Student Lilly Harmon discusses the increasing epidemic in the United States of uneducated owners unwittingly selling their geriatric horses into the slaughter pipeline — and the implications this can have for human health as well as equine well-being.
Goal setting is important — but so is enjoying every small victory, every step on the way to achieving a dream. Juliette Cimetiere reminds us that the journey is equally important, if not more so, than the destination.
By Elizabeth Wood.
In 2014, we first introduced you to Elizabeth O’Connor and Bugsy, a one-eyed Thoroughbred, after O’Connor earned her USDF Silver. Big news: this unlikely horse just helped O’Connor earn her USDF Gold — while in her third trimester.
Sometimes horses offer all the therapy we need — but other times, our grief and emotions can manifest in our horse life and show us that something is really wrong. Reader Anne Bruins shares her story about a dark period in her life and how she had to leave the barn to find her way back.
Contributor Melanie O’Neill explains why natural horsemanship may not be as “all-natural” as it sounds, according to the principles of Equitation Science.
There are few creatures as patient, forgiving and downright saintly as a good lesson horse. Kelsey from the Poor Amateur’s Almanac shares some thoughts from the lesson horse’s perspective, and the important lessons that riders are given by these gentle souls.
HN reader Laura Beacham shares the story of her horse contracting and recovering from the rare disease Equine Grass Sickness. (more…)
Sigourney Jellins describes how she selected her off-the-track Thoroughbred for the 2016 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover. (Spoiler: it’s not as scientific as you might think.)
Just yesterday, I was asked to point out why I thought one young OTTB would be a better competition prospect than another. Confirmation, bloodlines, race history, and temperament can all play a role in choosing a horse off the track with the ability to be successful in a second career. In a completely objective world, only these things would matter. But sometimes it’s the look in the horse’s eye as you meet them, that special feeling you get when they give you that first nuzzle or whiskery kiss that makes the decision for you …
I met Oso for the first time in a shaded barn aisle at Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center in Paso Robles. I walked down the aisle, searching for his name on the stall door, excited to see him for the first time. I found his stall, and he looked at me and came to say hello. Now, I can try to say it was the rhythm and fluidity in his walk down the barn aisle, or the suspension in his trot as he jogged down the driveway that made me conclude he would be an excellent prospect for eventing or dressage. But in truth, it was the friendliness in his gaze, and the gentle way he reached his nose out to nuzzle my hand that told me Oso was a special horse.
Time will tell if he will be a future dressage or eventing star (I think he has all the tools to be!). For now, I’m going to savor our first few rides, and enjoy seeing his lovely face over the stall door every morning.
Sigourney Jellins is a professional eventing and dressage rider in Northern California, and a 2016 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover trainer. Oso Smart is a 2011 gelding by Curlin. Oso is sponsored by Neigh Savers Rescue; click here to check them out on Facebook. “Like” Oso’s page on Facebook to get updates on his progress!
Is it “Your Turn”? We love sharing reader submissions — email yours to [email protected]