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Snowy lesson in February

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Now that the winter is over I can post this plog knowing it will be a while before we see snow again.  The girls and I had a great lesson in the snow with lots of fun picture taking.

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Another great article

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See this is why I have my lesson students go get the horses, groom and tack them…

http://alphaequestrian.blogspot.com/2015/03/one-vital-question-parents-should-ask.html

Article on lesson horses

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This is a sweet article that makes me value my boys even more

So God Made a Lesson Horse.

How Horses Help Humans

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I started reading this article in the Huffington post online had had to share.

8 Reasons You Should Learn To Love These Under-Appreciated Animals

There are some great quotes in it:

  • “As a sophisticated herd animal, horses immediately begin building relationships with people as members of their herd.” ~Dede Beasley, M.Ed., LPC, an equine therapist
  • “One of the many psychological benefits of spending time with horses is the tranquil nature they encourage within us.”
  • “A pioneering 2013 study from the University of Kentucky discovered that spending time with horses can help people develop a sense of empathy as well as enhance their social and leadership skills.”
  • “A study commissioned by the British Horse Society in 2011 confirmed that regular horse riding and horse riding-related activities like mucking out stalls counts as moderately intense exercise and can help keep a person healthy. Additional research associates equine therapy with lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduced stress, and fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression.”
  • “The horse is the perfect mirror, they are very emotional beings; we’re only starting to realise how intelligent they are,” Gabrielle Gardner, a therapy counselor of Shine For Life,

Fun Lessons

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So the object of horse back riding lessons here at GSF is fun.  We don’t train you to get ready for horse shows, we don’t look for the most perfect form.  We learn the basics and have fun.  I love to watch the confidence grow in my students.  We learn at their pace. We are safe with helmets and heels down but I try to do fun things as well.  In this video is one of my students cantering for the second time.  Casey is such a good boy, he tries to get away with a lot but once he knows he can’t then he will do as you ask.

After lessons during the cool down sometimes we go on a a trail ride.  It is a great way for the horses and students to unwind.

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Heels down

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The BF and I were riding yesterday and I was trying to explain to him the importance of keeping your heels down and how to do it.  I can across a couple of articles today and thought I would share with all.

Heels Down: 5 Tips to Help by Classic Equine Equipment

Keeping your Heels Down while riding by Katherine Blocksdorf

 

 

 

August Already

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Where has the summer gone?  Someone told me today it has been a cold summer.  I don’t think cold is right, cooler than normal though, however the horses and I are not complaining about that.  They can spend more time outside and the bugs are not AS Bad compared to when it is hot.

I was thinking I haven’t posted any lesson pictures in a while so enjoy the slide show.

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My goddaughter’s first ride in over a year!

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May 2013

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July 2014

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Hay – How are you doin’?

Even Warlock is getting back into the swing of things.

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