Tag: horse book

  • A Guide to Quarantine…for Your Horse

    A Guide to Quarantine…for Your Horse

    We of course all know a bit too much about quarantine these days. In fact, I’m pretty sure we’ve had just about enough of it. But if bringing home a new horse–perhaps a rescue, an adoption, or even just a spontaneous purchase from the place just down the road–is a possibility anytime in your future, […]

  • More Than a “Good Eye”

    More Than a “Good Eye”

    Understanding and implementing stride control (being able to adjust the number of strides before and between fences) improves a horse’s rideability and allows the rider to further improve the horse’s technique over an obstacle. Renowned coach Jen Marsden Hamilton has taught countless riders and horses around the world in the striding techniques that brought her […]

  • The Horse Can Detect the Weight of Three Grains of Sand–Here’s How That Matters to EVERYTHING

    The Horse Can Detect the Weight of Three Grains of Sand–Here’s How That Matters to EVERYTHING

    Proprioception. It’s a big word that’s bandied about a lot in equestrian circles. And though it sounds like a massive concept, really it just means your perception or awareness of the position of and movement of your body—and of course as riders and trainers we all know what a huge role that plays when working […]

  • Tik Maynard Is Turning into His Dad

    Tik Maynard Is Turning into His Dad

    We’re celebrating fathers this weekend. Thank you to eventer, trainer, horseman, and author of IN THE MIDDLE ARE THE HORSEMEN Tik Maynard for this original essay. God, I’m turning into my dad. I forget where I put the car keys, my wallet. I wear riding pants to the grocery store. I can’t find the milk—it’s […]

  • Catching the Uncatchable Horse

    Catching the Uncatchable Horse

    In her brand new book WHAT HORSES REALLY WANT, horsewoman Lynn Acton explores a number of skills we all would like to bring to the barn, for example: The ability to earn a horse’s trust starting from the moment you meet him. Knowledge of how to discourage unwanted behavior without punishment. Experience turning pressure into a clear […]

  • Kids’ Crafts: Make Your Own Pony Pencil Holder

    Kids’ Crafts: Make Your Own Pony Pencil Holder

    If you are looking for an easy craft to entertain your kids, here’s a fun, free idea! Plus, you probably have all the materials you need already at your fingertips (and if not, simple substitutes can be found around the house). Don’t forget to remind your young crafters that their finished ponies can be customized […]

  • Using Music to Increase Forward Energy in Your Horse

    Using Music to Increase Forward Energy in Your Horse

    Who hasn’t struggled to get a horse in front of the leg? None of us want to resort to kicking like a kindergartener in a Thelwell cartoon, but sometimes, when the piggy pony comes out… Dressage trainer and exhibition performer Sandra Beaulieu suggests that music can be used to increase forward energy in the sleepiest, […]

  • The Olympics Are Postponed, But Your Dreams Don’t Have to Be

    The Olympics Are Postponed, But Your Dreams Don’t Have to Be

    I love watching the Olympics—winter and summer. Pick a sport and I’m into it, willing to admire the athletes, agonize over the losses, celebrate the successes, and even puzzle over the “rules of the game” when it comes to contests unfamiliar to me. I grew up an athlete, and I can identify with the ambition, […]

  • We Love Horses! So Here’s a Valentine’s Day Sale That Spreads the Love

    We Love Horses! So Here’s a Valentine’s Day Sale That Spreads the Love

    We love horses and we love what we do, so we want to share our horse books with all of you! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, you’ll get 20% off plus FREE SHIPPING when you order books or videos from our online bookstore http://www.horseandriderbooks.com. Not sure this is the Valentine’s gift you want? Well, check […]

  • 47 True Stories of Winning, Losing, and “Achieving the Dream” from 8 Equestrian Sports

    47 True Stories of Winning, Losing, and “Achieving the Dream” from 8 Equestrian Sports

    “To win for the USA.” Many young athletes grow up with a goal of reaching the Olympics and the glories of their sport’s highest levels. It is no different for equestrians, whether they ride English, Western, vault, or drive a carriage. From playing with plastic ponies and taking their first riding lessons, to finding success in the arena, thousands of horse lovers hope […]