Does My Horse have the Characteristics to be a Therapy Horse?

Therapy horses are heroes, having the gift to improve lives physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Part of my job at Equest, a 40-year-old therapeutic riding center in Dallas, is to assess horses and see if…

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An Introduction to Using Positive Reinforcement With Horses

Are you curious about using positive reinforcement training with your horse?  In my experience, positive reinforcement (often called R+ or +R for short) has improved my horse’s willingness and our relationship.  Using R+ made our…

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How to Know When It’s Time to Change Barns

Should You Change Horse Barns? How To Know When It’s Time To Move On If you’ve ridden or boarded at a barn for any amount of time you’ve likely made invaluable friendships and memories. When…

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Tips to Keep Your Senior Equine Warm This Winter

Senior horses hold a special place in a horse owner’s heart. They’re the sweetest, the kindest, and the oldest….which sometimes means that it’s even harder for them to stay warm in winter weather. The icy…

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What to Do If You Can’t Ride in the Wintertime

Some very fortunate equestrians are able to ride year-round. Many more of us find ourselves needing to take a break from riding during the Winter. Maybe you don’t have an indoor arena or even suitable…

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