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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who covers a range of equestrian lifestyle topics. When she’s not working, Raia unwinds with her Tennessee Walking Horse, Santino.

What is the Cost of Horse Ownership?

How much does horse ownership cost? That depends on several factors, from where you live to how you plan to…

2 months ago


How Equine-Assisted Therapy Can Help Alzheimer’s Disease

Tom Mannigel didn’t know much about horses until his wife, Diane, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Thanks to an equine-assisted…

7 months ago

Forming Bonds with Adopted Senior Horses

When she was a girl, Joni Miller would save her lunch money to afford to ride at a local barn.…

2 years ago

How Santa Anita Changed Horse Racing

"People just love the horses—they love to pet them and they love to watch them run,” says Fran Burns, head…

2 years ago

Reversing Time: Seniors Adopting Senior Horses

When she was a girl, Joni Miller would save her lunch money to afford to ride at a local barn.…

2 years ago

Horses and Divorces: Deciding Who Gets Custody

From making the big decision to divorce to divvying up the property, everything about the process is complicated, emotional and…

2 years ago

For Women Only: Serenity Ranch’s Equine Therapy Program for Female Veterans

Cari Simmons faced her share of challenges during her 25-year career in the U.S. military, but none of them compared…

3 years ago

Equine Legislation and the Democratic Congress

In 2007, 59 slaughter-bound horses were en route from Indiana through Illinois to a sale barn in Minnesota when the…

3 years ago

Why Women Love Horses

Why women love horses - the connection between horses and girls—and later women—existed below sociologists’ radar until recently. Seventeen-year-old Corrie…

3 years ago

Equine Animal Communicators Listening to Horses

When the performance of one of her horses began to slip, rider and trainer Sue Lyman called in an equine…

3 years ago