The Quick Reference Trail Riding Gear & Tack Glossary

By Sharon Rogers
Trail Riding GearAre you thinking about going trail riding? I love riding the trail. It can be both peaceful and exhilarating at the same time. If you are planning a ride it is important to know the appropriate trail riding gear, so you can plan accordingly. Safety and comfort are the name of the game. Once you know what gear you will need for yourself, you will need to have the horse tack that will make the ride both safe and comfortable for your horse. Continue reading

Read This Before the Next Time You’re on Horseback!

By Sharon Rogers

I hope this beautiful day finds you well, and able to spend some time with your horses. Today I want to talk about ways to avoid injury when you are riding your horse. Horseback safety is an important topic for anyone who rides. We forget, sometimes, how big and strong horses are. They are gentle creatures, but if we are not careful accidents can happen. Let’s figure out how to avoid those accidents. Continue reading

Be Brilliant at Your First English Riding Event

By Sharon Rogers
English Riding Events

Anyone who knows me or who has been following my blog knows that I have a distinct favoritism for western riding. I like the clothing I wear while riding western, the style of the saddle and even the fact that I can ride well with one hand on the reins. That being said English style riding is an important aspect of competitive horseback riding events. Today I want to introduce you to the English riding style and tell you a little about how these events work. Continue reading

Fashion Trends: Do’s and Don’ts in the Horse Show Ring

By Sharon Rogers

Horse Show FashionI don’t know about you but I don’t get dressed up to go to work. If you know me, or have ever read my blog, you know I love my jeans and boots. They are sturdy, comfortable and long wearing. They are the perfect uniform for my job. They are also just right for play. I work with horses, of course, but I also spend some of my best leisure time on a horse. I guess the moral of the story is that I spend a lot of time in my “uniform.” Don’t make the mistake of thinking that these clothes mean I am not interested in fashion. I may be a horsewoman but I know my fashion! So today we are going to talk about equestrian fashion. Continue reading

Yee Haw! A Look at Western Riding Events

By Sharon Rogers
Western Show HorseI love western riding! I like the full out country feel of riding in jeans, boots and a cowboy hat. I love the sturdy feel of a western saddle that was crafted with the idea that I would spend a lot of time riding. There is something very elemental to me about the back to the earth feeling I get when I am riding western, whether it is for recreation or in horse competitions. English riding may have a more elegant look but the American west was built on cowboys riding western style, and I am with them.

Horse shows often have events that are done in either Western or English styles, and they are actually very different from each other. Today I want to talk to you about my favorite, Western riding competitive events. A Western competition may include events such as horsemanship, roping, pleasure, gymkhana and a myriad of others these are my favorites. So I will don my virtual jeans and boots, grab my horse and walk you through some of these awesome exploits. Put on your Stetson and join me! Continue reading