Archive for October 2015

The most COMMON deficiency in the equine diet

Feature photo by MelJane Photography We know good nutrition makes a significant impact on the health and performance of our horses.  Ensuring the horse has his nutrient requirements provided for is an important aspect of analyzing the diet and ensuring peak performance, but it’s only one part of the whole nourishment formula. As an equine read more…

My Makeover Journey: Navajo Bo – Challenges

It would be another month before I actually entered the 2015 TCA Thoroughbred Makeover.  During that time I learned of two new health diagnosis that were both considered chronic, medically.  Wow! Now the doctors had 4 labels for me.   Learning to relax for saddling   I recall lying on the bed in pain with nothing else read more…

Balanced diet – for horse and rider

Forage, hay, chaff, performance feed, electrolytes and hydration – all things that riders and horse owners deliberate over for their horses, but how many of them think about their own nutritional requirements. It is important to consider what you eat and drink, as well as your horse.   Feed your horse well and he will read more…

30 Day Clean Eating Challenge

Put yourself first this fall! LOOK and FEEL and great in 30 days! Get fit and strong from the inside out by making small daily changes in your eating that will put you in the Winners Circle!   This challenge is run by Nora Clemens This Challenge will start Monday October 26th, 2015 –  the read more…

30 Day Plan-Your-Success Challenge

Plan Your Success – Reach Your Goals Challenge:   Ask yourself what if you could be closer to your dreams and goals by Thanksgiving? This challenge is run by Heather Sansom from EquiFitt.com Planning Your Success: Face It, Riders are Busy People Topics covered: Goal Setting Identifying Obstacles Eliminating Clutter & Negative Self-Talk Framing Your Goal in Achievable Chunks read more…

Core Strength for a Better Ride

A strong core is one of the best assets you can have to be a safe and effective rider. Developing not just strength, but also control of the muscles of your upper and lower abdomen and back will help you in a number of ways.   Your core is your center of gravity. Strength here read more…

Horseback Riding and Physical Exercise; Who Does All the Work

“The horse does all the work doesn’t it?” Most horseback riders have heard this phrase, probably from someone who has never sat on the back of a horse.  These questions are usually answered with a quick remark somewhere along the lines of, “Well, why don’t you try it?” While horseback riders feel like they are read more…

Interval Conditioning for Improved Fitness of the Equine Athlete

Feature Photo: Paige Vaden Developing your horse’s fitness is vital to your horse’s wellbeing and performance. Conditioning and training your horse can be a balancing act between overtraining and not training enough. The main goal of training or conditioning is to have your horse reach its maximum potential with the least amount of work to read more…

My horse’s personal trainer

(photo by Susan Maire Horner) We have a new yoga teacher. It’s strange and different, but not altogether bad. Nice to have a slightly different perspective, and someone with a new way of correcting my poses. But I miss my original teacher, who became a friend. Yoga and Pilates group classes are the closest I read more…