Don't rely on your safety stirrups

Best tips to help you sit correctly, and not rely on your safety stirrups

Every rider, no matter what discipline, has to learn how to sit correctly when riding. A balanced, relaxed and effective seat is key to becoming a great rider. In the beginning, sitting balanced and not falling off is one of the hardest things to do. But as you become more experienced, you can fine tune …

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History of stirrups and how they evolved to magnetic safety stirrups

Nowadays, all saddles have stirrups. Whether they are magnetic safety stirrups (like ours) or something else. However, very few of us actually think about when stirrups were invented and how they became to be an essential part of our tack. Let’s take a brief look into the history of stirrups! This is where magnetic safety …

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Introduction to spurs – when to use them and how to choose the right ones

If you’ve ever seen spurs online or at a tack store, you’ve probably noticed that there are a ton of different kinds of spurs. There are long ones and short ones, sharp ones and dull ones. Spurs, just like a bridle, saddle and a whip, are used to affect your horse’s response and reaction to …

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Working out can make you a better rider

Working out can improve your performance as a rider – here’s how!

Riding by itself is not enough to keep you fit and balanced enough to influence your horse in the best possible way. Though riding is great exercise, in order to become better, more balanced and supple as a rider, you should be doing other exercises too. In fact, exercising at a gym with a personal …

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Goal setting tips for equestrians

The best goal setting tips – reach your goals this year!

Every rider, regardless of whether you’re a showjumper, dressage rider or you ride for fun, should set some goals for themselves. It’s always good to set short-term goals as well as long-term goals. These help you progress in the right direction and give you purpose, a reason why you’re doing what you’re doing. Goal setting …

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