I watched as she galloped my horse back down the hill, with no sign of fear. This got me thinking, why couldn’t I handle this spooky horse with the level of confidence that she had? Am I a bad rider? After all my years of riding, am I just not that good? Chanel Jensen explores ways of building confidence on horseback.
The horse can’t speak for itself, so we as experienced horsepeople must lead our fellow humans into the world of horses to put them at ease. Sharon Jantzen shares three keys to putting people at ease around horses.
“It’s all about the comfort of the horse and the safety of the rider,” expressed Brad as he describes the why behind every-use tack cleaning. Water and salt dry out leather. “Horse sweat is the worst thing to leave on leather. It just sucks the life out of the leather!” Local leather expert and saddle repair guy, Brad Ilonummi, talks with Sharon Jantzen about expertly caring for and cleaning tack.
It’s more than just marking a date on your calendar and sending in an entry fee, it’s months or more of preparation and planning that all comes to fruition in one single event. Sarah Williams weighs in on preparing for a horse competition.
The hardest and most eye-opening experience for me was recently experiencing grief of one incredible horse at the barn I assist at weekly. The grief was so tragic that it still resonates through the barn even almost 7 months later. Our friend, Christine Johnson shares her experience at a barn where horses grieved.