People love their horses for a variety of reasons. It can be as simple as the beauty and peacefulness you feel when you are surrounded by horses, or it may be the freedom that you feel as you are riding on the back of that strong and muscular animal. People who love horses and have a liking for competition may enjoy participating in horse shows. In this post I’ll talk a little about a few of the nation’s top horse shows.
If you are thinking of involving yourself and your horse in a horse show there are many to choose from. You will want to research the available competitions and shows in your area and keep in mind the type of riding you most enjoy as you do. Your choice of English or Western saddle will help narrow down your choices, as will your riding level. Most show riders start their careers by entering local horse shows to build their confidence and the comfort level of their horses. There are more than 1300 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) horse shows that allow riders of all levels to participate. Continue reading →
Not too many things bring me greater pleasure than horseback riding. Trails are available in so many beautiful areas that there is always a spectacular sight to see. Between the peaceful feeling that I get when I am out in nature connecting with my horse and great trail rides is why I’ll ride horseback for the rest of my life. If you want to experience this joy it is time for you to think about horse trail riding. But if you are going riding, please be safe! Below are some tips for riding safe and letting the good times roll.
Tips for Beginners:
Talk to your horse! Introduce yourself and let the horse hear your voice. Gently hold your hand up in front of his/her nose you your scent is familiar.
Dress Properly. Like any activity it helps if you are wearing the right equipment. For trail rides that means jeans, boots with a small heel and ALWAYS wear a helmet. The right clothes will keep you comfortable and safe.
Pay attention. Trail riding horses know their job but they you to keep them on target. It is important to remember that even though they Continue reading →
Horse Show Outfits: How to Dress When Competing in a Horse Show
I am a woman who loves horses. Some people might assume that means I am not interested in fashion at all. They would be wrong. I may spend most of my time in jeans and boots, with hay stuck to my clothes and a hat keeping my hair in place, but I love looking beautiful when the Continue reading →
I think it is obvious how much I love horses! Their beauty, size, strength and loyalty never cease to amaze me. I look in the eyes of a horse and I see something that touches my heart. That being said, I would not dream of riding even the most gentle horse without wearing a horse riding helmet. Whether horses are your passion or your job, or even some combination of Continue reading →
Horses are one the animals on planet Earth that soothes our soul. They definitely are their own person, don’t pose a dangerous threat to anyone or anything, and are the freest spirited loving creatures imaginable.
Just to watch wild horses in their environment is an amazing site. If you gain their trust, you will have gained a friend for life. They are very protective just like a dog is to their master. They will come to you and talk and play. Yes, horses love games! Horse jumping is a natural trait to them and you can truly make it into a game.
You do not have to ride a horse to play games or horse jump. Run with a horse and jump hurdles. No worries! The horses jump over anything and keep going. They know when they are safe and when you are with them they trust you to be safe.
When you ride together, the horse and you become one spirit. Just hang on and enjoy the ride! Gently have it jump over a log and race over a stream. When the trust is built, then make an obstacle course. Never ever make anything too high and crowded. Horses are big creatures and they need room to jump. When they do, picture their huge body flying through the air. That is how much room you need to land to clear the obstacle.
Horse jumping games can be given rewards. A little bit of sugar or sweet corn will have your new friend begging for more fun and games. Always make the game fun and never force the horse to do something they do not. Just like us humans, there will be days they simply are not in the mood.
You want your horse to always feel happy and safe when you come around. They do remember things that are bad and will shy away forever over a bad memory. Keep those memories fun and creative. Make a horse jumping game different to keep them challenged and exercised.
Soon, your horse will beg you everyday to play. It de-stresses and relaxes you, as a horse truly will soothe your soul.