Becoming a great rider and horseperson doesn’t have to be scary and overwhelming

It’s okay to feel a little lost when you’re starting out with horses. It’s normal to have a gazillion questions. There’s a lot of information about horses, and it seems everyone has a different opinion on everything from what to feed to how to get your horse to go over that ginormous jump!

Horse people are in for a lifetime of learning

If you’ve been riding for a year or ten years it doesn’t matter. There’s more to learn. There will always be more to learn. That’s the beauty of horsemanship- it’s a never ending process of growth and learning, so you never have to become stagnant. You can always find opportunities for improving  your riding skills or learning about new treatments for common equine ailments.

Welcome to Horselore

I’m Jill. I’m a riding instructor and I like to fashion myself something of a horse trainer. I’ve taught people how to ride off and on for 20 years. What I love most is not just seeing my students progress in their riding skills, but also seeing their passion ignite. I love to see my students seeking a better connection to the horse both in and out of the saddle. For me it’s not just about advancing to the next level in riding lessons, nor is it all about competition or horse ownership. My relationship with horses goes much deeper than that. The real joy in horsemanship is learning their language, getting to know each horse’s personality, and the love that grows from caring for these majestic creatures every day.

Here’s how I can help you

I remember when I was just getting started. There were so many things I didn’t know and as a young teenager, I was kind of embarrassed to ask very many questions of people at the barn that seemed to really know what they were doing. I learned a lot by trial and error. I struggled with concepts that my instructor introduced and I didn’t quite understand.

I’ve got answers to those questions now. Questions like “what should I wear to my first riding lesson?” and “What’s the difference between a close contact and an all purpose saddle?”

Are you unsure if you’re ready to buy a horse? Does your riding instructor want you to start showing? Maybe you’re thinking about trying a new style of riding. I want you to be informed, so I’m working on posts that will help you to answer your questions.

Of course everyone’s situation is different and not everyone has the same needs or desires. I can’t tell you exactly what to do, but maybe I can point you in the right direction or give you ideas that help you form who you are as a horse person.

My story

I didn’t start taking riding lessons until I was 13 years old. It started out as weekly lessons at a local stables, but one thing led to another and before we knew it, I was the proud owner of a big thoroughbred! Not even 16 years old and still an inexperienced rider, I wasn’t ready to cope with an 8 year old off track thoroughbred. But I got through it.  I learned a lot more from Roy than I would have learned from a nice quiet, experienced horse. I learned how to safely handle a horse that was bent on getting himself as far from a situation as he could. I learned how to handle disappointment. I learned how to lose.

Roy and I worked with some really good trainers and we did fairly well with both dressage and jumping. Over 20 years later, Roy isn’t with us anymore, but his legacy lives on in my riding and training with other horses and in my teaching. I now have more horses than anyone should own, some of them lesson horses, some training projects. River is a goofy warmblood cross gelding that is my current dressage partner. I just started competing again, and I can’t wait to see where we go!