Horse Show

Being in a horse show is not for everybody. Not everyone wants to do the same thing when it involves horses.

I’m not here to say one discipline of horsemanship is better than the other. It’s important for everyone to understand that horseback riding and ownership can take you down many different paths (literally).

I’m here to share with you my background and my experiences. My wife

and  I own a hunter jumper stable. The boys and girls who ride there all

Jumping at a Horse Show

generally like to go out,  jump fences and enter horse shows.

When it’s time to begin horse showing expect a lot of nerves to come out.  You want to be dressed appropriately. By this I don’t mean spending as much money as possible to get all the proper equipment.

The cost of the show itself can be enough of a burden, you want to make sure that you are neat and tidy. Find a nice white shirt and wear your hair up so it doesn’t stick out and appear sloppy or in the way.

You don’t want to put yourself in the poor House. Take your time and make sure this is something you really want to stick with,

The first horse show at my farm, for a beginner student, usually involves

Horse Show

Lead Line Class at Horse Show

being in a lead line class. That’s where someone leads you around the ring while on horseback.

Your job is to maintain a proper riding position and follow instructions. While in the class you want to make sure that you smile and don’t forget to breathe.

You can tell once the class is over because the announcer or judge will tell you to line up facing the judge. While in line the judge may come over and talk to you.

Sometimes they will ask you questions about parts of your horse or tack. The questions don’t usually get real technical or involved but you should be prepared.

When the judge is through he or she will go and hand the results of the horse show to the announcer. If your name gets called the ribbon will usually be brought to you.

If that is the case then remain in line until everybody receives their ribbon.

 

Horse Games For Family Night

Horse Games Come in Quite a Few Varieties

There are free internet horse games you can play on your computer.

They are also solo affairs and easy to find. It’s not my intention to discuss these types of horse games here.

I would like to promote board games. Mostly because I believe they provide an excellent way to interact together and learn life skills.

I am writing about horse games because, well, this is a site about horses.

Our society as a whole is spending too much time staring at screens.

We Spend Too Much Time Staring at Screens

Xbox and the Wii are tons of fun. However, with these games, the focus is not on each other.

When a family or group plays a board game they learn a lot more about the people they’re playing with.

horse games

Family playing horse game

Most board games will allow different ages and skill levels to play against each other.  This allows parents and children to interact together.

Playing games with a deck of cards or by rolling dice leave the end result open to chance.  Strategy is involved but even a first timer can win.

A lot of children today have learned to get what they want when they want it. When they play a board game with a group they will learn that they cannot win all the time.

Learning how to lose gracefully at an early age can help them throughout their life.  Dealing with winning introduces many other delightful feelings and emotions.

In my post horse games for girls you’ll find several different types of games including role-playing with action figures.

So instead of immersing everyone in the family in their own separate activity, such as chat rooms, Pinterest, Game Boy or even watching a movie together, try a board game.

Instituting family game night can open up communication. Instead of grunts and monosyllabic answers you might be able find out how each others day went.

horse games for families

Family Game Night

There are numerous classic board games to play.  I hope you will encourage your child’s interest in learning about these beautiful animals by trying horse games!

Lunging a Horse Can Be Beneficial

Lunge Line

Lunge Line

Lunging a horse can be a lot of fun and very enjoyable. I am certainly not an expert and I will not pretend to tell you how to do it. Just a few points on why.

I have had the good fortune in my life to have owned a horse farm with over 40 horses currently, since 1989.

I have lunged a lot of horses over the years. Mostly thoroughbreds because they tend to be fairly high strung with a lot of energy.

When we would go to a horse show we would try to settle them down by lunging a horse the morning of the show.

We would also lunge horses before we started to ride them or use them in lessons to help calm them down and take some of the energy out of them.

There are many reasons to lunge a horse. Not only does it help you to take the excess energy out of them but you can use it for training.  I remember putting the horses through their work.

I would have them slowly walk around and then encourage them to trot with my voice and by clucking . I believe it’s something you want to set aside a good half-hour for.

I would always lunge them with a halter on and put the halter over the bridle if necessary. If they were fully tacked up I would make sure the stirrups weren’t flapping or other things weren’t dragging on the ground.

Lunging a Horse

Why Lunge a Horse

I am a big guy 6’3” + 230 lbs so I generally didn’t have to worry about the horses running away with me.  I would always move my feet and not spin around so as not to get too dizzy.

There definitely is a right and wrong way to lunge a horse so be sure to get proper training.

As they are going around you can also tell if they might have an injury by watching their gaits and their head movement.

Feel free to view and comment on any of the videos that I post, including lunging a horse.