Learning to ride

How long does it take?

A few months ago I went with some friends to take a lesson on my horse with their instructor. I believe that with most things, but especially horses, you can never stop learning.

I jumped at the opportunity for myself and my young horse to take a lesson with a new instructor to give us both some new tools to be a better team. When we got back to the Equestrian Center one of our young boarders asked me where I had been. When I told her I was having a riding lesson, she said, “But you’re a grownup, why are you still taking lessons?”

I explained that I have a young horse and she has a lot to learn but that I also want to always keep learning and becoming a better rider. She seemed a little disappointed, and I remember when I was a young rider thinking that I couldn’t wait until I grew up and knew everything about horses.

I quickly realized that that it takes a lot of time and effort to be a great rider. I found this great blog post that talks about how long it takes to learn to ride a horse and thought it would be a great one to share with you.


It’s a question that most riding instructors have had to answer. There’s a simple, one size fits all answer, but it brings to mind a plethora of questions. And answering a question with a question is purely annoying to the questioner.

The basic answer is, “Well, it depends on what you want to do.” And this is true….GO TO THE STORY

Mustang Matt Clinic

We are so happy to announce that we — along with the Sierra Free Packers — are hosting a clinic for Mustang Matt at the YLP Equestrian Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

Mustang Matt is a horse trainer out of Montana who focuses on teaching both horse and rider to have a relationship based on trust and respect. Matt did a clinic at the Equestrian Center last year and it was a huge success.

Matt works with a lot of mustangs but will work with any type of horse. Last year at his clinic, there were several different breeds of horses and it was amazing to see the difference in the horses’ demeanor after just a few minutes with Matt.

Even if you don’t have a horse, all are welcome to come! There is a fee to audit but I assure you it is worth it, a lot can be learned just from watching.

Better Blanketing Guide

Though it seemed like autumn would never arrive, I finally feel that nice chill in the air. With the cooler temperatures comes the decision to blanket our horses… or not. How do we decide? And how do we know what kind of blanket to get? Check out this article from The Cheshire Horse for some great information.

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by all the different options available for blanketing your horse, we’re here to help! The Cheshire Horse Better Blanketing Guide will help you decipher the differences between various blankets, learn the advantages of certain features, and ultimately select the best winter wardrobe for your horse.

My Horsey Bucket List

Here’s a blog I thought you’d all enjoy!

By Amy Cohan
Published Nov. 6 on smartpakequine.com

How many times have you been asked about your horse, “what do you want to do with him?”, “What are you two trying to accomplish?”, “what will his job be?”.

I recently purchased a 4-year-old Mustang, who I named Pablo, in July. And when I did, everyone started asking me those questions. Well, shoot. My whole life I have wanted a green mustang…so just having him was already a LIFE tile for me. But it got me thinking, I really did have a lot of things I wanted to do with him, aside from having a lifelong adventure partner. So I decided to write my “Pablo Bucket List”. Disclaimer: some of these I have already accomplished, because I got lucky with this guy — and some I may never accomplish. But it’s been so fun to write them down, and check them off as I go!

Read Amy’s blog and see her photos.

Buckle series success

We just completed our last show of our 2018 Buckle Series and we ended on a great note. The addition of the walk/trot classes were a great success, they were the largest classes we had. We also had a costume class which was so much fun! We look forward to our Open House on December 8th where we will award our buckle winners. Thank you to all who have supported our shows!