Riding Apparel and Equipment Reviews

3 Essential Steps to Prepare Mentally Before Competing in an Equestrian Event

July 20th, 2016|

My grandfather grew up with horses, treated his horses like family, and rode most of his life. I’ll never forget what he told me before he talked my dad into buying me my first horse:

“Be careful what you think while you are riding. Whatever it is, your horse will know.”

He went on to explain […]

Build a Horse at Build a Bear Workshop

May 4th, 2016|

Some people look back on their childhood with memories of Barbie dolls and GI Joe. I grew up collecting Breyer horses and my own trophy’s and ribbons won from many horse shows on my Quarter Horses. My first horse was a silver buckskin named Cricket, but my favorite horse of the three that I owned […]

The Cowgirl Way

February 17th, 2016|

As a young girl I envisioned myself as a cowgirl. Our family didn’t own a horse ranch, nor did either of my parents grow up with horses, but they supported my dream to own a horse. From my first Quarter Horse in the fifth grade, to my last horse before I went off to college, […]

Oregon Magic: Albany Carousel and Museum

October 28th, 2015|

If you want to feel like a kid again, head to Albany. Here you will find and recapture the magic of your youth at the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum in Albany, Oregon. Board President Wendy Kirbey is today’s modern version of Peter Pan, leading a group of lost boys to Neverland. Only these merry […]

Horseback Riding After Hip Replacement

September 30th, 2015|

Horseback riding is a wonderful hobby and often misunderstood by those who have not done it, as are the physical requirements necessary to do so comfortably and successfully. A few of the things you must be sure to have addressed regarding your return to horseback riding after hip replacement are adequate range of motion […]

Ronnie Bermann Rides Austin to Houston

September 16th, 2015|

I’ve been riding horses since I was 10 years old. Someone watching me corral a horse once told me that I could dance with horses — I have horse instinct. I’ve ridden day and night, with a saddle or bareback, but the horseback riding trip I’ll never forget is my 100-mile trail ride.

Years ago, my […]

Custom Leather Made in Montana

September 2nd, 2015|

For those of you who read Writing Horseback regularly, you know that Montana has a special place in my heart. I love the warmth and can-do attitude of the people, especially the cowboys and cowgirls. Being a third-generation California girl, I have no interest in riding out a Montana winter, but I do love the […]

Ariat Western Boots

June 18th, 2014|

My daughter was grinning ear to ear when I walked in the house with bags of groceries in my arms. “Do you notice anything?” she asked with a hopeful voice. I glanced at her face for a hair cut or a new nail polish color. My eyes continued scanning downward and I noticed the shiny […]

Horseback Riding Mistakes

March 26th, 2014|

When you imagine a horseback riding vacation in your mind, you might think of horse and rider loping on the beach with the wind flying through your hair or riding horseback in a meadow filled with wild flowers bordering the trail. No one wants to visualize a spooked horse running back to the barn, sans […]