Tips for those taking up horse riding

Horse riding can be very exciting, just sitting on a horse and riding slowly can be a whole new experience that can open up a lot of exciting possibilities. If you’re thinking of taking up horse riding, you’re probably keen to get started, but before you do, I would like you to take a look at thetips I have listed below.

Look for a good riding school

Don’t just go for any old riding school that you come across, look for an accredited one that has a good reputation. Accredited schools have met specific standards, and are likely to be a lot safer thanthose that are just run out of the back of someone’s house in a bid to make some spare cash. Do your research, ask around and see what’s available.

Don’t worry about equipment just yet

You may be keen to go out there and buy the best helmet, saddle etc. but the riding school will have its own equine equipment that you can make use of. Once you’ve found a riding school to go with, check to see if it mentions anything about equipment, and whether they cater for people of all ages and sizes.

If you’re nervous, tell the instructor

Everyone is going to be a little bit nervous about getting up on a horse for the first time. If you dofind that you’re really nervous, let the instructor know. Some horses are very calm and are ideal to use with riders who are nervous, whereas others may not be. Don’t be afraid to tell your instructor how you’re feeling, as they may be able to pair you with a good horse.

Keep practising

The best thing you can do is to keep practising, especially if you want to get really good at horse riding. Go at least once a month, and listen to what your instructor tells you. If you can go more often, then do as you’ll get better a lot quicker. I found that going every other weekend was sufficient for me, and I was able to pick up on the advice my instructor gave me.

Have fun

This is the best thing that you can do when it comes to horse riding, if you have fun, you’ll learn more and feel better about it. Don’t expect to be the best horse rider in no time at all, but do expect to relax and enjoy it.

Think about the above tips when you’re planning on going horse riding, and you’re sure to get a lot out of it

Keeping your costs low when money is tight


IMG_1275No matter how hard we try to be sensible with our cash, we can occasionally find that we’re short of money. So how can we keep our costs as low as possible, without compromising the health of our animals, and without breaking the law?

If you have a small holding, you’ll know that it can be quite expensive to run. Animal feed, vet bills, electric fencing and other costs can soon mount up. Plus, if you sell food and other products from your small holding, you’ll have business expenses too. Costs for business related products can mount up, business waste collection, advertising and other vital tools that help you to run your business can become more expensive than you ever thought. The good news is that you can keep your costs low when money is tight, you just need to know how to go about it.

Here are some hints and tips that can help you to keep your costs low:

  1. Work out how much you are currently spending, so you can understand exactly where all of your money goes. Be very specific about this, and work out every single cost that affects your small holding.
  2. Once you know where your money is going, you can then start to make changes. Cut out those unnecessary expenses that you can easily do without.
  3. Take a look at how much you’re paying for every item: Chicken feed, medicine, fencing etc. work out how much money you can save if you buy a slightly cheaper brand of feed for example.
  4. If one of your animals is too expensive to keep, it may be worth your while selling them. Alternatively if it’s applicable, you may want to consider slaughtering the animal and selling the meat (Please adhere to all laws and regulations when undertaking this).
  5. A great way to save cash is to literally start saving money. Put a certain amount of cash to one side each month, and don’t spend it unless you really have to.

We can all think of ways to reduce costs, from those clothes we like to buy, to those more expensive brands of food. But knowing where to reduce costs and how to reduce them in the first place, means that you can still keep your small holding running well, but it doesn’t have to cost you the earth.