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(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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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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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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Horse Businesses: How do Horse Farms and Riding Stables Make Money?

How do horse farms and riding stables make money? Ask just about any horse owner how much money they make from their horses and you’re likely to get a pretty big laugh before an answer of “absolutely nothing”. Horses, horseback riding, and equestrian hobbies are known to be some of the most expensive hobbies a …

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What to Wear Horseback Riding: Ultimate Guide

In this guide to choosing what to wear horseback riding, you’ll find tips from a riding coach, horse show competitor, and former tack store owner about how to dress for (almost) any outing involving horseback riding.  In this article, you’ll learn: Why horseback riding requires wearing certain clothes to protect your head, feet, and skin. …

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