The National Sporting Library

My most salient memory of the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, Virginia is of the bronze sculpture of a war-weary Civil War horse in the Library's courtyard. This is not the customary type of equestrian statue, with the horse depicted as powerful and imposing but purposely shows an animal that is exhausted, half-starved and standing with a back hoof bent, the reason being that the sculpture honors the 1,500,000 horses and mules that lost their lives in the Civil War. The sculpture, by...

Value, Fit, Fit and Fit

Did you pay too much for your saddle? Or did you get a bargain? Only you can answer; but maybe you don't want to know. Ignorance is bliss so they say, and in this instance, it may be best to simply enjoy a state of blissfulness. What might be more important than having gotten a bargain or having paid too much in the past, is how best to shop for your next saddle.

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Get on the Road to Mental Riding Recovery

Whether you're an accomplished horseman or a lower-level competitor, it's likely you have faced times when your riding has gotten off-track. Maybe you've had a fall that left your confidence bruised. Or your quest to break a certain percentage point at Second Level keeps getting falling short because of your inability to focus. Regardless of the nature of your issue, it's likely you can improve the situation by mentally training yourself, in addition to training your horse.

Apple of My Eye to Be Released

APPLE OF MY EYE, the heartwarming and inspirational drama for the whole family, debuts on DVD and digital January 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. A young girl (Avery Arendes), who defines herself by her equestrian abilities, struggles after she loses her eyesight following a traumatic accident. Her world changes when she meets her new […]

Horses are the Best Therapy

Anybody who has spent time around horses knows what great solace and therapy they can be. In fact, time and again I hear people say things, "my husband puts up with the horses because it's cheaper than a mental institution" or "I'm headed to the barn for my weekly dose of equine therapy." Certainly horses can provide a powerful grounding anchor in the world - their needs and personality demands it. They can also, like any animal or pet, provide a supportive, non-judgmental ear to pour out your...