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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.

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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Why an Emergency Dismount is the Most Important Horseback Riding Skill You’ll Ever Learn

The aim of riding is to stay on your horse and to have a good time. However, it is part of the horseback riding experience to fall off once in a while. As a safety strategy to prevent injuries during a fall, many hiding instructors teach beginner riders how to do an emergency dismount. What …

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What is a Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Horseback Rider?

What is a Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Rider? If you are new to horseback riding, may notice people referring to riders based on one of three experience levels: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced. These terms are commonly used to communicate how much experience a rider has.    Beginner Riders A beginner rider is someone who is still …

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Is Horseback Riding a Sport? 4 Things to Consider

Horse riding is definitely a sport, and in this post you’ll learn 4 reasons why. If you are looking for a way to prove to your friends, co-workers, or even family that riding is a sport, keep reading! This article will give you the insider scoop on the four criteria an activity must meet before …

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“Bombproof” Horses: 💣🐴 Training, Buying, or Raising

If you want to bombproof your horse, you’ll need many training sessions, lots of wet saddle blankets, and a little bit of luck. It’s a hard process that requires time, effort, and endurance. Most people get a bombproof hose buy buying one, training one, or raising their own foal or yearling. What is a “Bombproof …

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Horseback Riding on the Beach: Read this Before you Book

Horseback riding on the beach is a fun and memorable vacation activity- and you don’t even need to own a horse to do it! There are small businesses around the world that offer an amazing experience of horseback riding while enjoying incredible destinations. Usually, all you need to do is book your ride and show …

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