Life With Horses

Being a "horse person" has different meanings for each of us, but we all share a desire to stay attuned to the world of horses.

Top Worthy Causes Stories

Ainsley Myers and Gazant

A Girl and Her Horse

Ainsley Myers, 13, and her horse, Gazant, share a hug in Sunset, LA ... MORE
Photo Nancie Carlson

The Blind Show Horse

"He was old and destined to lose both his eyes. But our gelding had much yet to teach us." Story by Mary Czech ... MORE

Do Unto Others

The spirit of giving back and helping the community has always been integral to Western culture, And the slew of Western-oriented charities is evidence. Here’s a look at four prominent organizations that work to spread goodwill and good ol’ American values. ... MORE
Therapist Vera Lijistrand and patient Wade West share a moment during his speech therapy session on Dooleys Blue Lake. Journal photo.

Horseback Riding with a Higher Purpose

American Quarter Horses help to create a better quality of life at Skyline Therapy Services. ... MORE

“Scribbles”: A Horse Rescue That Beat All The Odds

Saved from slaughter, Scribbles' amazing story will warm your heart and hopefully bring more happy endings to other horses in need of rescue. ... MORE

Horses Healing Hearts Brings Smiles to Children

Horses Healing Hearts helps children raised with addiction in their home by working with horses. ... MORE
Quarter Horses have brought some calm to the storm for Jacob, as well as many others. Journal photo.

Horseback Riding for the Soul

This Warrior Wellness program and its American Quarter Horses serve those who served their country. ... MORE
Roy Exum

The Humane Society of the United States Honors Roy Exum as Humane Horseman of the Year

Journalist Recognized as a Champion for Tennessee Walking Horses and the Horse Protection Act ... MORE

Horse Trails are Disappearing

Learn how you can conserve land for horse-related activities, with this bulletin from the Equine Land Conservation Resource. ... MORE

2012 International Equestrian Award Winners Announced by PATH Intl.

November 2012--The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Award Winners were honored November 2, 2012, at the annual PATH Intl. Awards Banquet. ... MORE

Horses n Heroes

Horses n Heroes is a non-profit organization that helps girls learn tools to help them with life, tools like respect and responsibility through working with and riding horses. ... MORE
The EQUUS Foundation Announces 2011 Grant Awards

EQUUS Foundation & Animal Planet Provide Hope for Horses and Humans

"Rescue, Re-Train and Re-Home," is the tagline selected by the EQUUS Foundation for its participation in Animal Planet's R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) matching campaign at ... MORE

Video: Horses of Hope Therapeutic Riding

Horses of Hope - The Dream is a feature that shows how therapeutic riding can impact the lives of those who participate. ... MORE

AQHA Equipment Rules

All of these changes are based on recommendations from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission, which was appointed earlier this year by the Executive Committee to ensure the welfare of the American Quarter Horse. ... MORE
Preserving our trails for the future is possible with a little planning. (Journal photo)

Being a Good Steward

Horseback riding can be even more enjoyable when you’re helping protect and share the land. ... MORE

PATH Intl. Attests to the Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) wishes to offer some clarity and perhaps a re-introduction for some to the organization and the work it does on behalf of those with special needs. ... MORE

Red Bucket Equine Rescue Finds Homes for Abused, Abandoned, Neglected Horses

Orange County Donors Step Up, Help Secure New Ranch Following Eviction ... MORE
Summer Sox for Horses

Rescue Me: Sox for Horses, Inc. Walks the Talk

Adopt or give generously to those who have made it their life’s mission to rescue and re-home animals. ... MORE

Video: Thoroughbred Retirement: Why It’s the Right Thing to Do

July 2012--Susan Kayne shares the story of her horse's injury and her decision to retire him as a part of responsible ownership ... MORE
Bert, a Diamond in the Rough rescue

Rescue Partnership Gives Horses a Second Chance

Recent economic challenges have caused many horse owners to voluntarily surrender their animals, putting a huge burden on rescue organizations. Out of this crisis, some organizations have partnered with veterinary clinics to become safe havens for horses. ... MORE

Gracie’s Law Would Give True Value to Companion Animals

Veterinarian Kenneth Newman's book is a touching memoir about the dogs in his life--experiences that have led to his proposal for Gracie's Law--legislation with meaning for everyone who has horses and pets. ... MORE
Holliday, the rescued horse

The “Avengers” Seem Puny Next to Heroes in Equine Rescue Story

Forces of good combine to rescue Holliday via A Home For Every Horse Program. ... MORE

A Mustang’s Journey From the Wilds to the Show Ring

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Video: How to Change a Life

The Flag Foundation for horse/human partnership re-purposes race horses as teachers in the emerging field of equine-guided education. ... MORE
Lukas and Karen Murdock

Lukas Has Plenty to Smile About

Lukas, the "World’s Smartest Horse" grabs a Guinness. ... MORE
AHC Comments on America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

The Future is in Your Hands – Take the Reins!!

The American Horse Council (AHC) discusses what you can do to give strength to the horse industry. ... MORE
Susan Anderson. Courtesy ACTHA

From the Heart

ACTHA members and affiliatesoften help horse-related charities and rescues nationwide. ... MORE
Toni Christopher and Rambler

A Chance to Shine

Toni Christopher of the Starlight Stables explains why she rescues “throwaway” horses — and why she hosts ACTHA rides. ... MORE

Learn How To Save Space For Horses in Your Town

Presenters at the ELCR sessions show ways to protect horse farms, ranches and trails, and plan for new trails and horse facilities. ... MORE
Make-a-Wish North Texas

Downunder Horsemanship Partners with Make-A-Wish® North Texas

The average cost of a wish is estimated at $7,000. With a large monetary contribution, Downunder Horsemanship is pleased to support the nation’s largest wish-granting organization. ... MORE
Courtesy Abilities Conference

Retrained Thoroughbreds Help Autistic, Disabled Kids

Joell Dunlap's Square Peg Foundation enables horse and rider teams to help one another in critical, life affirming ways. ... MORE

Never Too Young to Make a Difference

Thirteen-year-old Lacey Jo Edge helps with the Unwanted Horse Coalition and Operation Gelding. ... MORE
Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) Expands Foster Care Options

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) Expands Foster Care Options

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) announces a new way to virtually sponsor retired thoroughbreds. ... MORE
American Horse Council logo

American Horse Council

Millions of Americans enjoy recreational and trail riding each year. The American Horse Council (AHC) works to make sure that equestrians have access to America’s public land now and continue to have access in the future. ... MORE
Hannah's Horseshoes of Hope

Hannah’s Horseshoes of Hope

Having a grandchild with Down's Syndrome inspires a couple to found a program of therapeutic riding experiences for children and adults. From American Cowboy magazine. ... MORE
What Every Horse Lover Should Know About Purchase of Development Rights (PDR)

What Every Horse Lover Should Know About Purchase of Development Rights (PDR)

There are tools available to help protect our precious farms and hay fields for riding. One such tool is a Purchase of Development Rights program, also referred to as PDR or PACE programs (purchase of agricultural conservation easements). ... MORE
Conservation Easements:  What Are They And How Can Horse Farm Owners Benefit From Their Use?

Conservation Easements: What Are They And How Can Horse Farm Owners Benefit From Their Use?

Conservation easements are a primary tool for land protection in the United States. Federal, state and estate tax incentives as well as personal desire to restrict wide-scale development continue to increase such protection of land and landscapes. ... MORE
Horsin’ Around--Therapy That Is Fun

Horsing Around–Therapy That Is Fun

Equine-assisted therapy. Hippotherapy. Therapeutic riding. These are all terms that have specific definitions, but they share a common goal of helping the disabled become enabled through interaction with horses, whether it’s riding, grooming, touching, or just being near the corral watching. ... MORE
Vanishing Mustangs: the U.S. Native Species Could Become Extinct

Vanishing Mustangs: the U.S. Native Species Could Become Extinct

Joe Camp describes the American mustang as being on the verge of extinction. The indigenous wild horses are at the heart of a range war over control of public grazing rights in the western states. ... MORE
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Community

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Community

The purpose of the organization is to bring at risk racehorses--those whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end--to Old Friends and provide them with the dignified retirement they deserve. ... MORE

Technical Large Animal Rescue Training at Eastern Kentucky University

The four-day Technical Large Animal Rescue Training course (TLAR) aims to teach emergency responders the most efficient techniques to save oversized animals in catastrophic situations. ... MORE

Unwanted Horses Are on the Increase

March 2011--“Tens of thousands of horses end their days unwanted, unneeded or unusable,” according to the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) headquartered in Washington, D.C. ... MORE

Where Will My Son Ride in the Future?

More than 6,000 acres of open land fall to developers every day. Strassburger, who works with the Equine Land Conservation Resource, discusses the potential impact of vanishing space on equestrian events and the ability to grow hay and grain to feed horses. ... MORE

Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center

BITS is a registered non-profit organization and offers many kinds of therapy, from hippotherapy for those with physical disabilities to the Spirit Horse autism therapy program that Michael is going through. ... MORE
Above and Beyond 4-H Club. Courtesy Serenity at Last Farm

ReRun and 4-H: A Great Combo for Recycled Thoroughbreds

Retired race horses are projects for members of the Above and Beyond 4-H Club in Monmouth County. The club, fittingly named Serenity at Last, is where the Thoroughbreds find not only sanctuary at the end of their first career at the track, but also love and a new job. ... MORE

Adopting a Rescue Horse–What You Need to Know

Doing your research before you adopt a rescue horse can help you avoid trouble and find a suitable match. Unless you do your homework, taking in a horse from a rescue facility (which places otherwise "unwanted" horses with new owners) or from any other "free" source could spell trouble or even disaster. ... MORE
Mr. Magnolia

American Quarter Horses Used in Equine Therapy

Mr. Magnolia Zip accumulated a list of AQHA championships few could rival. Now the 18-year-old gelding is happily involved in being a therapeutic riding horse at the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, North Carolina. ... MORE

Equestrians: Leave No Trace on the Trail

Leave No Trace is a personal commitment to good stewardship of the land. Those who practice LNT have a way of using and interacting with the land with as little impact as possible. ... MORE
Equestrians, Sprawl, and Land Use Planning – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

Equestrians, Sprawl, and Land Use Planning; Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

There was a time when equestrians did not need to be concerned about development as a threat to our hobby, sport and industry; but that time has long since passed. As the U.S. ... MORE
Draft Horse

United in Light Draft Horse Rescue

At United in Light there are acres of land created to retire all mature draft horse breeds that have been rescued from an untimely death. They are rehabilitated to their optimal health and allowed to live in a herd family of other draft horses throughout the rest of their lives. ... MORE
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