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

Shoeless Horses: The Barefoot Concept

By Sharon Rogers

Barefoot Horse
I love shoes, don’t you? I spend most of my time barefoot or wearing my boots, but I still have a closet full of shoes for all occasions. Shoe shopping is definitely one of the perks of being a girl! Now that I have made that secret public, let’s talk about shoes for horses. It has long been believed that horses need to wear horseshoes to maintain hoof health. The barefoot horse movement is changing that point of view for many horse enthusiasts. I, for one, am in favor of a more holistic and natural way to keep my horses and the barefoot movement seems to fit the bill. That is why I am currently transitioning my animals to join the growing ranks of barefoot horses. A barefoot horse is a horse that has achieved the ability to be shoeless at all times. Continue reading

Don’t Risk Horsing Around with Horse Training: Negative Effects of Overtraining a Horse

By Sharon Rogers

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I have a confession to make. I, Sharon Rogers, love training horses. The thrill of taking such an incredible animal and teaching him to follow his instincts and my lead can’t be beat. Training a horse is an amazing venture that starts with building trust between the trainer and the animal. From that point on, the sky is the limit!

What do you need to know before you start?

I’ve found that horse training works Continue reading

Fire and Emergency Evacuation Plans and Tips for Horse Owners

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When we give love and are loved in return we have a great responsibility to the object of our affection. Most important is the responsibility to always take the best care possible of whoever or whatever we love. For those of us that love horses, a major part of that responsibility is to have an emergency evacuation plan prepared just in case we ever need to use it. All of our loved ones, the two legged and four legged varieties, need an evacuation plan that covers all emergencies. Continue reading

The Nation’s Top Horse Shows

By Sharon Rogers

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.

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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