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Reveal Equestrian – Guest Blog Post

Today we have a guest post by Jenna from Reveal Equestrian based in California. Reveal Equestrian is dedicated to teaching students about the fundamentals of riding and horsemanship, from groundwork to competing at “A” show levels. Jenna has produced an article for us on their top tips for beginners starting to ride.

5 Horseback Riding Tips for Beginners

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Horseback riding can provide endless hours of recreational fun for you and your family, and allow you to spend time in nature and the company of animals. Especially if you are taking your firsts lessons or wishing to enjoy a horse riding holiday, some tips allow you to make the most out of your experience. Read on to discover what to expect from horseback riding in San Juan Capistrano. 

Interact and Greet your Horse

Becoming a professional equestrian in San Juan Capistrano is a matter of many hours of training, dedication, and commitment. However, anybody can enjoy horseback riding in San Juan Capistrano, regardless of your skill level or willingness to make this activity your career. Nonetheless, it is essential to approach horse riding with the right frame of mind and attitude.

Indeed, while loving and trustworthy creatures, horses are powerful and heavy animals. Understanding that they have a personality and mind on their own is crucial as you approach them. Greeting your horse, avoiding approaching it on a straight line, and tuning in with the animal is essential.

Wear Proper Equipment and Clothes

Another factor that is part of having the right attitude for this activity is presenting yourself equipped with the right clothes and footwear. Avoid short skirts and sandals, and understand that wearing a helmet is mandatory for your safety.

If your budget is limited or you only ride a horse sporadically, there is no need to invest large sums to buy professional equipment, although this would be the first choice for serious equestrians. 

Just make sure you arrive with long trousers, an appropriate shirt or top, and closed footwear. Boots would be ideal, yet reliable, but comfortable shoes allow you to protect your toes while avoiding making this experience more expensive. 

Avoid Slouching but Stay Relaxed

As we know, each horse has a different personality and level of empathy. However, generally, you can expect your horse to react to the way you behave. And, often, this depends on the way you feel! For example, if you are stressed or anxious, your horse’s attitude will change too, which can make the whole experience far less enjoyable than you would like. 

Instead, stay calm and relaxed throughout the stages of mounting, riding, and dismounting a horse. Especially while riding, make sure you are not slouching and ensure you keep the right posture. This will allow you to avoid injuries and sit more comfortably. On the other hand, a rider who is slumping or sits stiffly will transfer this attitude to the horse, which can make some exercise and training difficult.

Of course, your instructor will be there to guide you and help you along the way. However, keeping in mind that your attitude can reflect on your horse’s behaviour can make a difference in your experience. 

Keep Your Eyes on Your Direction and Be Gentle

As you approach your first horse riding lesson, you might be stunned by the beauty and majesty of your horse. However, while riding it, you should avoid focusing your gaze on the horse itself. Instead, look between the horse’s ears, directly in front of you. While this can be challenging to keep in mind at first, readjusting your gaze allows you to see any obstacles and turns in advance. 

Indeed, especially if you are not an expert horse rider, you might need a few seconds to perform a change of direction or regain control of your horse. In this case, being present and identifying obstacles in advance gives you the chance to act promptly and in complete safety. 

Know Your Abilities

When deciding to try horseback riding in San Juan Capistrano, our instructors will strongly suggest you only do what you are comfortable with. With patience and commitment, you are likely to see your horse riding abilities develop fast over time. However, during your first lessons, it is essential to focus on the basics of horse riding – including posture, attitude, and communication. While we all admire professional equestrians when they perform elegant jumps and exercises, they have all started here!

Ensuring that you are comfortable and confident while on a horse is essential to create solid foundations for building other skills and abilities. Working together with your horse and your instructor can help you understand how to process to master a little more every day. And don’t underestimate the power of commitment and willingness to learn!

If you wish to know more about horseback riding in San Juan Capistrano, get in touch today to discover our lesson plans and activities.

You can also find out more about Reveal Equestrian but following them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Read more top tips on being a good horse riding student here.

Groundwork for Equestrian Mamas

This post is all about groundwork for equestrian mamas, a topic useful to all horse owners but one which may be beneficial to all equestrian mamas, new or old. Time with our horses isn’t all about riding. There are many other things we can do with them when we aren’t able to ride, whether that be due to illness, age, time, circumstances etc.

Groundwork consists of teaching your horse on the ground and if done well these skills should transfer to under saddle. It is important to take time to do this correctly and not to rush. I am going to work through with you some groundwork which has helped to improve my horse and the bond which we have created. 

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Guest Blogger Interviews – No 2. Horse Shoe Rd

Welcome to the second of our guest blogger interviews, this month we are joined by Jen from Horse Shoe Rd which is an Equestrian Lifestyle Blog. Jen welcomes you on her adventures as a DIY horse owner, show mother, groom, planner and organizer. Based in the United States, Jen shares their stories of travelling to horse shows and keeping horses at home.

See below to find out what Jen had to share with us…

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1. How did you first get into blogging and what inspired you to start your blog?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and gather inspiration and ideas from Pinterest for a TON of things, from crafts to favourite meals. I found that Pinterest didn’t always have ideas directed specifically to horse shows. When travelling to horse shows, our bunch loves finding great restaurants for a great meal. My initial inspiration was an ebook/travel guide on great dining experiences based on horse show related travels.

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Guest blogger interviews – No.1 Nutty Nags

Welcome to our new monthly interviews, devoted to guest bloggers.

Each month we will be featuring an interview from a different guest blogger and getting to know more about them and their blogs. I am hoping this slot will allow readers to find a whole host of new and inspiring bloggers to follow.

First up is the lovely Vanessa Hill from Nutty nags. Vanessa is a retired lady who lives in the UK, she writes about all things equestrian, from tips to product reviews. Vanessa enjoys eventing as a more mature rider and proves she has what it takes to be a great equestrian.

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Photo Credit: Vanessa Hill

Read on to find out what Vanessa had to share with us…

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The Mama Equestrian and Becks Back in the Saddle.

So, this post has a bit of a twist to it and has been created by ourselves and equestrian blogger Becky Oliver, from Becks back in the Saddle, for a collaboration post. A few weeks back Becky contacted me, asking if our Facebook group members, could be approached to gather their personal experiences of riding, during pregnancy and following childbirth and if we could create a joint post.

Becky got a good response to the post and has included these in her blog (link here), as she is currently writing about her own experiences of being pregnant, whilst riding. In my post, I will be including my personal experiences and tips for riding with children, as I have 3 children myself and I have never ridden whilst being pregnant.

Photo credit: Becky Oliver
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Guest blog post – How very horsey

This week, we have a guest post from equestrian blogger Daisy of How very Horsey, who shares her thoughts and tips on horses, pregnancy and riding after birth. Daisy comes from a long line of horsey family members and runs her own online rider confidence course offered to all levels of riders. Her group course runs over 8 weeks but you also have the option of doing one to one support, if you prefer.

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Photo credit: Daydream Equine Art

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January ride report!

This weeks blog post is live and I am SO excited about it… because it’s my January ride reports! 🙌🏻 Firstly can I say hallelujah that January has finally come to an end, this month goes on forever, I’m sure all the calendars are wrong and there are really 131 days in this never-ending sodding month! However, we have made it to February and the days are gradually getting lighter, so I no longer have to go to and from work in the dark!

Despite the cold, wet weather and an illness I have managed a number of rides this month and completed 12.7 miles! Now I know to some this will seem like an insignificant amount but to me it is amazing, seeing as this time last year me and Fred could barely get out the yard alone. Most of the rides this month have been alone, due to work commitments and a poorly field companion who we ride with, as she has had some box rest this month!

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Equestrian Bloggers list for 2020.

Here is my 2020 list of Equestrian bloggers who I follow and enjoy reading, some I have followed for a while, whilst others are fairly new. I hope you enjoy reading through my list and possibly find some new and interesting bloggers to follow. If you follow someone who you think I would like to know about, then please leave me a comment below!

No 1. In due horse Written by Louise Dando, Louise lives in France and blogs about all types of equestrian life, from riding, to events, fashion and travel. She also has an In due horse book club group on Facebook and is one of 3 bloggers who co-host a podcast called Equestrian pulse.

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2019 reflections and looking forward to 2020

Anyone who knows me will know, I don’t really like New Year, I just don’t get it! However, I couldn’t not reflect on the past year and how much progress me and Fred have made. Now don’t get me wrong it has not been without its ups and downs and the beginning of 2019 started out badly with a bit of a confidence knock after a hard fall in the school. We went back to groundwork and continued to hack as this was still fine, most of the time and only with company. If I tried to hack alone he would try to return to the yard which was frustrating and put me off trying.

Then in April we moved yards and everything fell into place, he settled well and once again was the horse I knew before moving to the previous yard, it is strange how they react at some places. We started to hack out alone and he has grown in

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Burghley Horse Trials

Saturday I attended one of the UK’s largest and well-known horse trials at Burghley house. The event is open from Wednesday to Sunday with plenty of shopping, young horse events and 3 days of 5-star eventing with dressage, cross country and show jumping having designated days. Saturday was cross-country day which is why we chose to attend on this day. This was my first time ever to Burghley, it was very busy and I observed a variety of people attending from young to old, some found a spot by the sidelines and spent the day enjoying the action from one particular place. Others like us moved around and walked the course, we tried to see at least one horse jump each of the 27 fences.

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Burghley House

Before walking around the cross-country course we began the day by exploring the shopping village, which hosted a variety of equestrian and craft stalls, with some well-known brands such as Joules, Noble outfitters and Ariat, along with

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