Silicone grip breeches might be one of the biggest game changers for riding apparel, right next to the invention of sock bottoms and technical fabric show coats. I might be a little biased here, as someone who recently took on a new discipline (dressage) AND started a spicy young horse all at the same time, any extra help feeling secure in the saddle has become my new best friend.Continue reading “Classic Style Is Always In Fashion”
Perfection Is For Quitters
By Lead Bay Betsy Kelley
Whether you have grand prix goals or just want to become the best version of yourself as a rider, it all takes time and patience. We are naturally inclined to be creatures who seek instant gratification, and the uphill struggle and inevitable plateaus that come along with learning a high-level skill set can be daunting. Personally, I thrive on those moments where you finally nail something that has been eluding you; but trust me, I spend my fair share of time in the dredges.
A Trainer’s Perspective
By Guest Bay Nina Arroyo-Lopez
What is the right way to be a trainer? That is not a question with just one correct answer. It all comes back to, what kind of client you are working with. Is my client confident and brave? What are their goals? Is my client struggling with self confidence? So many factors are playing a big role, and rarely are two clients needs exactly the same.Continue reading “A Trainer’s Perspective”
How to Stay Motivated for Winter Riding (or, how to not cry every day of winter)
By Guest Bay Maggie DeVerter
Some of us live in states with weather that makes it very hard to stay motivated to ride during the winter. Here in the Pacific Northwest it can rain, and then rain, and then rain some more. Occasionally it will pretend to snow and turn back to rain. It gets dark (I mean really, really dark) before 5:00 PM for several months. Our pastures become slop holes of despair, and our horses are regularly covered in muddy clay from hoof to ear. Thrush, abscesses, rain rot and other bacterial and fungal infections are a very common nuisance for many of us. Through all that, we can manage to keep ourselves motivated to ride with a little extra help.Continue reading “How to Stay Motivated for Winter Riding (or, how to not cry every day of winter)”
Is There Anything Better Than Good Leather?
Okay, let’s be real here: there are very few things in life quite as satisfying as good leather. The look, the smell, the feel, even the sound are just so soothing. It oozes quality, and will last a lifetime with just a little bit of TLC. Leather halters are the first item that I purchase for every new horse in the herd (even the mini has one!) My personal go-to favorites are Perri’s Leather Halters with colorful padding, since we all know I am a matchy-matchy freak and LOVE everything to be color coordinated by horse. Suffice to say; when I found out that I could get MATCHING COLLARS AND LEASHES FOR THE DOGS, I lost my mind.Continue reading “Is There Anything Better Than Good Leather?”