A Jacket for Wind, Snow, Sleet, Rain

This week, we hear from Best Horse Practices Summit board member, Julie Kenney. Julie lives and rides on the Maine coast in Harpswell, where she manages Blackberry Farm. Check out our Spring Reviews page. Kenney writes: Over the past several weeks, I’ve had a chance […]

Read more

More Than a Tee

Check out our Spring Review lineup with items from LL Bean, Patagonia, Toad & Co. and Muddy Creek. We like to review Patagonia products for multiple reasons. Some are about how we choose to spend money and others are much more brass tacks: The company […]

Read more

Spring & Summer Reviews

Just in time for spring riding season, we’re putting together an interesting and varied collection of reviews from and for horse and outdoors-y gals. In the coming weeks, Katrin Silva, Julie Kenney, Amy Skinner and Maddy Butcher will review quality gear from Toad & Co., […]

Read more

Getting Out with the Right Gear

I reached a turning point about 10 years ago. After the good times of fort building and snowball fights and then introducing my sons to fort building and snowball fights, I’d come to disdain the coldest season. I’d complain through most of it and spend […]

Read more

Does Your Bra Pass the Loping Test?

You can’t consider bras without considering lifestyle. And if our reader feedback and surveys are representative, here’s what our lives are like: Horse chores in the morning and in the evening (and often in between) A daily blend of active and less active responsibilities. We […]

Read more

Recycled Down? Yes! Patagonia’s Bivy Jacket

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and I were both born within a mile from the Androscoggin River; he in Lewiston and myself in Brunswick, 20 miles downstream. Back in those days, Maine’s third largest river foamed with pollution from paper and textile mills. Before Chouinard and […]

Read more

Baselayer Glamping

Don’t get me wrong. I love camping of all sorts. But truck camping, one form of glamping, is what I’m doing lately. In a truck camper, you can: Sleep on a real mattress Overnight at highway rest stops with a locked door Carry and cook […]

Read more

Fall Riding Favorites

Autumn is the optimal season for riding. Kids are back in school. Bugs are nearly gone. Foliage is beautiful and falling (which makes visibility better). Riders and horses are likely in the best shape of the year. It’s also a great time to remind readers […]

Read more