“Honestly, the first thing I noticed was the super-cute pair of red Noble Outfitters muck boots. That’s not an ‘over the counter’ brand that anyone can just pick up at Tractor Supply or Wal-Mart. That’s an equestrian brand.”
“I think that J.K. Rowling intentionally chose a horse-like creature to illustrate grief and the metaphor of empathy and vulnerability.” Mary Hollis Baird finds an equestrian life lesson in the beloved pages of Harry Potter.
“In my very humble opinion, I think our ability to deal with such crushing disappointment is because we know how to savor the good times. The quiet, still mornings when it’s just you and your horse. The tears streaming down your face as you gallop through grassy fields.”
While some of us may be mourning the official passing of summer, fear not, though the winds of winter will blow soon… there’s plenty to do still in the autumn with your horse! Here are our favorite suggestions.
“What if everyone at the new barn is a stuck up know-it-all? What if they think you’re a stuck up know-it-all? What if you forgot how to ride and you get dumped in the sand, or laughed at by children, or dumped in the sand AND laughed at by children?”
“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.
“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.”
“Most of the greats were made on Thoroughbreds […] amazing former racehorses that took our riders to the Olympic podium, gold medals in hand.” Meagan DeLisle holds on to that history with her own OTTBs to fuel her own Grand Prix dreams.
Most lifelong equestrians can probably barely remember a time in which they weren’t well-versed in everything equine. Sara Shelley pens a heartfelt tribute to the horse newbies who leap right in headfirst — without them, where would the horse world be?
Despite that fresh new start as far as the calendar goes, let’s face it: January can be a tough time to ride, and an even tougher time to stay motivated. Here are a few tips to help you stay fired up for 2018!