If you caught any of this year’s Olympic Games (specifically the Equestrian events) you know they were full of triumph, heartbreak, and exemplary shows of sportsmanship. Maryland may be a world away from Rio, but… More
On July 9, as the last lessons of the day ended and the simmering summer sun dipped behind the clouds a crowd of riders and spectators gathered around the big ring. Volunteers had worked hard to transform the lesson space into a neat course of multicolored poles and standards for the first installment of Woodland’s annual Just Jump It series.
Water is important to the survival of every creature on earth, and horses are no different. Because horses are so big, they need a lot of water, so here are some tips to make sure your pet is properly hydrated. Make sure your horse has easy, quick access to fresh, clean water. That means replacing […]
My daughter Liz has always had an interest or maybe an obsession with horses. After cleaning out the state’s toy stores of anything to do with horses, and I mean anything, including little tiny pitch forks to go along with an entire scale model horse barn, I thought after a few lessons she would grow out of this obsession.
We all feel we will recognize the signs of heat stress in our horses. As horse people, we pay a lot of attention to the “good common sense” things we can do to help alleviate problems. However, there are some other do’s and dont’s to help our horses thru these hot and humid times.
School Horses are very special creatures! They have different people riding them all the time, many of them beginners, using all slightly different aids because they are just learning them. It’s easy for a horse to get confused under such circumstances.
For any age rider, long days at the barn full of chores and a challenging lesson can leave muscles sore for days. While nothing conditions us better for time in the saddle than riding there are things you can do outside of the barn to improve stamina, strength and balance while in the saddle and stay in tip-top shape between rides (and for shlepping saddles!)
Have you ever heard someone say that horseback riding is easy because the horse does all the work? Ask any rider and they will say, “Not true!!” If you learn to ride a horse you will find and engage muscles you never knew you had.
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