As of November 1st, Well Dressed Equestrian will be at its full capacity and will have a waitlist for new boarders. Thank you for your interest in W.D.E.
It’s been a while, but we have VERY exciting news!
This November we are going to be hosting our very first In-House Schooling Show!
Times will be announced closer to the date & will be determined based on number of participants
WHAT IS AN IN-HOUSE SCHOOLING SHOW?
A fun opportunity for show off what you’ve learned in a friendly competition with your fellow W.D.E. riders!
WHAT DIVISIONS WILL THERE BE?
In the spirit of keeping this show easy-going & fun, we are going to have four classes available dependant on the number of participants: a walk-trot class, a walk-trot-canter class, a cross-rail class, and a 2ft hunter class.
ASK JACQUELINE NEXT TIME YOU’RE AT THE STABLE FOR MORE INFO ON HOW TO SIGN UP!
Remington is the newest addition to our family. He's come all the way from Meaford, ON. This young boy is only 1 and a half years old! He'll be turning two in May (his birthday is only 7 days apart from Jacqueline's). Remi is a paint and when he's fully grown he'll probably end up as a large pony. I can not wait to watch him grow and to see what the future holds for this bright young boy! Love you Remi xoxo
There are countless reasons as to why horseback riding is beneficial. In my opinion, here are some of the most important reasons:
People who have never ridden horses before will probably say “the rider just sits there, the horse does all the work” …WRONG! Horseback riding is an excellent form of physical exercise. Try holding a sitting trot for longer than 5 minutes straight… you’ll feel your abdominal, thigh, upper back, and arm muscles all working to ensure your stay in an upright, balanced position. In fact: “Riding a horse for 45 minutes at a walk, trot and canter can burn up to 200 calories. If you do something a bit more strenuous such as reining or jumping, that can come out to nearly seven calories per minute for the entire length of the riding period” (www.equinechronicle.com) .
It is so easy to make friends with someone when you have similar interests. Meeting someone new for the first time can be awkward and difficult to start up a conversation. However, meeting someone new at the stable is so easy! With a simple, “how was your lesson?”, conversation will start flowing. Some of my dearest and longest friendships have been because of horseback riding. Whether it was at the barn, at a horse store, or an equestrian event, I have always met the nicest people through horses!
Accomplishing goals you & you’re coach have set out, gives you such a great sense of confidence. Confidence travels with you through every avenue of life. If you are confident at the stable by trying new things with your horse, that confidence may start to show in the classroom as well!
4. Facing your Fears:
Horseback riding definitely comes with a lot of fears or nervousness! The first time you try going faster at the trot, or the canter, or maybe the first time you take off over a jump! Learning how to harness those fears to achieve something great is such an important lesson to learn. Throughout life, there will always be things that you must do that may make you feel nervous or unsure, but knowing how to overcome those obstacles is important!
Taking care of an animal comes with great responsibility. Before every lesson, students are in charge of ensuring their horse is ready to go into the ring. This includes general care of the horse such as grooming and tacking up the horse. After the lesson, riders are required to take care of their equine partner and make sure their horse is properly cooled down after their workout. This process teaches riders that fun activities, such as riding, comes with hard work and dedication.
6. Goal Setting Skills:
With anything that you want to achieve in life, goals need to be set to be able to reach the desired result. Take jumping for example, horseback riders understand that before they are able to learn how to jump, first they must perfect keeping their balance at the sitting trot, then the canter, then over poles placed on the ground. Once they accomplish all of those steps, then they are ready to learn how to jump. Learning the fundamentals on goal setting teaches students that if they want something, they will have to work for it, step by step.
7. Respect for Animals:
Working with an animal that is over 1000 pounds comes with a lot of respect! Horseback riding comes with the needs of the rider but also the needs of the horse. Some days the horse you are riding, may not feel like jumping, and that’s okay! This is something that all riders will experience at some point and learn very quickly. Understanding that these animals are only listening to what you are asking of them because they are willing to and not because they have to. Sometimes, we have to adapt our lessons, or goal for the day to what the horse is willing to do. These lessons turn riders into compassionate, and more understanding individuals. It’s no longer ‘all about me’ but it’s about the bond between the horse and rider.
8. Understanding of Money:
Let’s face it! Horseback riding is not a cheap sport to partake in! My parents were great with making sure I understood this at a young age. I was lucky enough that my parents were able to support my horseback riding hobby to the fullest. They would pay for my riding lessons, as I was just a kid back then. However, if I wanted something special for riding, such as a new fancy, pair of breeches, they would have me save up and buy it myself. I thank them every day for how they chose to teach me the lesson of saving your money for things that are important to you. It has enabled me to start a business at such a young age!
9. Calming Therapy:
Horses are mirrors to your emotions. If you are having a tough day, then come to the barn upset, your horse will be able to sense that and will react to it. When working to such sensitive creatures, you must be relaxed, because of this, horses have had an amazing calming therapy on myself. Coming out to the stable and grooming your horse is a great escape from reality. You must leave any drama at the doors of the stable.
I think pride comes with most sports. Being able to proudly say “I am a horseback rider” comes with a certain amount of pride. Pride itself, comes with a lot of self-growth, such as self-respect, dignity, satisfaction in yourself, and self-esteem. These characteristics have a great impact on how one presents themselves, whether it be interacting with friends or in the classroom!
Our stable is filling up fast! We only have a couple spaces left for boarders as we like our paddocks to not be over-crowded & to keep our horses healthy & happy :)
That being said, we have a couple spots for outdoor board available!
We currently have space for 2 more mares and one gelding!
If you've been thinking about checking out our facility for boarding, the time is now before we fill up!
We hope you took the time to take a picture with your favourite horse in our Valentines Day stall! We are so sad to have to take it down now... Lots of adorable pictures were taken here!
Have a hard time keeping your heels down when you ride? Try stretching at home before your lesson. You'll see progress right away!
1. The Stairs: stand at the bottom of your stairs. Place your toes on the edge of the bottom step & place your heel on the floor. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Then do the same with your other foot.
2. The Chair: while sitting in a chair, with your feet touching the ground, lift your toes up off of the ground while keeping your feels on the ground. Hold this position for 30 seconds.
3. The Wall: stand facing a wall, approximately 3 feet away (you may have to adjust this measurement for your height). Lean in to place your hands on the wall while keeping your heels on the ground. Hold this position for 15 seconds.
About a month ago, I was contacted by Horsely, a company that creates price-competitive products to meet equestrian & lifestyle needs. Horsely offered to send a product of theirs for myself to try out.
They sent me their "Braided Belt Duo Stretch Fit - Navy White belt."
It arrived in a timely manner & it looks the exact same as it did on their website through pictures.
The belt fits absolutely perfectly! The braided material is so stretchy that it is great for riding; you never feel too constricted by it. The colours are a beautiful mesh of brown leather, navy blue & white. It's gorgeous!
Overall, I'd give this product a 10/10 rating! I would definitely buy more products from them in the future and encourage you to check it out yourself!
Thank you Horsely for choosing myself to be a part of your trial, I truly enjoyed the experience, & of course your amazing product!
Check it out for yourself!
After a lot of planning, and plenty of meetings.... Well Dressed Equestrian is now, finally, an incorporated business.
Well Dressed Equestrian Incorporated!
I would like to thank everyone for coming out on Saturday for our first Human & Horse Meditation class with Restorative Reins! We had an great turn out and had an amazing experience. Hope to see you again for our next session!
Check out www.restorativereins.com for future scheduling of the meditation classes (we just added a whole bunch new dates)!
WELCOME HOME SUGARFOOT!!!!
We are so excited to announce the purchase of a new miniature horse Sugarfoot!!!
Sugarfoot will be used in Restorative Reins’ therapy programs and in the Pony Pals & Petite Pony Pals Programs!
Sugarfoot is the cutest little guy, coming in around hip height! He's a rescue pony who just wants to spend his days getting cuddles and lots of attention.
Come out and visit your new best pal!
Today is the beginning of our Pony Pals & Petite Pony Pals Programs!
Pony Pals is for those +8 years old. Within this 2 hour program, clients will learn how to groom horses, work with others, maneuver their horse through a course that they set up, learn about how horses communicate and much more!
Petite Pony Pals is for those between the ages of 4-8 years old. This is a one hour program for all those pony-crazy kids out there! It's a spin-off of the Pony Pals program where they will also learn to groom their horse and how to safely walk their horse.
We are so excited to be offering these programs! Finally, this will allow the kids who are too young to ride, a chance to get a leg up in horse handling! It will boost their confidence for when it is time to saddle up & keep their passion for horses ignited!
Visit restorativereins.com to book your spot & check out scheduling options!
Today we are welcoming Anu to the facility!
Anu is our very first boarder! How exciting! He's an 18hh shire. Absolutely gorgeous & positively the sweetest horse ever, gentle giant!
Very excited to see what the future has instore for you Anu!