Category Archives: Learn

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...

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...

The Down Low on High-Low Syndrome

Horses naturally have one front heel that is higher than the other, but when the degree of "high-low" syndrome is more severe, can it resolve itself? Professional farrier Jude Floiro,...

Data Mining in the Arena

Sean Jobin (CAN) is riding into the future one data point at a time. "Dr. Tim Worden is a really good friend of mine, and we started having a lot...

No Glasses for Mister Ed

The other morning after having washed my face I reached for my glasses and wondered, for the first time in my life, if horses ever need glasses. They certainly spot...

All the Queen’s Horses

If you've ever been to London, you may have visited the Royal Mews, which the part of Buckingham Palace devoted to the Royal Family's equestrian travel. With the upcoming Royal...

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