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How to Get Youth Involved with Horses

Posted on May 24, 2016 05:47 pm

Kids and horses are a magical combination. Seeing the joy that washes over a child’s face while they ride for the first time is truly inspiring. If you are a parent, grandparent, or other guardian looking for ways for a special young person in your life to get into riding, rest assured that there are plenty of options. Each option has different time and financial commitments, which could also differ based on the local club or group you become involved with within a national organization...Click on the headline above to read the full post.

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The Ever-Evolving Horse Industry and How to Bring in Newcomers

Posted on March 18, 2016 04:03 pm

In today’s world, our society is becoming more and more inactive. As horse professionals who are trying to help expand the horse industry and bring in new people to the sport, regardless of discipline, breed, or segment of the industry, it is our job to think outside the box and try to cater our services and products to the different generations, personalities, and challenges that our local market may include. CHA has an interesting place within the equine industry as an organization that does not cater to just one breed or discipline, but who desires to help our members teach the masses all about horses, horsemanship, and safety while providing a fun experience to the participant...Click on the headline above to read the full post.

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11 Tips from the Experts on Developing an Equestrian Camp Program

Posted on July 31, 2015 08:00 pm

This week we have two Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certified instructors and equestrian camp experts sharing tips with professionals wishing to start a camp program. Teddy Franke, a CHA Level 4 Certified Instructor in English and Western and a Level 3 Packing Guide, currently manages Morrow Ranch Camp in Wamic, OR. Corinne Lettau, a CHA Level 4 English and Level 2 Western Certified Instructor, owns Denver Equestrians, LLC, and the Colorado Equestrian Center in Littleton, CO. Franke and Lettau shared 11 great suggestions with CHA for those who want to plan a riding camp, and CHA has multiple programs and certifications that can help camp managers develop and run their programs...Click on the headline above to read the full post.

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Finding a Great Lesson Horse: What to Look For and Consider Before You Shop

Posted on June 26, 2015 06:32 pm

A good lesson horse is worth its weight in gold. Once you find a good horse for your lesson program, then you need to hang on to that horse, keep up on all necessary health care, and make sure he stays healthy and happy. Good horses are the cornerstone to a lesson barn’s program. After all, the horses are what help lesson barns make money. And good horses are what bring riding students/customers back, in addition to quality instruction. This blog post will discuss what to look for in a lesson horse and what things to consider before you shop...Click on the headline above to read the full post.

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What to Expect During a CHA Certification Clinic

Posted on May 27, 2015 05:06 pm

The Certified Horsemanship Association’s Certification Clinic season is currently under way for those who want to get certified or renew a certification as a riding instructor, camp staff, equestrian program staff, a vaulting or driving instructor, equine facility manager, and/or a therapeutic riding instructor. Learn more about what a CHA Certification Clinic involves and how an instructor is certified...Click on the headline above to read the full post.

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Why CHA’s Individual Membership is a Good Idea

Posted on November 18, 2014 10:12 pm

Being part of a business organization is important for business owners, and the horse industry has a variety of business organizations that people can join as members. The Certified Horsemanship Association offers valuable benefits to its members. The membership is made up of horseback riding instructors; driving instructors or vaulting coaches; trail guides; staff or managers at equine facilities, schools, or camps; equine education professionals; extension agents; and people aspiring to one of those positions...Click on the headline to read the entire post.

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7 Pieces of Equipment for a Safer Ride

Posted on July 29, 2014 08:20 pm

Last week we looked at rider safety apparel. This week, we will look at equipment that is used on horses that help keep the horse safe and in good health and also the rider. Click on the headline to read the entire post.

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Horseback Rider Safety Apparel from Head to Toe

Posted on July 7, 2014 10:16 pm

There is no doubt that equestrians are a stylish group. Regardless of whether a person is a Western rider or English, a vaulter or a combined driver, a recreational rider or an active competitor, the apparel for the rider has been designed to be fashionable and suited to the type of riding. However, looking stylish isn't the only reason for the attire chosen by riders. Equestrian apparel should always be designed with safety in mind. It is important to know what apparel is worn for safety and why and how to choose the appropriate attire...Click on the title to read the entire blog post.

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Safety Standards for Managing Equines Important for Equine Programs and Clients

Posted on June 20, 2014 10:57 pm

It’s our final post in the three-part series discussing safety guidelines published by the Certified Horsemanship Association in their Standards for Equestrian Programs. And this week’s topic, Management of Equines Standards, is important, not only for business owners, but also for anyone considering using an equine business. Knowing that horses are healthy and fit and that equipment is safe and well-cared-for should be a concern on both sides...Click on the headline to read the full post.

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Three More Important Standards for Equestrian Programs

Posted on May 28, 2014 11:13 pm

Learn about three Standards for Equestrian Programs as published by the Certified Horsemanship Association. These standards are key for horsemanship directors and riding staff, who are obligated to ensure the safety of all staff and clients...Click on the headline to read the full post.

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The Top 15 Benefits of Horseback Riding

Posted on April 10, 2014 09:25 pm

Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to learn how to ride. The benefits of horseback riding are innumerable and are shared among all horseback riders. The benefits are life enriching, and CHA explores the top benefits that horseback riders enjoy.

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How to Find the Best Horse Camp

Posted on March 27, 2014 10:45 pm

Knowing what kind of camp you want to go to is only the first step. Last time, we talked about the benefits of going to camp and about the various types of camps with horseback riding programs. This week, learn some tips on how to choose the best horse camp so that the visit is safe, effective, and fun...Click on the headline to read the full post.

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Attending a Camp with Horseback Riding: From Day Camps to Summer Camps and Beyond

Posted on February 28, 2014 06:52 pm

There are all types of camps, and around 40% of camps accredited by the American Camp Association have horses. Finding a camp with an equestrian focus is easier than ever for horse enthusiasts. Other options to consider include age range, all-girls or all-boys or co-ed, length of time to attend, overnight or day camp, when to attend (summer camp, during spring break, or a weekend), etc. The Certified Horsemanship Association brings more information about equestrian camps to readers of its blog, "The CHA Way: Safe, Effective, and Fun."

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How to Find a Riding Instructor

Posted on February 10, 2014 06:30 pm

Finding your first riding instructor, or a new riding instructor if you already ride, will take time and effort to find the right one for you and your situation. After all, you, or your child that wants to ride, should learn basic horsemanship skills before moving on to more advanced riding, competitions, or horse ownership. Everyone will have different factors that will direct the rider to their final choice. This article discusses what a new rider, or a parent, should look for in a riding instructor and lesson program...Click on the headline to read the full post.

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Why You Should Find a Certified Riding Instructor

Posted on January 14, 2014 09:48 pm

So has it finally started? Has your child started asking for a horse? Or at least some riding lessons? Or maybe you are the one who dreams of galloping across an open field on your trusty steed. But how do you get started? Perhaps your first thought is to open up the Yellow Pages, or more often these days, run to the Internet to Google it. The problem with this is that anyone can advertise themselves as a riding instructor. Click on the headline to read the full post.

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