Putting a bit in your horse’s mouth has become a habit so rooted in our daily life that we often forget that this metal bar is anything but innocuous. A lot of articles spring up on the internet to warn us that bits hurt our horses, and are often highly guilt-creating towards using bits. But few are the articles that actually explain how the bits work and how to chose them.
How to get your horse to recover quickly after work? Walk? Trot? For how long? And why are we doing it? What’s the point? Let me tell you everything on the horse’s active recovery ⏩
It’s finally spring and with it comes the heat season. You might notice a certain number of behavioral patterns that you had forgotten over the winter. Yes, that typical mare attitude is back! 😁 Let’s put the jokes aside. You’ve probably already asked yourself: Why do mares have heat cycles and women don’t? Does it really change their behavior? Why aren’t these cycles happening all-year-round? Ah… the secrets of nature! After you read this article you’ll be an expert on mare’s…
Summer is always a weird time at the stables. Students are leaving their parents to go live on their own and live new adventures… never without Buster of course! 🐴 This change in your life can be exciting as well as terrifying when you’re afraid you’re not going to find the right stables for you and your horse. I’ve prepared a checklist ✅ of what to look at when you want to change stables.
Now that we’ve worked on several muscles in our horse’s body, our horse looks like it drank one too many protein shake! But we still have one thing to work on: building up shoulder muscles! 😊
“Wow! Your horse’s back is rock-solid”… You’ve probably heard this a hundred times before but its inference “Wow, your horse’s abs are rock-solid” is less popular. That’s a shame! Most riders tend to focus only on their horse’s back muscles while neglecting the abdominals too often. But one doesn’t come without the other!! I’ll try to explain to you why it’s useless to try to build up back muscles if you forget the abs.
“What did you work on with Spots today?” “Not much, I don’t really have any inspiration… Did some circles in the arena. What about you?” “I’m going to do some jumping exercises for muscle reinforcement!” 😎
In case you hadn’t noticed, it was winter time… and winter means for us in the north of France that we have to ride in the inside arena. And oftentimes the inside arena means that we can’t jump. What’s the solution then? Gridwork exercises of course! I’ll give you four examples that will change your world.
You can’t ride without your horses ending up completely dehydrated? Or maybe you want to do some physical preparation before a show? In any case, you want to improve your horse’s fitness / enhance its lung capacity / work on its heart rate? Let me give you the ONLY way to success.
“Wow you have an awesome six-pack! How did you get it? Do you work out?” “Uh, no…I just ride.” “No way, that’s crazy! I ride every day and I’m not nearly as fit.” “Well, you just need the right exercises!” We talk a lot about building your horse’s strength on this blog, but not enough about the rider. Let’s change the subject for a minute to talk about torture exercises and tips to make us, the lazy riders, work a…