The Equestrian

Welcome to Karlynn Equestrian, the home for horse riding fans and lovers! On this website, you will learn more about horses and ride them as a sport or a recreational activity. Join us in the fun and exciting world as we discover more about riding and the riders.

Equestrian events have gone a long way now, it was even included in the modern Olympic games in 1900. Today, a growing number of equestrian clubs and riders have led to the development of the sports and the places you can go to train and learn the art of horseback riding. If you are someone who is just starting on this path, then we have something for you as a head start. Learn the essentials you must have before you go on a ride and some of the best places to train.

The Horseback Riding Essentials
Before going to your horseback riding adventure, it is best to take note the outerwear you should be taking with you. Note the weather or the season around your area. We recommend this Back on Track Fleece Sweater perfect for the cold weather. Don’t get distracted by the cold wind and focus on the trail as you practice to perfection.

A pair of leather boots is perfect for horseback riding. Be sure to get a nice quality out there before you regret going barefoot half a mile of your trail destination. A usual length would be up below or past the knee, this is also to serve as a protection.

Helmets & Vests
Pro or not, helmets and vests are worn for extra protection, unless you knew the horse from the heart. We never know what will happen out there so bringing these two essential could be a life saver.

Gloves, Hats, Mitts & Scarves
A little accessory such as this Back on Track Fleece Mesh Cap (for men) and Back on Track Fleece Headband (for women) can help add comfort when you go on a long ride or training, this can also serve as your head protection. Don’t forget to bring your cold weather essentials such as scarf or mitts.

Places to Visit for Horseback Riding

Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm, Vermont (USA)
Take a relaxing break from home to work stress and visit Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm. Tour your way to a breathtaking view in Mad River Valley. Enjoy a ride with a horse as you see a refreshing mountain view, meadows, and forests. The Icelandic horse is considered one of the oldest breeds of horse in the world, they are perfect for a long trip and an ideal saddle horse.

Mexico Horse Vacation, Valle de Bravo (Mexico)
Come in either winter and summer and experience a unique horseback ride.Valle de Bravo is surrounded by mountains, valleys, and lake, a perfect vacation refreshment. You can choose from a relaxed ride, trails ride, cooking fiesta ride, and new yea’s ride. Mexico Horse Vacation has been in the business for twenty-five years now so you can expect an experienced staff who will assist you all throughout the trip.

Tsylos Park Lodge, Chilko Lake (Canada)
Chilko Lake is abundant with the scenic landscape of the high mountains resting in the background as you ride through the hidden valleys – Chilko Lake is just the perfect destination for Canadian horseback riding vacations. Other activities such as fly fishing or bear photography tours are also available. Check out their equestrian getaways and rates today.

Off Beat Safaris, Nairobi (Kenya)
Make your horseback riding extra fun and exciting when you go to Nairobi Kenya for a saddle. Off Beat Safaris opened in 1990 and has ever since giving an unforgettable experience. Feel your deep connection with nature as you walk pass by wild animals. Right now, there are over 10 trips you can try.

Hidden Trails, Loire (France)
France is known for its historical venues and explorations. The place is also best for sports equestrian. In the Loire, the longest river in France, you can explore the forestland and vineyard of the location. Immerse yourself in both culture and nature feel the aristocracy of France. Included in the itinerary are Castle of Chaumont, Castle of Amboise, Castle of Chenonceau, Castle Gué Péan, and much more.… Read the rest...

Most Common Beginner Horse Riding Mistake

The first time and the beginnings are always the hardest, so if you are experiencing failures in your first horseback riding do not worry, it’s just natural as long as you learn from those and grow. We know, you must be wondering what the common mistakes there are for beginners. Today, we are going over some of the most common beginner’s mistake and you possibly doing them too! But again, these mistakes are expected to happen for first timers and as you go through practices and more, you begin to pick up the pace.

Wrong Hand Positioning
Based on our experience and observation, this is by far the most common mistake done by young equestrian and riders– holding the reins the wrong way. One mistake of wrong hand positioning is when rein enters a closed hand at the thumb end and exiting through the little finger with finger facing up, pros know that this won’t just work. Another one is when you hold the hand flat, fingers facing downwards and the knuckles parallel to the ground. Holding it these ways make it hard to maintain a subtle contact with the horse’s mouth.

Forced Halt
We know, we get it. You are scared the horse might not stop at your command. But remember that pulling it roughly in the mouth is a destructive mistake. You will never be able to control a strong horse by using full force. Note that a trained horse will recognize a light contact when you push with your legs up into your hands.

Tense Arms
Always the first-timers mistake is to feel tense and nervous. That’s only natural but remember that when your muscle is tense, it might affect the way of your commanding to the horse which requires physical signals.

Looking Down
Okay, beginners are just conscious of how high they are or how they look sitting on top of the horse. This is not a casino game so always remember to keep your eyes looking ahead. This will be mostly needed on your horseback riding tour.

Slouching Position
Ever seen a jockey in a slouching position? Yes, that’s because it will be uncomfortable for the horse and the rider as well. So, always keep your back straight while focusing on the way.

Heels to the Sky
Alright, when you climb the horse your heels are probably reaching for the sky but that should not be the case while you are on a ride with your horse. Just keep it calm and cool and keep your toes pointing forward as well making a good balance.… Read the rest...

Beginner’s Guide to Equestrian Terms

Getting yourself involved in sports also requires an in-depth understanding of what you are going into. The first step to take is to learn the basic terminologies of the sport you want to join and grow from there. Equestrian like any other sports out there also has terms exclusive for it. Today, we are going to walk you through some of the basic terms you should know. You probably know some of the words listed below already but there should be something new around the bush.

As you might already know, equestrian terms developed over the past centuries. Note that some terms are only used in certain countries such United States, United Kingdom, and Australia so terms may vary depending on your location.

Ace or ACP
Also known as acepromazine or acetyl promazinem a sedative widely used on horses by a professional veterinary. It is illegal to use in a show ring.

In Australia, it means letting out pasture to the horse but in Agister in the United Kingdom means an officer or member of the New Forest Verderers whose duty is to control grazing on the Forest.

Pertaining to the signal from the rider or driver to the horse instructing it to do a task. It goes down to variation: natural and artificial aids. Natural aids pertains to the hands, seat, weight, legs, and voice while artificial aids pertains to extending, reinforcing (included terms are bits, whips, spurs, and martingales)

Airs above the ground/Airs
In the rider’s command, the horse leaps with two or four legs a movement in haute ecolé or “high school” classical dressage. Coined by the Lipizzan horses at the Spanish Riding School. They also call it school jumps.

This pertains to the range of four-beat intermediate speed horse gaits that are smoother to ride. Various terms also include slow gait, single foot, running walk, stepping pace, sobreandando, paso corto, paso llano, rack, tölt, and paso largo which all depend on the style, speed, rhythm, and breed of horse.

Bearing rein, overcheck or checkrein
Strap from the over the head of the horse from its back. This is to prevent the horse from lowering the horse’s head at a point.

An item placed into the mouth of the horse to guide and direct it. Made of metal and other materials such as rubber.

The horse running away without a rider or when the horse eats too fast.… Read the rest...