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Affordability Remains The Biggest Barrier To Equestrian Sport

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

How to Make Your Dog Welcome at (Almost) Any Barn

Horse people love their dogs, but I’m seeing more and more barns with “no dogs…

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Belly Bands Are A Dumb Trend

Belly bands – have you heard of them? Also known as “spur guards”, these neoprene…

Depo Is Banned. Now What?

Mary Babick hasn’t had medroxyprogesterone acetate in her barn for some time. And for a…

So Long, Top Hats

It was 2012, and I was covering the World Dressage Masters in sunny Wellington, Fla.…

I’m Anti ‘No Stirrup November’ And This Is Why

By Becky Shipps We’re just past the midpoint of #NoStirrupNovember and guess how many times…

Polo Wraps Aren’t Dangerous, Lack of Knowledge Is

By Becky Shipps Every time I read a comment online that says something to the…

We Should Learn From Other Disciplines, Not Berate Them

The ASPCA Maclay Finals just happened, for all you riders out there who don’t follow one…

Dress For The Ride You Want

By Lauren O’Malley To be honest, I typed and deleted this first sentence about three…

When It Comes to Horses, Vegans Need An Attitude Adjustment

By Megan Blanchard In my twenties, I was editor of several vegan websites and I…