Category Archives: Life

Steph’s Stuff: The Paddock Boot

The paddock boot has long stood the test of time, regardless of season, age or riding ability. They are a constant in every equestrian’s closet, trunk or tack room. But...

Happiness Is a Lot of Poop

Late last week I sat down in my barn aisle and cried. I had just finished my morning chores—feed, turnout, clean stalls, water, set stalls for the night, sweep the...

What Horses Teach Us About Ourselves

My friend Jera just got an Alaskan Malamute puppy named Winston Churchill. Sometimes I go with them on their evening walks. As owner and dog trot across the crosswalk toward...

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...

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