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Taylor Sheridan – The Bigger Picture

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Taylor Sheridan – The Bigger Picture

Mere mention of the highly popular Yellowstone television series generates a chain reaction of delight and enthusiasm among equine enthusiasts, and even the general public. Fans of the Western genre anxiously await each episode, whether it’s the original series, Yellowstone, or 1883, the prequel. It’s no surprise, considering the acclaim of any production listing Taylor Sheridan as creator.

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From the Publisher – A Fond Farewell

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From the Publisher – A Fond Farewell

Having grown up riding and competing as a youth and amateur exhibitor in APHA and AQHA circles, I’d always been familiar with The Equine Chronicle. Gordon Downey is a longtime family friend and, for many years, I was able to see images of my beloved horses featured in the magazine’s glossy pages. When I began studying Creative Writing and Journalism in college, Gordon suggested writing some articles for the magazine, on a freelance basis. 

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Cover Story – Melissa Busch Cook and Flo Rida

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Cover Story – Melissa Busch Cook and Flo Rida

After a 14-year absence, Melissa Busch Cook is back in the saddle again making her show pen debut with a talented, 3-year-old, AQHA gelding named Flo Rida. For her, the return to her favorite discipline of Western Pleasure “feels like I’m stepping back into something comfortable.”

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Teaching a Horse How to Drive

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Teaching a Horse How to Drive

The sweeping strides of graceful horses and the splendor of vintage-inspired attire lends to an air of elegance that makes Pleasure Driving such a beautiful discipline to watch. But teaching a horse how to drive has far-reaching benefits that extend beyond competing in the class itself.

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5 Go-to Bits for Taking a Two-Year-Old to an All-Arounder

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5 Go-to Bits for Taking a Two-Year-Old to an All-Arounder

Transitioning from a snaffle or hackamore to a bit with a shank and a curb chain is a big transition in a young horse’s life and not one that happens overnight. First, the pressure applied takes place in entirely new and different areas. Acclimating a horse to new headgear is something that takes time, tenacity, and the right tools. 

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Coronary Band Injuries

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Coronary Band Injuries

Injuries are fairly common in horses because they are large and strong, and highly mobile. Domestic horses in small enclosures injure themselves more often than a less active species. Horses in athletic careers often have greater risks for injury because of the speeds they travel, with more stresses on feet and legs.

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Training and Showing the 5 Most Difficult Types of Horses

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Training and Showing the 5 Most Difficult Types of Horses

Ask anyone who’s shown for any length of time, and they’re likely to agree that not only are no two horses alike, some horses are just plain harder to get along with than others. 

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Amateur Profile- Madison Nirenstein

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Amateur Profile- Madison Nirenstein

Female business owners and powerhouse women seem to be what’s trending in 2022, and Madison Nirenstein is no exception. Boasting 32,000 followers on her Instagram page, founding and running her own business, and becoming a household name in the show pen are no small feats individually, but she’s doing it all. 2021 was a record year for her, both professionally and as an equestrian.

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Youth Profile – Alexandra Rippeon and Itzonly Make Believe

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Youth Profile – Alexandra Rippeon and Itzonly Make Believe

Twelve-year-old Alexandra (Allie) Rippeon has had quite a year. The daughter of Deanna and Michael Rippeon is a well-spoken, home-schooled youngster who, like most horse girls, loves snuggling her horse and riding with friends. She also enjoys hanging out in the barn and helping care for horses at the family’s Sunset Ridge Farm in Mt. Airy, Maryland. But this young horsewoman is also a gifted competitor who capped a successful 2021 show season with a record-setting Congress. Competing on four-year old, Itzonly Make Believe, aka “Molly,” a horse she had purchased only two months before, Allie had a spectacular showing at the event, winning four AQHA, four NSBA, and four Championship titles, as well as four All-Around titles in different divisions.

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Sit Back and Relax – Musical Treatment to Decrease Stress in Show Horses

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Sit Back and Relax – Musical Treatment to Decrease Stress in Show Horses

We protect our horses at all costs. As owners and competitors, we strive to give our horses the best we can afford, often at the expense of our own needs. We’ve all purchased that special saddle, custom bit, and paid the farrier more than we make in a week. We never bat an eye when the vet bills arrive. We research the latest new feed. Meanwhile, a fast food burger will suffice for “eating out,” and the online shopping cart can wait for next month’s paycheck. It’s all because we know we’re doing what’s best for our horses.

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