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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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Savvy’s Yard – Guest post

This week I am excited to share with you a post created by Tracey from the lovely Savvy’s Yard. Tracey is here to tell us about her own experiences of riding during pregnancy, along with sharing with us her new equine business and blog. Read one to find out more about Tracey her family and horses.

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If anything is going tell you to stop riding while pregnant, falling off will do it!.

My name is Tracey and this is my story of running a new equine business, riding a horse and becoming a mother. Together with my husband Adam, we run our business Savvy’s Yard from our country cottage in Somerset, UK. Named after my horse Savvy, Savvy’s Yard is our online shop and social media blog. The tagline is “Inspired by horse and country living” which from our background of horses, farms, cottage renovation and living in the country it fits really well. Not only do we source our gorgeous collections we also make some of the items too. We are fortunate enough to have space at home, adjoining Savvy’s stable is our workshop where some of our items are made. The result is a fascinating collection of unique homeware and lifestyle accessories inspired by horse and country living. 

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A pandemic and riding – to be or not to be!

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Like me, you have probably seen lots of controversy over the whole ‘do we or don’t we ride’ during the current pandemic and a country in lockdown. I like many others have also had to consider this question in relation to the strain on the health service.

I can conclude though that yes I have continued to ride but should this had occurred a few years ago, then there’s no way I would have gotten on board my faithful steed. However, I can now confidently say that I do trust my horse! I understand that things can happen unexpectedly and horses can be unpredictable. Therefore, I have considered my actions and we have been sensible in our riding.

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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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My 10 favourite equestrian items.

Here I am going to share with you my ten favourite equestrian items. I have a real mixture of items, some are for riding and others those I just like when attending the yard.

No.1 – LeMieux saddle pad, I have numerous colours of these, my favourite is the close contact style as this sits nicely under the saddle. I also have a couple of dressage pads too. I love the vibrant colours of these pads and they wash up well too.

 

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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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