Bay Area Riding School

Beginner horseback riding lessons for children and adults.

Bay Area Riding School provides a solid foundation in horseback riding, care, and behavior for children and adults exploring their passion for horses.

Crystal Forsell Dressage

Attention all my school horse riders! Sugar has an opening tomorrow at 12:00, let me know if you want it!

Creating a "Treat Monster"

This is a good explanation of why I don't allow many treats and avoid handfeeding. It creates bad behaviors! It was a lovely morning as I pulled up to the barn. From the car I could see several happy horse heads sticking out of their stalls, including my own horse, who gave me a whinny as a greeting. As I sat there, unbuckling my seat belt and gathering my things, I could hear it…that Continued

Crystal Forsell Dressage

Just as you wouldn't pet a strange dog, please ask about petting horses!

This is a great article. Horses need their space and not all want to he touched. It's important see through the horse's eyes and learn their language.

Why Do I Pay So Much Money For My Kids To Ride Horses? – From A Parent One woman’s answer to the question, “Why Do You pay so much money for your kids to do horse riding?”. “One of my friends asked “Why do you pay so much money for your k…

College Scholarships for Equestrians

Good info for our young riders! Young equestrians today have more opportunities than ever before to make riding part of their college experience. Before you begin the scholarship search, it is important to understand the various

The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding - Health Fitness Revolution

Another article on the benefits of horseback riding. Don't forget that the exercise doesn't stop at actually riding! There's so much care, mucking stalls, sweeping, turning out, blanketing, walking, lunging, the list goes on... Before we all had cars to drive in, people used horses to get around, and almost everyone was taught to care and ride a horse. Today, our dependence on these large mammals is non-existent and horseback riding has become recreational. There are many obvious health benefits to riding, including strong…

[10/19/15]   Had a fun morning teaching an unmounted lesson about colic and how to take equine vital signs. If a horse is looking uncomfortable it is important to get a heart rate, temperature, respiration, and check gum color and capillary refill. This can give us clues as to what sort of shape the horse is really in.

The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding -

Horses are fun, and help your health too! Before we all had cars to drive in, people used horses to get around, and almost everyone...

Crystal Forsell Dressage

UPDATE: Due to the generosity of the Crystal Forsell Dressage Team, our unmounted lesson on January 3rd raised enough funds for one session scholarship plus more for Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center! Thank you everybody for your support!

Horsing Around in Childhood Really Can Change Your Life

Some proof for what we already know... A study at Washington State University (WSU) is the first evidence-based research within the field of human-equine interaction to measure a change in participants’ saliva levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

Horses Help Autistic Children Connect Rupert Isaacson and His “Horse Boy Method” Meet with Claudine Pelletier-Milet, Author of RIDING ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM.   “On one occasion, Steven was as usual carried away with the thrill of riding,” Claudine Pelletier-Milet writes in her book RIDING ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM. “He leaped off without l…

Dressage for Children What's the best way to introduce childen to dressage? Dressage coach and clinician, Deborah Lockemeyer, explains how the equitation pyramid found in the USDF Training Manual provides a guide for the rider's development from beginner to accomplished dress

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