riding

Riders’ Spinal Movements Vary by Experience Level – The Horse

Very useful study that allows riders and teachers to focus on the most important portions of the spine for riding.  A personal observation is that riders may move between skill levels when the time spent riding varies. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Riders’ Spinal Movements Vary …

training

Are You the Problem? Or Is It Your Horse? – Horse&Rider

It happens all the time. An amateur rider needs just one point to qualify for an exclusive show or reach a milestone. All he or she has to do is stay on pattern. Then it happens: over-spinning, trotting out of lope departures or through lead changes, anything that keeps the horse-and-rider pair from getting the …

riding wellness & care

The Horse-Riding Athlete | Be Equestrian Fit – The Horse Owner’s Resource

Typically those who challenge horseback riding as a sport are those whose only exposure to horses is riding a well-broke horse on a vacation getaway or watching events in the Olympic games. Mental preparedness and competition aside, riders can attest to the physical exertion and skill required to ride a horse. The Oxford dictionary defines …

animal welfare wellness & care

5 Ways to Confront Horse Abuse – Writing of Riding

An excellent article that addresses a tricky subject.  I would add 2 caveats. First, when it comes to basic care, there are some gray areas.  What some would consider normal and healthy others might consider abuse.  As long as the horse has clean water, food, and some way to shelter from bad weather, the basic …

Prairieville woman to test her skills in 1,000-kilometer Mongolian horse race | Entertainment/Life | theadvocate.com
inspiration

Prairieville woman to test her skills in 1,000-kilometer Mongolian horse race | Entertainment/Life | theadvocate.com

Inspiring! What are YOU waiting for someday to do? – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – When Heather Brasse Accardo started riding horses as a girl, she had no idea how far her pastime would take her. This summer, it’s taking her all the way to Mongolia. …

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Family brings horse to dying man’s bedside in the sweetest surprise

Kleenex alert The bond between horses and their humans often runs very deep. – – – – – – – – Days before he died, an 87-year-old man at a hospice center in England got the sweetest surprise, thanks to a few kind staff members and his family. They came together to help Patrick Saunders …

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7-year-old riding champ donates trusty steed after unexpected stroke in the family

Humans at their very best.  Kleenex alert. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – DEXTER, N.M. (KRQE) – He’s a 7-year-old horse riding champion and his horse is his pride and joy — but he was willing to give up his pony for one very special reason. Seven-year-old …

Horses in study showed dramatic fall in pain-related behaviors after going bitless – Horsetalk.co.nz
bitless & bridleless

Horses in study showed dramatic fall in pain-related behaviors after going bitless – Horsetalk.co.nz

This study backs up the decision to go bitless. When allowed to make the choice, some horses do prefer bits over bitless.  All the East West horses have shown individual preferences about bridle design, bit/bitless, saddle type, pad type and more. – – – – – – – – – – – – – Sixty-six …

wellness & care

Therapeutic Riding Horses Don’t Experience Undue Stress – The Horse

Therapeutic Riding Horses Don’t Experience Undue Stress Researchers confirmed that therapeutic riding horses exhibited low physiological and behavioral stress responses. By Edited Press Release    |        |    Article, Behavior, Behavior & Handling, Horse Care, Horse Industry News, Horsemanship Science The interaction between horses and riders Photo Credit: United States Marine Corps/Wikimedia Commons In the United …