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Parenting Horse Crazy Kids

A series of articles about the unique challenge of parenting a horse obsessed kid, and how to know when their passion might be problematic.

My Favorite Horse Books: A Reader’s Guide to 56 Great Books about Horses

Growing up, I simply could not get my hands on enough books about horses. Bookstores, libraries, and interlibrary loans all became channels to get my hands on more books about horses. All that reading as a kid helped me become a lifelong reader, and even as an adult, books about horses are my favorite genre …

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Horse Girls: How Pop-Culture Redefined Equestrians as Crazy

If you’ve spent time in Internet comments sections or discussion forums in the past decade, you may have picked up on an internet-birthed trend in which women with equestrian hobbies are referred to in derogatory, demeaning, or at times flatly cruel terms. Somehow, it not only became acceptable to not only associate equestrians with being …

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Parenting Horse Crazy Kids and Horse-Obsessed Teens & Girls

Many parents feel bewildered when their child, seemingly out of nowhere, begins “obsessing” over horses. The “horse crazy phase” has almost a mythological status as something that can be predicted to come and go as “just a phase,” but, just like any developmental phase for kids and teens, attuned parenting invites us to connect with …

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How Horseback Riding Can Boost Girls’ Body Image

  A “horse-crazy” phase is normal for many kids- especially girls. For lucky kids with access to horses and horseback riding facilities,  horseback riding offers an incredibly enriching experience for kids, tweens, and teens. For kids growing up in the digital age, horseback riding offers an analog sport, free from screens and stats, and free …

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