Feature Articles

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…

Finding Hidden Hazards in the Barn

Hazards happen—we have all seen them and pray for the safety of our own barns. The tricky part is when a hazard may not seem like one. To help dissect some uncommon or unlikely culprits of disaster, members of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER), and the University of Kentucky share some insight. Fire…

The Do’s and Don’ts of the Crest Release

Whether you’re jumping 18″ or 3′, giving the horse a correct release is one of the most fundamental aspects of a rider’s movement over a fence. The crest release is widely seen in the hunter, jumper, and equitation ring and is an essential skill for riders of all levels. As simple as it may seem to move your hands up…

Supplement Sense—How well do you know your supplements?

As we all know, a healthy horse is a happy horse. And in regards to supplements, many questions can arise. See how many you can guess correctly in our quick quiz on supplements with answers supplied by industry professionals below. 1. If a horse has good quality hay and fresh water, they do not need supplements in their diet. True…

Get A Leg Up On Your Riding

Sometimes, taking the next step in riding can be scary. Whether it is learning to canter, trotting for the first time without a longe line, or moving up to jumps, a rush of excitement and also terror, especially in youth students, is bound to happen. Nicole Eastman, Director of Equine Facilities and head coach of the equestrian team at Becker…

Unrelenting—A Dressage Rider’s Story of Success, Strength, and Sheer Determination

Photos courtesy of Mika McKinney; Emily Tarantini; Ashley Littlefield

With a burning passion for dressage and an unwavering will to persevere, 22-year-old Mika McKinney has no plans of stopping on her way to the top of the sport, even if that means overcoming an unexpected adversity. For herself, her love of horses, and her dad, this inspirational equestrian and Maine-native is showing that anything is possible with the right…

Covering the Bases of Classical Dressage

Photos by Nikki M Photography and Photography by Andy

Throughout history, horses have been a cornerstone for success. Whether it be for war, agricultural needs, or transportation, humans found that not only do we need horses to listen to us, but we need to listen to them as well. Opening a pathway for communication is a large part of classical dressage. The rider and horse both must understand each…