Horse FAQ's

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EQUESTRIAN CENTER

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SPRUCEDALE
EQUESTRIAN
CENTER

928-245-3513

Horses Are Our Passion!

So, If You Have Questions - We Have The Answers

How much do you have to weigh to go horseback riding?
  • We’ve learned through years of experience that the safest condition for a person to ride a horse is not a matter of weight, but rather the ability to safely mount and dismount a horse and hold oneself in the saddle. Larger horses can comfortably carry around 300 lbs, but it is not always wise for a person to ride a horse if they weigh that much.
How much is horseback riding in Arizona?
  • It depends on how long of a ride you wish to go on. In general, an hour and a half ride in our area can range from $55 to more than $80.

What is a riding horse called?
  • There are many different types of riding horses and styles of riding. Our horse herd consists of Tennessee Walkers, Haflingers, Spanish Barb, and American Quarter Horses. They are all trained to ride in the Western Style.
Can a horse carry 300 pounds? / Is 300 lbs too heavy to ride a horse? / Can a 300 pound person ride a mule?
  • It depends on the size of the animal. Most horses and mules can comfortably carry around 20% of their own body weight.

What is a female equestrian called?
  • Here in the White Mountains we call them Cowgirls.

What do you call a girl horse rider?
  • If that girl horse rider is our Mom, we call her Ma’am. If she’s anyone else, we still call her Ma’am.

Do horses like carrying humans?
  • Horses express themselves with body language. If they’re angry, anxious, or uncomfortable, they may show it by flattening their ears, walking with jerky motions, or by tossing their head. Enjoyment and contentment are usually evident in a calm gait, forward ears, and a willingness to obey the slightest command without resistance. Strangely, horses often mirror the mood of their rider.

Is horse riding good for losing weight?
  • Horse riding can be a pretty good workout. It requires strength and constant motion to stay comfortably in the saddle. I personally don’t think a person could lose weight by simply riding horses, but it can definitely be a contributing factor.

How do you tell if you're too big for a horse?
  • If the horse starts sweating when you walk into the corral, or if it lays down when you get on, then you know you’re too big.

Can my horse carry my weight?
  • It either will or it won’t. There’s only one way to find out… you must learn to speak horse.

Do horses have periods?
  • Horses cycle just like most, if not all, mammals. What that entails I don’t know, and I don’t want to know. Good luck finding more info.

Who is the best equestrian in the world?
  • I think everyone has their own opinion about who the best is. I think the best in the world was my grandfather.

Why do horse riders bounce up and down?
  • When a horse rider “bounces” it means they’re not in rhythm with the horse. A rider must learn, by feel, when to stand on the balls of their feet, when to sit, and when to roll their hips to stay in sync with their horse.

Why would a horse throw you off?
  • Most likely because the horse is mad, scared, hurt, or full of shit. There are endless ways to enter the red zone, so a rider must always stay alert. Most equestrian airborne adventures can be avoided if you are aware of what triggers an explosion. That’s why it’s so important to LISTEN TO YOUR WRANGLER!

What do you say to a horse to make it go?
  • Nothing. Our horses are trained to go when we cluck our tongue or tap them with our heals.

What breed of horse is the friendliest?
  • The one you hand feed from a baby. If a horse is accustomed to loving attention, they will usually reciprocate that affection.

What age should a horse stop being ridden?
  • It depends. Like people, each horse ages differently. A horse will usually tell you it’s getting too old for riding by the way it responds to you and other horses, and by the way it moves. Worn out horses become extremely lazy and ornery.

Should you lunge a horse before riding?
  • It depends on the horse. With young, newly trained horses it is always a good idea to lunge them before riding. But a 30-year-old trail horse? Probably not, unless their being extra ornery that day.

What does horse mean spiritually?
  • If you don’t know what a horse means to you spiritually, you definitely need to spend more time with one. For me, a horse means freedom.

What does hack mean in horse riding?
  • When you lope through the meadow and catch a bug in your mouth, this is what it means to hack.

Which leg do you use to turn a horse?
  • I don’t. I use the reins. Some horses are trained to turn, stop, and go by leg pressure, but not ours.

How should you greet a horse?
  • Calmly. Horses communicate mostly through body language. Softly spoken words and slow movements work best when greeting a horse.

What is the smoothest riding horse?
  • One that’s covered with Vaseline. I don’t know. I haven’t ridden all types of horses. Some Tennessee Walkers have a smooth walk but trot like a car with square wheels. Even among the walkers some have smoother gaits than others.

What is the most dangerous horse breed?
  • Dragon horses. They have razor-sharp spikes down their backs, they breathe fire, and eat little children who wander too far from the straight and narrow path.

What is the hardest horse to train?
  • Mares. They’re stubborn and think they know everything.

Why do horses buck when lunging?
  • There’s an “activate” button in-between third and fourth gear. It’s super sensitive when a horse is first getting trained, but sometimes, even when their older, a shift into high gear at the beginning of the day can ignite a random explosion.

How much does a riding horse cost?
  •             Monetarily the cost is minuscule in comparison to the spiritual and emotional rewards, but price really depends on the blood line, age, appearance, training, previous owner, condition of teeth and feet, color, shape, size, the supply and demand, and the place you buy it. (Just to name a few contributing factors.) 

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