Saturday, June 6, 2020

Where to Begin Again?

How to get back in the tack after time away from riding Jane Ehrhart runs River Hill Farm, a private training facility based in Wellington, FL. River Hill...

Let Us Hope When Times are Hard

BY JONATHAN PORTEOUS Hope is one of the defining characteristics of human beings. It drives us to be better, to work harder, and to love stronger. Hope can be...

What They Don’t Tell You About Horseback Riding

BY TAYLOR SANTOSUOSSO  “Try horseback riding lessons,” they said. “Horses keep you out of trouble,” they said. Well, what they don’t tell you...

A Partner for Life

By Betsy Kelley Every horse crazy little girl grew up dreaming about that once in a lifetime horse. The magical steed from the movies...

5 Things Any Rider Can Do To Be Successful

BY EMILY ELEK I don't teach public riding lessons anymore. Instead, my business focuses on sales and leases so I can spend more time with my own family. I...

The Entitlement of Victimhood

BY ELYSE SCHENK Unpopular opinion: winners aren’t villains, and losers aren’t victims.  Accusing competitors of winning without genuinely earning their success is a harmful, trendy habit...

Did the Pandemic Prove We Rely Too Much on Showing?

BY GREGORY M. FRANKLIN, CANTERBURY FARM Let me preface this by stating two facts.  First, I love going to horse shows. I enjoy the competition, camaraderie,...

Penny Carpenter: Turning a Passion for Horses Into 48 Years of Stewarding

BY KRISTIN PITZER Penny Carpenter has loved horses since she was a child. Originally from New York, she got her start at a stable within biking distance of her...

Boarding Barns Are Prepared for Anything… Even the Apocalypse

BY ELYSE SCHENK Those willing to pursue the unforgiving business of horse boarding aren’t in it for the promise of easy success. Only a certain type of entrepreneur will...

Laura Connaway: Creating Her Own Path

BY EMILY DAILY/JUMP MEDIA As a life-long rider and fourth-generation equestrian, Laura Connaway always knew she wanted to center her livelihood around horses. But she also realized that a...

Every Little Breath You Take… Can Improve Your Riding

By Tonya Johnston, MA The most powerful skill you possess is something you have in common with your horse: breathing. Of course, you were both born knowing how to...

What Covid-19 Has Given Me

BY MEGAN ROSENTHAL Covid-19 has taught me that people can essentially be broken down into two main groups: Those that approach conflict resolution with a team based outlook, and...

Progress, Not Perfection: Mental Wellness in the Barn

By PonyMomAmmy I have always said that having horses is my therapy. I justify the expense of ponies by saying that it’s cheaper than having a psychologist on call...

Summer Memories: Looking Back on the Best of the Vermont Summer Festival

BY LINDSAY BROCK Revered as a top choice for horse showing in the Northeast during the warmer months, the Vermont Summer Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, and has...

The Best Way to Honor Your Late Heart Horse is to be Brave Enough...

BY LAUREN MAULDIN My friends know that I've suffered a lot of loss in the past five years. As soon as I feel somewhat grounded after one death, another...

Publisher’s Note: Controlling What We Can

As I write this, it feels like our world is crashing down around us. Fear is overrunning in all forms—financial health, bodily health, as well as something more sinister. We are counting...

OTTBs are High-Maintenance (and so is every horse)

BY ALLISON HOWELL The group OTTB Connect on Facebook has 77,000 members. The hashtag “OTTB” on Instagram results in thousands of posts. There are countless t-shirts, saddle pads, fly...

Forever in the Family: A Mother and Daughter’s Commitment to Horses

BY DANI SCHNEIDER On Christmas morning in 2007, Emily Goldberg woke up to German Riding Pony, Walter, as her Christmas present. “It was the best present I have ever...

Can We Improve Horse Shows in a Post-Pandemic Circuit?

With shows starting back up in some areas as early as a few weeks, the horse industry is buzzing with new regulations and guidelines for showing in a COVID-19 world. Face masks,...

Nancy Dye on Power, Pearls, and Pandemics

By Jess Clawson, Ph.D. Successful equestrians, regardless of their level of competition, need to be resilient. Rails down, missed lead changes, lame horses—any obstacle that can happen to...

Carole Lessine: Living the American Dream at Moonlight Sport Horses

BY KARLA CAMPBELL Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, Carole Lessine and her family moved to the United States in 2011. Although the move was not actually tied to horses, the...

Equine Mental Health & Wellness

By Dr. Heather Beach Achieving a happy, harmonious partnership with our horses takes a lot of care. Proper nutrition, proper fitting tack, good footing, veterinary and farrier care, supplements,...