This blog and the rest of NickerNews have been up and running since 2008.  It is a site created and maintained by Maddy Butcher.

NickerNews Mission Statement

  • To provide a venue for exchanging information, opinion, and enthusiasm for all things horse.
  • To educate, encourage, and enlighten visitors as to the compassionate care of horses, and, by extension, all animals.
  • To help less fortunate equines by donating a percentage of NickerNews profits to an equine-care related non-profit organization.


About Maddy Butcher:

  • Born and raised in Maine. Grew up riding the woods and fields of Harpswell Neck and beyond.
  • Graduated from Brown University with a BA in Biology (1988). Completed Independent Studies in Biology and English.
  • Worked for nearly two decades as a free-lance reporter for The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications covering sports, travel, business, front page, and investigative work. Read Boston Globe articles. Read Wall St. Journal article.
  • Grant Recipient, Center for Investigative Journalism (2001).
  • Founded 24 Carrot Horse Care, horse-sitting business, serving Cumberland County, Maine. (2005-2011)
  • Founded NickerNews, a horse community website (2008).
  • Founded BestHorsePractices (2012)
  • Author, A Rider’s Reader: Exploring Horse Sense, Science & Sentiment (2012)
  • Founded outdoor recreation sites ColoradoOutsider and UtahOutsider (2015)
  • Founded the website HorseHead: Brain Science to Improve Your Horse Work (2017)
  • Completed training as a Wilderness First Responder and Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescuer
  • Frequent contributor to High Country News

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