#TBT: 12 Obsessions Non-Riders Don’t Understand

Step AWAY from the Show Sheen…this is an intervention.

Obviously, you’re addicted to horses. But what about everything that goes along with being around them? Most horse people don’t think twice about taking a nice big whiff of manure while picking out stalls…or bringing their barn jacket to the office to get a little whiff of barn smell, I have been informed that most people do not find this kind of behavior to be normal. Why, I am not sure.

What strange equine obsessions do you have?

Doing your polo wraps over and over and over until they’re perfect. 


The smell of Show Sheen or Show Pepi

It’s intoxicating…

The smell of good hay.

Using your horse’s hair care products on yourself.


Maybe it’s Neighbellene…

Scratching off crud to medicate your horse’s skin. So gross…but so weirdly satisfying.

Getting a whiff of barn smell when you put on your barn jacket. Instant pick-me-up.

Bling. Everywhere.


Buying horse stuff online…because what’s one more pair of ill-fitting $20 breeches or yet another crazy-color saddle pad?


Living vicariously through GoPro videos.

Cleaning the barn…even though it will literally never, ever be done.

“Window shopping” on DreamHorse, Equine.com, Facebook or CANTER listings–perhaps the most dangerous equine obsession for your checkbook, health, and human relationships.

Secretly browsing Horse Nation while the boss isn’t looking…

Might want to be a little sneakier than this kid, though.

Go Riding. At least we can all agree on the appeal of that!

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