Have you decided to start riding again after taking a long break from the sport? It's not as easy as it was when you started. But not to worry, we have some insightful advice on common issues, like fear and fitness, for those of you getting "back in the saddle."
Member Dawn asks how to train a horse to slow down that likes to go fast and resists slowing down when asked. Bernie shares his advice on how he used to tackle this common issue with the TB's he used to ride and train.
Member "Greengirl" asks for clarification on the correct alignment a rider should have for their leg and seat. Bernie answers by explaining what the correct "Classical Position" is for jumping disciplines and why many riders are confused by what position they should have.
Alivia Hart opens up about the challenges of being a student and rider in her guest blog post "Balancing Act: Riding and School". "School is a lot like horse showing. You set a goal, you work hard and prepare yourself and then you take the hard work and put it to the test. As soon as I worked in school like I worked with my horses, I found that not only was it easier, but I also felt more motivated to learn and succeed in school."
Jen Worthington sheds light on the joys and challenges of being a horse show mom in her guest blog post "Show Mom Confessions". "Whatever level your child is riding, I believe this sport is an extraordinary character building exercise. The hard work, the personal sacrifice, the heartbreak, trying to understand your partner when they can’t tell you what is ailing them, the exhilaration of winning are all amazing life lessons."
Junior rider Ally Worthington shares how her passion for the sport evolved after a chance clinic with Bernie when she was 10 and the challenges of balancing school, family and the competitive atmosphere of the country’s most prestigious shows.
Equine Law expert Lisa Hollister, Esq sheds light on liability issues if a horse gets loose on a road and causes injury or death of a person and damage to a vehicle.
Lisa explains why it's important to have a written contract when buying or selling a horse.
A big welcome to new guest coach Verena Mahin of VS Dressage to the Equestrian Coach family! From her start in the sport in Germany at age five, to living and training with Bert Rutten, Olympic rider/trainer and Chef d’Equipe…
Geoff explains the importance of Equitation for riders in all jumping disciplines.
Becca had a question as to why her horse is running out on her. Linda explains that it is a steering problem and "keeping it simple" is the best way to communicate effectively with your horse.
Dino explains to one of our members that doing proper stretches with your horse can improve the posture and performance of the horse.
Member Nancy wanted to know how to evaluate her horse's Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ), which is known as the "master link" for a horse's balance, digestion, biomechanics and general well being.
Ronnie answers one of our member’s questions about a legendary hunter.
Equestrian Coach Riding Workshop Scholarship winner for 2014, Annah Douthat, shared her experience at the summer workshop with Bernie Traurig on our blog. In this journal, she discovers quite a bit about herself and her riding. Read the insightful and detailed account of her experience and witness just how much a rider can learn in just 5 days!
Member Pamelaroberts wanted to know the best way to warm up a horse before you ask them to do more advanced exercises.
Member JoeM wanted to know how much a horse's bloodlines determine the horse's performance and if "pedigree" is more subjective or objective.
Member Melany is having problems understanding her horse and wants to know how to read her horse's behavior better to improve communication.
One of our members wanted to know how mental skills training is different from what a trainer provides.
Member Danielle wanted advice on when is the best time to shoe a young horse. Blair, our expert farrier was eager to answer.