Ride your HORSE to MUSIC and solve training issues! Whether you are riding a dressage musical freestyle, or just riding your horse to music, there are TIPS you should know before you start. Over the years, you have told me that the most important thing to you is that you want the RIGHT MUSIC for your HORSE and you WANT TO HAVE FUN!!
You've also told me that:
You want help recognizing the rhythm of your horse's gaits.
You can't maintain a rhythm.
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on August 17, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Do you know that saying “It is like trying to fit a square peg in to a round hole?” Well sometimes we horse owners do that to our horses. We try to force our horse to do something that it doesn’t like to do. Let me give you an example.
I have been showing Valerie for about two years now in Class A Arab horse shows. All the classes I enter in are strictly western–western pleasure, trail, and… Continue
Added by Adrienne Tange on August 17, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Well this week I got to ride Friday and Sunday on Mia and Mars. I did not get too tired from riding Mia, the poor mare was still sore from her last trim, very reluctant to extend, but being the Arab that she is she tried to do everything I asked for even though she hurt. So I practiced my jumping position at a walk, trotted some and worked on my leg position. I did not get terribly tired.
Then on Sunday I rode Mars. He is getting resigned to being ridden again, but I fear that it… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 17, 2009 at 11:30am —
We had another fun weekend! I posted my best score yet in Green As Grass...by the end of the year I should have a pretty good understanding for reining. It has been an incredible learning experience! Dunnie has been a great horse to learn on...he's a very forgiving and patient horse....the best kind to learn on! For the first time we actually did a true slide! What a great feeling!
Gary and Checks (ML Shine My Checks) also had their best go yet! Gary was so pleased with Checks and… Continue
Added by Kerri Morden-Marsolais on August 17, 2009 at 10:19am —
PBS's "Nature" is running its "Horse & Rider" episode tonight, and Ruth Hogan Poulsen and I are in it! It's airing 8PM EST.
Added by Jane Savoie on August 16, 2009 at 2:23pm —
Since very few horses, are ambidextrous, it’s inevitable that the lateral dressage movements like leg yields, shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, and half passes will be easier in one direction than the other.
Your goal for lateral movements in dressage (and everything else you do with your dressage horse
!) is to strengthen his weaker hind leg, make his… Continue
Added by Jane Savoie on August 15, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Here's another Will Rogers quote, "The best way out of a difficulty is through it." This Frieisan stallion, Minske, with his powerful stride, seems able to go through anything!
Here's a link to more Friesian paintings.
Click here to download and print… Continue
Added by Karen Brenner on August 14, 2009 at 2:57pm —
I just recently purchased a horse in October this is my first horse and boy I am not starting off very well. This horse was 200lbs underweight when I got him so to say the least I baby him (oops). He has successfully gained 100lbs and I am very excited. He is a very loveable horse and has no bad habits except for the following. My first problem is every time I saddle him I cannot get him to walk as soon as I say walk he will for only a second and he immediately goes into a trot.… Continue
Added by Julie Goodnight on August 14, 2009 at 9:08am —
Sleep, saddles and social behaviour are just three of the things I'm going to be looking at in today's equine science weekly round up:
Researchers in South Africa have discovered that friendship with unrelated mares, can increase a wild mare's reproductive success.
The scientists from the University of Pretoria in conjunction with colleagues from New Zealand studied the social relationships of feral horses in the North Island of New Zealand and found that mares who formed… Continue
Added by Chloé Sharrocks on August 14, 2009 at 7:00am —
We currently have an outbreak of strangles in our area. I have a bebo group up and running:
I am posting this blog to educate people about the disease to help better understand it. I hope u find this helpful.
Hazel Miller BHSAI
Strangles - The Diagnosis
Strangles is an infection with the bacterium 'Streptococcus Equi'.
It's extremely contagious and is spread by… Continue
Added by Hazel Miller on August 14, 2009 at 4:15am —
Convincing people of the need for thoroughbred blood in the event horse is the easy bit in this series of articles. Ireland has been the World Breeding Federation number one country for event horses for the past 14 years with horses that are almost exclusively 3/4 to full thoroughbred, as have been the majority of the greatest event horses in history
. The key component and value of the TB is obviously… Continue
Added by William Micklem on August 14, 2009 at 3:30am —
Before you can pick the perfect music for your horse, you need to understand the difference between rhythm and tempo.
Many people use the words rhythm and tempo interchangeable, but they do not mean the same thing. I will talk about the meaning of each, both in musical terminology and in riding reference.
Rhythm - When riding, regularity of the rhythm refers to the even spacing between each step in a stride of walk, trot or canter. In music, rhythm is made up of sounds and… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on August 13, 2009 at 9:12pm —
I'm a blogging fool now! I just started a new one at:http://janesavoieblog.blogspot.com/
Added by Jane Savoie on August 13, 2009 at 6:08pm —
Tickets for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games go in sale in just 44 days!
Added by 2010 Alltech FEI WEG on August 13, 2009 at 1:45pm —
Assessing Horse Value: Part 1 – Understanding the Market: an Overview
Assessing horse value is exceptionally difficult even for a seasoned professional. Within the horse industry there are many different markets which drive the value of a particular horse. In this section we will cover the entire market but the overall focus is on the recreational horse market.
Assessing Horse Value, part 1 is the 15th installment is our tips for buying a horse. You can find the previous 14… Continue
Added by The Stables at South Molton on August 12, 2009 at 12:14pm —
Have you ever felt that things have been so mad and so enveloping that you just need to be a little reckless and go and have some fun?
Things have been pretty tough for me this year and over the last few months I have had one thing and another effect me and tire me out.
Things are pretty hard for most people any way so, to go and have every day life that the normal fit human would cope with can be pretty difficult for someone with a chronic illness or disability to cope… Continue
Added by Cat on August 12, 2009 at 9:19am —
I am often asked what types of strategies I am thinking about for different types of jumps, that aspiring eventers might also keep in mind.
When I ask riders what they most fear it is normally jumping
downhill, apexes (corners) and ditches. I'll focus on downhill and ditches today.
When I walk a course and I’m walking it to ride a young horse, I’m… Continue
Added by Megan Jones on August 12, 2009 at 9:00am —
Since the questions and comments to last weeks' lengthy blog on stretching were related to how to get better shoulder mobility, I've uploaded a new video showing some pre and post ride stretches for chest and shoulders.
You can post comments, questions and even photos to this Ride Fit blog anytime. The… Continue
Added by Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com on August 12, 2009 at 8:58am —
As a young girl, I had a dream to work with horses - I spent countless hours at the local riding school working as payment for my lessons. (although I would have worked for FREE but don't you dare tell them that!) We at HorseJobs.ca are planning a series on "a day in the life of.." and are focusing on the stories of riders like YOU who have worked your way through the horse industry.
Tell us your story, about the work you do and your journey, for a chance to win a HorseJobs.ca cooler… Continue
Added by Sarah at HorseJobs.ca on August 11, 2009 at 11:06pm —
I started reading non-fiction books about horses for about 47 years ago when I got my first serious horse book "Cavalcade of American Horses" by Pers Crowell. Since then I have been trying to read just about every non-fiction horse book I have run across. In 1963 I got access to books on HOW TO RIDE in my junior high school library and have been reading books on how to ride ever since. In high school I finally got access to two serious riding books, "Common Sense Horsemanship" by Littauer, and… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 10, 2009 at 10:00am —