Feature Articles

Tools of the Trade—The Use of Artificial Training Tools

What is an artificial training tool? Look it up and you’ll get a vague description that varies between disciplines, barns, and trainers. From traditional tack seen in the hunter and jumper rings like martingales to those only allowed outside the show ring such as draw reins, these types of tack are commonly seen in use for a reason—they are great tools for training horses. Although…

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…

Making Memories—A Look Back At Equestrians’ Favorite Moments of 2016

PHOTOS: (Top right) Courtesy of Jennifer Jelich; (Top Left) Brant Gamma Photography; (Bottom Right) Jane Carlton 2016 was certainly a year to remember—with the Rio Olympics, Michael Jung winning the Grand Slam of Eventing, and the first $1 million prize check handed out in show jumping, equestrians had plenty to celebrate. Equine Journal asked top riders and trainers what qualified as their most…

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…

Canter For A Cause—A Young Rider Gives Back Through Riding

  We all know that there is more to horse showing than hoping you walk out of the ring with a smile on your face and blue ribbon in-hand. But for 15-year-old Sarah Hyde, a little more rides on her shoulders as she makes her way around the course—the up-and-coming rider is also an ambassador for JustWorld International, an organization…

Grit and Glory—the State of Safety in Eventing

By Jane CarltonPhotos by AK Dragoo Photography 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—along with numerous other cross-country deaths overseas—Equine Journal talked candidly…

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…

Leaf Peeper—8 Places to Trail Ride in the Fall

By Terisè Cole Fall is known for its foliage, crisp weather, and if you live in New England, an influx of leaf peepers. What better way to see the turning leaves than on the back of a horse? Whether you want to stay in the Northeast or head West, we’ve found eight places that are perfect for fall trail rides.   Green Mountain Horse…

Walk This Way—Understanding Show Jumping Courses with Peter Leone

By Jane Carlton Top riders make a ritual of walking the course before a big competition. But what’s going through their minds as they count out the strides and circle the jumps? To get an insider’s perspective (and what an insider! Connecticut based Peter Leone was a team silver medalist at the 1996 Olympic Games), we tagged along as Leone inspected and analyzed the course…