4 Stretches You Should Do With Your Horse Before and After Rides

4 Stretches You Should Do With Your Horse Before and After Rides

As equestrians, we know that our horses aren’t just pets, they’re also athletes. We also tend to take better care of our horse’s health than our own! In this post, I’ll give you 4 great stretches to do with your horse before and after you ride. Continue reading “4 Stretches You Should Do With Your Horse Before and After Rides”

The Strangest of Barn Buddies

To Love A Horse Girl

To love a horse girl means a lot of things. It means you have to be willing to give up weekends for horse shows, be okay with dirt, poop, and odd smells, sit through lessons where you don’t understand a single thing, listen to horse babble all the time, be a professional videographer (especially on show days), and most of all, know that you probably won’t come first. Our horses do. Continue reading “To Love A Horse Girl”

What I Wish I Could Have Told 11 Year Old Me

What I Wish I Could Have Told 11 Year Old Me

I was 11 when I had my first ever riding lesson. My mom finally caved to my years of begging for it. She claims she waited until I was older so it was safer for me, but secretly I think she was hoping this “horse phase” would go away and I would pick a hobby that gave her fewer heart attacks. It clearly didn’t work, I’m now 23 and the addiction is worse than ever.

But if I could go back in time to this moment, here’s what I would tell myself:

“Step away from that horse. Don’t you dare get on. Continue reading “What I Wish I Could Have Told 11 Year Old Me”

blurred lines in the horse world: what it's like to not be a wealthy equestrian

Blurred Lines in the Horse World: What it’s Like to Not be a Wealthy Equestrian

The barn where I grew up riding had a clear line between two people: the boarders and the riding school people. In other words, money versus no money. And in the riding world, this line is all too real. Continue reading “Blurred Lines in the Horse World: What it’s Like to Not be a Wealthy Equestrian”

The “Sorority” Life of IHSA: Why You Should Definitely Join Your Equestrian Team

The “Sorority” Life of IHSA: Why You Should Definitely Join Your Equestrian Team

I went to a giant college. Over 30,000 people attend LSU. I also went to an all girl’s high school, so when it came time to rush for sororities freshman year, most girls from my school did. But it just wasn’t for me. The problem is that when you go to a huge university, one of the best ways to get to know people is through involvement, particularly in the Greek life. But I had something better in mind: the LSU Equestrian team. Continue reading “The “Sorority” Life of IHSA: Why You Should Definitely Join Your Equestrian Team”

Helmets On Our Heads And Hearts On Our Sleeves

Helmets On Our Heads And Hearts On Our Sleeves

Horse girls are different. We don’t think like “normal” people. Our main boy toy is probably our gelding, we never mind getting dirty, and we’re tough as nails. You can say what you want about us but if you so much as think about dissing our ride, we’ll cut you.  Continue reading “Helmets On Our Heads And Hearts On Our Sleeves”

Tack Trunk Tips

Tack Trunk Tips

One of the most expensive but great tools a horse owner needs (and wants!) is a tack box. Now, not all of us can afford the $600 tack trunk advertised on websites, but we need somewhere decent to keep our 239,872,640 brushes, vet wraps, and miscellaneous horse tools we all seem to collect! Don’t worry, there are many money saving options for us! I’ll start with the cheapest and work my way up in price. Continue reading “Tack Trunk Tips”