I’m thoroughly enjoying going ‘behind the scenes’ in Tamie Smith’s string as she introduces all her horses — quirks and all — on her Instagram page. It’s a great chance to get to know characters beyond the big boys like Mai Baum and Danito, and frankly, I’ve already fallen in love with up-and-comer Kynan as a result!
Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World:
Our sister site, Horse Nation, continues to mythbust some of the horse world’s longest-standing assumptions — and on the chopping block today is the subject of alfalfa. Namely, that is, whether or not feeding it’ll turn your horse into a raving loony. Find out the science, the benefits, and the truth of the whole matter with this fascinating read. [Is alfalfa a stimulant?]
Most of us grew up as bona fide barn rats. But now that we’re grown up, who’s taken our place? Theres so much nostalgia packed into this piece — those barn parties where we all bobbed for apples and then climbed up into the upper levels of the hay barn to gossip and eat snacks; the fearless rides on naughty school ponies who took full advantage of the chance to plonk us straight onto our bottoms; the dog-eared horse magazines we all read cover to cover before dumping them in the tack room to discuss. And then, of course, there’s the very real question: in a much more litigious society than the one we grew up in, is the era of the barn rat over and done with? [Let horse-child spirit never die]
I love the Equestrians of Color Photography Project, because it mixes two of my favourite things: gorgeous photos and fascinating stories. The latest instalment features Ateasha Baltodano, who grew up feeling like the odd one out at 4-H, and Josh Boggs, who has tips for pushing through when the going gets tough. [Meet the equestrians]
We’re no strangers to the concept of picking up a cheap-as-chips Thoroughbred. But seldom do those Thoroughbreds come from the rodeo, as jumper rider Kimberley Harker’s Just A Dream did. Though his origin story is an unusual one, his eventual blossoming into a much-loved competition horse feels comforting and familiar for all of us who love OTTBs just a little bit extra. [This Thoroughbred can]
And finally, a retired firefighter is looking forward to making his eventing debut — with a difference. 60-year-old Dave Farrington is planning to use his experience as a way to fundraise for Motor Neurone Disease and Alzheimer’s research, and he’s already roped in some big names to help him out along the way. [Check out his story]
Sponsor Corner: Got a hard keeper?
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I love a yard tour — and this one, from Helgstrand Dressage’s German base, has me reaching for a lottery ticket today!