Equitation- why bother?

Equitation- Why bother? Equitation is how you sit on a horse, your position as you ride at any gait or over any obstacle.  As a young rider, I cared a lot about my position on a horse.  I rode in the Hunter ring and competed in Equitation classes where we were judged entirely on our […]

How to pet a horse

  Many people love horses and want to interact with them, knowing how to interact and touch them can be a very rewarding experience.   Here is a description of some concepts to consider if you want to give a horse a pat. 1-      Each horse is different and has preferences about its personal space bubble […]

Why owning and riding horses is good for kids!- a great article

I read this article from Horse and Rider magazine and found myself agreeing with every sentence.  It outlines some of the real life benefits associated for young women who own and ride horses.   Please enjoy the read, and from my experience it is all true!   http://hannahebroaddus.com/10-reasons-your-teenage-daughter-should-own-a-horse/    

Correct riding- all in how you sit!

  Here is a great article about the independent seat from a historical perspective.  The independent seat takes months and years to develop and is fundamental to all good riding.  Hopefully you can have fun riding without your stirrups and without your reins and being on the lunge line as it evolves.  Also, as an […]

Common Horse Riding Errors

2 Common Rider Errors: These are common rider errors.  I have experienced them all first hand, as a rider and an instructor. a)      Looking down- When riding a horse looking where you are going is important.   Where you look effects your posture and your weight, these are cues that the horse feels.  If you are […]

The correct use spurs- the theory of Craig Cameron

      Here is a great article by Craig Cameron.  He has his own show on TV and is one of the founders of the Cowboy Challenge.  His article touches on two topics that I find so important in both my own riding and in my instructing.  The first is the importance of knowing […]

3 Requirements for Learning to Ride Horses

Working and riding horses is an exciting sport with broad ranging benefits from physical activity, being outside in nature, learning about animals, increasing self-esteem, having adventure, making new friends, and broadening horizons. It has been our experience that learning how to ride well includes 3 factors.  These factors are: 1) Full participation in your lesson […]

How to Bridle a Horse

Tacking up a horse takes time to master.  Here is a great clip about correctly bridling a horse.  It is usually helpful to have a visual reference and this video provides a nice demonstration.  There is one caveat, in this example the rider let her halter drop to the ground while still hooked to the cross tie.  We recommend never leaving […]

How to ride a horse at the posting trot

Learning to do ride the posting trot correctly is a difficult and important step.  In the beginning it can be tough to understand what the horse is doing and how the rider is supposed to move to stay in rhythm with the horse. This video clip is short and sweet.  It uses “slow motion” to give […]

American Quarter Horse- fun facts about great riding horses in San Diego

This post is dedicated to the American Quarter Horse.  It is one of my favorite breeds.  Here is a collection of fun facts about this all American Horse. The American Quarter Horse originated in the 1600’s in America.  Colonial farmers bred their horses to a faster horse used by the Chickasaw Indians.  These Indian ponies were […]