Training Tip Tuesday: Are your stirrups helping or hindering your seat?

Developing our seat is a life long endeavor!  Even the best riders can improve their seat by practicing and focusing on staying soft and quiet as they ride.  When teaching students how to ride, I always emphasize how we should use our stirrups to help maintain balance and position.  Stirrups shouldn’t take away from a soft and quiet seat. Our …

sweet collection

Sweet Collection

I have a new adult student named Joy. She arrived for her first riding lesson wide eyed and exploding with horse excitement, a true kid at heart. We all make first impressions and I always hope that I make a great first impression and will be a good fit for my new students…I want to fulfill every kids’ dream, young …

Should I ride with spurs?

All of my new riders can’t wait to ride with spurs. They’re chomping at the bit to buy that first pair of blingy, clinky, big ‘ol spurs. Their image of a true cowgirl/cowboy just isn’t complete without them. Often I choose to wear spurs, but it really depends on the horse and what I hope to accomplish that day. But …