Ashley Francese

Ashley Francese

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 life!” This not only is true of our personal lives, but also our equestrian lives — especially when it comes to a lyricist as talented as Dolly Parton. 

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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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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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Düber: Donkey Uber Growing In Popularity in the Greek Islands

Two Greek businessmen have come up with a way to make extra money while giving their donkeys a

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