Category Archives: Memoir

Birthdays, Bears and Horses

It had been a while since I'd been to a seven-year-old's birthday party, but from what I remember, they didn't normally have bears in them. Teddy bears, sure. But black...

Déjà Vu

The house I grew up in was a charming little Cape Cod in a post-war development of similar homes on the North Shore of Long Island, NY. It sat on...

Sean Jobin, Wild Card

In 2019, Canadian show jumper Sean Jobin was awarded the coveted "Wild Card" entry into the international division at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON. This is his...

One Magical Horse

“Lots of bugs this summer! That’s probably why this horse has glassy eyes,” was the diagnosis a local vet gave when I had a bony three-year-old inspected for sale. I...

My Ugly Darling

“I got a horse you need to try out,” dad said, for seemingly the hundredth time. My go-to response kicked in. “I already have a horse and I don’t need...

Motherhood and Horses

“Horses will always be waiting for you.” It's a well-intentioned reassurance often uttered by loved ones who’ve never experienced the isolation of a hiatus from horses. It's the same one...

The Guru

"You just have to take lessons from him! He’s THE expert!” said a friend. Simply nobody else would do. As a young teen, dressed in jeans and riding in an...

Grizzly Encounters

The most important thing is not to panic.  It was a skill I’d learned well over the years. Riding horses means learning to control your emotions. I had always been...

Beware the Horse Girl

Not long ago, I stumbled upon an article about how women with horses should be avoided at all costs. There are multiple like this particular missive online, posts espousing horse...

The Land We Live On

Much of my life with horses has been defined by the dirt in my fingernails and the hay bits in my socks. It is a life punctuated by weather reports...