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Our Responsibility As Riders

“If you interact with a horse, you have a responsibility toward him.” Christoph Hess, FEI “I” Judge in both dressage and eventing, explains this statement in an excerpt from his book Ride Better With Christoph Hess, reprinted here.

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When to Speak Up: Red Flags & Warning Signs for Reporting Abuse

Identifying specific warning signs for an abuse or neglect situation is not always easy. Noelle Maxwell speaks with Friends of Ferdinand to provide this helpful guide for concerned horse lovers.

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Ode to the Average Horse Person

“Not all of us can replace those National Velvet, Trigger, or Seabiscuit assumptions with exciting, real-life stories. That’s because, unlike Shiny-Boots-Show-Jumper-Extraordinaire, or Barrel-Racing-Cow-Cutting-Ranch-Hand… some of us are just average horse people.”

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‘New to Horses’ Meets ‘Been There Done That’

Most lifelong equestrians can probably barely remember a time in which they weren’t well-versed in everything equine. Sara

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Shade Shifters: Why Horses Change Color

There are a ton of factors that can influence the appearance of a horse’s coat color in his

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Grit, Part 1: What Is Grit and Why It Matters

Grit, argues contributor Melanie laCour, is perhaps the most important quality possessed by equestrians: the ability to stay

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Your Turn: A Thoroughbred Catch-Ride

Chloe Bellerive’s love of Thoroughbreds is rewarded!

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How a Smile Can Make You Ride Better

Emotional energy can have a big effect on how you ride. Linda Tellington-Jones elaborates in this excerpt from

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Slow Down in December With Ground Work

With the holiday crunch, limited daylight and a hundred extra responsibilities piling on our shoulders, our riding time

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Straight From the Trainer’s Mouth: Marketing for Professional Riders

How can professional riders and trainers set themselves apart from the herd in a competitive industry? Professional dressage

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Dust Collectors & Tie-Dye: Gift Giving Don’ts for the Horse Lover In Your Life

It happens every year: well-intentioned but adorably clueless friends and family give us yet another random horsey knick-knack.

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With Horses, Don’t Take It Personally

To the horse, his actions are neither good nor bad — just a response to circumstances. How does

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Playing the Game: Client Relation Tips for Trainers

Trainers need to have more than horsemanship skills: business acumen and interpersonal skills are critical for survival. Claire

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The #LegsOfSteelChallenge

A new approach to #NoStirrupNovember.

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Info Graph: Global Horse Populations

Which countries in the world have the most horses? How large is the global horse population? This info

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‘Equus Lost?’ Horses Are More Than ‘Fight or Flight’

Is everything we think we know about horses wrong? Researchers Francesco De Giorgio and José De Giorgio-Schoorl believe

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Equestrian Social Media: Amateurs & Brand Ambassadorships

Navigating the gray area of amateur status, brand ambassadorships and social media according to recent USEF clarifications often

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‘Is Your Horse 100%?’ Conformation Is More Than Meets the Eye

Get the 411 on fascia from equine bodywork practitioner Margret Henkels with an excerpt from her book Is

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Daniel Bluman Wins $300K Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4*

Horse Nation contributor Dr. Gregory Beroza of HorseDoc® ‘Talking Horses’® was on the scene to witness Bluman’s victory

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Equestrian Social Media: Dos & Don’ts for the Professional

Social media can be a powerful tool to promote one’s business and professional status — but there are

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