Finding the right trainer can take some time. Don’t hesitate to keep looking if you don’t find someone that clicks for you. Learning dressage as with anything is best taught by someone you enjoy being with, someone that can make it fun and interesting and someone you feel you trust.
With two horses I was now spending most of my free time at the barn. I enjoyed getting them out, putting them out to run around, giving them baths. I hadn’t thought of my golf clubs in months. I was enjoying myself getting dirty, getting braver, learning more and more about something I knew so little about, myself included. A little while longer and I started thinking that maybe it was my turn for a horse.
12. If you’re going to a camp that is a week long or more where you have to stay overnight, you will get to stay in a cabin and bunk with other kids who might be just as horse-crazy as you are!
Public Garden The Garden is essentially an extension of the Boston Common, the 45-acre park in front of the State House. The Public Garden, 25 acres in size, was built upon landfill in 1857 and was meant to represent the more genteel side of Boston society. Today, it’s a lovely garden sanctuary within a busy and crowded city. Technically, an open-air botanical garden, it hosts hundreds of different varieties of trees and plant-life, as well as the world famous Swan Boats, a 19th Century concession consisting of wooden paddle boats and adorned with large acrylic swans. The Garden is a popular place for wedding photos, joggers, and brown-baggers. At the west entrance, there is the famous equestrian statue of George Washington by Thomas Ball, which dates to 1869.
“Cocooning is the act of physically isolating or hiding oneself from the normal social environment, which may be perceived as unfriendly, dangerous, or unwelcome,” the first Google entry said. Let us co-opt grammatical ambiguity here and presume it is the act of cocoon-ing rather than the ‘normal social environment’ that is perceived as unfriendly, dangerous or unwelcome.
If you must hand-walk a horse in the arena, apply a chain through his halter for extra control. Stay to the inside of the track and away from other horses. (Some stables do not allow hand-walking in the riding arena, but only in barn aisles or outdoors.) Ideally, those who must hand-walk their horses will select low-traffic times for doing so.
The barrel racing saddle is lighter weight and allows the rider to sit securely. It also allows the horse to make sharp turns and perform fast sprints. A light weight saddle that often does not have a horn is the endurance saddle. It is designed for faster speeds and long rides.