Author: Heather Wallace

Heather Wallace is a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (ESMT), Certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT) and returning adult equestrian who struggles with confidence in the saddle. Heather is the award-winning author of Confessions of a Timid Rider, as well as the Equestrian Handbook of Excuses. She contributes regularly to publications such as Equine Info Exchange, Holistic Horse, Endurance World, Horse Canada, and more. She is also the Media Consultant for The Gobi Desert Cup, an international multi-stage endurance race 480 kilometers each year in Mongolia. Follow her on social media @timidrider or at www.timidrider.com.

Equestrienne: Karen Bowersox, Major League Eventing

Welcome back to my #beBold series on female equestrians making a difference in the horse world. Today we meet Karen Bowersox, one half of the couple at Major League Eventing. What is your experience with horses? I started riding when I was 7 years old. I grew up mainly doing hunters but always wanted to […]

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Mindfulness for Equestrians

Your Guide to Mindfulness for Equestrians

Create Positivity and Presence in the Moment Haven’t you ever wanted a guide to exercising mindfulness for equestrians? Problem solved! Mindfulness is the moment-to-moment awareness without judgement providing connection through observation, will benefit your riding and your life. Mindfulness is the art of being in the present moment. Some people may assume this is New […]

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Equestrienne: Samantha Harvey, Alternative Horsemanship

I strongly believe in women supporting women. I am proud to introduce you to Samantha Harvey, a horse trainer and coach from Idaho. She has a unique view of horsemanship and one that I find absolutely intriguing. Want to learn more about her? Please keep reading! What is your experience with horses?  I developed Alternative Horsemanship training […]

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The Timid Rider

Finding My Zen In and Out of the Saddle

I find time in the saddle especially on the trails is extremely grounding. There is something about being in the middle of the woods away from cars, noise, and technology that speaks to my soul. Doing that on horseback? I can’t think of a better way to spend me time. I have always found this […]

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Breaking Down Barriers

Breaking Down Equestrian Barriers: Learning From Other Disciplines

Why do I hold myself back? That is the question isn’t it? Why do I put up walls. I need to focus on breaking down the equestrian barriers and learn to relax, let go, and step outside of my comfort zone. My friends meeting at the Tom Quilty endurance race in Australia asked the question, […]

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Horse Fly Mask

Standing the Summer

Confession: I realize it is an unpopular opinion but I really dislike the summer. I am a creature of habit and organization. Chaos, disorganization, and noise these all feed my anxiety as a Type-A personality and introvert. When the final school bell rings and my children are cheering for sweet release from their education for […]

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Making Great Strides

Confidence can be a moving target but we are making great strides forward and really, isn’t that all we can ask of ourselves?

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Girl Forward Heather Wallace

Girl Forward

A Tale of One Woman’s Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia I knew when I heard about the Gobi Desert Cup that I was taking a calculated risk. The adventure was not only worth it but it also taught me a lot about myself. I don’t like to set limitations and yet as the Timid Rider I […]

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Tenets of Timidity

The Tenets of Timidity: Do You Check Any Boxes?

Referring to myself as a timid rider results in a few different reactions. Certainly, admitting this to others leaves me open to comments, opinions, and rarely even derision. The most common reaction is others assuming I don’t know how to ride a horse, something which I find incredibly frustrating. I have ridden it all: spooks, […]

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Headlight Harness for Horses

Horses aren’t walked in harnesses, unlike dogs, but to an ex-mounted police officer the Headlight Harness for dogs had a lot of equine potential. A chance meeting at a local pet event resulted in the Headlight Harness for Horses, a product perfect for the barn or the trail. Just imagine what it would mean for […]

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Stuck in a Rut: How Often Do You Change Your Horse’s Routine?

When I made the decision to move barns to a smaller, private facility I knew there would be an adjustment period. Perhaps, however, I underestimated just how used to a routine we had been.

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Equine Authors at American Horse Publications

Finding Your Herd: Motivation, Inspiration, and Fun

Finding and spending time with your herd, a group of like-minded people, can keep you motivated and inspired. More, you can have fun!

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