Gretchen Lida


The Land We Live On

Much of my life with horses has been defined by the dirt in my fingernails and the hay bits in my socks. It is a…

1 week ago


The Tao of Mediocre Dressage

I was swing dancing one night, and the concept of tension kept spinning around in my brain. Not chick-flick tension, but the rubber-band-like feeling between…

4 months ago

Amateur Hour

On Paying for Riding Lessons

For my 24th birthday, my friend Katie bought me three riding lessons with a hunter-jumper trainer she trusted named Cayla Stone. On the third lesson,…

4 months ago


Poetry in Loneliness

The day before Poetry sold she broke my phone. I asked her to transition up to a canter, and instead, I hit the hard-packed dirt.…

2 years ago


The Horses of Poldark

On Sunday, season three of Masterpiece’s Swashbuckling series, Poldark, thunders back onto tiny screens across the United States. This 18th-century drama stars Aiden Turner as…

2 years ago