Feature Articles

On the Road Again

For those who heavily travel with their horses—whether for frequent shows, leisure rides, or just as part of a nomadic lifestyle— moving horses regularly or for long distances can be just as stressful, if not more so, for our equines as it is for us. Before you plan your next cross-country trip with your favorite four-legged friend, see what experts…

Core Strength—Four Exercises to Help Strengthen the Equestrian’s Core

Though you may not realize it, your core muscles heavily influence your riding. Defined by Brittany Cacossa of Bringing Change Equestrian Fitness in New York, your core is “everything aside from your arms and legs.” Functioning as a stabilizer for your entire body, “you use your core in nearly every movement,” shares Brittany. Laura Rubin from Fitness Unleashed Coaching in…

The Biggest and Best of 2018

What a year 2018 has been, and it technically isn’t even over yet! From moments that made history to those that had the crowds going wild, we wrapped up the biggest happenings of the year. February 14th 2018 seemed to be “The Year of SafeSport.” Although the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) established a Safe Sport Policy in late 2013,…

Cold Snap—Ride the Right Way this Winter

As people in the Northeast batten down the hatches for winter, equestrians have to consider their options for training during the snow and ice infested months. Some seek haven in the warmer parts of the country, while others have no choice but to brave the cold temperatures. In order to help trainers and riders during the toughest part of the…

Unsure If You Should Insure?

Equine insurance, for many, is often thought of as too expensive, too complicated, or just flat out unheard of. However, protecting assets is something insurance companies are built for, and when disaster strikes, they can be there to help. So why not insure your horse? Scott Lombard of Corinthian Insurance Agency and Joe Norick of Aon Private Risk Management gave…

Q & A with Freestyle Music Choreographer Terry Ciotti Gallo

When it comes to dressage freestyle routines, one name comes to most enthusiasts’ minds: Terry Ciotti Gallo. After having arranged music for several billboard names in the industry, including Laura Graves, Adrienne Lyle, Steffen Peters, and Debbie McDonald, Equine Journal had the opportunity to talk shop with the music maestro herself. Equine Journal: How did you get involved in arranging…

On the Grid—The Benefits of Gridwork

A tool for addressing many problems horses and riders face, gridwork and gymnastic exercises consisting of precisely placed poles and jumps are a common sight in a hunter/jumper’s arena. We spoke to trainers Lexie Lohrer of Wildwood Farm in Westford, MA, and Meredith Stimson-O’Connell of Madison Show Stables in Merrimac, MA, on how to begin using such exercises and their…

Career Change—Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds and Eventing

©AK Dragoo Photography Thoroughbreds that race tend to only be on the track for a few years of their youth, but what’s next? Eventers all over America have been finding that many off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) have the character and physique for their sport. U.S. Olympian Boyd Martin and Cathy Wieschoff of CW Event Team talk about their success with taking…