Ashley Francese

Ashley Francese

Stories of Standardbreds Part XVII: Maggie and Cafe Bar

Standardbreds as sidesaddle mounts? Absolutely! The next installment of Stories of Standardbreds serves to remind us just how

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Stories of Standardbreds Part XVI: Patricia and Eli

Patricia Clark and her Standardbred East Meets West are true trailblazers when it comes to endurance riding. They

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Stories of Standardbreds Part XV: Griffin and Sully

In part 15 of her stories on Standardbreds, Ashley Francese offers another testament to the versatility of Standardbreds — especially

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20 Things Equestrians Can Do When They Are Stuck at Home

Some of us are beginning to feel quite cooped up while we’re quarantined at home. Fortunately, Ashley Francese

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March Madness Turns Muddy Amidst April Showers

As mud season reaches its stride, horses are adapting to it in unexpected ways and many horse owners

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A Fish Called Dory: A Concussion Story

“I could not comprehend that I had been awake, had had previous conversations about this with my mother

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Stories of Standardbreds Part XIV: Anita and Shag

Standardbreds as endurance mounts? Absolutely! In our next installment of Stories of Standardbreds, we introduce you to Anita

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Your Trainer, Translated

What’s your trainer really trying to say? Here’s a quick guide to understanding your trainer.

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Stories of Standardbreds Part XIII: Nardi Jim Jim

In a true show of the potential of the breed, Ashley describes what it was like to take

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part XII: Michaela and Lightning Moon

The next installment of our series on Standardbreds introduces Michaela and her fiery horse, Mooney. You can meet them

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part XI: Sabine and Sevruga

As a continuation of our series on Standardbreds, we want to introduce you to Sabrine Spring, a long-time

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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

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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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