Tuesday, August 11, 2020

My Barn Has Cobwebs

BY PAMELA N. SAUL I was doing night check, like I do every night, and noticed some cobwebs up in the aisle light and made a mental note that I needed to clean those. I...

Horse Bedrooms You’ll Want to Live in No Matter How Old You Are

Most young riders—and let's face it, most grown riders—would happily spend all day in the barn. When you can't spend the night with your favorite horse, the next best thing is a...

A Barn Owner Responds to the “Ethics of Employment”

BY PONYMOMAMMY I read the article, several times in fact, and I have a few things I’d like to add. Now it is entirely possible I misread the intention behind it, and I am by...

5 Good Horsemanship Habits To Add to Your Routine

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM We all know that horses can be somewhat delicate creatures, and straying from a strict care routine both before and after riding often leads to complications. Here are 5 good horsemanship...

The Horse Show Prizes Adult Amateurs Really Want

BY LAUREN MAULDIN As a struggling adult amateur, it's only been a somewhat recent development for me to have any opinion at all about horse show prizes. For the longest time,...

Why Good Help Is Hard to Find: A Barn Manager’s Perspective

BY LINDSEY ABBOTT For years I’ve loved working as a barn manager and stay-at-home trainer. Part of my job is acting as a liaison between the boss and the two different...

I Take Forever in the Cross Ties

BY LAUREN MAULDIN These days, I take forever in the cross ties—especially before my ride. I didn’t used to be this way. My horse always had to be body...

Top 9 Concussion Myths Debunked

BY HANNAH NAVA Concussions are often associated with high-impact sports such as hockey, football, and soccer. Players are required to tackle, block, and push in an effort to prevent the other team from scoring a...

The Day I Learned That Winning Doesn’t Matter

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN I remember it the way people remember big events in their lives—in exquisite and insignificant detail, in sounds and feelings, in visceral emotions. I remember it with a...

Hypocrisy and Horses: the Immigrant Workforce.

BY SARAH MASLIN NIR, THE RIDING REPORTER The post popped up on my Facebook feed this week. Never mind that the un-sourced numbers it contained were not remotely true,...

Saving Bentley: Trying to Rescue the Lost Lesson Horses

BY CHRISTINA KEIM 2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry The equine industry has a dirty little secret. It is whispered about in barn aisles and tack...

Losing Your Heart Horse: Where Do You Go With a Broken Heart?

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN It took me almost twenty years of riding to learn what a heart horse actually is. I mean, in some way I've loved all the horses...

The Madness Behind The Inside Leg to Outside Rein

BY ASHLEEN LEE Often times I feel like a broken record. I tell my students and myself when I am riding, use the inside leg to the outside rein. Why? The outside rein holds the track....

Tiny Model Horse Tack So Amazing You’ll Think It’s The Real Thing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Confession time. I am obsessed with all things miniature. If something is smaller than its intended size, I'm totally here for it. Of course, this interest grows exponentially when you show me itty...

Handling Barn Drama: Protecting Your Happy Place

BY JESS CLAWSON Barn drama is as prominent as barns themselves. It happens everywhere… even if you’re the only boarder. “Did you hear what so-and-so did?” I say to...

21 Horse Halloween Pumpkins You’ll Wish Were On Your Front Porch

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Last week, we shared some hunter/jumper Halloween carving patterns so you could decorate your front porch with some equestrian flair! If you're looking for more inspiration, check out the amazing horse pumpkins...

Can the Equestrian Industry Afford to Go on Pause During Coronavirus?

BY DANI SCHNEIDER The Equestrian world has come to a halt in the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While the safety and health of everyone and their horses...

Swipe Right: What Those Horse Photos in Dating Profiles Say About Equestrians

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Gentlemen, I know you’ve heard about us – the horse girls. Whether it’s the infamous tight breeches or how we’re known to be just slightly crazy, our reputation...

Riding Through It When You Feel Like Quitting

BY JAMIE SKUBAL How many of us have hit a stage in our riding when we just want to give up? Currently, I’m sitting in the...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Full Chaps and Fringe

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Chokers, jelly shoes, plaid flannel shirts... so many of the fashion trends from when I grew up in the 90's are becoming mainstream again. But what about the horse world? When it comes...

And Then It Rained…

Above: Greg Best and Gem Twist. Photo by Tish Quirk. By Timothy Wickes Maybe one out of ten 8th grade creative writing papers starts with, “It was a dark and stormy night,” and that over-used opening...

20 Motivational Quotes to Use at the Barn

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN As we start off in the new year looking forward to a fresh start, many people are setting out to tackle big goals and resolutions. When I'm facing what feels...