In Pursuit of Long-Lost Horses


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Unlike my colleague Erica, author of our “Old Horses: Better with Age” blog, I don’t have much experience managing senior horses. Most of my former show horses have either transitioned to breeding careers or gone on to carry other riders around the hunter or jumper ring. If I had the property and the means to ride all my horses into retirement and care for them past their prime, I would. But that’s not the case. And, after all, my goal as a horse owner is to also develop as a rider at a certain level, and that requires a fairly youthful horse.

My childhood pony Laura Ashley was one my most cherished mounts

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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