Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

Alexandra Beckstett, Managing Editor of The Horse and 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.

Articles by: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

Before You Walk in the Show Ring

To wrap up this chapter on horse showing for less (the near impossible), I want to think about more things exhibitors can do themselves, rather

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Those Show Clothes

Let’s face it, when you walk into the show ring you want to look good. Who doesn’t? Frumpy, ill-fitting, and out-dated clothes, boots, or tack

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Cutting Show and Travel Costs

After you’ve been horse showing for a few years, it’s easy to fall into a sort of comfort zone Ð a routine that works for

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Reducing Lessons

Horse show season is in full swing. I don’t care if you’re of the dressage, event, hunter, jumper, or western world, competitions are not cheap.

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First Aid and Physical Effort

We’re moving off of cost-saving health care advice into the world of horse shows and training– but that doesn’t mean the health chapter is complete.

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Spend Time, Not Money

How much time do you really spend with your horse? Would a few more minutes of grooming and awareness each day save you money farther down the road? According to vets and farriers, it will.

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No Hoof, No Horse

Without well-cared-for feet, you’re pretty much going to be out a horse. Routine hoof care is absolutely essential to your horse’s comfort and soundness, but are we paying for special shoes and gadgets that our horses may not really need? 

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Never-Ending Vet Costs

OK. Now let’s get into the real hands-on cost-saving. Last week’s introduction hopefully got your mind thinking (or stressing) about reducing your equine expenses. This

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