Equestrian Life

Some of the fattest, shiniest horses I’ve seen have some of the worst dental problems. One horse in particular, we’ll call him “Roper,” was such a horse. He’d won a lot of money team roping, and his owner was certain...
My horse Wally is a western horse. He’s got a pitty-pat jog, a gentle lope and a ground-covering walk that’s a little bit “we’re on our way to someplace” but not quite “let’s get this over so I can...
Trail riding in the summer

Hot Weather Riding

A lineup of horses and riders stands in the middle of the arena under a blazing summer sky. Everyone’s waiting for the results to be called; riders feel sweat dripping down their backs under their layers of show clothing....
Morgan Taylor from Life at Vet U

Life at Vet U

Being in vet school is crazy enough without cameras following you around. Morgan Taylor was one of the vet students at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine selected to be on Animal Planet’s show, “Life at Vet...
My horse show career began with a bang. I won my very first hunt-seat equitation class, which just so happened to be at an A-rated, national show. I beamed as the ring steward handed me the ribbon. Yet not every...
The call was for a week-old mini donkey foal that the owner insisted was not passing manure. I was charmed by the fuzzy little Ewok-looking creature with tremendously long ears. He barely came up to my knee and busily...
Horse shows are just that: putting on a show. And grooming is an integral part of every production. I’ve always embraced the entire process of prepping a horse for competition. Can you blame me? Who among us doesn’t enjoy...
Sometimes the runaround of a horse show doesn’t leave much time to think. You have to remember your patterns and class schedule, keep yourself and your horse clean, plus stay focused and positive. How are you supposed to remember...
By Andrea Monsarrat Waldo We’re all deeply attached to our horses; that emotional connection is a major reason why we own them. No one wants to hear the question, “Is this the right horse for you?” I’ve had to accept that...
I was somewhere in the wilderness, headed to my last call of the day. I was exhausted and all I wanted to do was go home, take my sweaty boots off and relax. But alas, it was not to...
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