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?”

Riding is a Mental Game

By Real Riderz Are you mentally fit? A lot of rider problems come from the head, and as many of us probably know, emotions can be paralyzing. They can cause us to lash out or even stop reacting. Mental fitness is important for all athletes in every sport, and horseback riding is no exception. AContinue reading “Riding is a Mental Game”

Fitness: Just Riding is Not Enough

By Real Riderz This is a hard to swallow pill, especially for people who do riding as their main form of physical activity. However, if you’re out of breath after each time you ride one horse, and can barely canter a few laps without the need to stop, this is a sure sign that yourContinue reading “Fitness: Just Riding is Not Enough”