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I.H.A.D. Better Buckle Up!

August 17th, 2018|Apparel & Accessories, Barn|

A couple of months ago, a video of a horse bucking off its rider began making the rounds on Facebook. The video inspired all sorts of armchair-horse trainer comments, but the one that caught our eye read something like this: “If you start them right, they don’t buck."...

Detroit Has Horse Power

August 10th, 2018|Barn|

Every rider knows that any bad day can be resuscitated by throwing a leg over a saddle. The understanding that horses possess an intangible element of healing is part of the equestrian code, but you don't have to take our word for it...

Ask The Vet: Pro-Stride

August 3rd, 2018|Barn|

It's often difficult to believe that an animal as powerful as the horse can be as fragile as a teacup, but anyone who has spent considerable time in a barn knows that those are the simple facts. Even with exceptional care, many equine athletes...

Take a Chill Pill: Helping Horses Beat the Heat this Summer

July 13th, 2018|Barn|

For the past two weeks, poor air quality alerts have been plastered all over each day's forecast. These mean that the air is dangerous to breathe due to overly abundant pollutants. In addition to filthy oxygen, the heat and humidity have been excessive, and even...

Barn Porn: Home Is Where the Horse Is

June 29th, 2018|Barn, Home & Design|

One of the guilty pleasures in which we indulge at OR is the insatiable, late-night pursuit of barn-style homes online. It may seem oddly redundant to lust after the characteristics of the very structure in which we already spend a considerable amount of laborious time...

All The Queen’s Horses: Grooming Tips Fit for a Queen

June 22nd, 2018|Barn|

At first glance, a dressage queen and a rodeo queen would seem to have very little in common. While this may in fact be the case, there is one thing upon which riders from every discipline can agree: grooming is the great equalizer. Of course everyone has unique standards...

Bright Ideas: #barnhacks

June 8th, 2018|Barn|

We adhere to a fairly strict list of daily chores at OR, and always look forward to that gratifying moment of completion. However, horses (and dogs and cats and chickens) have a way of derailing us from the tasks at hand with impromptu injuries, ailments, or other unplanned and unnecessary fusses...

Ask The Vet: Lyme Disease Ticks Us Off

June 1st, 2018|Barn|

If there’s anything more cathartic than watching a horse graze in a large green field, it is unknown to us. In fact, the patio at OR headquarters overlooks the pastures, and we’ve been known to hold our intra-office meetings poolside with a backdrop of geldings and grassy turnouts (we call it “inspiration”)...

Help Some Sisters Out: The First Ever OR Reader Survey

May 25th, 2018|Apparel & Accessories, Barn, Beauty, Entertaining, Gift Ideas, Home & Design, Travel|

Nearly a year ago, Outside Rein was but a twinkle in our eyes (that was sparked by a particularly rigorous riding lesson in which, “More outside rein!” was heard on a steady rotation). After several declarations of, “we really should do this!” followed by months of development (a.k.a. an endless discussion of incredibly tedious things like pixels and adverbs)...

OR in the Making: A Mother’s Day Tribute by Elissa

April 27th, 2018|Barn|

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...

OR in the Making: A Mother’s Day Tribute by Courtney

April 27th, 2018|Barn|

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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