Out of Style

I often find myself saying (or even just thinking), "when I was a kid in the horse world..." It's generally in response to a change. To something that is not done or handled like it was 15 to 25 years ago. I...

No Fear

"Are you scared to get back on?" This was the fourth time in as many conversations that the same question had been posed to me. I suppose it's a bit ridiculous, but until someone asked me it never occurred t...
Post fall Cat Snuggle

Simple Twist of Fate

If you ride long enough, you're going to fall. This is an inevitability the same way being human means you will at some point trip. I try not to ever be a know-it-all jerk about riding, but when a newer rider s...

White Breeches

Everyone has to have goals. A life isn't really all that exciting if you're just floating along watching it all go by. Some people like to call it a "bucket list," while others prefer to just announce it as the...

So You’re Grounded … Now What?

While hearing the word "grounded" might draw up horrible memories of being stuck in your room as a kid as punishment for bad behavior, grounded to an equestrian can sometimes mean something much worse. It's tha...

Getting Good

It's always difficult to define "good." I'm not talking about the whole "good vs. evil" concept; although that often also seems to be more of a grey area than not. When I say "good" what I mean is someone or so...

Building A Confident Relationship

One of the most unique relationships in the world that you will ever develop, is the one that you have with your horse. Doesn’t matter if you own one, just bought one, or have 10. It truly gives you the abil...

Waiting for Inspiration

Owning a horse isn’t something to be taken on lightly. I want to get that little disclaimer out of the way first. I’ve seen far too many terrible stories in the news lately regarding horse owners who by intent ...

Re-learning the Ropes

It happens to everyone at one point or another. It may be a life-changing event like an accident or childbirth, or it may be as simple as the effect of age on your body. However it happens, you get to a point a...

First in Fifteen

What on earth am I doing here? I thought to myself. I was finishing the last touches on Star’s grooming before heading out to the warm-up for my barn’s “adults only” schooling show. Up and down the aisle, gr...

Show Season is Over, Now What?

Fall is an incredible time for all equestrians to take the time to reflect on their show season.   Evaluate your success, struggles, and set new goals. It’s never too early to be thinking about where you nee...