5 things to do when you cant ride

We all know how depressing it is when we don't get to go to the barn and ride! It's like there is nothing else we want to do...and nothing will meet our equine cravings. Even though we can't do what we want to do most there are still things we can do that are fun. Here are 5 things to do when you cant ride!

  1. Create an equestrian blog/website Back when I first started horseback riding I only got to ride one day a week! I was so bored and missing the horses so I created this blog. I'm very happy I did because now whenever I am sad or bored, I can make a blog post. I highly encourage you to create an equestrian website/blog of your own! My favorite blog websites are Wix, GoDaddy, Squarespace, and Bluehost. If you are looking for a free blog you can use Google Sites, or BlogSpot. If you create your own blog let me know, I'll make sure to check it out!

  2. Make an equestrian edit I love making equestrian edits, and while they take a while to make the finished product is always amazing. If you want to make an edit then you will need some footage. Pixabay, Pexels, and Mixkit have great free clips. To make your edit even better try adding music and cool transitions.

  3. Clean your tack If you have dirty tack that needs to be cleaned now is the time to do it!! I repeat do it now! If you clean your tack when you are bored, you will not only have clean tack for riding but you won't have to clean it during the week or after a lesson. Clean your riding boots and helmet, and make sure all of your equipment is spotless. This will save you time during the week and you won't have to clean it for a while.

  4. Make horse treats Making horse treats is an easy, inexpensive way, to have fun and kill some time. I would suggest making horse treats for your friends who have their own horses because you can mail them to their horse and they will be so happy when they see the treats! You can also include some carrots and apples, along with some peppermints their horses are sure to enjoy.

  5. Exercise Exercising is a great way to workout. It can maintain your riding muscles so that when you go back to riding you will be in shape. Pick exercises that target your quads and calves, and a couple of triceps and arm exercises are good too. When I work out I like to include 15-20 minutes of cardio. I also like to practice posting trot and 2-point on a yoga ball. Practicing on a yoga ball is extremely effective, and has its own little workout as well. Ropes and pull-ups are also very good for your body.

I hope these 5 things to do keep you occupied when you can't be at the barn! I am very fortunate to be able to see horses every week, but if those of you whose barn is closed due to covid or any other reason I encourage you to try these out. xx The Desert Rider



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