Where do you shop for riding gear?
As a small business, Dynamite Riding Academy loves to shop at other local or small businesses. We love to support smaller and local businesses because we feel strongly about connections, family, and community. We strongly encourage our students, riders, and friends to support these businesses as well! Of course, sometimes convenience trumps all and we have to order online because we are so busy teaching!
Our favorite local places for our everyday needs is Scottsdale Livestock & Karsten’s Ace Hardware on Dynamite. They carry the important items that we need like hay, grain, supplements, first aid, farm essentials & grooming supplies, etc.
Tack Solutions , located in Phoenix, (but you can also shop online) is a great starter saddle & other tack spot. They offer consignment so you can buy & sell your essentials reasonably. You may also get some farm fresh eggs while there!
For online shopping we love SmartPak. They are the place to go for your horses need and you can also do a little shopping for your pup at the same time!
Although not a local place, it feels like it is: Schneider’s Saddlery. You can order everything you need there! Based in Ohio, they have that midwest friendly feeling to their website & their line of Ultra grooming products have been long time favorites of Heather’s.
We asked our Facebook friends for their favorite places to shop and put together a few more places for you to check out on your own!
- Greenway Saddlery
- Tack Et Cetera
- Shopper’s Supply
- Dover Saddlery
- Dressage Extensions
- PS of Sweden
Remember, we are here to help you. If you don’t know what to buy, be sure the ask Heather. She can help you figure out what you actually need to buy versus what places may tell you you need to buy. You don’t have to go fancy or expensive if you are just starting out. The key is finding items that you find comfortable and can wear/use while riding.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
Beginner riders should first learn safety.
Safety for both our beginner riders and horses is something we at Dynamite Riding Academy take very seriously. We want out students to learn and grow without injury. We aren’t trying to be the “mean” instructors, although sometimes we may need to be strict. We get beginners may not have much experience around horses yet and that is what we are here to help with!
We require all beginner riders to wear safety gear including a helmet, long pants, and boots with a small heel (1-1.5″). We don’t expect you to spend hundreds of dollars on clothes for your very first lesson and will provide helmets for your first two lessons. You can start off in jeans if you don’t have riding pants.
Dynamite Riding Academy’s Top 10 Tips for Beginner Riders:
- When you first meet your horse, stay to the front. Approach slowly and with confidence and extend the back of your hand for the horse to sniff. Horses need to greet you, just like we do with other humans.
- The barn can be an exciting place to be but it is important to remember that horses can scare easily. Be sure to speak in a low calm voice and avoid sudden movements. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO RUNNING IN THE BARN.
- Hydrate – especially here in the desert. Our summers get hot and you can work up a sweat in a short amount of time. With the dry winters, you may not notice you are losing electrolytes so don’t forget to drink water during the cooler months as well.
- Ask your instructor! You may find you have lots of questions during lessons. Listen to your instructor and ask questions during breaks or at the end. You don’t want to talk over your instructor so always wait for them to finish explaining before asking your questions.
- Once on your horse, relax, remember to breathe, and watch your posture. Many beginner riders forget to breathe because they are so nervous. Keep this in mind and if you catch yourself holding your breath, release it! You should be sitting up tall with squared shoulders and heels down. Always watch where you are going, not your horse!
- Be sure to cool down your horse by walking for about 10-15 minutes or until the horse’s neck is room temperature.
- ALWAYS come to a complete stop before dismounting.
- Balance is extremely important in riding. A strong core will do you more good than gripping reins, saddle horns, or legs. Horses can sense your tenseness and any kind of gripping will send that message to the horse. Again, make sure you breathe and engage your core!
- Ride more than once a week if you want to improve and feel more comfortable. As they say, practice makes perfect!
- Lastly, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!