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Various voices check in about their Olympic experiences.

Longer and hotter days, sweaty breeches, pink SWAT, the hum of stall fans—all signs that the summer vacation season is upon us.  For those of us who grew up in the horse world, there were never shortages of ways to earn some quick summer cash. You could work at pony camps, groom at shows, teach some lessons, muck some...
Several years ago, I went barn hunting after another military move. I thought I found a great boarding option, only to come to the mutual agreement with the barn owner that it was not a good fit. She was convinced I would “corrupt” her strictly adult amateur hunter clients because I had foxhunting, eventing and dressage in...
To make a long story as short as possible, I’ve been experiencing some pain in my low back, at an increasing interval and increasing severity, since April. I’m pretty sure I know the root cause, and I’m finally getting that taken care of, but I didn’t do it in time, because over the weekend the pain became as bad as...
A foot of snow followed by 10 days of freezing temperatures allows you to accomplish some important things. Incidentally, riding is not one of them. Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t blogged nearly as much over the last year and half. There are a couple reasons for that. My blog has always been a bit of a...
We’re trying to be the comeback kids. Again. I feel like it’s a theme for Cairo and me. Maybe that and big dreams. Our show season trickled to a halt back in August. I can’t even decide if we went out with a bang or a whimper. I had gone into it with such high hopes. Qualify for a one-star! Jump all the things! And our...
It’s 5 a.m., and I am wide awake. It’s a horse show morning, and I have woken up before my alarm and gone over my tests, which is something I do often, certainly at the first competition of the year. I’m breezing a race horse before the show, which also isn’t abnormal for me. This morning is definitely different though....
If we required adult amateurs to pass the pre-purchase exam we subject our sale horses to, I belong to a group that wouldn’t “vet.” My group would fail at least a handful, if not all, flexion tests. Our films would be cause for a concerned call describing deviations on bones you haven’t heard of. We would definitely...
For many of us, 2018 was a bit of a rough one. Between apocalyptic weather, equally unsettling politics, displays of excessive hypersensitivity to EVERYTHING from EVERYONE and, above all, the loss of Burt Reynolds (RIP Bandit *sky salute*), it’s no wonder many of us have retreated to our various fortresses of solace—i.e....
The talented contingent of COTH bloggers kept readers glued to their screens this year with everything from humorous guides for dating, to reflections on what it means to grow up alongside these wonderful, enigmatic creatures we call partners. Here are our top 10 countdown for the best blogs of 2018: #10 In Case of...
Baby Huey was my first horse. Although I’d been riding since I was a kid, I didn’t enter horse ownership until my 30s. Huey gave me a crash course in everything I needed to know, from riding a green horse to letting go of an animal you care about. To go where I wanted to go with my riding, I had to sell Huey. Because I...
Over on my Facebook page I recently solicited requests. One was for a post about being a barn dad at barn functions. That seems pretty timely, so here goes. Naturally, I’m going to start with a story involving cows. Several years ago I met a fellow professor who, like me, had grown up on a farm. We got to talking about...
 For some, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.... with the kids jingle-belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer, but I swear to God if one of those freaks walks into the barn on Christmas morning while I’m chipping frozen horse excrement out of the solid igloo-cornerstone-worthy block of ice that was once a...

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