If it is in your blood to love horses….

If it is in your blood to love horses, you share your life with them. Our horses know our secrets; we braid our tears into their manes and whisper our hopes into their ears.

Bleeding Hearts & Horses

Where you’ll find an animal you’ll find an animal activist. Whether at a rodeo, dressage show, or in the wild, you will find controversy. This is where kindness and reality collide. The line has been blurred between what is acceptable to do with our animals and what is not. What should be done and what shouldn’t. Mostly you will find one person’s ignorance, trying to save a horse who probably outside of the show ring lives a better life than us all.

The Equine Lease Agreement

Hard economic times have hit and more and more horse owners are opting to lease out their horses in order to help cover the expenses. Leasing can be a great option for owners who want to retain ownership while they await improved economic conditions when they can again use their horse. If you are considering leasing out your horse, it is very important to have a well drafted lease agreement because leases, even between friends, can easily become sour when problems and misunderstandings occur. This article will cover some of the common problems in a lease agreement that can be avoided by a well written contract.

Buying A New Saddle

Buying a new saddle can be a very overwhelming and daunting task as there are so many types available on the market today. The most important thing when looking at new saddles is the fit on your horse. Then, it has to fit you, the rider, and then, it has to fit your budget. Yes I am putting budget last because I honestly believe that if you find a saddle that fits both you and your horse, you should stretch yourself financially because a quality saddle will last you decades and getting the right saddle from the start will save you huge dollars over the years in fittings and replacement saddles as well as all sorts of other mental grief.

Riding Ain’t Easy!

Riding ain’t easy. If you are planning on becoming a rider or training your own horse the sooner you come to terms with that phrase the better. Of course riding is magical and amazing, but riding and training is also painful and tough and can sometimes be downright dirty.

Dressage, A rich man’s sport

I got into dressage when I was really young. To tell you the truth I had no idea what it was I, don’t even think I had ever heard the term before in my life. I had been riding for only a year and was lucky enough that my parents were able to buy me my first horse. When my mom and I were out scouting for new barns we came across a dressage trainer who forever changed my life. I am now in my late 20′s and have only really ever done dressage. I will not take away its beauty and power as I do love it with all my heart. However, the sport has really changed. In the year 2000 I took a 6 year hiatus from riding altogether. When I came back I barley recognized the sport.

Bad Horses- A Rambling of Sorts…

Bad is probably not the best term. Misunderstood probably better fits the bill. Horses are by nature free and pure. Humans are full of problems and stress. Take something pure and free and add a little of our problems and stresses and what do you get? A Bad horse.

Barn Dama: Who Needs it?

“Did you just see how she rode her horse?” “What is she doing?” “I heard that horse is a schoolmaster, she can’t even ride him!”

Maybe it’s just me but lately I feel more and more like I am at kindergarten than at the barn. Gossip and drama, why can’t we all just get along?

The Story behind the Dressage Letters – 2 possible explanations

Letters were not used in dressage until international competitions began with the Olympics in the 1900′s. The first dressage competition in 1912 did not have letters.

Breaking In New Riding Boots

Breaking in your new riding boots can be a daunting task. Especially when you anticipate the pain you will experience trying to ride in them! There are many things you can do in order to help this process along.