I went to work this year’s Equine Affaire with an empty bank account and needing nothing but a salt rock. Unsurprisingly, I came home with more than that (though not as much as last year!), but half of my haul is made up of freebies. Merry Early Christmas to me?
After a summer of staying on property and plodding around the outdoor, I was super excited to join a group of riders that were attending a fall hunter pace right around the corner from the barn. Sadly, my enthusiasm was short-lived.
Ax is your stereotypical Warmblood gelding—big and dopey. While I often joke that not much goes on in his little brain inside his tiny head, I imagine his thoughts are entirely about food, being lazy, and being distracted by shiny objects. I love him, but he isn’t exactly the sharpest crayon in the box.
Welcome to Ax’s inner monologue.
This weekend, September 17th and 18th, marks the eighth annual International Helmet Awareness Day (IHAD) coordinated by Riders4Helmets. In celebration of this important message to equestrians, I am re-sharing my story in hopes that we all remember to mind our melons.
“You’re not a real rider until you’ve fallen off” is a phrase I’ve heard since I set foot in a stirrup and one that I’ve said to numerous others. Falling comes with the territory when you start riding, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve had my fair share of tumbles. But I’ll also be the first to admit that I spent years ignoring the rules that come with the most important piece of equipment that protects you in a fall—a helmet.