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At Outside Rein we are intoxicated by the scent of French leather, the flash of a dappled coat gleaming in the sun, and the clink of champagne flutes during the victory gallop of a close competition. However, the moments for which we truly live are the tranquil ones alone in the stables, horses nickering puffs of fog into the frigid morning, clouds of steam rising from our coffees as the rest of the world sleeps.  To choose to be an equestrian is to choose to live a paradoxical lifestyle: 50% glamour, 50% grit. The balance of this has evolved into an aesthetic sensibility that is elegant yet pragmatic, and we strive to express this as we share our beloved products, experiences, and ideas each week.

Most importantly, those of us who ride are acutely aware of the value of the outside rein: to create balance, connection and feel.  At OR we view it as a metaphor for life, and attempt to tackle daily routines, obstacles and relationships through the lessons of horsemanship. And though we cater to those who possess a fondness for the equestrian spirit, we can promise you #nohoofpickshere!

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“They say princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a prince as soon as his groom.”

— Ben Jonson

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Ask The Vet: Lyme Disease Ticks Us Off

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I never really knew "The Dominator." I was three years old when my mom had to make the difficult decision to retire him to the endless, green pastures in the sky. She was forced to say goodbye to the 22-year old American Saddlebred that for thirteen years earned her a collection of blue ribbons and silver trays from...

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Last Saturday, after an arduous day of annual springtime maintenance around the farm, my husband and I treated ourselves to a date night. We had a great meal, split a bottle of wine, and returned to the homestead in time to tuck in the horses at the usual night checking hour. I was ready to collapse into bed...

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