“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!
“We sometimes think that life gets better when the jumps get bigger and the breeches get pricier.” Kate Kosnoff of Riders For Well-Being calls for horsemen and horsewomen to help inspire the next generation of equestrians.
As if finding that magical work/life/barn balance wasn’t already hard enough, Kristen has to budget her time between her riding horse and her draft team. She tries to figure out which discipline she likes better (spoiler: she fails to do so).