In an effort to bring young dressage horse classes in South Africa up to the level of the FEI Young Dressage Horse classes, Howarth & Riders Dressage, with approval from Dressage South Africa, presents the South African Young Dressage Horse Series 2016. Through the exposure of the horses and the […]

If you learn how to pet and groom horses, you will be able to build a close bond with them. You will be able to feel more comfortable when you are with them, and you would learn what they would and would not like.

These are the basic types of horse riding equipment that you need to purchase to ride your own horse. Make sure to purchase them from a reputable store, so that you will get the best value for your money. - Horse Riding Boots for you and your horse, bits, bridles.

If you are inexperienced in horse training, using voice commands are just simple words and to the horse they are only sounds because horses cannot speak english... Think about what you will say to your horse when you want your horse to perform a specific task.

Loading your horse onto a trailer is one of life’s many challenges.  That is especially true if the horse isn’t sure that is where he wants to go.  Loading a horse onto a trailer can be dangerous if people become frustrated and impatient, and then they start trying to yank or shove an unwilling horse into the trailer.  A frightened or annoyed horse can start lashing out with his hooves or just mashing you into the side of the trailer.   The end result will be the horse will not be in the trailer and you could be hurt.

If you have not studied horse training, it can be a mystifying subject.  Even more of a puzzle is a horse with a behavioral problem.  This causes the owner stress and frustration.  Many people don’t understand that the problem usually lies with the trainer not the horse.

The animal kingdom has a pecking order, which is very similar to our military.  In the military the ranks in pecking order is General down to Private.  The General will make the decisions on where to go and what to do, etc.

Proper preparation also means bringing with you essential things that you may need while you are on the trail. Some of which may include water, a jacket, insect repellant, first aid kit for you and your horse, a cellphone, proper identification, etc. Just think of the things that you may need while you are on the trail and take them all with you.

Training of a horse is a gradual process of getting your horse’s attention and teaching him what you want him to do.  You want the horse to think of you at it’s lead mare no matter the gender of the horse or the owner.  Your horse may be a natural leader, which can make training a challenge.

If you have actually decided that you are ready to learn how to ride a horse, you ought to understand that the first thing you should do is to find an expert horse riding instructor. The Internet is a great place to look for riding schools and pin point them in your area but it's best to go out and visit them and see if they suit your needs.

Even if you know how to ride horses, since there are so many different types of horses with different temperaments and personalities, you may not be able to know how to properly adjust to one when you notice that he is not moving as you might have expected him to. You would know what to do immediately if you received formal training in horseback riding if you're ever in a situation like that. A professional will also provide you more tips and information about horses, to ensure that you will know what to do to become like-one with the horse, and to make it move into the direction that you want it to move.

You know horses do not have the ability to reason, which is the reason horse training is such a challenge.  You have to understand how they think so you will know what works and the reason it works.

There are different horse riding arenas available today in many locations, and each one of them has their own sets of regulations and rules. These rules are often posted on the venues bulletin boards and they are made with the purpose of keeping things in order inside the arena. Before you ride your horse, make sure to familiarize yourself to these rules and do not forget to follow them.

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