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OTTB A Grand Offer Finds a New Normal with Amateur Owner

BY ELIZABETH JANOSKI A Grand Offer Two things have preoccupied me most of my life: writing and animals, particularly dogs and horses. Finding myself advancing in years with a doting husband, loving son, three border collies, eleven...

Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Afraid of Jumping

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I've been thinking a lot about fear lately. For much of my equestrian career, I've been afraid of jumping. Afraid of the horse stopping. Afraid of missing my distance and crashing through...

How the Equestrian Community Can be More Size-Inclusive

One plus-sized rider’s perspective from 25+ years of being in and out of the equestrian world BY KAREN HOPPER USHER I’ve been riding for 25 years. First as a chubby, then fat, then obese equestrian. Along...

9 Ideas for DIY Horse Ornaments for Your Holiday Tree

Cold, wintery days don't always make for great riding weather. But sometimes a bad barn day can make for a great crafting day warm at home. If you're looking for some easy, equestrian details...

The Living Quarters Horse Trailer Unicorn

BY GORDON BALLANTYNE ISO 3 horse LQ, 8’ wide with mangers or 7’ wide without. 8’ tall. 8’ or 10’ short wall living quarters. No toilet in the shower. 2012 or newer. Slides preferred, no...

The Show Should Not Go On: Why Horse Showing in Inclement Weather Isn’t a...

BY MEREDITH ANN SIMMONS Crack. Pop. Whoosh. The wind was knocked out of me as I hit the ground. I didn’t need a doctor to tell me—I already knew I had broken my ankle. When a...

Keeping the Barn Trauma-Free

BY ANONYMOUS Safety should be everyone’s priority in their barn. I used to feel safe in my barn. I used my barn as an escape, a blissful place where I felt peace and decompressed from my...

The Case For Dark-Colored Breeches

BY JENNIFER FINCH Why the recent USEF rule change allowing dressage riders to wear dark-colored breeches is an important step in making our sport more accessible. Early in 2021, USEF announced that, starting on December 1st,...

Dreams to Reality: a Life Learning the Love of Horses

BY NIECA LINK As a child, I dreamt of horses. Dreams of riding in large open fields. Their mane flowing in the wind, seeming so free. On the school bus as a child, I would...

Inspiration for an Equestrian Thanksgiving

This time of year our collective thoughts are often geared towards indoor finals, giving thanks, and delicious meals with family and friends. Many celebrate in a variety of ways, from Friendsgiving to Barn Family...

How an Average, Working Amateur on a Budget Ended Up Importing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I've been a little hesitant to tell this story. After all, I've been writing for years about my deep love of OTTBs, what it's like to come up in this sport from...

Hip #572: How an Auction Pony Saved My Life

BY CHELSIE BROOKS In early December of 2018, I stood in the bathroom, half-dressed, hot curling iron in one hand shouting out instructions to my husband. We were running behind, partly because our 11-month-old took...

Five Strides With: Elite Girl

An “interview” with the show jumper (via her rider, Sandra Dalman!) The Oldenburg mare was Reserve Champion 7-Year-Old at the USHJA Young Jumper Championship and earned top ribbons at GLEF 1. What do you love most...

How Professionals Wish Clients Acted When They Leave a Trainer

BY PENELOPE GREEN An article went around on Facebook a while back about owning a small business and how that can lead to depression and anxiety.  Some of the worries include the costs of operating,...

A Week at the Happiest Show On Earth

BY LINDY GUTMAN Last month, I had the honor of participating in the Retired Racehorse Project 2020-2021 Mega Makeover in Lexington, KY.  The Retired Racehorse Project is a 501 c3 that advocates for and supports...

Taking Care of Your Tack (and Yourself): The Importance of Self-Care for Equestrians

BY LINDSEY ANUZIS GAGE Like a Barbie collection, horses have all kinds of accessories—blankets, boots, bits and brushes. But the most important accessory is the one that allows us the ability to ride them, and...

ShowMD’s Dr. Barbara Blasko: The Doctor is in…at the Horse Show

BY Emily Randolph/Randolph PR Speak to patients of Dr. Barbara Blasko, and you’re likely to hear a lot of similar sentiments: “Barb saved my life!” And, “I wouldn’t have been able to show if it...

Hassinger Farm: Where the Passion For Horses Comes First

Amy Hassinger and Dr. James Hassinger, DVM have spent almost two decades creating four companies with the goal of helping equine and human athletes perform their best BY JENNY FINCH Nestled under the tall, slender pines...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Stacia Madden

I’d be lost without: an assistant at the ring with me.  As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: the amazing team Beacon Hill has evolved into over the years.  As a horsewoman, I work to...

The Invisible Fault: Hannah Isop on Mental Health

BY JENNY SWANSON, LICSW Hannah Isop, talented professional rider and trainer at Harkaway Farm alongside Tracey Freels out of Brewster, NY and Wellington, FL is one of my personal favorites in the industry. After her...

Ejiao: The Illegal Trade That’s Bringing Donkeys To The Brink Of Extinction

If not stopped, donkeys could be extinct within the next 15 years. What can people in the United States do to help? BY JENNIFER FINCH In some areas of the world, working equines are the foundation...

How and Why Are Horses Used in Therapy

BY LINDSEY ANUZIS GAGE The therapeutic benefits of horses have long been recognized. Horses have been utilized in Hippotherapy for physical, occupational, and speech related treatment goals. Hippotherapy uses horses as a therapeutic agent for...