“Think about your life if you had never had access to that first horse that lit that spark of joy in your heart. Would you have grown up knowing what you were missing if you had never been exposed to it?”
“I don’t think of myself as an un-confident person. But someone tells me I’m a ‘cowgirl’? I immediately feel the need to correct them. I am certain upon meeting real ranchers that they can sense I’m a total fraud — just an East Coaster who happens to ride in a cow pasture.”
“When we own a horse, we have a commitment to that animal — but we also have a commitment to ourselves. That means, at times, that we need to step back from a relationship and take a long, hard look, being honest with ourselves about how we feel.”
“Such a small thing — how one applies fly spray. And here was my student, who had never had a lesson a day in her life prior to coming to my barn, silently demonstrating to me a better method than the one I was using.”
“Why don’t we treat ourselves half as well as we treat our horses?” Self care has become a trendy buzzword referring to the act of consciously tending to one’s own well-being — and Kristen Kovatch believes equestrian culture makes us inherently bad at it.
“Learning to sail — in which I feel like a total idiot daily, clambering around the boat while getting cracked in the head by the boom — reminds me of just how long it took me to get to my current level of easy familiarity in the barn.”
End-of-life considerations need to be part of every horse owner’s plan and budget, Kristen Kovatch argues. She outlines the realities of cost of euthanasia and the guidelines for when it should be considered.
“We as a public should fairly expect transparency at these highest levels and hold these individuals to a high standard. But there’s a trickle-down effect that happens when social media crusaders are proven right — our healthy skepticism can start to veer into unhealthy territory.”
In the wake of a controversial dressage video and the subsequent internet fallout that blew up social media last week, Morgane Schmidt Gabriel delivers some real talk: how do we move forward productively to improve the sport?
Historically, African-Americans have made major contributions to the horse world. So why aren’t there more people of color in equestrian sport today, from the upper levels down to the press room? Melvin Cox, founder and managing director of SportsQuest International, reminds us of our history and looks to our future.
Candace Wade recently attended the EQUUS Film Festival in New York City as a panel moderator and film judge, and shares her perspective on the controversy swirling around the leading sponsor Protect the Harvest.