Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Cautiously Curious: My Horse’s Conversation with an Animal Communicator

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I'm not someone who tends to fall for the woo woo in life. Blame my practical, type-A mind, but I tend to address things with logic...

Life in a Three Beat Rhythm

BY CAROLINE FLEISCHAUER The second time I tried to kill myself I felt it coming. As I sat in my office, attempting to read papers, the words swam before...

We Find Our Grit When Things Go Sideway

BY PONYMOMAMMY Through a series of unfortunate events, the ponykid and I found ourselves suddenly and inexplicably without a trainer, two days before leaving for a horse show. Aside...

A Perfectionist’s Thoughts on Online Shows

BY JAMIE SKUBAL  As a self proclaimed type A perfectionist, I thought being able to do online horse shows would be fun. I thought participating in online horse shows...

Mothering a Horse-Crazy Child: When Things Start Getting Serious

In her first installment, a hesitant mom shared her daughter's slow but steady path to equestrian obsession. Today learn about that first pony who helped take everything to the next level.

Supporting the Future of Show Jumping with Young Horse Programs and Fun at the...

BY DOMINIQUE LAU The goal since breaking ground at the Paso Robles Horse Park (the Park) has been to create an environment prioritizing the safety of the horses, enjoyment...

Young Professional Spotlight: Lauren Koslosky and Even Keel Equestrian

BY TIANNA VESTRI Growing up in the Northeast, Even Keel Equestrian's Lauren Kosolsky always had a love for horses. She “finally” got a start to her riding career when...

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Even a King…

BY PIPER KLEMM Many years ago, I was reading The Onion in print—so many years ago, in fact, that I’m not even sure if it was online yet. In...

Mothering a Horse-Crazy Child: When Riding Happens Against Your Will

BY JENNIFER GOLIGHTLY We didn’t mean to do it. In my case at least, I had actively planned not to do it when my daughter was born. Horses had...

Role models and winners: Making the case for both in a trainer

BY JESSIE KOERNER While we're reimagining the sport, we need to fundamentally reevaluate what it means to be a coach.  Looking around at the current...

Remembering Richard Marshall Taylor

BY RANDEE BECKMAN Richard M. Taylor, a renowned Virginia horseman and leading figure in the industry, died Friday, September 18, 2020. Born and raised on a small farm in...

How to Guarantee Failure? Avoid Taking Risks

BY ELYSE SCHENK Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg famously said, “the biggest risk is not taking any risk.” Choosing the safe route is the most dangerous way to go, as...

A Thoroughbred’s Subtle Presentations of Kissing Spine (and how I got him back)

BY LINDY GUTMAN Friday afternoon, while taking the longer route to our larger outdoor arena, I started to think. Our horses talk to us. Sometimes they even scream at...

Six Rules for Buying a Horse Sight Unseen

By Leone Equestrian Law | www.EquestrianCounsel.com The topic of buying a horse unseen comes up from time to time in our practice and it can be tempting, especially with travel...

Beyond the Black Square: Horse Shows Aren’t Doing Enough to Support BLM

BY BRIDIE HAMILTON It’s been three and a half months since Sophie Gochman’s article Breaking The Silence Surrounding White Privilege In The Horse World. During this time, the climate...

Photo Gallery: Blame it on the Rain

I've heard hunter/jumpers called fair weather riders more than once... but these photos show anything but! Photo © Amy Johanson Photography Photo: Nicole...

Equestrian Advice to Ride (and Live) By

BY PONYMOMAMMY The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. So I give you some of my favorite pearls of wisdom, in no particular...

Addressing Riding Apathy

BY ELYSE SCHENK The origin of our love for horses is a mystery for many. The obsession seems to affect most of us randomly, striking out of thin air....

Freeing the Broken Horses on My Search for a Horse of My Own

BY RAIN ZIMMEL Since childhood, horse ownership has represented the ultimate accomplishment and success. Riding was the proverbial carrot exploited by my folks to encourage favorable behaviours, so I...

We Need to Talk about Breasts

BY NOA LEIBSON It seems an incredible contradiction to care so much about breasts in the show ring, but label it taboo in discussions regarding our sport. Breasts—something we’re...

How I Got Lured Into Terrible Behavior By My Toxic Trainer

BY CORRINE MARTIN Here's the thing about gut instincts—they tend to be accurate.  Jen (names have been changed) was the big time trainer. We met before...

Feeling Stressed? Zen Out With These Freshly Dragged Arenas

There are few things in life better than being the first person to ride though a freshly dragged arena. It's like the equestrian version of a zen garden. For...