The Importance of Great Novice Equestrian Coaches

By RealRiderz The coaches that first introduce people to horses are often the most underrated, but they are the ones that can make or break a riders future.  Do you remember the first coach who put you on a horse? Sure he/she may not have been the one to take you to your first PrixContinue reading The Importance of Great Novice Equestrian Coaches

On the Bit: Mystery of Contact 

By RealRiderz Hands, most of us use them too much from the back of our horse.  When speaking about “working” the horse correctly, there is often one word that is least talked about and causes the most confusion: contact. Top trainers always say: you just have contact with the bit. Yet how one may attemptContinue reading “On the Bit: Mystery of Contact “

Thrills and Spills from the FEI World Challenge Jumping Finals

By Real Riderz On July 27 through 31, a small, little known country called Bulgaria hosted a final featured on FEI. The final is called the FEI World Challenge Finals, and you can find more information about it here. In essence the final aims to create opportunity from lack of opportunity by giving riders withContinue reading “Thrills and Spills from the FEI World Challenge Jumping Finals”

Lesson Barns: The Killers of Horsemen?

By Real Riderz Ride and leave, that seems to be the philosophy of many lesson barns all over the world. So what is it that makes this ordeal seem so lucrative to many clients that want to ride? Time. Instead of spending thrity minutes before and thirty minutes after getting your horse ready and thenContinue reading “Lesson Barns: The Killers of Horsemen?”

Why You Should Trail Ride More

By Real Riderz Even if you’re more into comepteing and have high ambitions, staying close to nature should be something that you incorporate into your training routine on a weekly basis. Why? Because you will look epic like this guy in the picture above! Ok, well, real talk here: it’s great for your horses mentalContinue reading “Why You Should Trail Ride More”

Trying Horses: What You Must Know

By Real Riderz Trying a horse can be an exciting and a nerve-wrecking time. On one hand, you are getting a new partner, on the other hand, you are taking a risk. Here’s a what you need to know before, during, and after you try a horse. Before Make the goal and budget as clearContinue reading “Trying Horses: What You Must Know”

Underrated People in the Horse World: Crystal D. Western

By Real Riderz Who are they? Crystal D. Western is a trainer and amateur rider. She began riding at the age of two and started showing at the age of five. She has shown western pleasure, slow gaited on Tennessee Walker, and in speed events. She has participated in events with barrels, poles, key holeContinue reading “Underrated People in the Horse World: Crystal D. Western”

Heels Down or Toes Up?

By Real Riderz Spoiler alert: both are potentially bad advice. Now whoa there! Don’t start putting your heels up (or toes down). However, one thing we need to understand is that the heels aren’t everything. I was at a hotel a few year ago packing, packing the car after a weekend of showing. One ofContinue reading “Heels Down or Toes Up?”