Five Ways a Horse is Like a Novel

Five Ways a Horse is Like a Novel

How Can a Horse be Like a Novel? You may ask, How can a horse be like a novel? The answer is one word–relationship. Every good horseman knows the relationship you develop with your horse is critical to your success as a rider. Every good writer knows that the...
Is Dressage Going to the Ponies?

Is Dressage Going to the Ponies?

  How a rescued pony and a determined trainer are changing the way we view size in competitions. Professional dressage trainer Ashley Kennedy, with her long auburn hair tucked under a ball cap, lovingly drapes an arm over the back of her talented equine partner—a...
Haters Just Lose

Haters Just Lose

Acts of Hatred, Hate Crimes, and Degradation of Others In light of a recent hate crime committed at the local high school wherein four youth were charged with painting racist graffiti on school property, I started giving a lot more thought to the nature of hate and...
Five Ways to Combat FoMO—the Fear of Missing Out

Five Ways to Combat FoMO—the Fear of Missing Out

Is Social Media to Blame? Social media has been vilified as causing negative behavior from increased violence, suicides, and social isolation. Of course in and of itself, social media is not evil, although sometimes we tend to portray it in that light. It is, however,...
No Foot, No Fitness

No Foot, No Fitness

There’s an old horseman’s saying, “No hoof, no horse.” This means if you don’t take care of your horse’s feet, he won’t be able to perform no matter how talented he may be. The same goes for humans, but how often do we really...

So Good, It Should Be Required Reading

I just finished reading Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, written by Karen Abbott, and feel as if it should be required reading for all history students. The book covers the life of four women–two Confederate and two Union Army...