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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Ask The Expert: Designing for the Equestrian Lifestyle

"When you live and work in the heart of horse country, the lifestyle itself is always in fashion, and is reflected even more so in our homes,” says Susan Victor, co-owner of Nandina Home & Design in Atlanta, GA, and Aiken, SC. The proliferation of snaffles, stirrups, and spurs...

2-on-1 with Barron (The PonyApp Mascot’s First Interview)

Keeping an organized stable full of horses is a big job. From feed to farrier visits, and turnout to exercise schedules, horse husbandry consists of countless moving parts. But … there’s an app for that! You’ve probably heard of PonyApp (right here on OR, in fact), which assembles...

Ask The Vet: Autumn Arboviruses

For many, autumn means pumpkin patches, pumpkin spice, and sweater weather. However, for equestrians, it can elicit more tricks than treats. In much of the country, fall’s cooler temperatures bring wet weather…and mosquitos....

Ask the Expert: Tips for DIY Floral Arrangements

In recent weeks, a steady stream of guests through OR’s northern and southern outposts has us in a hospitality frame of mind. Thank goodness for a Trader named Joe on whom we can rely for an array of specialty items, bath novelties, organic provisions, ridiculously [...]

2-on-1 with Quentin Judge

Last Saturday afternoon at the American Gold Cup, we managed to track down show jumper, trainer, and coach Quentin Judge after he wrapped up a 1.50m class and before he headed off to work with one of his riders. We questioned him about a week in the life of his horse, HH Conrad...

A North Salem Daycation: The American Gold Cup

Riders and equine enthusiasts who have spent any time in Westchester County are likely familiar with the equestrian enclave of North Salem, only fifty miles from New York City and an easy commute on the Metro North Railroad...

Small Town Spotlight: Auburn, California

Two hours northeast of San Francisco and two hours southwest of Tahoe lies the once-small-but-rapidly-growing town of Auburn, California, and though it is currently known as "The Endurance Capital of the World," it was formerly...

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...

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