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Equi-librium offers adults and children education in horseback riding, horse training, and management.  The facility has two large outdoor arenas and is set in picturesque Stoddard, NH.  The facility is operated and horses owned by Dorothy Crosby,  who is certified as an instructor by both Centered Riding Inc. (CR) and the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA).  Dorothy is now a Level III Centered Riding Instructor/Clinician.  With CHA, Dorothy is certified Level III for both English and jumping instruction, as well as Level II in Western riding.  A long time 4-H leader, Dorothy no longer hosts a particular 4-H Club, but is available as a screened volunteer leader to help any club as needed.  Dorothy has previously held a 4-H New England Judges card.  She has over 45 years of equine experience with over 20 years teaching students.

Equi-librium welcomes riders of all levels, abilities and disciplines!  Our well educated, experienced, sweet tempered herd love to participate in camps, workshops, clinics and of course, lessons!

Visitors are Always Welcome! Come visit and talk with us and learn for yourself how Centered Riding can benefit you and your equine companion.

A Nibble of Centered RidingĀ®

Centered Riding utilizes classical principles to create a mutually cooperative and interdependent relationship between horse and rider. By facilitating the way human and equine anatomy work together to best compliment one another, Centered Riding cultivates effective communication, balance, and confidence while eliminating tension and fear. Moving forward, horse and rider are able to achieve positive, relaxed riding.

Tidbit of the Season

With the cold season beginning, many horse owners question the need for blanketing their horses.  The many variables that determine when or if, and how much, blanketing should occur include things like wind chill, diet, coat thickness, temperatures, open exposure, sunlight, and availability of a shed or area with protection from the elements.  Many horses do fine in the cold, the winter season being easier on them than hot temperatures, bugs, and sunburn!  However, just like with people, the individual "cold measuring stick" varies, and our horses depend on us to provide the right conditions for their comfort.  Having access to an area in which they can move around helps; some horses will walk, and even drive others to walk along, to keep warm.  Some will actually shiver. Others will become lethargic, sore or stiff, or even cranky. Adding extra hay, especially at the coldest parts of the day or night, will help; the  process of digesting hay actually helps them stay warm more than increasing grain and calories, which also increases energy and may be an unwanted side effect! Should you decide some type of covering would be beneficial, be sure to choose the correct "weight" for the conditions; light, medium or heavy weight refers to the amount of insulation and should be enough to provide some extra warmth, but not so much as to cause overheating or sweating, which will make the horse colder in the long run. Your horse may actually need to have a variety of items in his wardrobe to accomodate the various temperatures and conditions. Be sure to remove those blankets occasionally to check for skin, hair, or other body issues, and give a good stimulating grooming to help maintain good circulation and a healthy coat.  
Have a safe, warm, and healthy winter for horses and their humans!
For more information on Centered Riding visit the official site of Centered Riding

For more information on the Certified Horsemanship Association visit CHA's webpage.

"You [Dorothy Crosby] are a natural teacher and you set high standards for yourself and others! Well Done!" ~CHA clinic instructor