What is Para-Equestrian?
The primary focus of para-equestrian sport is to provide educational and competitive opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. Many disabled athletes compete, and even excel, in sports designed for the able-bodied, but para-equestrian in particular opens a world of competition to riders and drivers with even severe disabilities that might preclude them from other forms of sport, and does so while providing a structured, focused, and highly competitive environment.
Getting the most out of your lessons
If you are anything like me, I work hard for my lessons, and want to get as much out of them as possible. Here are just a few tricks to help you get the most out of your time with your trainer:
Horse Shopping & Buying Tips
Horse Shopping can be very exciting, and very nerve racking at the same time. There are many things to consider before making the commitment to purchase your new equine partner. Here are some tips to make you feel more confident about your purchase decision. If you have any suggestions, be sure to comment below!
What is the United States Dressage Federation?
If you are a dressage rider in the United States, you are probably familiar with the USDF (United States Dressage Federation). But if you aren’t a dressage rider or are new to the sport, you might not be as familiar.
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USEF Submits Comment on USDA’s Proposed Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has submitted a comment in response to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed amendments to the regulations that implement the Horse Protection Act. In its comment, the USEF seeks to partner with the USDA in the eradication of soring in equestrian sport. The USEF commends the USDA in its efforts to strengthen the regulations and further protect horses from the practice of soring. Dedicated to upholding horse welfare, this comment is a part of the USEF’s on-going efforts to modify and implement rules that eliminate cheating, doping, and abuse in the sport.
Julie Goodnight and Barbra Schulte Partner Up for Women’s Riding and Wholeness Retreat at C Lazy U Ranch
**This article is a sponsored post by Julie Goodnight*** SALIDA, Colorado, September 30, 2016—For the first time ever, horsemanship clinician Julie Goodnight and renowned cutting horse trainer Barbra Schulte team up to present their Women’s Riding and Wholeness Retreat at Granby, Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch April 27 to May 1, 2017. This riding and self-empowerment workshop combines horsemanship and learning with a luxury guest-ranch vacation.
International Helmet Awareness Day
Did you know that September 17 is International Helmet Awareness Day? Many of us wear a helmet in our everyday riding, but we don’t pay much attention to the helmet we are using. International Helmet Awareness Day is here to help with that!
Snaffle Bit vs. Curb Bit
One of the most commonly (mis)used pieces of tack is the bit! Almost everyone uses one when riding, and they don’t know the effect the bit they are using, has on their horse, nor what it was designed for. There are a WIDE variety of bits with a wide variety of purposes, but today we are just going to cover the snaffle bit vs. curb bit. The snaffle bit works off of direct pressure, whereas the curb bit works off of leverage. The mouthpiece (inside the horse’s mouth) has no bearing on this. The only piece that decides if you are using a snaffle bit vs. curb bit is the cheekpiece…
Current Rio Olympics Dressage Standings
The Rio Olympics Grand Prix Dressage has been going on the last 2 days. There were 60 horse and rider combinations. Of those 60 combinations, 59 completed their test. Below you will find the current rankings going into the Grand Prix Special.
How to get back in the saddle after a fall?
How many times have we heard the phrase, “you’re not really a rider until you’ve fallen off 7 times”? When riding horses, it’s a situation we all face eventually. You are not a failure, your horse is not a failure, and you shouldn’t give it up if it’s something you truly love to do. And you will probably fall off a horse again some day.
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