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I mentioned the stickers produced by The Positive Equestrian awhile back, but I just had to share again.
While it’s tempting to binge with the remote each night, I’m grateful for the time I’ve had to spend reading as I have been able to discover some voices within our own industry that have helped me expand my own view of the world.
I particularly enjoyed this piece from Steph Kallstrom, who penned a guest blog for In Due Horse this week. You may also recognize Steph from one of my News & Notes columns earlier this month. Much of the conversation around diversity and inclusion within the equestrian space centers around “what can I do to make it better?” or “in what ways does the industry have a diversity issue?”. Steph addresses both of these topics, but in particular took the time to encourage readers to do a bit of reading, thinking, and listening on the experience of BIPOC riders.
The fact is, not everyone will experience a sense of exclusion in our sport; this does not invalidate the experience of those who do, and it’s the voices of those who feel the most invisible that we must listen to in order to grow.
At any rate, I won’t continue to ramble and will instead leave Steph’s essay here for you to read and share: What You Can Do to Help Diversify the Equestrian World
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“I would like to challenge you to talk to other people rather than unfollowing them. Growth does not come from comfort. Flowers don’t grow without rain, and without trauma humans do not become humane.” I sat down to read this essay from our sister site, Horse Nation, with a different idea in my head of what I was about to read. This poignant and very personal essay about the power of compassion, empathy, and listening goes a long way in both the horse world and the world at large.
Thoroughbred aftercare remains an important topics for those involved in racing as well as other areas of the equine industry; as we well know, Thoroughbreds are among the most versatile – and readily available – breeds for retraining into second careers. The newest episode of the Gate to Wire podcast features New Vocations, the Retired Racehorse Project, and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and perspective on how we can all contribute to safe landings for these incredible athletes.
We’re officially into fall, which means that fall vaccines may be on the docket for your horse. There is always something new to learn when it comes to horse care and management; get a primer on fall vaccines from TheHorse.com here.
Every horse owner dreads the ‘t’ word: thrush. Dr. Bryan Fraley of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Fraley Equine Podiatry runs through what to look for and how to prevent/treat thrush in the latest US Equestrian Equestrian Weekly. You know the saying: “no foot, no horse”.
Would you buy a hairpiece for your horse? Chanel Rhodes saw an opportunity to bring her creativity to the table while also starting her own small business. Fast forward to today, and Chanel’s Mane Tresses have become a viral sensation that even hit on the mainstream media. Read more about her business and passion for horses on Heels Down Mag here.
Wednesday Video: Time for a fresh new episode of Young Black Equestrians! I’m about halfway through this episode featuring Taylor Harden, whose story you’ll definitely want to hear. Let me put it this way: if eventing isn’t my cup of tea after all, perhaps I’ll take up mounted archery…
Mostly, I really enjoy these interviews as hosts Caitlin Gooch and Abriana Johnson are excellent conversationalists and their interviews with guests provide some really great perspective on the experience of equestrians from every discipline and walk of life.
Ecovet is an entirely different type of fly spray … and you apply it to your horse in a different way, too. With fly season upon us, we’re sharing some tips for how to best apply Ecovet: