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Susan FriedlandSmith
Susan FriedlandSmith

I'm geeking out over "riding as exercise" data thanks to my new Fitbit Blaze. The latest on the blog. . . http://susanfriedlandsmith.com/2017/03/15/horseback-riding-exercise/

Comparing Spin Class v. Horseback Riding as Exercise | Saddle Seeks Horse

Comparing Spin Class v. Horseback Riding as Exercise | Saddle Seeks Horse

In which saddle do you think you get a more calorie-burning workout: the pleather one on the exercise bike at the gym or the one you place atop your horse's back? I'm assuming since you are reading a blog with the words "saddle" and "horse" in the name th...

Susan FriedlandSmith
Susan FriedlandSmith

Who else tracks and rides? http://susanfriedlandsmith.com/2017/03/08/fitbit-blaze-horseback-riding/

Fitbit Blaze for Equestrians: Here's Why I'm Glad I Upgraded My Fitness Tracker | Saddle Seeks Horse

Fitbit Blaze for Equestrians: Here's Why I'm Glad I Upgraded My Fitness Tracker | Saddle Seeks Horse

More and more equestrians are looking for fitness trackers to record their exercise time both in and out of the saddle. I just got the Fitbit Blaze* and have worn it at the time of this writing during four riding lessons, one trail ride, while walking the...

Susan FriedlandSmith
Susan FriedlandSmith

My most read stories last year were about using fitness trackers like Fitbit while riding, how being around horses is good for your brain (based on brain research), books I've read, and when a very good horse does a very bad thing. http://susanfriedlandsmith.com/2017/02/01/saddle-seeks-horse-top-10-posts-2016/

Saddle Seeks Horse Top 10 Posts from 2016 | Saddle Seeks Horse

Saddle Seeks Horse Top 10 Posts from 2016 | Saddle Seeks Horse

Most of us equestrians are goal oriented and reflective. Before we get too far into 2017, I wanted to glance back to see what posts received the most traffic and in theory were most helpful to my fellow horse (and dog) lovers. One of my goals for 2017 is ...

Susan FriedlandSmith
Susan FriedlandSmith

Some of us equestrian bloggers participated in the 4th annual Equestrian Blogger Secret Santa Exchange this Christmas. It's my second year taking part and it's so much fun! http://susanfriedlandsmith.com/2017/01/11/equestrian-blogger-secret-santa-revealed-thanks-bel-joeor/

Equestrian Blogger Secret Santa Revealed: Thanks Bel Joeor! | Saddle Seeks Horse

Equestrian Blogger Secret Santa Revealed: Thanks Bel Joeor! | Saddle Seeks Horse

The holidays came and went so quickly! Christmas day hubby and I flew to Chicago to see my side of the family, New Year's Eve we flew back home to Orange County to regroup, New Year's Day we drove six hours to Mammoth Lakes, California (hubby skied) and t...

Susan FriedlandSmith
Susan FriedlandSmith

I will put both my Longines Los Angeles Masters posts here. One is mostly celebrities (a great close up of John Whitaker) and the other is more about the ambiance of the four-day show. Here http://susanfriedlandsmith.com/2016/09/30/7-must-see-photos-longines-la-masters-red-carpet/

9 Must-See VIPs from the Longines LA Masters Red Carpet | Saddle Seeks Horse

9 Must-See VIPs from the Longines LA Masters Red Carpet | Saddle Seeks Horse

Scores of the world's most talented show jumpers are now here in SoCal for the third annual Longines LA Masters, and last night's red carpet opening event brought out the equestrian and Hollywood stars in full force. Enjoy this collection shot by the tale...

Susan FriedlandSmith
Susan FriedlandSmith

I took a paper doll version of my retired Thoroughbred racehorse to a blogging and social media conference. Here's what happened. http://susanfriedlandsmith.com/2016/07/01/what-i-did-this-summer-at-blogpaws/

What I Did This Summer at BlogPaws | Saddle Seeks Horse

What I Did This Summer at BlogPaws | Saddle Seeks Horse

Raise your hand if you have ever responded to the back-to-school writing prompt "Describe what you did this summer." Did you write about going to a beach or a camping trip? Maybe you were one of those lucky ones who visited Disneyland.

Susan FriedlandSmith
Susan FriedlandSmith

http://susanfriedlandsmith.com/2016/06/02/good-horses-go-ballistic-part-2-lessons-learned-hindsight/

When Good Horses Go Ballistic Part 2: Lessons Learned in Hindsight | Saddle Seeks Horse

When Good Horses Go Ballistic Part 2: Lessons Learned in Hindsight | Saddle Seeks Horse

Shock, dismay, and fear gripped me in the moments preceding my riding lesson almost a month ago when my good horse went ballistic. My normally calm bay Thoroughbred gelding erupted into a squealing dragon, dealing out fierce kicks I now believe were inten...