Ashley Francese

Ashley Francese

HN Quiz: Which Horse Movie Should You Watch?

Looking for just the right horse flick? Take this quiz!

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What Your Favorite Horse Breed Says About You

Our horses are our mirrors… right? Here is a look at what your horse — or at least your favorite breed of horse — says about you. A word of warning: this is in meant all in good fun, but if you are offended easily, this may not be the read for you. 

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Riding Retired Racehorses: A Comparison of Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds

Working with off-track horses is both challenging and rewarding. Although each horse is unique, here are six commonalities that can be

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On the Importance of Education

“… it is so important for equestrians to get outside of their comfort zones, to try new things

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What Your Favorite Horse TV Show Says About You

We all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to watching TV shows with horses in them. Now here’s a

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10 People Who Make More Than Horse Professionals

Horse professionals aren’t in it for the money, which is probably a good thing. Long hours, demanding clients, testy

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10 Dolly Parton Lyics and How They Apply to My Life With Horses

Do you ever hear the lyrics to a song and think, “Man, if that doesn’t sum up my

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Things That Go Bump in the Night: Five Things That Give Equestrians Nightmares

When you are part of the horse world, there are so many things that can bring about bad

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Best Helmets for Western Riders

Here at Horse Nation, we’re committed to reminding our readers to mind their melons. So it’s only fair

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The Ghost Cat

In honor of Halloween, Horse Nation held a spooky short story contest, calling for readers’ best horsey tales

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In Defense of Imperfect Horses

“I want to challenge all the horse people I know to open their minds and hearts to perfectly

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part X: Alyssa Hedges

Meet Alyssa Hedges, whose love of Standardbreds has morphed into being an advocate for the breed as riding

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How I Fell for a Bad Boy

The day the horse was to be delivered, the shipper called. “Ashley,” he said, “we have a problem. The trainer

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part IX: Athena

In the next installment of our stories of Standardbreds finding happy endings — and beginnings — we want

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part VIII: Baby

Baby isn’t always the easiest horse to ride, but Brielle knows who he is, recognizes his potential and has

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part VII: Gypsy

Elee has developed a passion for Standardbreds, starting with her rescue mare, Gypsy.

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part VI: High Standards

Meet Percy, a Standardbred who excels in the jumper ring.

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part V: Duncan

“With a little love and a lot of patience, flowers can bloom even in the most unlikely places.”

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part IV: Witch Hazel

In the next installment on Standardbreds, we meet Witch Hazel, a nurse mare foal who has a bright

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part III: Rudy

In part three of her continuing series on Standardbreds, Ashley Francese introduces us to Rudy, who is not

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part II: Trouble

One Standardbred’s stall was labeled, “Don’t Ride Me. I am Trouble.” Fortunately, he proved to be anything but. Meet

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Comparison Review: Western Cinches

Hey, western rider! Yeah, you! The one looking for the right cinch for your horse. Here’s a comparison

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part I: Matt and Artie

After falling in love with the breed and wondering how she could do more to promote them, Ashley Francese

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Ashley Francese

The 5 Equestrians You Meet in Hell

We’ve all met these riders — you know the ones. These are the equestrians that we avoid at

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