Hope to see you soon,

 
   
Maria   
 

  

 



party_people.jpgOpen House Event
Join us to celebrate on July 18  

We here at Amwell Ridge Farm have a lot to be grateful for this year.  For starters, we want to thank all of you that have supported us these past few years and invite new friends to our equifamily to join in the festivities.  You are all cordially invited to our open house event on Saturday July 18, from 2-6pm.  Food and beverages will be provided at the gathering.  Bring a smile and an open heart.

 



The Buzz From Baba  

Horses are our best teachers if we learn how to tune in.  This month the lesson that came up with Baba had to do with-

Knowing when enough is enough!  When, during a ride, is it time to stop?  When is it enough? 


Many of us have the idea that a successful riding session has a time stamp on it.  We plough through trying to make the last 20 minutes of our hour long session.  We may even notice how winded we are, or cranky our horse has become as the minutes roll and yet we plug on. 

Our horses, however, are not operating on a clock.  It would be a mistake to evaluate the quality of the session by the time spent on it.    With an educational background as a psychophysiologist,  I have learned that the best rule of thumb is the 2:1 ratio.  For every hour of physical load, include two hours of downtime after your session (which can include a brief massage, hand grazing, or a longer grooming session).  The Russian Olympic team learned that in the late 80's in helping prepare athletes, but in a way that preserves their longevity in the sport.  It is not so much the length of a working session that will build up a horses physique.  It is the quality of the work.  In fact, the tact and judicious decision making in determining when to stop can be learned and can make the difference in creating a slave or a servant of your horse.  While there are many factors in knowing when enough is enough for that day, consider the following ONE  point:

What do you do when you start to feel winded and tired mid-way through your ride?

When one comes to the horse as their main outlet for exercise they risk violating some elements of lightness.  When we become fatigued we often end up leaning on the horses mouth to support ourselves, and becoming more unbalanced as our endurance dwains.  We may even resort to pushing on him or labeling him "pluggy or lazy"  as the session continues when in fact we may have become tired and labored in our riding lacking the endurance we think we have.  I often rely on my mechanical horse "Harry" to let me know how I am doing in the endurance department and to help me maintain an active riding fitness program OFF my horse. 

      ~ The less you ask for the more you will receive ~


 
 



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Our second set of lightweight jackets have sold out but there are some chocolate colored elegant HorseWare Alana jackets still available in XS, S and M. This is a stylish barn coat that will look fabulous with riding clothes or casual wear. Made in 100% cotton with a PU coating, this cute shell is the perfect choice on days when the weather is questionable. It is made with two way front zip, adjustable belt for a defined waist and riding vents. 
Our saddle pads and hats are here just in time for the summer show season and hot sunny days!  We can also have your gear engraved with this logo by sending us the item with instructions on where you wish for the logo placement to be. 

 

 

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Alana Jackets  $85

Saddle pads    $45

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