The Importance of Grooming (especially for young riders)

In the past 7 years I have spent my weekends as an Assistant Therapeutic Riding Instructor. This means that when a individual shows up to their therapy riding lesson, I spend 30 minutes with them in the barn (grooming, tacking, and doing ground work) and the other 30 minutes of their lesson are spent in the ring, riding. This experience has made me see the importance grooming in a whole new light.

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Learning how to be an equestrian again

On my 9th birthday, my mom said she had a surprise for me, and to dress warm. I immediately thought she was taking me to my first flyers game. I put on my Lindros jersey and some black leggings. My mom blindfolded me and we got in the car. About 20 minutes later, we arrived at our destination; a horse farm. I had my very first riding lesson that day on a horse named Superman. I had no fear, just a big smile and excitement for the unknown. Also, still on the edge of my seat, wondering when I would get to see the flyers play.

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