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Grooming is an Integral Part of Your Daily Routine with Your Horse

Grooming is an Integral Part of Your Daily Routine with Your Horse

Grooming is an integral part of your daily routine with your horse.  Make sure that you are taking advantage of this activity for both yourself and your horse.  Everyone tends to be rushed and many riders today rely on others to groom their horses.  Find ways to integrate this valuable time into your personal schedule […]



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Competition Can Be a Positive Addition to Any Sport

Competition Can Be a Positive Addition to Any Sport

Competition can be a positive addition to any sport.  Competition creates drive, humility, discipline, and passion.  Being successful in competition takes talent, hard work, confidence, resources, passion and attitude.  I have always loved the saying “practice like you have never won; compete like you have never lost.”  One cannot always control their talent and resources, […]



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Horseback Riding and Frame of Mind

Horseback Riding and Frame of Mind

The mental benefits of horseback riding are numerous. The psychological value of therapeutic riding is well-established for emotional disorders such as PTSD and Autism. So, it’s only natural that all levels of equestrian participation can provide relaxation, focus, discipline, trust, socialization, and mood enhancement. In a survey of 2,650 amateur and professional riders, all participants […]



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Fitness and Horseback Riding

Fitness and Horseback Riding

Beginning Riders: Horseback riding requires more physical exertion than most people realize. Riding at beginner paces is a moderately intense exercise equal to cycling, or tennis doubles, AND it’s a fun way to exercise. For those who count steps, 2,000 steps are about the equivalent of horseback riding for fifteen minutes. Riding horses can help […]



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Local Equestrian Earns National Honors Out of the Saddle

Local Equestrian Earns National Honors Out of the Saddle

Fifteen-year-old Ian McFarlin, a sophomore at Saint John Paul II Catholic High School, expressed an interest in riding horses just three short years ago.  Coming to the sport a little later than most, but with great enthusiasm and talent, Ian has moved up the ranks of the Hunter/Jumper discipline quickly.  While his riding skills continue […]



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Local Equestrian Competes at the National Finals for IEA

Local Equestrian Competes at the National Finals for IEA

Hayden Center, a local student qualified to compete at the IEA National Hunt Seat Finals held in Syracuse, New York; April 20-22, 2018.  The event was held at the Toyota Coliseum on the New York State Fairgrounds.  Horses were provided by area Universities, riding academies, and local training stables.  Riders draw an unfamiliar horse, and […]



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A Father’s Recollection of Janet and Horses

A Father’s Recollection of Janet and Horses

I never knew about horses until our daughter, Janet, had what we call “horse fever’ – also known as “irrational love for horses”. Actually, she was born with it. That was when I was a Surgery Resident and we lived pretty far out in Gainesville because rents were a lot less at the edge of […]



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