"When I was recovering from my horse riding accident in 2006, I was reluctant to tell people how I was feeling for fear of judgement and embarrassment, yet, when I opened up about my situation to the people I trusted, I made rapid progress." Helen O'Hanlon - Guest Blogger.
If you're looking to buy your first horse, congratulations! It's an exciting time. What color do you love? What breed? Gelding, Mare...? As fun as it is, there are lots of things to think about before taking the plunge and handing over your money. Here is a quick checklist!
No matter where you are on your riding journey, beginner through expert, there are 3 key factors influencing your horse’s performance. 1. The Horse. 2. Saddle & Pad. 3. The Rider. These 3 things have a critical relationship. While each one is extremely important independently, when combined, they are essential to your horse’s soundness, happiness, and progress.
Without a proper seat, even a great saddle will not allow your horse to move with a natural balance and harmony. So, if you are dedicated to a true partnership with your horse, then you have to look at yourself and your posture. - Janice Dulak pilatesfordressage.com
Riding horses never happens without Negotiation… We should be good at it! Negotiating is something we do each and every day! With our children, our spouses, our work mates - an endless list. To be a truly good negotiator, knowing what the ‘want’ is for both parties is an important skill to employ.
Enabling your horse to move comfortably, effectively and successfully is your responsibility as a rider regardless of your goals. Whatever “winning” looks like to you, putting yourself and your horse in the best position to ‘achieve’ requires evaluating the equipment used to carry you. Whether striving for prizes or pleasurable dream rides, saddles contribute to or detract from the process.
Ever wondered if your horse is comfortable under saddle? You can be sure he or she is telling you the answer. Deciphering horse “body language” is worth the effort if you want your “dance partner” to feel safe and happy when carrying you.