Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Less Than Ideal Show Environment

By Cathy Penrod As summer fast approaches and we prepare for our outdoor show season, many thoughts come into play, “Grrr…I hate showing in the heat; this is...

When Retirement is the Right Choice

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Prior to Morgan Osbaldeston purchasing Preston, a five-year-old Oldenburg/ Thoroughbred gelding, her previous horse had just passed away at a young age. “My gelding had a...

What My Horse Taught About Finally Setting Boundaries

BY LINDSEY RAINS Boundaries, in my opinion, are such an underrated thing. Many confuse boundaries with abuse or mean-spirited behavior. But boundaries, with humans or with horses, carry magic...

I Can Hear Your Silence

BY JULIA FISCHER Growing up as a mixed Latina, I have always faced racism. I have been discriminated against, been called slurs, and have been made to feel unworthy....

June Publisher’s Note: The Best Time

BY PIPER KLEMM When we start to talk about the state of the world, it’s easy to feel guilt. Guilt over what we have spent on horses (no matter...

Horses Built the Confidence for Living an Authentic Life

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Horses offer a gift of universal acceptance. The animals make no judgements based on gender, religion, sexuality or any of the other dividing factors humans are...

Training the Healing Rider

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Whether a rider is healing from a broken arm or recovering from brain surgery, the trainer holds an essential role in the process of getting back...

A New Kind of Photography Business

By Kristin Pitzer After working for The Book LLC, photographers Vicci Valenti and Annie Patterson took a hiatus. They returned two years later with their own media company, Kind...

Secret Shame

By Rennie Dyball and Lauren Mauldin Stephanie Ray Peters speaks out about the shame that permeate the horse show world—and what all of us can do to change it.

I Would Like to Introduce Myself

BY LAUREN KARDEL It has been impossible to ignore the responses of the horse community to George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement. From my home in...

What Horses Teach Us About Repairing Relationships

BY LINDSEY RAINS Whether we realize it or not, our relationships drive many factors in our lives—from how we act to how we feel about ourselves and even how...

The Compton Cowgirl

BY KIRSTIE MARIE / ABIGAIL BOATWRIGHT As horse lovers, you and I know that horses heal humans. Many of us have been given love, purpose, opportunities, and endless life lessons...

Uncomfortable Silence

BY LAUREN MAULDIN As protests sprouted up across the country in the wake of George Flloyd’s murder at the hand of police, conversations around racism entered every house in...

Following Your Why in Challenging Times

BY CIRA PACE MALTA When the first announcement from USEF was made suspending all horse shows for 30 days, I thought I would never survive that much time at...

Design Horse Shows to Build Confidence for Horse and Rider

BY R.L. JACOBS Now that horse shows are back in action after Covid-19 caused shows to be cancelled for over two months, it is interesting to see that some...

Returning to Our (New) Horse Show Normal

BY PONYMOMAMMY I never thought I would miss the inevitable horse show hangover, but after months of quarantine and cancelled shows, my body was craving the Monday morning exhaustion,...

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...