Ashley Francese

Ashley Francese

How to Dress for Winter Riding

Riding and working in the barn in the cold can really take it out of you, so it’s

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Betty White Quotes That Can Make Us Better Horsemen

Today would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday. We want to honor her memory with these quotes that will

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HN Christmas Carols: ‘All I Want for Christmas Is a Standardbred’

Sing this one to the tune of “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” And, if all you

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Oh, Baby I Love Your Style

We all have to find a way to express our individual styles. As an equestrian, the ways we

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MythBuster Monday: Pacers Don’t Trot

“Most horses fall neatly into the categories of being gaited (Tennessee Walkers, Missouri Fox Trotters) or not (Thoroughbreds,

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Getting Involved in Western Dressage

Two of our writers have been competing in western dressage — and they’re hooked! Read how Ashley Francese rediscovered

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11 Dos and Don’ts of Horse Shopping in the Digital Age

If you’ve ever had to sell a horse, you know the headache that comes with answering ad inquiries.

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What To Do When You and Your Horse Don’t See Eye To Eye

If you’ve ever had a horse that you don’t quite click with, you know how frustrating it can

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Editorial: A Call for Equestrians To Be Better People

“Rather than wearing umbrage like a shield, and retreating behind our screens and into the barn aisles, let’s

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Paying it Forward to the 2020/2021 MegaMakeover

In a year that has been riddled with uncertainty and unrest, Ashley Francese finds a way to make

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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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