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Learning to be a good rider is a combination of knowledge and learning how to be in your body in a way that helps you partner with a horse. In this section, I collect articles on both topics intended to build your knowledge to help you become a better, more responsive rider, as well as exercises to help introduce you to the body movements necessary for comfortable, confident horseback riding.

(Re)Starting Horseback Riding Again as an Adult: How to Begin

Getting in the saddle again after a long gap can be overwhelming. Many of us find that riding again as adults, after abandoning this hobby for education, family, or work, is a satisfying way to reconnect with our younger selves. Starting to ride again after a long gap is great for the body, mind, and …

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No Stirrups November: What it is and How to Participate

Riding students all over usually dread hearing the words “drop your stirrups” in a lesson, but if you’re observing “No Stirrups November” it is a recurring theme. Personally, I used to hate riding without stirrups. It was always my least favorite part of my weekly lessons. However, over time I began to see the benefits …

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7 Terms to Know Before You Ride a Horse for the First Time

If you are just starting to take riding lessons, you will soon realize that there is a lot to learn, and a lot of new words! The horse world is filled with its own special lingo, and learning it can almost feel like learning a second language. Knowing the terms on this list will help …

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6 Self Defense Skills for Horseback Riders who Trail Ride

Self defense may not be something you associate with horseback riding, but there are times on horseback when knowing a few self defense skills can give confidence and keep us safe- especially for those of us who ride alone on trails. For example, what would you do if you encountered a shady character on the …

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How to Watch a Horse Show: Tips for Understanding and Enjoying

If you have a horse-crazy loved one in your life, then chances are you have been invited to watch them ride in a horse show. This means finding a way to make the rest of the horse show interesting and fun to watch as well. Growing up I competed in horse shows often, and I …

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Trail Riding Horses on Vacation | What to Expect

Riding Horses can be the most exciting part of a mountain vacation, tropical island retreat, or even African safari! To make the most of your experience riding horses on vacation, though, you’ll need to be armed with information about what to expect, how to prepare, what to pack, and how to avoid soreness the next …

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