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Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing Last Updated: Oct 25th, 2006 - 08:57:26

Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing
Where To Ride Your Horse
You've saddled up your horse for a relaxing day in the saddle when you suddenly realize that you have no idea where to ride him outside of that same little paddock. Are there any more exciting options? Actually, there are plenty of great places to ride your horse, especially if he doesn't mind taking a ride in the horse trailer first...
Mar 4, 2006, 11:10

Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing
The Importance of Formal Riding Lessons
Riding a horse looks so simple that you shouldn't need formal lessons, right? Actually, while it may be easy to fall off a horse, staying on is a bit trickier. Staying on and looking good is even harder. Few people can manage all of the intricacies of horseback riding without lessons...
Mar 4, 2006, 11:08

Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing
Tacking Up and Mounting Up - Getting Ready to Ride a Horse
So, it's time for your very first horseback ride and you just can't wait to jump on that horse's back so you can gallop off into the sunset. However, before you ride off on your horse, you will need to tack him up and then you will need to figure out how to actually get up there...
Mar 4, 2006, 11:06

Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing
Staying Alert How to Avoid Potential Dangers When You are Riding Your Horse
Riding a horse can be one of the most wonderful experiences that a person can have. However, no matter how long you've been riding, you need to be aware of what's going on around you and you should always stay alert. After all, you never know what is coming around the corner that could be dangerous or frightening to your horse...
Mar 4, 2006, 11:03

Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing
Reading a Horse's Body Language
If you've ever been the victim of an animal bite, you may think that the attack came out of nowhere. However, if you knew how to read an animal's body language, you would probably have seen one or two tell tale signals that may have enabled you to avoid being bitten. Just like other animals, horses have body language that can let us know whether they are feeling happy, sad or frightened. Reading your horse's body language can help you have a better relationship with him and may even help you avoid being injured...
Mar 4, 2006, 10:54

Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing
How to Behave Around a Horse
Horseback riding is a fun and relaxing activity for both adults and children. However, horses are large, powerful animals and are easily startled. Before you or your children go horseback riding, you should know how to behave around a horse...
Mar 4, 2006, 10:52

Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing
Getting Your Horse to Trust You
It is possible to ride a horse that is uneasy around you, but it is much more enjoyable to ride a horse that trusts you completely. However, getting your horse to trust you is not always easy, especially if he has been abused in the past...
Mar 4, 2006, 10:51

Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing
Get Your Horse Moving!
You've managed to make it up on top of your horse and boy, is it a long way down! Now, how do you get him to move? After all, you don't want to make an animal this big mad when you are on his back. Surely you aren't supposed to kick him, right?...
Mar 4, 2006, 10:49

Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing
English Versus Western Riding
So, you want to learn how to ride a horse, but then you found out that there are two different types of horseback riding, English and Western. Now, you need to choose the right one for you, but are they really that different? Is one better than the other?...
Mar 4, 2006, 10:46

Horse & Ponies : Training & Competing
Dismounting and Untacking Your Horse
You've had your very first experience with riding a horse and it was absolutely wonderful. However, even if you're having the best time of your life, you can't stay up there forever. Eventually, you will need to get off that horse. Luckily, it is not very hard to dismount a horse. In fact, it is actually quite easy, as long as you don't just try to jump off...
Mar 4, 2006, 10:41



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