Any trail rider who’s ever encountered unexpected wildlife will relate: Susan Loper tells the tale of a recent trail ride with her true “good boy” Zach and their repeat meetings with a great blue heron.
Tack that promises to improve your horse’s movement, comfort and overall ride? Sounds great. Blinding equestrians with “scientific technology” with no actual science to back it up? Not so great. Nicole Sharpe has a bone to pick.
Student Lilly Harmon discusses the increasing epidemic in the United States of uneducated owners unwittingly selling their geriatric horses into the slaughter pipeline — and the implications this can have for human health as well as equine well-being.
Goal setting is important — but so is enjoying every small victory, every step on the way to achieving a dream. Juliette Cimetiere reminds us that the journey is equally important, if not more so, than the destination.
In 2014, we first introduced you to Elizabeth O’Connor and Bugsy, a one-eyed Thoroughbred, after O’Connor earned her USDF Silver. Big news: this unlikely horse just helped O’Connor earn her USDF Gold — while in her third trimester.
Sometimes horses offer all the therapy we need — but other times, our grief and emotions can manifest in our horse life and show us that something is really wrong. Reader Anne Bruins shares her story about a dark period in her life and how she had to leave the barn to find her way back.
Thoroughbreds aren’t the only horses coming off the track in need of new careers: reader Jaci Payne shares her experience with Crimson Jiffy, a retired Standardbred pacer who transitioned to a second career as a show horse.
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.