Tag: equine

  • 47 True Stories of Winning, Losing, and “Achieving the Dream” from 8 Equestrian Sports

    47 True Stories of Winning, Losing, and “Achieving the Dream” from 8 Equestrian Sports

    “To win for the USA.” Many young athletes grow up with a goal of reaching the Olympics and the glories of their sport’s highest levels. It is no different for equestrians, whether they ride English, Western, vault, or drive a carriage. From playing with plastic ponies and taking their first riding lessons, to finding success in the arena, thousands of horse lovers hope […]

  • Come See Us at Equine Affaire in MA for Great Sales, Contests, and Author Signings!

    Come See Us at Equine Affaire in MA for Great Sales, Contests, and Author Signings!

    We woke up one morning and “poof!” it was November! That means we’ll be setting up shop at Equine Affaire in West Springfield, Massachusetts, in no time at all…or in other words, next week… That’s right: Equine Affaire runs Thursday, November 7, through Sunday, November 10, 2019, at the Eastern States Exposition grounds. Come find […]

  • Horse Training…from Both Sides, Now

    Horse Training…from Both Sides, Now

    Who didn’t learn it that way? One of the very first lesson we all absorb as tiny horse-crazy tots is to approach and handle the horse from the left side. I once went on a dude ride (no really, it’s true) and the four things that were explained to all the tourists in tennis shoes […]

  • Eventer and Coach Eric Smiley Tells Us Which Breed of Horse Is Bright Enough to Build a Boat…and Admits Two Surprising Fears

    Eventer and Coach Eric Smiley Tells Us Which Breed of Horse Is Bright Enough to Build a Boat…and Admits Two Surprising Fears

    Having coffee with equestrian coach Eric Smiley is a delightful occurrence worth repeating. Certainly, a clinic with him has a similar effect. A former international event rider who represented Ireland at European, World, and Olympic level, winning team bronze medals on two occasions, he’s “been there, done that” but is also incredibly present in the here […]

  • Food for Thought: A Scientific Argument Against Using Treats in Horse Training

    Food for Thought: A Scientific Argument Against Using Treats in Horse Training

    Sugar cubes. Peppermints. Carrots. Carefully sliced pieces of apple. “Cookies.” Admit it: We all have one. A favorite treat. When your horse comes trotting up in the pasture, it feels good, right? When he turns and looks over his shoulder after a square halt, your heart melts a little. When he walks, trots, and stays […]

  • How Horses Save Humans: The Miraculous World of Equine-Partnered Therapy

    Survivors of trauma, loss, illness, abuse, stress, and depression can face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. But today, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that horses play a crucial role in therapy for those struggling with significant psychological and emotional challenges. Horses respond to angry, inhibited, heartbroken, defiant, terrified clients in many different ways, often breaking through defensive barriers […]

  • Fat, Hairy (Thelwell) Memories

    There is something completely timeless about a fat hairy pony, scheming to, in some way, take advantage of its naive young rider. It is a concept so familiar in size, shape, and flavor that all it takes is one word—“Thelwell“—to instantly register as an image and a memory for many. “My father bought her from […]

  • Denny Emerson to Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame

    Denny Emerson to Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame

    On Thursday, February 28, 2019, TSB author Denny Emerson will be inducted into the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo Hall of Fame, during their first annual induction ceremony, taking place at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. Other 2019 inductees include Julie Goodnight Horsemanship, Meredith Hodges, Pat Parelli Ranch, Richard Shrake, and Dr. Robert Miller. […]

  • “Tell Him He Can Run Away”—A Cure for the Horse That Shies

    “Tell Him He Can Run Away”—A Cure for the Horse That Shies

    Wouldn’t it be cool if every horse made a New Year’s Resolution not to shy at silly, innocuous, or invisible things in 2019? Alas, I think we all know that isn’t likely, so best case scenario is we riders resolve to do better by our horses when the shy does happen. The late Walter Zettl […]

  • The Best Horse Books & DVDs of 2018

    The Best Horse Books & DVDs of 2018

    W.O.W. The year is almost over. It always hits as a touch unbelievable. And yet here we are, a few days from 2019. It’s cold outside, with enough white stuff to validate the Vermont address. The Prosecco is chilling in anticipation of the celebration ahead. We have some truly exciting projects in the works with […]