You Can Improve Your Riding While NOT Riding

April 18th, 2018|Categories: Features, Training|Tags: , , |

When you have learned off your horse how your hips and mid-section coordinate you transfer this learning, this improvement, right into the saddle. Do you ever feel stiff and uncoordinated in your riding?  Maybe you know what you want your body to do, but you can’t get it to do it.  You may be told [...]

The Sandwich Lope

April 5th, 2018|Categories: Features, Training|Tags: , , , |

When Western Dressage first established itself, we instructors struggled to describe the requirements of a “working lope” clearly enough for students. We wanted to be sure to differentiate it from the stilted gaits seen in the Western Pleasure discipline, and yet it was also not the animated jumping-across-the-ground canter of the traditional dressage world. It should [...]

My Friend Fennel

March 21st, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

For a long time I wanted to buy fresh fennel at the store because it looked so nice and smelled so good. But heck, I didn’t know what to do with it. Then one day awhile back I was gazing dumbly at a beautiful, haphazard fennel pile at the farmer’s market and my mouth started watering [...]

If Life Hands You Lemons, Make Greek Feta Lemon Chicken Soup

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

By Loraine Fick When you think hearty, delicious simmering soup, you don’t usually think “this will ready in barely more time than it takes to microwave a burrito!” But this savory soup can be assembled and cooked so quickly you can whip it up any night of the week. The trick is slow-cooking the chicken while [...]

You’ve Got the (protein) Balls to Ride

January 25th, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

By Loraine Fick I love sugar, just love it, but I try not to eat sugar. For one thing, my blood sugar is a tad out of whack, most likely a combination of advancing age and eating a zillion refined carbs over the years. You might be surprised that almost everyone over 45 or so has [...]

The Southeastern Schooling Show Championship: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

By Martha A. Woodham According to organizer Penny Morse, the inaugural Southeastern Schooling Show Championship at Georgia’s Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, started with a thought that became an idea that grew into an event. “It was one of those fleeting moment ideas, that usually leaves just as fast, and five minutes later you cannot remember [...]

Video Tips from Jec Ballou

January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Features, Training|Tags: , , , , |

Each month, Jec Ballou provides WARHorses with simple, fun advice and exercises to developed improved performance and riding enjoyment with our horses. Between posts, Jec will share video tips, exercises that show us exactly how to best perform a specific movement. Today we feature two videos from Jec’s book “101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse and [...]

The Language Barrier

November 10th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Written by Candace Wade, Contributor HorseNation.com Or, things they don’t tell you about horseback riding. I began learning to ride a horse in my mid-40s — years ago. Navigating the mysteries of the horse, the stressful “no-two-tack-combinations-are-the-same” equipment and then the actual riding of a horse was/is complex enough for my road-weary mind. Layer on the [...]

11 Benefits of Owning an Old Diesel

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

Written by Maria Wachter, Contributor HorseNation.com From the proud owner of an old truck named Mr. Pickles. If you have horses, you probably have a truck. So this should apply to most of you. New trucks sure are nice, but there is nothing nicer than owning an old truck. If you are considering buying a truck, her [...]

Can We Get a Few Pockets Here?

October 9th, 2017|Categories: Product Reviews|Tags: , , |

Oh, WARHorses, we have a bone to pick with the riding apparel companies! Product Review Written by WARHorses Contributing Writer, Karen McPeak "Lady Godiva" Painting by William Holmes-Sullivan, 1877 Hundreds of WARHorses responded to our recent survey about riding wear options for mature riders.  Loudly. Thanks to everyone who participated. Among other things, you wished: “The [...]