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A-Circuit to Dude Ranch: How I found my passion for riding again

BY VYLA CARTER Much of my time at my last show on the A-circuit was spent in the feed stall crying. I was burnt out. I was exhausted from the high pressure—the constant tiny mistakes...

In Defense of Unmounted Lessons

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING When it comes to riding lessons, I understand that riding is the overwhelming desire, as well as the underlying principle, guiding most participants. However, sometimes riding is not possible,...

Equestrian Gardens: Jess Jones Helps Barns Transform Their Horse Show Set-Ups To Feel Like...

BY April Bilodeau We all know the importance of a well turned out horse at the show ring. While a clean, prepared presentation is crucial to your confidence and success in the show ring, a...

10 Decorated Barns to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Whether you decorate your barn for the holidays or not, it's hard to deny how picturesque a bright wreath can be under a snowy roof. Now, anyone who takes care of livestock during the...

25 Horse Tattoos Like You’ve Never Seen Before

BY LAUREN MAULDIN While I spend a lot of time in pretty, traditional equestrian clothing, I still love tattoos. I've got a small collection of animal and literary inspired ink, but recently added a new...

More Repurposed Horseshoe Craft Ideas Than You’ll Ever Know What to Do With

Does your barn have a pile of old horse shoes? Have you kept a set from a special horse that's been sitting around? We joke that our horses get shoes more often than us,...

Equine Elixirs: The Power of Positude and Calmakazi

How Positude and Calmakazi supplements address spooky, nervous, anxious, hormonal and temperamental behavior If you’re looking to address your horse’s behavioral or temperamental challenges, you don’t want to miss Equine Elixirs’ popular product duo: Positude...

Equine Elixirs: You Can Lead A Horse To Water … And Now, You Can...

We all know water is essential for life. But do you know the many ways in which water impacts your horse on a daily basis? Water forms a layer along the length of the...

“You Can Always Be a Horse Person”

Writer Meg Vondriska contemplates quitting, loss, and community BY Meg Vondriska I’m a writer whose name you might recognize from posts like, “Advice on how to stop your horse from bolting?” and “Why can’t I stop...

The Case for Ulceraser

Two of Equine Elixirs’ most recent gastric case studies highlight the effects of Ulceraser plus Equine Elixirs’ sea buckthorn extract. When it comes to Ulceraser, the proof is in the pudding—or in this case, the...

Hero Bean Stevenson: A Deep Love for Horses—and a Desire to Improve Mental Wellness...

The mental health podcast host and therapist-in-training shares her story and her hopes for the horse world at large. BY HERO BEAN STEVENSON Candid conversations about mental health are on the rise. Simone Biles made headlines...

Obituary: Remembering William “Billy” Barr

BY Ariane Stiegler The equestrian industry lost a great horseman, trainer, and rider on January 1, 2024. William A. Barr, or “Billy” as most of us knew him, had an eye to pick some of the...

The Eight Best Washing Machines for Your Barn

It's okay to admit it: We've all had that moment where, against our better judgment, we put a saddle pad in our home washing machine. It might be good for the saddle pad, but it...

Mind Body Horse: Achieving Alignment Through Yoga

If a life can have a narrative, the throughline of Carrie Fraser’s story is one of alignment. Emotionally, physically, and spiritually, her life has been an education in finding that balance. She started Mind...

What to Know Before You Import

An expert in importing, Allyson Coluccio provides her take on what to look out for before buying a horse from across the pond BY Allyson Coluccio I have been importing horses since the early 90’s. Well,...

Fit to Ride: Pilates

By Kim Harries No matter what style of riding you prefer, having a strong core, and balanced muscles will benefit both you and your horse. What happens when your horse spooks? Are you able to...

Meet the Chair of the New Young Professionals of JustWorld Committee

BY Brianne Link After a birthday party pony ride at 4 years old, I fell in love with the equestrian sport. I’m established in the show jumping ring, where I compete in levels up to...

Publisher’s Note: Do you have to be inherently selfish to be a great rider?

BY Piper Klemm I love this time of year because it is such a privilege to see the level of competition we have coming up in our schedule—to watch the best hunter and equitation riders...

The Breyer Model Horse That Sold for $22,000

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every summer before the hunter/jumper crowd flocks to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Summer series, a group of folks comes to show with a very different kind of string—model horses! BreyerFest, a...

A Day in the Life of a Dude Ranch Wrangler

By Vyla Carter This summer, I traded in my English saddle and tall boots for western tack and cowboy boots to be a wrangler at a dude ranch in Wyoming. A dude ranch is basically...

America Cryo: Next Level Equine Therapy

BY TYLER BUI Injury prevention, recovery, and rehabilitation are crucial to the health and performance of show horses. As a professional Grand Prix rider, Florian Moreno found himself looking for the right support to help...

Model Horses So Realistic You’ll Think They’re Alive

Many equestrians played with a "carpet herd" of model horses when they were kids. These toys were our connection the big dreams we hoped would play out with our own horse one day. But...