Author Archives: Caelan Beard

My Weird Horse Friend, Basil

Tall, gangly, and inquisitive, Basil is one of the biggest characters I’ve ever met. Let me tell you about my weird horse friend. I met Basil in Queensland, Australia. Several...

Grooming Fails, Polo Edition

All horse jobs are prone to their ups and downs. Some days you’re completely on point, all the horses are ready to go, the barn is clean, and you make...

Riding through the Rainforest

As Jerry stepped carefully over coconuts fallen across the trail, it hit me that you honestly never know where horses are going to take you. In the past, my ability...

Birthdays, Bears and Horses

It had been a while since I'd been to a seven-year-old's birthday party, but from what I remember, they didn't normally have bears in them. Teddy bears, sure. But black...

Confessions of a Polo Groom

Polo: the game of kings. We've all seen it depicted on TV at some point—gorgeous horses galloping madly after a tiny white ball, players swinging cane mallets, while spectators clad...

Grizzly Encounters

The most important thing is not to panic.  It was a skill I’d learned well over the years. Riding horses means learning to control your emotions. I had always been...

Bert the Bear Horse

One of the questions I get asked most often is if I have any bear spray in my saddlebags. The answer is no: in part because it’d be hard to...