riding without a horse

How to stay involved when a horse isn’t on the books

They say to write about what you know. And after an 11-year break from horse ownership, I am well-acquainted with how to stay involved with horses without having my own.  

I sold my young Warmblood mare in 2004. It was a difficult decision: Mocha was my only homebred, and I loved her dearly, but we were not a good fit. She began another career, leaving a literal empty stall in my family’s barn and a figurative one in my life—I had been riding since before I could walk, had ridden and competed all the way through my childhood into my early 20s, and had never taken a hiatus.  

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