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Jessica Holub Rumbaugh is a realtor and also manages the marketing side of her and husband Ben’s grass-fed beef business. Add in a 2-year-old son, Kai, and a 6-month-old daughter, Bailey, and Jessica’s day is usually booked solid. But...
Riding with kids can be fun—the key is to plan ahead to enjoy your saddle time. Jessica Holub Rumbaugh shares her tips and advice for mothers who want to ride. Be flexible. The best laid plans are often set...
After a family crisis, Ken Chin became the owner of a dozen high-profile Arabian performance horses. At the time, Chin knew very little about horses in general, and absolutely nothing about the ones he inherited. Fortunately, the animals had...
Group trail ride seen through horse's ears

Trail Riding Tips

It’s great to get out of the arena and enjoy a fun, relaxing trail ride with friends. Before you hit the trail, keep the following tips in mind. Safety First Always tell someone where you are going to ride and...
You teach your horse how much to respect you and your space each time you lead him. While you may mindlessly grab a halter and casually walk your horse to his next destination, he pays attention to which behaviors...
Sometimes water can be scary for even the most experienced trail horses. Water looks different to horses than it does to people. If the water is muddy, horses can’t tell how deep it is. If it’s moving and splashing, it...
A vast bundle of nerves lies at the base of the horse’s neck. When it’s stimulated in a way that activates the nearby muscles, the horse lifts his weight up and travels with lightness. We refer to this as...
Is your horse a whiz at speed events, but tough to slow down when you want a calmer ride in the arena? If you ride a horse that was once a barrel or gymkhana star, he may want to...
We’ve all been there. You’re looking forward to a great riding lesson, but from the minute you mount your pony, you’re begging him to go faster. He moves at a snail’s pace no matter how many times you cluck...
Some riders hop on and never think of working from the ground before proceeding with mounted work. Other riders swear by their routines—long lists of groundwork patterns that must be done before getting in the saddle. Which plan is right?...
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