Can you believe it? The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner. The Derby is one of the major icons of horse racing, and it unites horse lovers with those who come out for the festivities of the huge event
Polo is a fast-paced sport that is thrilling for participants and audience members, alike. Polo players must have a versatile set of skills, and lightning-fast reflexes. The horses which become polo ponies are highly athletic and responsive
Have you ever ridden in a gymkhana? The gymkhana is a great way for horses and riders to test their skills and agility in a fun and competitive way
Do you find yourself pacing the horse stalls of the barn, yearning for the thrill of eventing, but are not quite sure you want to tackle the solid fences of the cross-country course? Combined driving is very similar to eventing, but allows you to tackle the obstacles from the driver’s seat instead of the saddle. Combined driving is a FEI recognized discipline and, like eventing, consists of three phases: the dressage phase, the cross-country phase, and the obstacle phase.
Many riders cross- train their horses in dressage – the discipline helps to develop any horse’s movement, strength, and balance. But have you ever attempted dressage from a cart being pulled by the horse? Competitors in driven dressage do just that
Winter often seems to limit the activities that we can do with our horses. If you’re lucky enough to have an indoor riding ring , then you can probably continue to train as normal
In modern-day dressage, much of the training emphasis is put on preparing for tests and dressage shows. A horse’s success in the show ring is thought to represent his success as a dressage mount
By Kim MacMillan July 24 th – Hello London! We finally arrived in London late on Tuesday evening, July 24 th , after a panic-filled trip to the Indianapolis airport much earlier the same day. We started out at “O’dark thirty”, as my father calls it, with plenty of time to get to my cousin’s house (she had agreed to drive us to the airport and store our car at her house for the next three weeks) and the trip went downhill from there with a flat tire and a torrential downpour complete with a dazzling lightening show that made it impossible to see where the road was! At one point we had to drive around a downed tree.