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Placitas Free-Roaming Horses Ruled ‘Not Wild’

A judge ruled on July 16th that the free-roaming bands of horses around Placitas, New Mexico are “not wild.” So what does that mean for the horses? continue reading »

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Midsummer Equestrian Bucket List

It’s already the end of July — but there’s still plenty of summer left. Here are our recommendations on making this your best horsey summer ever. continue reading »

Tips for Handling Dog Attacks from Horseback

Nothing can turn a nice ride into a nightmare faster than encountering an aggressive dog. Here are some tips for keeping yourself and your horse safe. continue reading »

Best of Craigslist: ‘Line back red dunn gelding!’

Cowboy with death wish sold separately. What is this guy thinking?!?!?! continue reading »

Weekly Instagram Round-Up

The best of last week’s Instagram submissions, rounded up for your viewing pleasure. #horsenation

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Confessions of a Summer Camp Instructor, Part III: ‘Please Can I Get Off?’

For beginner riders, this isn’t an uncommon uttering. Chelsea Alexander shares her strategies for dealing with the situation. continue reading »

Monday Morning Feed from SmartPak: #ROOTD

What do SmartPak employees wear to the barn? Here they show off their #ROOTD (Riding Outfits of the Day). continue reading »

5 Tips to Survive Being a Broke Young Rider

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Yes, Jousting Still Exists, and Yes, It’s Ridiculously Fun Even if You’re Terrible at It

You may have seen jousting knights at the Renaissance Fair…but have you ever thought of trying it yourself? continue reading »

12 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting an Equine Business

Thinking of taking on some boarders, or launching an equine marketing firm, or becoming a show groom? Well, you’ve got a lot to learn. continue reading »

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

6 Fun Tack Facts

Each item in a tack room has a storied history, sometimes spanning decades, sometimes spanning centuries. Lynn Howland and I put our heads together for some research. continue reading »

Weekend Welcome from Kentucky Performance Products: EJ Knows Best

Somebody is always making a splash in EJ’s world — some days more literally than others. continue reading »

Confessions of a Summer Camp Instructor, Part II: The Job Description

Chelsea Alexander explains why trouble-shooting skills are a camp instructor’s best asset. continue reading »

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Weekly Watering Hole Presented by Horse Quencher: Mini Horse Beach Field Trip

Swimming, frolicking, rolling in the sand, jumping driftwood… these minis are having the best day EVER. continue reading »

The Athletic Rider: Why Riding Is Not Enough

Our ability to communicate effectively with a horse is directly enhanced — or inhibited — by our ability to control our own bodies. Personal trainer Leah Hinnefeld explains. continue reading »

10 Things You Know You Miss About Being a Barn Rat

Who didn’t relish their barn rat days? Spending the entire day at the barn with your other barn rat friends, only to sleep for a few hours and do it all over again the next day. continue reading »

The Secret Mating Rituals of Dressage Riders

As revealed in a just-released music video by the British band Hugh. We break it down. continue reading »

Friday Flicks: ‘Miracle of the White Stallions’

Based on the autobiographical novel “The Dancing White Horses of Vienna” by Alois Podhajsky, the film tells the true story of the Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School during WWII. continue reading »

Friday Standing Ovation from Ovation Riding

Each week we honor an organization that is doing good work in the horse world. Today we speak with Kristin Loewenthal of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. continue reading »

Return of the King’s Return to Grace

A recent L.A. Times article told a tale of a racehorse fallen on hard times after his connections suffered unbelievable tragedy. Fortunately for the horse, a helping hand stepped in just in time. continue reading »

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy: Saturday, July 26

The 10th annual National Day of the Cowboy is set for this Saturday, July 26th. Learn more about this new initiative to preserve cowboy culture. continue reading »

The Problem With Ponies

Ponies — gotta love ‘em! Or you’d probably kill ‘em. Here is a list of pony problems that cannot be denied…

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Random Horse Commercial of the Day: Sony Gaming

In which a jockey is humping the shoulders of everybody in sight, all of whom are wearing creepy giant fake teeth, as part of an ad campaign to sell ancient-looking cell phones. continue reading »

Confessions of a Summer Camp Instructor, Part I: Summer Camp vs. The Real World

Teaching riding at a summer camp is an entirely different ballgame than teaching at a riding school. Camp instructor Chelsea Alexander explains. continue reading »

Thursday Morning Feed from Fleeceworks

Last week, we were getting ready for the FEI NAJYRC in Lexington, Ky. This week, we’re rewinding the weekend’s competition with some great video from RNS Video. continue reading »