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Rider Fitness

So many horses, so little time. Keeping multiple horses fit and trained can be a big challenge when you also have the demands of a full-time job or home and family responsibilities. If this describes your life, you’re not alone....
You know those days when everything goes wrong? You miss the lead change during a big competition. Your horse spooks and you fall off. He refuses to cross the creek, or won’t load on the trailer. Maybe you arrive...
Whether we are getting back into riding after years away or preparing for a national competition, the connection we have to our trainer is something akin to a lifeline. We trust them to guide our relationship with a 1,200-pound...
Yoga has worked its way into the fabric of modern culture, and with good reason: Studies suggest regular yoga practice offers a wide variety of mental and physical benefits. With the mind-body connection yoga brings, the physical benefits include...
Strong legs and a tight, stable core are must-haves for equestrians, but it can be hard to find a regular workout that targets these riding muscles. A basic but challenging yoga routine can help. Lifelong rider and yoga instructor Jamie...
What’s the magic formula to keep you in the saddle for your entire life? “Make it a priority,” says eventing gold medalist and Tevis Cup finisher Denny Emerson. The 77-year-old instructor and trainer rides up to five hours a day...
When you think of martial arts, do you think of mixed-martial arts—kicking, punching, and using force to win the match—and wonder how they could ever relate to improving our horsemanship? Well, they probably can’t. But some traditional martial arts, such...
I never should have stretched those extra few inches, reaching to hang my new floor-length curtain panel. Three days later, a sharp pain in my lower back and abdomen—unlike anything I had experienced before—ushered me straight to urgent care....
Being a trail rider is fun, with trails providing new views and experiences. Taking your horse out of the arena can also really help build a confident and trusting partnership between horse and rider. The romantic picture of cantering...
Trail riding in the summer

Hot Weather Riding

A lineup of horses and riders stands in the middle of the arena under a blazing summer sky. Everyone’s waiting for the results to be called; riders feel sweat dripping down their backs under their layers of show clothing....
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