“My first snippet of advice to you is to remember that the event is about you and your horse. That’s it. She’s your team. Lean on her.” Candace Wade survived her first-ever horse show as a late-in-life-beginner adult rider!
“I always thought that ‘warming up the horse’ was plodding around the round-pen or arena to get my schooling horse’s muscles moving and us kind of reacquainted.” Candace Wade shares her latest “late-in-life lesson rider” revelation.
“These are the places where we got our show legs, where we learned to memorize a pattern, or realized that we were really bad at doing so. These saddle clubs taught us about the types of riders we wanted to become.”
“Joey is currently up for adoption, and I have no doubt that he will find his perfect home, because, after all, chicks dig scars. Now ain’t that a kick in the head?” Ashley Francese tells the unlikely story about how a severe wound ended up saving a horse’s life.
Most lifelong equestrians can probably barely remember a time in which they weren’t well-versed in everything equine. Sara Shelley pens a heartfelt tribute to the horse newbies who leap right in headfirst — without them, where would the horse world be?
If our clothing is viewed as a means of self-expression, a representation of who we are, then what do Candace’s multi-colored gloves and pink-laced paddock boots say about her as a rider? She explores the concept in this essay.
Reader Julie Weisz reflects on a recent encounter that reminded her of her own early days as a privileged but ignorant “show kid,” and the journey that brought her to a greater understanding of horsemanship.
There are few creatures as patient, forgiving and downright saintly as a good lesson horse. Kelsey from the Poor Amateur’s Almanac shares some thoughts from the lesson horse’s perspective, and the important lessons that riders are given by these gentle souls.