Feature Articles

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…

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…

A Day in the Life of Dressage Groom Kerri Coufal

By Terisé Cole Just what does it take to get one of the United States’ top dressage horse and rider pairs into the show ring, impeccably turned out and ready to win? Allison Brock’s groom, Kerri Coufal, takes us behind the scenes on a typical show day with the Olympic groom and her Hanoverian steed, Rosevelt. 6:30 a.m. Kerri Coufal starts her day like…

Is Your Horse A Senior?

How do you really know when to start caring for your horse as a senior? Is it all about their age, or is there more to the equation? Sure, Blaze’s namesake may be looking a little greyer lately and he just celebrated his second decade, but he is still kicking—you don’t think he is old. Our handy chart helps you determine your horse’s status and Dr. Mary Rose Paradis, DVM,…

The Weight Debate—Untangling the Truth about Pounds and Horses

Jamie is not fit to ride—at least that’s what some traditional equestrian guidelines would have you believe. The 26-year-old hunter/jumper rides at least three days a week, occasionally competes at the amateur level, and eats a healthy, balanced diet. But never mind all that. Jamie’s weight is around 200 pounds, and that puts her near the so-called 20 percent rule that some veterinarians and riding experts use…

Call of the Wild—Spotlight on Elisa Wallace

By Jane Carlton Not unlike the titular lady in Wilson Pickett’s 1967 soulful song (ride, Sally, ride!), all Elisa Wallace wants to do is ride…mustang horses, that is. An accomplished four-star level eventer, the Jasper, GA, native stumbled into the world of retraining wild mustang horses for eventing in 2012, and her footing’s been sure ever since. EQUINE JOURNAL: How did you first get started with the…

Good Eats!—Dine With The Nation’s Top Sport Horses

You are what you eat, right? If that were true, we would’ve thought that these successful sport horses spent the afternoons grazing on blue ribbons, gold medals, and championship titles. We asked the best of the best what they put into their award-winning horses to keep them at the top of their game. Fresh out of the starting gate of his first four-star event at…

Sense of Security—Equip Your Barn for the Unexpected

By Jane Carlton Horses, and their tack, represent a large investment—of time, money, and heart. But keeping those assets safe and secure is increasingly complicated. In the last year alone, there have been news reports of Tad Coffin saddles lifted at a HITS show in Virginia, a bay gelding stolen and slaughtered in Miami, and most notably, a Grand-Prix show jumper stolen and butchered in Palmetto, FL. Is…