Bitless Riding has become something of a trend recently so we decided we wanted to learn a bit more about it. We're not sure Dante & Coco are the best horses to test it out on so we got our good friend Heather from "Freya The Connemara" to talk us through her experience and answer a few questions we had on the subject!
We both really enjoyed our first lesson with Christa Dillion from Blackhill Eventing, so much so that we got her out for a second! Lessons where you get pushed and challenged to the best of your ability are definitely the kind of lessons that we need at the minute. We both feel we need something or someone to push us forward.
This exercise is good for a horse who anticipates there work. The different & tight turns will keep your horse thinking & stop them from guessing where they are going next, therefore they have to stop and listen to you & your aids.
Here at NoBuckingWay, we're a strong believer in good, reliable brands and products. Our four-legged children mean the world to us so we appreciate when we finally find that one product or brand that just does the trick. While there's always going to be those show-stopping brands like Ariat and Tredstep, they don't always offer the most affordable products on the market. So we've compiled a list of some of our favourite, good quality products and brands that keep us coming back for more.
I purposely waited this long to talk about it as it has taken this long for his treatments to (hopefully) work & come to an end and I have finally built up the courage to write about it & to fearfully post the horrific pictures of what was attached to him.
Over the past few months, he has really matured & quietened down in most elements of his work, I wont lie sometimes he still has his moments, but he is giving me so much more leeway
Writing about rider first aid in the yard, well I could literally go on forever! Everyone has their stories, some more vile than others, but the majority of equestrians are quite knowledgeable and smart when it comes to injuries and rider safety.
While some injuries require immediate vet attention, there will be times when you can assess and treat the injury yourself. Below I will outline some common horse injuries & go through how to spot them and how to treat them.
be patient! One last thing, don't worry about knocking of fences, it's a relaxed rhythm into the fence and the result of them keeping that head down afterwards being the main things to look out for.
When it comes to jumping, we here at No Bucking Way have had our fair share of challenges; between refusals, over-jumping a fence, to problems approaching a fence. With young horses, not only are you trying to teach them to jump properly but you are also trying to give them the best start in their jumping career while not giving them any bad habits along the way. Luckily we've had our coach Sue Byrne on hand to help us with Coco and Dante so we invited her to share her knowledge and answer some of our jumping questions.