Equestrian Life

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...
It’s a universally acknowledged truth that equine-obsessed children are jealous of kids born into horses: trainers’ children; children of famous riders; royalty. My parents were decidedly not horse people, and it’s still a mystery how they produced not one, but two...
Growing up, that first sunburn ushered in summer. It meant you were ready to spend all day, every day outside, building that tan with no concerns while riding horses, swimming, hiking, et cetera. That is, until that first odd mole...
“There’s a whole other world out there waiting to be discovered in books,” says Jess Burkhart. She’s the author of one of Young Rider’s favorite book series, Canterwood Crest. Jess has always loved horses. “I don’t even remember exactly how...
I was at home on a Sunday morning with my two young daughters when my phone rang. “Dr. Diehl, this is Merrie over at Friendly Farms. I’ve got a mare foaling and she’s in trouble. The baby seems stuck and...
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