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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The Ultimate Travel Souvenir: A Horse

The anticipation of a new pony has the potential to incite all sorts of youthful feels, no matter one’s age. Of course, the search alone can turn into a full time hobby for the hours spent scrolling through photos, videos, and vivid profiles obtained from horse rescue [...]

All the Grooming Tips You’ll Ever Need (For Your Arena)

Caring for a stable full of horses is like caring for a stable full of 1200-pound toddlers. They eat frequently, they are messy, they break stuff, and if left to their own devices for any length of time, they will engage in accidental self-harm. Because horses themselves require so much care and attention, essential farm maintenance can often be relegated to the back burner for far too long...

The Well-Appointed (Horse) Trailer

Hauling is often synonymous with horse shows, where dust, sweat, mud, green slobber stains, and various oils, grease and goo come with the territory. Despite the gritty side of competitive riding, there is something to be said for the joy of inching closer to one’s goals as a result [...]

Feeding Fido: The Pros & Cons of a Raw Food Diet

It should come as no surprise that we at OR spoil our pets. There is always a supply of carrots in the fridge, bone marrow in the freezer (woof!), and even the barn cat gets a warm water bottle tucked into his infrared blankies on cold nights...

The OR-Method for a Tidy Existence

Friends of OR often ask us how we come up with relevant topics about which to write week after week (after week). The answer is always the same: We generally choose to feature topics that are currently of significance in our lives. It feels authentic, and...

5 Techy Tools for a Twenties Kitchen

There comes a time in every person's life at which gifting season means creating more space in the pantry, because there will inevitably be additional kitchen gadgets. A lady never discloses her age (or the cost of her horse[s]), but...

Last-Minute, Farm Market-Inspired Gift Ideas

The winter holidays are upon us, and with a later-than-usual Thanksgiving this year, some of us feel like they’ve arrived a bit ahead of schedule. Though the retail season has been cut short, some last-minute shopping...

Fox Hunting: Friendships, Fresh Air, and the Future

Among the range of equestrian disciplines enjoyed around the world, fox hunting claims the enviable reputation of promoting the most fellowship and fun. According to those familiar with the sport, the tradition of lengthy gallops...

The Gals-Who-‘Gram Gift Guide

We like to think we're pretty good gift givers here at OR. We pride ourselves on finding juuuuust the right thing, and often stash presents for months in preparation of the perfect occasion. Other times . . . we ask the internet. This week, we sought holiday shopping inspiration from...

Giving (Us All the Feels) Tuesday

Each week we bring the equestrian industry's most pertinent news straight to your inbox via "Ears Forward," and in an effort to keep it light, we never include tragic stories of horse races or horse rescues gone wrong. However, the unfortunate fact is...

Six Recipes for Thawing Out this Winter

Last week, we took inventory of our tack rooms to help prepare you with a short list of items that make it easier to embrace Old Man Winter. This week, we turned to our pantries for ideas that will subdue post-chore chills by warming one from within. As [...]

The [Second] Best Panna Cotta Ever

Estela is the culinary brainchild of Chef Ignacio Mattos, and one of NYC's best restaurants (if you ask us). While the savory food at Estela is nothing less than cerebral, it's the dessert menu that often has us sidling up to the bar at...

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