Author Archives: Gretchen Lida

The Equestrian Privilege Quiz

In 2014, Buzzfeed published a quiz titled “How Privileged Are You?” In the five years since it came out, I often think about that quiz and the strange ways it...

Beware the Horse Girl

Not long ago, I stumbled upon an article about how women with horses should be avoided at all costs. There are multiple like this particular missive online, posts espousing horse...

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 life punctuated by weather reports...

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 partners that lets them communicate...

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, I flew headfirst over my...

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. The phone made a crunching...

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 Ross Poldark, a roguishly handsome,...

The Cyber Bully Inside All of Us

Almost everything I've ever posted, I published under a pen name. Gretchen is my real first name, and Lida is the first name of my great-grandmother. I am a big...