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Fall & The Equestrian: A Love-Hate Relationship


As a rider born, raised, and still living in New England, fall is my absolute favorite season. The temperature is perfect – not too hot and not too cold – and nothing beats a pretty fall picture of the trees

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#TBT – The Perfect Summer Ride


Summertime is my favorite time of year, so as it comes to an end I love to look back on all the great experiences that were had and the memories that were made. This summer, one memory sticks out the

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Baby Steps for the Baby Horse


While bringing along a young horse can be one of the most rewarding experiences, it can also be one of the most frustrating ones. And patience is always key, because good things come to those who wait, right? I’ve been

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A Labor of Love


When my husband and I were looking for our next house (as ours had sold and we were living with my parents), we just wanted a place that I could bring my horses to our backyard. I certainly wasn’t looking

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Long Journey Ahead


After about almost a year of searching, I’ve finally bought a new horse! The entire process went incredibly smooth and Loki has already settled into his new home. Loki is a three-year-old Dutch Warmblood who was just started under saddle.

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How to Prepare Your Horse (and Your Barn) for Winter


While it’s hard to think about blankets and snowstorms now, cooler weather really is on its way! In a few short weeks it will be fall and for us New Englanders, that means that hot weather is officially over and

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We Heart Our Helmets


When I first started taking lessons at age 10, my mom made me promise to always wear a helmet when I ride and other than one crazy double bareback ‘trail ride’ (breakneck gallop through the woods) at a friend’s house

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Behind The Scenes at Arlington International Racecourse


I’ve always been a sucker for the “ponies,” even before I purchased (for $1) my off-the-track Thoroughbred Distinct Leader or “Leader.” I watched, live on TV such as it was back then, the 1977 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and

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Horse of a Lifetime

Leroy AR 2

I know you’ve heard the phrase “horse of a lifetime” a time or two if you are part of the horse world. The truth is I have a few horses that qualify as the “horse of a lifetime”. Each of

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#TBT – Junior Hunter Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park


This year the Junior Hunter Finals took place in Devon, PA back in July. It brought back memories of when I was still a Junior and got to compete in them. While I’m not really too far into my amateur

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You Know You Own a Thoroughbred When…


I am the very proud owner of an oh so handsome Thoroughbred gelding. His name is Samurai (he will also answer to Sam, Sammy, Samwise the Brave, and Buttface). My Thoroughbred brings me so much joy and I am truly

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I Survived a Mary Wanless Clinic


What’s a balloon got to do with dressage riding? If you’re Mary Wanless, internationally renowned rider biomechanics coach and author of the “Ride With Your Mind” books and DVDs, a lot! Thank goodness I had already read her books and

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Keepin’ Cool This Summer: Horse Edition

Summer 1

Me during the Winter: “I AM FREEZING! I can’t wait for the summer and warm weather!” Me during the Summer: “I AM SOAKED! I can’t wait for the winter and cooler weather!” Sound familiar? I thought so. Don’t get me

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My Top 5 Grooming Essentials


I started riding when I was nine years old. I can STILL remember my trainer at the time telling us to get tacked up for our group lesson and emphasizing a quick grooming session. More times than not, she would

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#TBT: The Horses That Built Me


Over the years, I’ve learned that horses bring you more than blue ribbons – they bring you lessons that have turned you into the person that you are today. I’ve ridden quite a few different horses in the years that

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