1. A door knocker.
A simple little way of letting visitors know that they’re about to enter a horse property. A great first impression.
2. A towel holder.
Any way you can get a little reminder of your horses into your everyday decor is a good idea. This lovely little touch makes you feel like you’re in a luxury BnB ranch,
3. Wind chimes.
A great idea that looks nice and sounds even better. Wind chimes are underrated, right?
4. Candle light holders.
Beautiful, simple and easy to set up. As in the photo, it’s best to make sure these aren’t actual open flames, but LED lights.
A wonderful way to liven up your back patio.
5. A dream catcher.
If you’re into the bohemian look, an old English stirrup can be made into a nice dream catcher with some simple crafting techniques.
6. A lamp.
Another project using an old english stirrup, this lamp gives a nice rustic look to a room, and uses the stirrup very subtly.
7. A Christmas wreath centrepiece.
Old stirrups are versatile because of their simple shape – they look great in a whole lot of different designs.
8. A decoration.
Super simple, right? Make use of that naturally beautiful shape of the stirrup and hang a little decoration in there with twine.
9. A hand towel holder.
Or a napkin holder. Either way, all you need is an English stirrup. Nothing else
10. A photo frame.
Beautiful! An elegant way to keep your memories.
English stirrups can be attached to the wall and used as tiny shelves for trinkets. Excellent.
6 Things to Keep in Mind When Riding a Horse
1. Look forwards.
It’s easy to get distracted by what’s immediately ahead of you, and by your horse itself. Make sure you’re focusing on the path ahead and that you know where you’re going.
2. Sit upright in the saddle.
New riders have a tendency to keep their bodies low and close to the horse. Try to be confident and ride with an erect back.
3. Heels down.
You might have heard this shouted by an instructor before. It doesn’t mean you should just pull your toes up; you need to adjust your weight so that your heels are lower than your toes.
4. Don’t put your feet too far into the stirrup.
This is a reasonable response for first time riders – they want to feel their feet safely lodged in. This can get your feet stuck if you fall off, and makes it harder for your to balance.
5. Your horse is not a machine.
Most riders start out because they love horses. Always remember that riding is about working with your horse, not forcing it to do what you want. If you work with this idea of mutual respect, you’ll learn faster and better.
6. Have your elbows at your side.
Another tendency for new riders it to lift their arms. You’ll have much more control and will be able to communicate with your horse better if you keep your arms at your side. This allows you to handle the reins better.
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