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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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...

In Honor of Earth Day: Your Green Gardening Guide

If you're not a big fan of Mother Nature [insert side-eye here], you'll be happy to know that today is the final installment in our three-part Earth Month series. You can stop reading now, and we'll see you next week! However, we happen to have a bit of a girl crush...

Greener Cleaners

Keeping a horse farm safe, clean, and organized is a year-round job, but the onset of spring inevitably signals even more work. Often, the upkeep required by a thawing landscape is compounded by the simultaneous desire to freshen up any indoor spaces: dusting, mopping, shop vac-ing, tack scrubbing…

At-A-Glance: Equine Body Work

Those of us fortunate enough to quarantine in the same vicinity as our beloved grass-guzzlers are familiar with social distancing, since isolation is fairly typical—albeit self-imposed—on one’s own farm. It is much easier to manage the comings and goings of vets and farriers and other visitors that require access [...]

The Literary Short-List

Many parts of the country are in their second week of sheltering-in-place, so we guess you could say things are getting pretty serious. Some folks are adapting to the new reality by organizing happy hours on Zoom, testing another pasta...

Riders’ Remedies for the Common Cold

The common cold, and its far more hostile cousin, the flu, do not discriminate. They don’t care that one has to rise before dawn to feed a barn of impatient animals, or that it is below freezing and the water buckets have turned to ice. They [...]

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