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How to Share the Road Safely with Horse Trailers

The scene you never want to see roadside is a crash involving a loaded horse trailer. Sadly, it happens too often. If you’re a horse owner, you have heard the...

Kristie memorizing course
8 Ways to Remember Your Show Course

The off-course elimination is one the more frustrating outcomes for the equestrian competitor — maybe because it feels like a mistake that doesn't carry any learnings with it. If you...

Shopping Overseas: What It’s Like to Import a Horse

If you have even a medium-sized budget for your next horse purchase, importing may be part of the conversation. Even with the added transportation and travel costs, you can get...

Calispell — Hunter

"Cali" is a 2009 chestnut warmblood with a big stride and an easy jump — a perfect candidate for the equitation. No spook. She's a nice mover and well educated...

Combatting Horse Show Nerves — 9 Strategies

A pony named Pepper, who was awesome in every way. Decades ago, I rode a gray pony that was game for anything. She took me to the horse show, and...

Budgeting for Horse Ownership 101

Photo credit: Blanca Parciak Photography   Taking horse-riding lessons every week is one thing, but owning or leasing a horse is quite another. Whether you're the horse enthusiast or your...

Country Heir Show Wrap-up
To Kentucky and Back: Country Heir Show Wrap-up

Whew! Our team just wrapped up two weeks of long, hot days at the Kentucky Horse Park. We took 16 horses and ponies to Country Heir I and added three...

Riding Like a Princess: Meet McClain

Riding tends to attract hard-working, well-rounded kids, and McClain is truly in that category. We know her to be exceptionally caring and attentive with her horses — and sweet as...

How to Choose a Show Barn

In early-2016, I started calling around St. Louis horse facilities in search of weekend riding lessons. I had hung up my riding hat and rust breeches in the '80s and...