Category Archives: Life

We Are All Weird Horse Girl

Right now, somewhere in North America, there is a girl sitting at home caught between awkward adolescence and the evening bell. She wears her paddock boots to the park, and...

Daydreams of Horse Training

Robert Redford’s character in The Horse Whisperer. Teenage Amy Fleming from the popular series Heartland. Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet. Horse trainers are highly romanticized in popular entertainment. The reality,...

Horses and Health Insurance

Every December, I sign up for the best PPO (preferred provider organization) insurance plan I can afford because if I get chucked off a horse and need to go to...

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...

The Horse, a Gift for All Seasons

When I set out to write RIDING HOME ~ The Power of Horses to Heal, I wanted to share the profound emotional healing one can experience from today’s equine therapy. I...

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...

Night Check

I just came back up to the house after putting my horses to bed, and I lingered a few extra minutes to feed a few carrots and take in the...

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...

Silent Heroes

Every once in a while we meet a truly remarkable person; a person with a special gift and the ability to carry it out. They are humble, self-deprecating, and like...

Working with My Pony

I unhitch my Shetland and put her outside in a corral to cool down. As she grazes, I see in her the ancestral Mongolian ponies: compact muscularity, shaggy pelt, round...

True Groom Confessions

Do you ever wonder what grooms talk about when they're alone? What kind of secrets do they keep? Well, we asked a few brushers to share some tidbits they wouldn't...

At Age Eight, I Started Hiding Food

Hunter/jumper trainer Kristen Johnston, of Gallop Training in Langley, British Columbia, knows what it is to live with an eating disorder. Hers started when she was just eight years old...

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