Author Archives: Rebecca Didier

Freefall

We horse people often have a bucket list of equestrian adventures we’d like to have. Trying different disciplines, visiting famous farms or venues, galloping along a beach—all of these are...

A Pony Named Miss Fortune

Known for his wit, irreverence, and whip-smart observations on equestrian sport and its participants, three-time Olympian Jim Wofford's writing is as legendary as his performances in the saddle. Now he...

Success Is the Icing on the Cake

It is very easy for those of us who are amateur riders or armchair equestrians to look at those at the top of international competition not just with admiration, but...

Now You See It…Now You Don’t

Sometimes finding the distance to a jump or seeing your spot on course is just downright frustrating. The ability flickers in and out like lights in a thunderstorm, occasionally leaving...

Training a Mustang: The Third Day

When Vivian Gabor, a biologist with a masters degree in Equine Science and a doctorate in Livestock Ethology, first heard about the Mustang Makeover, she was interested in working with...

What That Whinny Means

We all get excited when our horses whinny our way. The very idea that it demonstrates affection, or anticipation of our arrival, or is even merely a polite greeting between...

Why Horses Need Social Bonds

Those who study equines can identify plenty of ways the domestic horse has had to develop coping mechanisms related to a life lived in small, contained spaces with few companions....

The Art of Seeing Lameness

We are all familiar with the scenario: We know our horse isn’t right…he isn’t performing like he used to, doesn’t seem comfortable, his transitions are poor, his willingness lacking. Of...

Not Just John Wayne Chasing Cows

The cool thing about equestrian sports is that if you love horses, you have a ton of choices—there’s truly a discipline to suit every personality. And more often than not,...

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