Riding Rules for Middle Aged Horsewomen

Zelda selfie

Shamelessly borrowwed from Facebook, these made me laugh. Zelda has special appreciation for #10 and I am certainly guilty of #12. I love my Western Sport Sensation (photos soon). One more rule to add: Selfies must be taken to document the event. We DO NOT need to show up with our hair combed and wearing […]

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All I want for Christmas . . .

Fox in the Snow

The Chronicle of the Horse republished this classic Cookie McClung column recently. I’ve copied it here. How amazing to give someone the gift of an experience-of-a-lifetime. Every time the Chronicle reposts one of her columns, I remember I loved her writing more than anything else in the magazine while I was growing up. For those […]

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How long will you keep riding?

Dinnie Greenway

After my accident, many people asked me if I’d stopped riding. Honestly, that never crossed my mind. I was too concerned by figuring out how soon I could get back on my horse. While I do know people who have chosen to enjoy horses from the ground, rather than in the saddle, I’d like to […]

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Toughen up Snowflake! The cult of bullying coaches

What am I looking for?

George Morris has been in the equestrian news a lot these days. His ban is due to findings that he sexually molested minors. But the other thing that’s been talked about a lot is his coaching style. Honestly, I thought that would bring him down long ago. Let’s face it. George Morris epitomizes the bullying […]

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Whoa not Woah! Or is it?

whoa or woah?

Recently, I’ve seen the word “whoa” written as “woah” or even “whoah” several times. A little research shows that many people are confused over a word that is as natural to us as breathing. In fact, whoa is quite an ancient word and the spelling that’s developed may have to do with where you live. […]

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There’s no shame in using a mounting block!

Mounting log

After my accident, climbing onto Zelda seemed even more daunting than before. She’s a large girl and it’s a long way up! Even now, I’m not sure that I could get on her from the ground. Freedom is shorter and not so wide. In a pinch, I’ve been able to position him downhill and then […]

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The debate over SafeSport: is it keeping our children safe?


Everyone’s read about the Larry Nassar scandal with the US Gymnastics team. Now equestrian sports are getting their turn under the microscope of sexual misconduct. In June, California trainer Rob Gage committed suicide after being banned for life for sexual misconduct with a minor. Last year, the New York Times Wrote an expose on ┬áJimmy […]

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