Top Tips for Over Thinkers when Changing Barns

Confession: I’m moving barns at the end of the month. This was a terrifying decision to make. If I’m being honest, which let’s face it I always am, I love being at my current barn for many reasons. There are so many good things about an equestrian facility. There are 500 acres of trails, multiple […]

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When Good Horses Become Turds

Confession: Not everyone is perfect, even my pony.  It’s hard to admit. But sadly, Ferrous is not perfect. I know, it was shocking to me as well. Alas, it is true. Generally, my pony is an easygoing and forgiving companion. Full of personality and generally a confidence builder for me, he tells me what he […]

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School of Hard Knocks: Children Need to Fall Off Horses

Confession: We’ve all bit knocked down from our pegs a time or two, hopefully, to get up again stronger. It’s a lot harder to watch your children fall. We all know what it is to get knocked down, wipe ourselves off, and get up again. It’s entirely a different story when it is our children. […]

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Sabine Schleese Saddlery

Equestrienne: Sabine Schleese, Schleese Saddlery

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and spending time with Sabine Schleese at the American Horse Publication conference in Hunt Valley, Maryland in 2018. Sabine is the woman behind Schleese Saddlery, which she runs with expert saddle-fitting husband Jochen. Together they moved to Canada from Germany and created a unique saddle company that was […]

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Kids Struggle with Confidence Too

Confession: Today my normally confident daughter showed me her timid side.   My eldest daughter has been riding therapy horses since she was 4-years old. Now, six years later she is incredibly confident on a horse even going so far as to win ribbons at the Horse Park of New Jersey and brag about her […]

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Heather Wallace The Timid Rider

Too Nervous to Ride

Confession: For the first time I’m nervous to ride my pony.   Ferrous and I have a wonderful relationship and I couldn’t be happier with him. He’s predictable but challenging, something that makes a timid rider like me feel infinitely more comfortable. More, we’ve built a bond over the last year. In doing so, I […]

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Holistic Wellness Humans

Holistic Wellness is Not Just for the Horses

Fitness isn’t enough. I need to achieve balance with chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage, and nutrition. After all, I believe in holistic wellness for horses, why not for myself?   Being a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (ESMT) has its advantages. My own horse receives bodywork that includes chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and sports massage regularly and […]

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Horse Skin Condition

My Horse Suddenly Has a Skin Condition

Confession: I’m worried sick because pony has a skin infection.   Like many animal lovers, I am more comfortable being ill or injured than seeing my horse or dog in pain. There is something so heart-wrenching about watching your pet suffer and not feeling like you are doing enough.   I hadn’t seen Ferrous in […]

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Allison Malenfant #beBold Redingote Equestrian

Equestrienne: Allison Malenfant, Redingote Equestrian

I met Allison and her partner Connie on Instagram and then IRL at the Jersey Fresh International 3-Day Event in 2018. We immediately hit it off and I found myself pausing while photographing the event to go and visit their vendor area. More, I couldn’t resist and had to try the Redingote outerwear for myself, […]

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If I Could Ride a Horse Like I Drive a Car...

If I Could Could Ride a Horse Like I Drive a Car…

Confession: If I rode a horse like a drove a car I’d be an eventer.   I’ve been referred to as an aggressive yet defensive driver. What does that mean? Well, it means I can drive in New York City like a taxi, and expect others to cut me off at any minute. So why […]

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Life lessons from Endurance Riders

Life Lessons from Endurance Riders

Many of you might think this little Hunter/Jumper woman with occasional confidence issues would be a fish out of water at an endurance conference. But the opposite couldn’t be truer.   As a team member for The Gobi Desert Cup, the official endurance horse race of the Mongolian Horse and Nomad Foundation, my first foray […]

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Dr. Cooks Bitless Bridle Review

Learning Freedom with Dr. Cook’s Bitless Bridle

I’m a believer in less is more, and using natural methods whenever possible for my horse. However, it is also difficult for me to let go of control. It wasn’t an easy decision to move to use of a bitless bridle, but this is my experience.   Many options are available for equestrians to choose […]

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