The Ariat Vaquera: Hello, Gorgeous!

We asked our marketing director, Emily Luciano, to review the new Vaquera boot from Ariat. Luciano is  an accomplished horsewoman. She’s competed in several Extreme Mustang Makeovers and has trained for years with her dad, Jim Thomas, a national clinician. The Vaqueras have a 13 […]

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Solo rider tackles the PCT

We talked with Gillian Larson, who blogs here about her travels on the Pacific Crest Trail. The 24-year old and her two horses, Shyla and Takoda, are cranking out 25-mile days at high elevation. That’s about what the Unbranded team was doing, but Larson is […]

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Blunnies: Don’t let their Hipness Fool You

The folks at Blundstone, a 146-year old Tasmanian company, were kind enough to send us a few pairs of their classic, slip-on work boots for consideration. Blundstone might have started in Tasmania, off the southeast coast of Australia, but you’ll now find Blunnies in over […]

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Untethered, a romping spoof of Unbranded

They say imitation is flattery, but what happens when the imitation takes on a life of its own? That’s what happened with Untethered, a spoof of Unbranded. The latter is the award-winning documentary of a border-to-border trek across public lands with four guys and their […]

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A Vest to Invest in

When it comes to gear, I veer towards minimalism. I like products that look good, fit brilliantly, and last for years. I also like to feel good about my purchases. Maybe that’s why our connection with Cotopaxi, a young Utah company, has been so fortuitous. […]

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Stan, the man and the donkey

One of our favorite rescue agencies is the Save Your Ass Rescue Long Ear Rescue in South Acworth, New Hampshire. Executive director Ann Firestone relayed this heart-warming story of a recent new addition. We especially liked the dedication to Stan’s brethren during World War II. […]

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New book charts compelling course of horse

I have two peeves with the otherwise marvelous new book, “The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion” by author Wendy Williams: the title and the cover. Neither represents what Williams warmly and intelligently covers over 305 pages (with a midsection of 19 color […]

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Equine Affaire Highlights

We had a great time at the Equine Affaire in West Springfield, Massachusetts earlier this month. With over 100,000 attendees, you see and hear a lot, including news from a brilliant, 92-year old trail rider! We note here some Best of the Equine Affaire and […]

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Welcome new subscribers!

Welcome to NickerNews and BestHorsePractices! If you’re still trying to get a handle on who we are and what we do, let me help: For starters, I’m Maddy Butcher, a former newspaper reporter and founder of NickerNews and BestHorsePractices. These two websites are online horse […]

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