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 promise – no hoof picks here!

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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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Kicking Up Our Heels | Winter Edition |

According to our highly classified data and analytics, a vast majority of OR subscribers reside in states that have not been spared by subfreezing temperatures, conveniently accompanied by rain, sleet, ice, or snow. Furthermore, while those who care for horses must carry on with daily chores no matter the weather, [...]

Getting the Most out of Compost

If you’ve been following along with us over the last couple of years, you probably know that we fancy ourselves climate crusaders. We like to think we do our part to help mitigate and reverse some of the destruction that human activity has unleashed upon our [...]

2-on-1 with Emily Cole

Equine science and management is no laughing matter. Despite our best efforts to understand every aspect of our hirsute companions’ behavior, when something seems awry, we can still be left scratching our heads. Therefore we are eternally grateful to the many experts (vets, chiropractors, coughanimalcommunicatorscough) on [...]

OR Picks: Face Masks for Fashion’s Sake

Like weather apps and Wifi, face masks have established a necessary role in our lives, and we have learned (the hard way) to keep them handy at all times. To encourage the still awkward yet increasingly mandatory mask-donning habit, we've found it helpful to stash protective coverings in the [...]

Ask the Vet … Tech

It’s feeding time on a sunny Thursday afternoon at OR HQ. Immediately upon walking into the barn, something seems amiss (hint: blood spatter). It doesn’t take long to solve the mystery, and it’s instantly apparent that the laceration to one gelding’s knee is going to [...]

Professional Peeves: Horse Care Pros Share Farm-Call Woes

Every equestrian knows that it takes a village to raise a horse. Even those of us who keep our steeds at home require support from farm-sitters, grooms, vets, dentists, and the like. Come rain, shine, or global pandemic, these specialists are always on call...

Cold Storage Confessions

We recently stumbled upon a video that had us chuckling. In the 25-second clip, a Texas-based roper gives a tour of his barn refrigerator after the sun has set (as confirmed by the chorus of crickets in the background): “I've got a little bit of everything,” [points to a jar of pickles]...

Funny or Functional: OR Followers Weigh In on Unique Products

Riders inherently spend hours upon hours in the sun. Enter Equivisor. Today the oversized sun shade that attaches to any brand of riding helmet is commonplace among UV-conscious horse folk. However, this wasn’t always so. The visor alters...

Au Natural: Equine Feed Edition

Anyone who knows their way around a grocery store can tell you what "all natural" means (hint: basically nothing). Unlike certified organic foods, which are strictly regulated by the USDA, there is little regulation that determines what can be included...

Treats for the Team

Forced to stay at home and left to their own devices, many folks have upped their gastronomy game over the past couple of months. At OR, we’ve been spending a lot of QT with our KitchenAid Stand Mixers, and recently thought...

At-A-Glance: Hemp Bedding

If there is anything as rewarding as a neatly made bed, it's a clean stall. When it comes to bedding, anyone who has ever wielded a manure fork can provide an in-depth, semi-scientific analysis of the pros and cons of each type. There are infinite considerations...

Dopamine Dressing: 8 Ways to Brighten Your Mood

We’ll admit we’ve surrendered to the work-from-home section of our closets when deciding what to wear each morning. Here at Outside Rein that means a heavy rotation of all-purpose performance wear since we’re only allowed at the barn, the grocery store, or...

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