Author Archives: Rebecca Berry

Carriages to Cars

It isn’t surprising that the cars we see on the roads today are descendants of horse-drawn carriages. Nor is it surprising that parts of carriages found their way into the...

What Makes a Horse Gaited?

I rode a Paso Fino once. It was all rather embarrassing if I’m honest, but I wrote a story about it called, My Brief (and Accidental) Career as a Paso...

Hold Your Pommel Horses

I have referred to my long list of topic ideas before. I'm constantly adding to and reviewing said list for inspiration.  I've consistently passed over two items, pommel horse and...

A Horse by Any Other Name

I’ve done the etymology on all sorts of words but never the most obvious word of all, which is horse. So, we will start there.  Well, that was my plan...

Cavesson, Surcingle and Friends

I have unearthed more strange words in the horse world. Though, to be fair, it’s easy to do. What can be difficult is getting to the root of these words...

Jump Names Demystified

This idea was given to me by one of my adoring fans. Can I say that? “I have adoring fans.” It’s a stretch really, it was a Facebook friend and...

The History of Horse Trailers

When I was sixteen and first learning how to drive a truck and trailer my mom was my educator, for better or worse. Driving straight ahead, as you know, is...

Lady Godiva

For as long as I can remember I have known the line, “Lady Godiva is a freedom rider.” I say it from time to time, but for the life of...

Our Spirit Animal

To me, horses have always symbolized life, love and friendship, because that is what they’ve brought me. However, they’ve also brought me vet bills, bruises and heartache, but that’s horses...

From the Neck Up

Three terms plucked from my dwindling list of topics. I’m running with the theme of, well, from the neck up. The Old Four-in-hand Necktie Knot When we hear the term...

George Strait is Pure Country

A few weeks ago, a friend and I went to Austin, Texas for the weekend so we could go to the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival. We were excited...

Hippomaniac Hippophiles

I’m a hippomaniac and a hippophile. You are as well, and I know this because I’m writing about it, and you are reading about it. It means we are excessively...

Ratcatcher of Yore

Ratcatcher. What a great word. As always, this word said in the general public would conjure up a very different image than if the word was spoken at a horse...

The Pony Horse Paradox

I was watching the news the other day and they were talking about the poor air quality caused by wildfires. The news team decided to go to Hastings Racecourse to...

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