Jane Carlton

Do-It-Yourself Tips and Tricks for Around the Barn

Roll Up Your Sleeves

If there are two things every single equestrian on earth is lacking, it’s time and money. Vet bills, lesson costs, grain, and, you know, trying to be a productive member of society outside of the horse world can take quite the toll on funds and sanity. Unfortunately—even though we keep asking the universe to stop—things break, problems arise, and solutions need to be found. These tried-and-true…

Holiday Home Decor

Sleigh Bells Ring

Deck the halls with…bales of hay? As if us equestrians need any more reasons to bring our love of all things horse into the home, the holidays are a perfect time to let pony adoration shine. So buy another box of candy canes “for your horse”—it’s time to celebrate! Ribbon Stocking ($28) Show off your winnings with this one-of-a-kind handmade stocking, which…

Devon Kane on Guilty Pleasures, Idols, and Her Favorite Song

Collecting Thoughts

Devon Kane is a United States Dressage Federation Gold Medalist and Grand Prix trainer. After rising successfully through the ranks of Young Riders to international Grand Prix, Devon has become an in-demand clinician and trainer. She is the head trainer of Diamante Farms in Wellington, FL, which she owns alongside her mother, Terri. Devon has earned the title of 2014 U.S. Dressage Finals Grand Prix Champion,…

Get in the Mental Game for Riding

Heels down. Shoulders Back. Eyes Up. We can likely all recite the classic ways to improve riding. But one important body part often gets overlooked—the brain. While controlling a 1,500-pound animal is second nature to most riders, controlling anxious thoughts takes a whole different skillset. Here, we spoke to top equine mental skills coaches to understand how to get and keep your mind in the game. MOTIVE AND MOTIVATION…

Gift Horse

Perfect Presents for the Equine Lover

No matter how many saddle pads or ear bonnets we might collect over time (we swear it’s not an addiction), equestrians are forever a fun bunch to shop for. Having trouble deciding on what to get your horse lover for the holidays? Take a look at our favorite in-season picks for inspiration. Brill Bamboo Socks ($7.81) A perfect peek of ponies accent these…

Grit and Glory—the State of Safety in Eventing

It’s the question whispered in tack rooms and posted on Facebook, buzzed about at local and premier shows alike: Is eventing safe? It’s a simple query with a complicated answer. Following the disquieting death of up-and-coming rider Philippa Humphreys at the Jersey Fresh International Horse Trials in May of 2016—along with numerous other cross-country deaths overseas—Equine Journal talked candidly to top riders and officials…

Rhode Island’s Abigail Brayman Wins NEHC Junior Medal Final

  By Jane Carlton After three rounds of intense competition at the New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC) Junior Medal Final, held on October 23 in West Springfield, MA, Abigail Brayman of Charlestown, RI, emerged as the 2016 champion. The 17-year-old was one of 187 horse and rider pairs to contest the Kenny Krome-designed course, taking the challenge with her larger-than-life…

Over, Under, or Through

  Bryan Nigro photoThe venerable George Morris has said it time and time again: there’s no option for a jump other than going over, under, or through. I have to agree with Sir George on this front (and oh so many others), not only on a riding level, but also a psychological one. I attended two horse shows this summer,…

Let Your Hair Down—Grooming Tips for Horses with Long Locks

By Jane Carlton Mane hair and tail hair and feather—oh my! Horse breeds with voluptuous locks such as the Gypsy, Friesian, and Andalusian are certainly easy on the eyes. With great manes, however, comes great responsibility. There’s no need to rip your hair out over the care of long locks. Check out our top tips for grooming the ever-hairy equine—your horse’s ‘do will be shiny, tangle-free, and flowing…

Knit Happens

While the weather outside is yet to be frightful (hopefully!), New Englanders know that the right gear can make winter more than delightful. Get ready to hunker down with some of the season’s coziest finds. Kerrits Pom Pom Winter Hat ($24) This adorable hat does double-duty; keeping warm and covering helmet hair. kerrits.com Back on Track Scarf ($45) Who doesn’t need a little…