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Where Have All the Para-Riders Gone?

Recently I was called “handicapped” on social media by someone who didn’t know me.  My…

Just Because You Have A Mare, Doesn't Mean You Should Breed It

By Lauren O’Malley There’s a good chance we’ve all experienced this situation at one time…

Once More With Falling: The Life of an Adult Beginner

I began riding at a local hunter/jumper barn late in life. I can still recall…

What Discipline? No Discipline.

I’m having a bit of an identity crisis. All my life, I’ve ridden the hunters…

The Goals That Weren’t

Each January, people start out the year with the best of intentions. We plan and…

What It Means To Be An Amateur In This Expensive Sport: Sacrifice

I haven’t ridden on a the A-circuit since I was a junior, and that was…

Warning: I'm Not The Best Horse Trainer

Being a young professional in the equestrian industry is difficult. There are many aspiring professional…

Heels Down Is Expanding. Join Us.

Are you bold, passionate, and you can write? Now is your chance to make a…

What Comes After Grief

It was just about 7 a.m. and I was still in bed when my phone…

Tik Maynard: “Does The Horse Really Come First?”

Tik Maynard is an advanced-level eventer and firm believer in natural horsemanship. He’s rarely found…