Horse World Web: A site for horse lovers
Find resources, articles & information. Books, riding programs and products to progress. Interviews with horse people with unique experience to share. Read conversations with fascinating horse people. Healthy, homemade recipes, too. Have a story to tell? Send it to us…we love to share them. Be sure to read Dorothy Crosby’s story. Dorothy, a successful Centered Riding coach, found the importance of fascia work on horses.
Boarding or Home Barn?
Barn arena or outside in the home stable area, it’s all good! Horses are so adaptable! HorseWorldWeb.com shares choices. There’s much technical info out there, it’s easy to be lost in the forest. Like us, horses are capable of change. We work most safely respecting heir limits and our own. A home barn offers innovative, unique solutions to progress our horses.
Big horse. Little horse. Hot horse. Mild horse. Fast horse. Slow horse. Multi-talented horse. Specialist horse. Tolerant horse. Diva horse….the choices are myriad.
Do we want our alter-ego type or our own temperament match?
Horses vary, like people.
The key in riding is choosing a horse that is safe yet expanding for us. Often, riders choose complicated goals. These can slow down basic skill development and bring disappointment to a sport we love. If we’re not competitors, we don’t need competitor goals. If we want to be safe hacking in the forest, we don’t need a hot horse with little outside experience. We can choose a horse that’s fun!
Riding in indoor arenas is a different experience from riding a country road. Other horses, limited area, props, people coming and going —-there are many distractions for the less experienced horse and rider. There is a huge opportunity here for both to grow, if the tasks aren’t pushing rider or horse over their edge of competency. Just bending to the right around a slower horse can be a big deal for a large or stiff horse and rider not used to tighter quarters.
Relax. Do the simple, easy things until confidence is higher. If canter is daunting, stick to walk and trot. Learn which horses are irritable and how to ride around them. It’s not their fault. Build a “less is more” approach so that your rides succeed.