Author Archives: Gretchen Lida

First Frost

Horse people know more about what is going on in the sky and in the dirt than most. We have multiple weather apps on our phones and check them often....

HN Reads Literary Round-Up

Happy #Buyahorsebookday! Today, Trafalgar Square Books is hosting a day dedicated to horses on the page, and we are launching our first literary roundup to celebrate. After hosting the HN Reads...

Horses and the Ties That Bind Us

“Twenty-two percent of millennials say they have ‘no friends,’” claimed a Vox article from 2019. While that stat was pulled from a poll of fewer than 2,000 people, the truth...

War and the Wild Horses of Chernobyl

In its efforts to invade Ukraine, Vladimir Putin's troops took control of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in late February. Troops seized the exclusion zone around it, which is now a...

The Witcher is a Mare Man

When I was a preteen I could name all the essential horses in Lord of the Rings. But even then, I knew not to expect much equestrian nuance in high...

Pick the Horse

"You look cute in that," the person I love said when he first saw me in barn clothes. There was hay in my hair. The ratty t-shirt and jeans I...

The Healing Art of Brushing Manes

In March, the New York Times profiled an equine-based life-coaching facility with a star-studded client list in the Ramsay de Give penned essay: "Can We Learn Anything From Horses?" The Equus Experiential...

After You Fall…

"Gretch, you fell from six feet going 25 miles an hour," my horse trainer said as I stood up and limped back to the mounting block. I dusted the arena...

On Horses and Uncertainty

After 20 years of riding other people’s horses, I finally have one of my own. As I latched her stall door for the first time, a familiar sense of worry...

Falls Happen, Protect Yo’self

When Benjamin Franklin proclaimed that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he was referring to fire prevention in Philadelphia. But, this sage piece of wisdom is...

On Buying My First Nice Helmet

I just bought my first expensive helmet. Then I spent the entire drive home from the tack shop panicking about how much money I had just spent. Up until that...

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