Saddletree Stables in Willow Springs, NC, is hosting one of our monthly horsemanship seminars this weekend, hosted by yours truly, along with fellow instructor Holly Sands. The seminar will begin at 3PM on Saturday, January 21st, in the lesson barn. These are open to the public, so if you are in the area, please contact me for more information.
Why are these horsemanship seminars so important? In today's age of the groom, riding lessons tend to be strictly about riding. Many barns meet you at the ring with a clean, tacked up horse, so you do not have to get your horse ready or take care of them afterwards. The problem with that is that the horse becomes a prop. To me, the biggest part of learning to ride is developing a relationship with your horse, which includes learning how to take care of them and everything that goes with it. Not to mention I've met my share of teenager and adults who are accomplished riders, but know very little about how to care for their horse from the ground.
"It's not about the social accessories, the money, the ribbons. It's not about the winning; that comes easy. It's about the horse; how to care for the horse, how to ride the horse, and how to look after this great animal - the horse." ~ George Morris
This month we are focusing on tack care and cleaning, to encourage us all in our New Years resolution to clean our bridles after every ride. We will go over parts of the bridle, how to take it apart, deep clean it, condition it, and put it back together, as well as the daily habits that will help your tack stay soft, supple, and last for years! We will touch briefly on saddles, boots, and other tack as well. As I always say, details matter in this sport. Hope to see you there!