The Lonely Rehab Rollercoaster

Editor’s Note: Best Horse Practices Summit steering committee member Marika Saarinen is a horse enthusiast and human to two mares. She loves classical dressage, cross country, and trail riding near her Washington home. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy and consults for health care companies along […]

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Choosing Deliberate Joy

Editor’s Note: Best Horse Practices Summit presenter Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last 20 years and is a regular guest columnist […]

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With Horses and Riders, Mirrors Abound

Editor’s Note: Best Horse Practices Summit presenter Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last 20 years and is a regular guest columnist […]

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Unlikely Lessons: Ultra Running and Horsemanship

Editor’s Note: Best Horse Practices Summit presenter Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last 20 years and is a regular guest columnist […]

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What Feminism Looks Like in the Rural West

Editor’s Note: Maddy Butcher wrote this piece for the Washington Post. But if you get blocked by the pay wall or would like to read the unedited version, here ya go: A few days before giving birth to her second daughter, my friend headed out […]

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Ode to the Sweetest Mare

A note from Cayuse Communications owner, Maddy Butcher:   Years ago, a Montana public safety agency produced a Designated Driver video, featuring a trusted steed at liberty, picking up his cowboy from a bar. Because one-upping is fun, I set about making a better horse-as-sober-friend […]

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A Critical Look at “Beauty”

Editor’s Note: Best Horse Practices Summit presenter Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last 20 years and is a regular guest columnist […]

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Joy and Revelation in this Riding Experience

Editor’s Note: Trish Lemke is the founder of Joy Rides. She leads horse riding excursions around the world and is a certified Martha Beck life coach. Lemke lives in Durango, Colorado, with her family and horses. Check out her 2022-23 trips here. There’s just one […]

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Katrin Silva: To Feel, Do Less & Be More

Editor’s Note: Best Horse Practices Summit presenter Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last 20 years and is a regular guest columnist […]

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The Psychology of an Exciting Moment

Note from Maddy Butcher: A few years ago, on a beautiful, sunny day, my friend, Raechel and I headed out for an end-of-summer, celebratory ride. We each took two horses and two dogs. Oh, and a donkey. We rode about 8 miles, climbing some 2,000 […]

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