My experience.

June 28, 2007

I have had a lifetime experience with horses. Although I do not rememeber my first time riding, I do know that I love it with a passion. I have been riding most of my life, but I did not start jumping untill I was 7. I loved it and it became my life. Everyday after getting off the bus i would go start to the barn and ride my Fat Albert, Spike for short. Over the years I have grown to love horses and if I do not always get to ride them I will always have the memories in my heart.

Diet.

June 28, 2007

Horses/ponies eat a very basic diet unless they have health problems. They will usually eat a pellet or grain twice a day they also have supplements given to them in their pellet based on what they are used for. Horses/ponies also eat a lot of hay and will be put out almost every day to graze on grass. Many owners will give their horses/ponies treats such as carrots, mints, and stud muffins. Fresh buckets of water should be put in the horse’s/ponie’s stale. Some owners may choose to put a salt lick to promote good hydration.

The Winners Circle.

June 28, 2007

Unlike in other sports horseback riding has more then first second and third. The places go all the way to ninth. Each place has a different color ribbon.

First is blue

Second is Red

Third is Yellow

Fourth is white

Fifth is pink

Sixth is green

Seventh is purple

Eighth brown

Ninth is gray

Tenth is pale blue

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The Gaits.

June 28, 2007

The horse/pony have 4 different gaits; walk, trot, canter and gallop. The walk is a 4 beat and speed of the walk is about 4 mph.

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The trot is a 2 beat gait and goes about an average of 8 mph. The trot is like a slow jog.

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The canter is a 3-beat gait the canter is fastert then the trot and slower then the gallop.

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The gallop is like the canter but much faster and the 3-beat canter changes to a 4-beat gait.

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Tack

June 28, 2007

When riding a horse/pony you usually use tack. There are (in my opinion) 2 main pieces of tack: the saddle and bridle. The saddle is put on the withers of the horse. There are a pair of stirrups located on both sides of the saddle which you put your feet in.

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 The English Saddle

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The Western Saddle

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The bridle is leather and has a bit which the reigns are connected to. The bridle is used to steer the horse/pony.

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Attire

June 28, 2007

When praticing at your barn, you usually can wear jeans and a t-shirt/polo but in the show ring this is unexceptable. For example in the Hunter Jumper show ring you would wear breeches, belt, tall boots, a show dress shirt with rat cacther (collar), and a show jacket. Also, an approved helmet is required and most people choose to wear black leather gloves.

Grooming.

June 25, 2007

Before riding you must, and I mean must groom your horse. When grooming your horse there are four basic steps.

  1. Curry Brush your horse. You want to do this in circles.

  2. Brush your horse off with a soft bristle brush. Go with the hair.

  3. Then you need to hoof pick your horse’s feet, this is very important.

  4. Fly spray your horse. You don’t need your horse getting distracted by flies.

After riding (depending on the climate) you will usually hose your horse off.

  1. First spray your horse’s legs down.

  2. You will slowly work your way up to the body.

  3. Next, try to hose your horse’s face off. Some horses have big problems with the water in their face. If they do just sponge their face off.

  4. Then, dry them off with a sweat scrapper and dry their legs down with a dry towel getting the access water off.

  5. Lastly, fly spray your horse so they don’t get irritated by flies.

 Of course you can go into a lot more depth then this but, the above are the basics.

Amazingness.

June 21, 2007

This is a couple of rounds at the Charlotte Classic and it is amazing the ability that these horses have.

My Dedication.

June 21, 2007

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I am dedicating this blog to Shalimar. Shalimar was an Arabic horse who my mother learned to ride on and who was an amazing friend to my grandmother. She lived for 39 years of which she devoted her life to hard work. Shalimar was loved by many and was more than an amazing horse, she was a friend to all, especially my grandmother. We will miss you and will always hold you in our hearts. R.I.P.

Pony Breeds.

June 21, 2007

Pony Breeds:

My Favorite.

Welsh Pony.

 

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Horse Breeds.

June 21, 2007

Horse Breeds:

My Favorites:

Appaloosa, Arabian, American Quarter Horse, Paint

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Equine Anatomy.

June 21, 2007

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Horses have 205 bones.

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Horses have many different body parts but one of the most important is their hooves. Bood is sent through their body by the hooves.

 

Competitive Sports.

June 20, 2007

Some of the main competitie sports are: 

  1. Dressage: is a path and destination of competitive horse training, with competitions held at all levels from amateur to the Olympics.

  2. Endurance Racing: a test of durability to see how long the horse and rider can go.

  3. Eventing: a competition where you are judged on your total score from a day of dressage, stadium jumping an d cross country.

  4. Reining: is a western ridingg competition for horses where the riderss guide the horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins, and stops.

  5. Show jumping: also known as “stadium jumping” or “jumpers,” is a member of a family of English riding equestrian events that also includes dressage, eventing, hunters and equitation.

  6. Tent Pegging: is a cavalry sport of ancient origin, and is one of only ten equestrian disciplines officially recognised by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.

  7. Vaulting: is most often described as gymnastics and dance on horseback, and like these disciplines, it is both an art and a highly competitive sport.

  8. Polo: is a team sport played outdoor on horseback in which the objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Riders score by driving a white wooden or plastic ball (size 3-3,5 inches, weight 4,25-4,75 ounces) into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet.

  9. Horse Racing: an equestrian sport that varies upon the race, where horses are raced

  10. Combined Driving: is an equestrian sport involving carriage driving.

  11. Rodeo: was originally the vaqueros’ (“cowboys”) procedure for gathering up cattle for various purposes such as moving them to new pastures or to slaughter (matanza).

The Beggining.

June 19, 2007

The beggining of horseback riding is very argumentative because we do not have the exact dates in which horses were first ridden. Although the first recorded time a horse was ridden was during war, they were used for chariots and etc.. But basically people started riding horses about 5000 years ago.