Riding in a Cross Country Pair Pace

Do you like to laugh with your fellow riders, try new types of riding, and ride your horse in beautiful places? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then a Pair Pace may be for you. In a nutshell, a Pair Pace involves a team of one to four riders traversing a cross-country jumping course. The distance is usually around two miles. One of the nice features of riding in a Pair Pace is that there are very …

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Tips for Safely Riding Horses in the Mountains

Riding horses in the mountains is an adventure I have enjoyed for many years. This month I enjoyed taking two girls, ages 10 and 11, on an overnight camping trip near the Lizard Head Wilderness in southwest Colorado. The enthusiasm and energy of youth made for an exceptionally fun and memorable trip and the girls enjoyed riding their horses in the mountains at elevations of up to 11,500 feet. The Lizard Head Wilderness can be accessed via Dolores or Telluride. …

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The Vital Importance of Vital Signs: The 5 Point Check

Most horse owners have heard these words: “Hay, water, and salt are the mainstay of horse nutrition.” These three inputs to a horse’s body are directly linked to the overall health of a horse. As a competitive distance rider, I am familiar with the importance of checking your horse’s vital signs at each vet check stopping point. In Competitive Trail Riding, there are vet checks before the ride, several during the riding day and final checks in the evening to …

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How to Calm Your Anxious and Nervous Horses

Being able to calm nervous horses down is a vital skill for a rider to develop.  Horses, as prey animals, are prone to nervousness and acute startle responses. Their emotional responses are often a result of external stimuli from their surroundings, but are also affected by the emotions of their rider. Our equine friends are easily spooked sometimes, which, in a worst-case scenario, can cause an accident. This can happen for a number of reasons, like contact with something unfamiliar …

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A Basic Guide to Grooming Your Horse

A horse with a slick, glossy coat can turn heads. A slick coat is what makes a horse look happy and healthy. That’s why it’s helpful for you to master some horse grooming tricks even if you never plan to show your horse. This post will provide you with a few basic grooming tips to ensure that your horse’s coat shines and turns heads. Step One: Ensure Proper Nutrition Before you even begin to start with your horse groom tactics, …

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5 Things You Need to Know about Horse Skin Protection

As a horse owner, one of the responsibilities you have to fulfill is to ensure healthy equine skin. In most cases, your horse’s skin doesn’t require any special attention. However, it’s crucial to avoid taking healthy skin for granted. Changing temperatures and health conditions could make your horse prone to skin problems. And these problems are often extremely challenging to resolve. So you need to proactively engage in horse skin protection to ensure healthy skin for your horse.

10 Tips for Boarding Your Horse | Part 2

This is a continuation of another blog post that can be found by clicking here. What to look for when deciding where to keep my horses. If you are looking for to board your horse, here are some considerations: 5. Cleanliness: A clean facility will make your time there enjoyable. Good overall cleanliness is a sign of good overall horse care. A stable does not have to be fancy or expensive to be clean. If there is manure lying all over …

10 Tips for Boarding Your Horse | Part 1

For many horse owners, boarding is necessary. Not all horse owners can have land, and many prefer not to be tied down to land and all the associated work. Prior to owning my own land, I boarded my horses for ten years at many different facilities in Minnesota and Colorado. This gave me insight in to what to look for when deciding where to keep my horses. If you are looking for to board your horse, here are some considerations. …