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6222 W 10000 S
Payson, UT, 84651
United States

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Valley View Equestrian is a horse riding and training facility located in West Mountain, Utah (west of Payson).  Emphasizing a fun, professional experience, Valley View Equestrian offers equine riding lessons for children (age 7+), teens and adults focusing on many disciplines including: dressage, eventing and hunter-jumper. Individual and group lessons are available and dedicated riders can join the Valley View Equestrian Team for a more committed and competitive experience. Throughout the year Valley View Equestrian puts on several Pony Camps, including a four-day summer camp each year in July. Our facilities are located in the gorgeous West Mountain area overlooking the Utah Valley. To better serve the needs of our riders we offer affordable horse boarding and leasing programs. The barn area features a full riding arena, an outdoor cross country jump course, a tacking/washing area, tack storage barn, pens and pasture area. 

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Valley View Equestrian's blog written by Kate Healey. Read posts about horses, riding, and everything that comes with it!

 

Engagement

Kate Healey

For this comparison post I decided to use pictures of myself as that seemed to me to be more fair than using pictures of anyone else! I'm riding a client's cute little warmblood gelding who I had ridden maybe 5 times before this event.

Look at both pictures carefully and see if you can tell the difference in the way this horse is going. Although they are taken in different phases of the trot stride, it's easy to tell which shows more real engagement. In the top picture, we are having a really good moment in our dressage test where I asked him to move forward into the bridle and he did. This is a fairly lazy gelding so usually when I would ask him to reach for the bit he would drop his back and give me a "head down" as an answer. But in this moment, his inside hind was reaching under his body, his back is up, and he is using his hind end well. I love this picture because you can even see his hindquarter muscles working!

In the lower picture, he is "sucked back" and doesn't have any drive from the hind end. In some horses, this looks quite different as they will put their head straight up and drop their back more visibly. This horse had learned to evade by curling his head toward his chest and just moving his feet faster. When I was riding him it was important for me to remember that engagement comes when the horse moves forward in a rhythm and uses his whole body to trot-not just his feet.

5 Tips for the First Show of the Year

Kate Healey

Although some have already started showing, if you're like us you're just shaking off the icicles and gearing up! Here are 5 tips to help you and your horse be ready to conquer anything at the first outing of the year.

1. Choose wisely. Hopefully winter training has helped build both you and your horse's confidence, but it can be nerve racking to go back to jumping, competing, or whatever else comes with good weather. Be sure to take it slow and start your first competition with a level both you and your horse are comfortable at and have been schooling successfully at home. Pushing to compete at a certain level right away can damage confidence, so be wise.

2. Set your horse up for success. If you can, make the first show of the year at a place your horse has been before. Bring a buddy if he is insecure alone. Try to make anything you can easier on him so he will leave having had a good experience. Remember, the first show of the year can determine your horse's attitude toward showing for the rest of the season.

3. Plan ahead. Leave with plenty of time for you to get signed up, show your horse around, tack up, and warm up. Talk with your trainer about how much time your horse needs to warm up (including longeing) and plan accordingly. Not feeling rushed will be a huge contributor to you being able to be a leader for your horse.

4. Set goals that aren't about winning or placings. Setting goals is something that is very important to us here at Valley View. We always say if you completed your goal you won the show! We like to set one rider goal and one horse goal for each show. Make sure your goals are specific and reachable, and have a friend remind you right before you go into the ring what they are. This will help you focus on what you want to accomplish at this show and give you something to think about during your round other than the judge!

5. Be a good sport. Set the tone for the show season by cheering on others (even if they aren't on your team), being helpful and gracious to the show staff, and being respectful to your coach and your horse. Even if you have a bad round or class, show the spectators, judge, and other riders that you can be mature and stay positive and you will be remembered as a good competitor as you compete elsewhere. A little positivity in a bad situation goes a long way!

 

Pony for President!

Kate Healey

The presidential election is right around the corner. If these were the candidates, which pony would you vote for?

Denmark: "I promise to put a ban on all dressage and bending exercises!"

Buttercup: "Let's bring back free-grazing Fridays!"

Mom: "If I'm in charge, no pony will ever have to canter again. Especially on the correct lead!"

Sam: "My plan is to raise the jumps and lower the number of kids who can get us to stop eating!"

Flame: "What's happening? What are we talking about??!"