Friday, April 23, 2021

It Matters Who You Horse Show With

BY CHLOE HARDGRAVE I was tired. I wanted to go home. I was covered in sweat and tears from the round before. My horse had pushed me past the point of a bad show round....

Appreciating What We’ve Learned From the Craziest Year Ever

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I know I'm not the only one that's ready for 2020 to bite the dust. It's been one thing after another, and we've all been in this muck together. I don't have...

Moments with Horses

BY JENNIFER THOMAS, PH.D. Jerry is a (roughly) 32-year-old retired carriage horse from Chicago. I’ve never seen him before (even though he has been in residence for about a year). Today, however, he caught...

If Hallmark Made a Holiday Horse Movie

BY LAUREN MAULDIN This time of year, Hallmark holiday movies are my guilty pleasure. I’ve watched a “dog therapist” fall in love with a Silicon valley tech guru (and save the day before Christmas), a...

Joker’s Jester Hits the Jackpot

By Kara Pinato Scro/Jump Media Joker’s Jester is a 12.1h, 9-year-old Quarter Pony gelding who is currently living with a loving family, complete with three young girls to dote on him. But Jester’s story didn’t...

A Pony for XMas

By Ashley Tice-David I could fully envision how the morning would play out. Cora would wake up early, so excited to see what Santa had brought her, come galloping down into our room demanding that...

Holiday Horse Photos

A holiday card isn't complete without the most important member of the family... your horse! Whether it's a new addition to the barn or a lifelong friend and partner, we love how these equestrians...

Silver Fox Farms is Raising Talent with Hard Work

BY CATIE STASZAK It may have been  McKayla Brombach’s first time ever contesting the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals, but the 14-year-old rode with no nerves. Brombach, Wimberley, TX, had all the confidence in her pony, California...

I Am a Black Equestrian

BY STEPH KALLSTROM I am a black equestrian. More precisely, an Afro-Peruvian equestrian. I was born in Peru and adopted from an orphanage. Through modern technology and genetic mapping, I discovered that my African heritage...

Three Tips for Ditching the Barn Drama

BY CALI CYBULSKI All sports have their share of lousy sportsmanship, including the equestrian world. That said, there are so many good people and positive attributes in the horse community, it’s worth taking a closer...

Found on Facebook: How a horse bought sight unseen turned out to be the...

BY LETTIE TEAGUE There are so many ways to go wrong when it comes to buying a horse. The worst way of all, most professionals agree, is sight unseen.  But that was before the Covid-19...

I Love Horses, But I’m Tired

BY LAUREN MAULDIN My story is not unique in our sport. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love horses. Begged for lessons, was fortunate enough to ride as a kid. Worked hard and...

Lessons in Lifelong Care for Horses From an Unexpected Reunion

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Some horses find their way back to their person, and that is exactly what happened to Jackie Attwood-Dupont and her horse, Legacy. But before the reunion, we have to start at the...

Am I a “Good” One? Working Through Issues as an Adult Amateur

BY LINDY GUTMAN On a recent overnight, off-season trip to one of our favorite places, Saratoga, I saw a quote I hadn’t seen before. It’s credited to Abraham Lincoln, and it started me thinking. “Whatever you...

Money Isn’t Everything—Here’s How I Know

BY PIPER KLEMM I grew up in this sport as most of us did—wanting it all. I worked my tail off, never got anywhere, got super jealous and bitter, eventually flamed out and focused on...

Horse: Keeper of Secrets

BY OLIVIA JOHNSON Horse: /hôrs/ n. a large, solid-hoofed, herbivorous quadruped. The dictionary always makes things sound so technical. I prefer to think of a horse as a generous, sure-footed, carrot-loving partner. Not something that can...

The Number 1 Thing You Should Never Do With a Horse

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I had the worst lesson this weekend. Even though the sun was shining, my horse had been worked all week and was a total lamb the day before, he came out like...

Wit and Wisdom from a Horse

BY TRISH LEMKE “Don’t apologize (or if you’re an apology addict, do it less)” If you’ve ever studied or even watched horse behavior, you’ll notice that horses never apologize for who they are. They don’t apologize...

Depression in the Equestrian Community: My Quest for Safety

BY ELSPETH ROAKE At first it was difficult for me to speak publicly about my depression, but when I do I am usually met with similar accounts. As a society, we are finally beginning to...

Every Horse Has Something to Teach Us

BY MICHAELA MANGUS “This one will teach you how to hold your shoulders back,” I say as I hand Theo’s reins back over to my dirt-covered student, her expression sheepish from an impromptu dismount. I...

The Freedom in Movement After Living Through an Eating Disorder

BY EMMA SHUPPER Today, I am me and nothing else. I am a person going through this crazy, beautiful, scary journey we call life. It’s a task of continually defining and redefining, learning and unlearning,...

Without Fear or Feeling: Riding with a Sensory Processing Disorder

BY ALEX BLACKSTON Like a lot of other riders in this sport, I ride because I love climbing up the mounting block and being able to walk away on top of a thousand pound creature...