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Equestrian Life

A horse has more than 700 muscles in his body. These all have to work together to keep him sound and performing well. This is no small feat, and sometimes horses need a little help. This is where an...
The sick pony stared miserably at me as I approached her pen. She was huddled in the corner, a steady stream of foul green liquid flowing from under her tail. Her flanks were drawn up tightly, and she looked...
"Well, I’ll never do that again.” If you’ve spent much time with horses, you’ve probably uttered that sentence more than once. I certainly have, and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. While I’ve flirted with disaster on numerous occasions, and...
When you think of martial arts, do you think of mixed-martial arts—kicking, punching, and using force to win the match—and wonder how they could ever relate to improving our horsemanship? Well, they probably can’t. But some traditional martial arts, such...
Ask a dozen horsepeople what breed is the best horse for riding and you’re bound to get a dozen different answers. The breed and type that suits you best will depend on the style of riding you want to...
Horse Illustrated is excited to bring you the 2018 WEG Show, the premier podcast devoted to the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon, North Carolina. Tune in for an in-depth look at all the disciplines, athletes, venues and...
I’d worked with Holly before, an abrupt and unfriendly woman in her 40s. I always had a feeling that it wouldn’t take much to push her over the edge. She was impatient now, describing a broken and displaced incisor...
Like most of you, I love horses. I love all things associated with horses. I love the barn in a deep, quasi-spiritual way. The concept of “forest bathing”—soaking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors with positive...
I never should have stretched those extra few inches, reaching to hang my new floor-length curtain panel. Three days later, a sharp pain in my lower back and abdomen—unlike anything I had experienced before—ushered me straight to urgent care....
Nothing could be better than a ride through the countryside on a trusty trail horse. How about a glass of wine along the way or at the end of the day? From the Yakima Valley of Washington to Southern California’s...
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