Channel Archives: Community

Bert the Bear Horse

One of the questions I get asked most often is if I have any bear spray in my saddlebags. The answer is no: in part because it’d be hard to...

Ghosts

Recently, my travels took me down a suburban country road that brought back an unexpected flood of memories—and mixed feelings. In my other life, I’m a specialty construction trade contractor...

So You Want to Be a Groom….

So many young people grow up with horses and want to make a career in the sport. The image of travelling to horse shows and competing with your peers or...

Five Tips for #HorseShowHusbands

I wasn’t always a horse show husband. Just a few years ago, I was a single guy, working as an editorial and wedding photographer, oblivious to the existence of the...

Wintry Residue

The pony and I are having a hard time. She’s been pulling me in a cart for seven years now. Out of nowhere she’s gotten anxious and persnickety, not wanting...

DIY: Make Your Own Breakaway Halter

Each morning, the stable hands halter the horses individually and lead them quietly from their stalls through the sunlit barn aisle. Lead ropes are un-clicked from halters at the paddock...

Trading Places

The other day I woke up at dawn with mixed feelings of exhilaration and concern. I was going to be riding a new horse with a new-ish trainer. To provide...

Kicked from Complacency

We've all had it drilled into us: "Don't stand behind that horse, don't walk too close to that horse, don't pass so near to that horse, you'll get kicked!" We...

Lessons from Chestnut Horses

Most people don’t get the opportunity to bring home the horse they took riding lessons on. But that’s exactly what happened the summer between my fourth and fifth grade year....

A Different Kind of Olympic Heroism

Aly Raisman is an Olympic gold medalist, and was captain of the gold medal winning US Olympic Gymnastics Teams in 2012 and 2016. Anyone familiar with her story has likely...