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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Thank You Gifts for Anny-body

It takes a village to manage a farm. Even the most diehard DIY horse owners rely on a broad spectrum of helping hands, from the hay supplier all the way to the sports medicine vet. Of course, every equestrian is thankful to each of these folks...

We Tölt You: Icelandic Pony Rides for Grown-Ups

Last week, while one of us was scuffing the floor on a weekend trip to Nashville, the other was gearing up for a trek through Iceland’s rivers, highlands, and lava fields on the country’s world-famous gaited horses. We mentioned the trip a few weeks ago...

Nine Equine Photographers Worthy of Your Feed

One of the perks here at OR is the variety of creative consulting work that we are privileged to provide to riders, trainers, brands, barns, and equestrian organizations looking to elevate an image, introduce a new concept, or carve out a distinct niche. Consistently, we [...]

Summer Style for Schooling at Home

For the most part, there are two types of riders in the world: those who polish their tall boots even when riding at home alone, and those who occasionally let their old Garth Brooks tour t-shirt double as both pajamas and riding gear when they think no one is watching...

Six Scenic Spots for Raising the Roof

In our Instagram feeds last week, we were reminded by The Big Bang Theory's @kaleycuoco of her wedding one year ago to professional show jumper Karl Cook. It should come as no surprise that Cuoco, an active equestrian with an assortment of four-legged friends, chose to tie the knot [...]

Shatterproof Style for Outdoor Entertaining

Here at Outside Rein, we can be a tad sensitive to over-enthusiasm when it comes to equestrian-themed decor. While it's hard to pass up a vintage horse print artfully decoupaged by John Derian onto a handblown glass tray, we'll usually detour around a set of custom coffee [...]

Ask The Vet: FastTrack

Accurately diagnosing injuries in horses can be frustrating, since they're often hesitant to let the vet know precisely where it hurts. Still, as frustrating as diagnosis can be, rehabilitation of an injured horse can be even more so. Gingerly trotting a 1200 pound athlete...

Six Rides of a Lifetime (and a few we’ve tested ourselves)

Between the two of us here at Outside Rein, we’ve racked up a lot of airline miles. Hailing from California, we naturally spend a significant portion of our “time off” on the west coast visiting family. However, when vacation calls we often opt for a bit of adventure...

Catch a Buzz: 6 Solutions for Fly Control

True story: One of us walked into a barn recently to find a fellow rider in the tack room fetching flies from midair with a Dirt Devil. “The feed room is next!” she proudly exclaimed. While this creative attempt at fly eradication might result in immediate gratification, it is obviously not practical long-term...

Small Space, Big Taste

We spend a lot of time amongst apartment dwellers in Manhattan (and we’ve done our time in high-rise living). Inevitably, farm life comes up in conversations with said city folk, and while few of them are jealous of bucket scrubbing, stall mucking, and that of which we do not speak...

Footing First: The Low-Down on High-Performing Surfaces

In addition to an extensive grasp of horsemanship, any serious rider can be expected to be aware of two things: first, the weather; and second, the quality of the ground upon which he or she is standing. Any athlete who is familiar with slippery, unforgiving, or uneven terrain knows...

Pumped Up Kicks, Part Three: Ask the Farrier

A few weeks ago, one of the OR geldings had an acute case of sore feet. We quickly called in the big guns, and a combined visit from the vet and farrier inspired a creative set of new shoes that had him on the mend.Those visits also gave rise to our three-part series, "Pumped Up Kicks"...

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