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Don't forget to keep yourself and your horse happy!

Horseback riding is a tough sport. It takes a lot of work, sweat, dedication, and commitment. Many people spend hours and hours in the saddle practicing keeping a posting trot rythym, holding two point for laps and laps and laps, and perfecting "inside leg to outside rein". We want the best for our horses. We feed high quality grain, try to give the best hay available, and continually buy new tack, expensive treats, and not to mention riding apparel for ourselves. 

But all the dollars and time spent means nothing if you and your horse aren't working towards better communication.

Pony play day!

Two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of sharing some of my horse knowledge and one of the best lesson horses ever with a family one of my students visiting from out of town. 

All three of the students have ridden before, but have varying levels of skill, and are different ages. Everyone had the ability to ride Tiffany, so we decided to do 3 shorter back to back lessons with some grooming and learning before and after.  Most riding camps focus on western riding, but all three had agreed beforehand that we would learn enlgish riding today!

Raising the bar

It has been a while since I have written a blog entry. For up-to-date news and events, check out myFacebook page! 

I have been working with Epona on jumping. I believe that she enjoys it! Teaching a horse to jump is not as easy as you may think. First we build a foundation with trot poles, strengthening the horses back muscles. Then comes gymnastics work. Gymnastics are a very useful tool. Usually a gymnastic exercise (also referred to as a grid) includes a few different elements. When I set up a grid, I usually include trot poles at the beginning and at least two jumps.

Epona Update

Well it has been a while since I wrote anything on here!!! I have 2 videos I have made of her progress, but even those are outdated! The first one is of thefirst two weeks, basically groundwork, some desensitizing to equipment and some exercising and free jumping.

At that point, I could tell she was sensitive, smart and curious. She was very wary of trusting humans. It took me several days to get her to let me catch her. She still does not come running to the gate to meet anyone, but at least she doesn't cringe when a human looks at her.

Schooling Show

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting a lovely stable south of the Twin Cities near Rochester, MN.Turn Crest Stableis a wonderful lesson barn that hosts a few schooling shows each season. They have tidy facilities and the horses are all happy and healthy! 

Due to the weather, the show had been modified only slightly, holding the flat classes in the indoor arena and the Over Fences Classes in the outdoor arena. It was really nice that they had the flexibility to be able to accommodate the show even with all the rain we have gotten!

Winter trail ride

Today I took my horse out for the first trail ride of the year!! Yesterday I prepped him a bit by hand walking him down the trails, checking them for footing quality, and making sure he was confident and sure-footed enough to have a  good time. Spent about 20 minutes out yesterday hand walking, and boy were my legs tired! My mind immediately thought "wow, this is gonna be a great workout for his back!"

So today I rode him in the arena, then hand walked him on the trail for about 5 minutes, and then got on.

Spring. It is coming!!!

Good morning everyone! 

Well, I am currently looking outside at snow.... MELTING!!! Hip-Hip-Hooray!!!

This means a lot of things. Soon our horses can have true baths, we can start walking outside and checking out the trails, start planning trail rides, start planning shows, and begin the polishing training for our horses anticipating the show season coming. My green horse will be going in the Baby Green Hunter division this year, and I even found a rider for him to go into a few amateur classes!

More lessons from school horses! :)

When thinking back on all the wonderful horses I have worked with, I realize there are TONS of lesson horses who have earned a cushy retirement! All the horses who stop when they feel their student losing balance, the ones who will jump anything you point them at no matter what, the ones who spook in place to not unseat their student, the ones who stand quietly while we play "Around-the-world" or make a million and one stirrup adjustments. If I wrote about every single one, we would be here a very long time.
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