finch… Continue
Added by Bill Thomas on December 12, 2009 at 12:30pm —