What are the Most Popular Horse Breeds

Your riding instructor may also ask you to retrieve your horse by breed. Some horses are used primarily for driving; others are more suitable for riding. In all likelihood you will be introduced to one of these horses: Appaloosa Most Appaloosas have spots in different patterns covering the body. They may haveContinue Reading

Most Common Horse Colors And Markings

During a lesson, your riding instructor may ask you to go into the paddock area and retrieve your lesson horse. It’s unlikely that each horse will be wearing a name tag, so your instructor will use equine terms to describe it to you. For this reason, it’s important to knowContinue Reading

Horse Riding Lessons

Once you’ve chosen a riding center and style of riding, you’ll likely be presented with a few different options for lessons. Types of Lessons Different riding instructors have varied approaches to teaching horseback riding. You may want to try several instructors to determine which method is best for you. PrivateContinue Reading

Another choice you have to make is between the two primary riding styles, English and Western. Neither is easier nor harder than the other, and English, though associated with competitions, isn’t limited to those who want to compete. There are also competitive training styles that you might want to work your way upContinue Reading

The horse is a powerful animal, and riding one can be an immensely gratifying experience. Mastering skills that allow you to manage a horse is a long-term process. But regardless of your skill level, knowing the basics about horses and horsemanship will make the experience a safer one for you, other riders,Continue Reading

When and Where to Stargaze

Your stargazing experience will be much better if you have good observing conditions. Full Moon vs. New Moon The Full Moon is very bright and tends to wash out a good portion of the sky. Though it’s fun to observe the Moon and easy to observe planets and bright stars while theContinue Reading

What Tools to Bring for a Night of Stargazing

A variety of tools can enhance your stargazing by helping you locate objects in the sky and see them in more detail. Star Charts Star charts are road maps for the sky: they show the locations of stars, galaxies, nebulae, and clusters, as well as directions (north, south, east, west) andContinue Reading

How To Identify Stars, Nebulae, and Galaxies

The objects you can see in the sky with your naked eye are mostly stars and sometimes planets, but with binoculars or a telescope, many other types of objects become visible. That being said, if you just have a small, basic telescope, don’t expect to see a lot of spectacularContinue Reading

Moon Gazing: What It Is, How to Do It

Many of the Moon’s surface features can be viewed with the naked eye because it is often the largest and brightest object in the night sky. Whether through binoculars or a telescope, it’s one of the most fascinating celestial bodies to see. The Far vs. Near Side of the MoonContinue Reading

Night sky Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors

Aside from planets, our solar system has a large number of other objects. They can be as massive as Pluto or as little as a grain of sand, and are usually made of rock, ice, and dust. Asteroids Asteroids are tiny stony bodies found mostly between Mars and Jupiter inContinue Reading