Equestrian Life

It was an ordinary day. Well, ordinary in the sense that I’d been rousted from my bed for a 4 a.m. emergency, forgotten my tea on the kitchen counter, misplaced my daybook, then realized that it was a government...
  For those of us in the colder climates, winter can be a bummer. We find ourselves spending more time indoors. Because we’re not riding as much, we struggle to find ways to spend time with our horses during the...
At the start of 2017, I had one very straightforward goal in mind for the year. I’d done a few combined tests—dressage and stadium jumping—but I’d yet to work up the nerve to add in the cross-country phase at...

DIY Lariat Wreaths

New or used lariats are the base for your western-themed decoration.   Would you like to put a unique spin on your holiday décor? By repurposing a lariat, you can create an inexpensive wreath that also expresses your horse-loving lifestyle. How...
The holiday season is here, and that means that across the country, relatives of horse lovers just like you are buying some really strange horse-themed items to put under the tree. When it comes to gifts, it’s the thought that...

Winter Wonderland

All along I thought I had it rough during the winter. Up until last year, I had spent my entire life raising, riding and showing horses in Southern California, and from December through March I was plagued with what...

Embracing Retirement

I've been thinking a lot lately about the role I play in my horse's life. I've been his only rider for more than a decade and his sole caretaker since I switched to self-care board seven years ago. He's...
Since 1985, the National Finals Rodeo has been held in Las Vegas, Nev. For 12 days in December at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus, cowboys and cowgirls fill the casino hotels and stroll up and...
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to ride on land formed by a glacier on a perfect fall day in Alaska? Except for the sound of the wind shaking narrow yellow leaves off the trees and the horse’s...
Cisco had been injured on a ride several hours away, and had already been seen by the local vet. But a few weeks of foot soaking, poultices and pain medication had passed with no improvement, and Michelle was getting...
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