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The Fall That Crushed My Confidence: 5 Stories From Real Riders

Falling off is unfortunately just part of the sport we love so much. But the…

Unpopular Opinion: Don’t Use A Pelham If You Need A Bit Converter

The Pelham has been a popular bitting option in the hunter/jumper world for as long…

No, You’re Not Ready To Move Up

The U.S. Eventing Association’s safety subcommittee has proposed new rules to ensure horse-and-rider pairs aren’t…

Equestrians, We Need To Do Better

By Bethany Unwin A need for solidarity brought thousands of people with a common thread…

What Your Breech Rise Preference Says About You

One of the beauties of equestrian sport is that it attracts all different kinds of…

I’ll Probably Never Jump Above 3-Foot And I’m Cool With That

I love horse showing. It helps me set goals and work toward them. And there…

Horse Shows Are Going to Suck

The USEF has discussed their potential guidelines for reopening shows in the summer, and it…

We Need More Diversity in Equestrian Sport

Editor’s Note: Heels Down Mag asked adult amateur riders to tell us how they would…

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I Like To Think Of This Setback As An Opportunity

Kama Godek is an international grand prix show jumper and trainer. After competing for over a decade…

Why Everyone Should Have To Ride In The Hunters

The hunters. It’s where so many Americans begin their riding careers. From the pony ring…