Best Equestrian Posts of 2017


In honor of celebrating one glorious year of Bridle & Bone, I reviewed what the most popular equestrian posts were for the last 12 months. It’s been an honor to share my experiences with you.

Best Equestrian Posts of 2017

As a returning adult equestrian without my own horse, I struggle to find ways to spend more time at the barn and practice my riding. It’s difficult to build confidence when I spend only one or two days a week in the saddle, or when my children are running around like barn rats, and I have to stop and yell at them to behave.


But my passion never wavers even if my confidence does. At times extremely terrifying, these are my most personal posts. Whether you identify with my struggles with motivation, confidence, or the desire to have something for myself outside of my family thank you for following and supporting me and Bridle & Bone.


  1. Confessions of a Timid Rider

Confessions of a Timid Rider

This is an overview of why I started the series on my blog, and a perfect start to my Top Equestrian Posts of 2017. The Confessions of a Timid Rider series is my personal diary. True insight into my fears and insecurities and my overwhelming desire to rise above and focus on what I am passionate about.


  1. Why Your Horse Needs Equine Sports Massage Immediately

Why Your Horse Needs Sports Massage Immediately

This is cornerstone content for my website, because at the end of the day I am a certified equine massage therapist. In the United States, massage therapy is not yet widely recognized as part of an equine wellness program, and often scoffed at by old school horse folk. But the benefits: physical, mental, and emotional- are very real. Here is an overview of why every horse needs massage.


  1. The Ultimate Guide to Phytocannabinoids for Horses

CBD for Horses

Sponsored post. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Treatibles for the last year. An amazing small business with the health of animals at the forefront of their minds. After using the CBD treats with my dog Beau and seeing the benefits, I was curious as to the potential use in horses. To my excitement, Treatibles released a new high dose of phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) oil for large animals in mind, and I was the first to write about it. Read on to learn more about what PCR oil is and how it can benefit your horse.


  1. The Haskell Hunt: A Piece of History in My Backyard


Most my equestrian posts are extremely personal to me and this is no exception. I have the privilege of riding at Lancaster Equestrian Stables in Red Bank, New Jersey. This property was originally owned by Amory Haskell, a notable figure in New Jersey thoroughbred racing. Many locals may remember the Haskell Hunt, held every year until 1996. Read on for some history and even a video of a hunt from the 1920’s.


  1. Guest Post: A Beginner’s Guide to Building Trust in a Horse

Beginner's Guide to Building Trust in a Horse


I don’t publish guest posts too often, and have had to severely limit them to solicited posts due to the sheer amount of interest. But this one, I was very excited about. Fellow equestrian blogger, Lindsey Reins of Alta Mira Horsemanship and I did a guest post exchange. Building trust is an important part of horsemanship whether on the ground or in the saddle.


  1. The Perils of Not Owning Your Own Horse

This post was written while I was very sad. For a short time there was interest from someone to buy Delight, a horse I love so much. My dream has always been to have a horse of my own, and I’m just not there yet. But Delight was the closest thing to it. I jokingly referred to myself as the stepmom. Read on to learn what the perils of not owning your horse may be.

  1. Why Every Child Should Ride Horses

Every child should ride horses

My three daughters all ride horses, the twins having started in May of 2017. It’s been very interesting watching them grow up at the barn, helping me sweep the aisles or clean tack. Often without being asked. But why should all children ride horses if they can? Keep reading to find out.


  1. Equestrian Excuses for Why You Can’t Ride

Equestrian Handbook of Excuses

This is the blog post that inspired my book, Equestrian Handbook of Excuses. When I was doing research, surveying equestrians world wide, the response was swift and rather hilarious. While my book lists many common excuses, in this blog post I’ve highlighted a few of the more ridiculous ones. Too funny not to read.

And while you’re at it, you can buy my book on my author website or on Amazon <–affiliate link.


  1. Struggling with Motivation

Summer is my least favorite time to ride. I love being at the barn, but between the heat and the flies, doing any physical work is depressing. We all struggle with motivation from time to time. Read what affected me this day and how I dealt with it.


  1. My Daughter is My Hero

My Daughter is My Hero


This post is hands down my most popular, and the most personal to me. In one day it reached over 700 page views, and 32 shares.


I struggled with publishing it in the first place, not wanting to overshare information about my child or family life. But when I wrote it I showed it to my husband, who cried. My daughter, Cameron, said “Mom, you have to publish this so people can know.” She wants to inspire others. And for that alone I would worship her.


If you have been following my blog, thank you. If you are new, I hope you enjoy it and follow me to see what the next year will bring.


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