Maddy Chiffey

Maddy has been riding horses since she was a child. She started attending riding classes with a friend a quickly fell in love with the animals and the sport. She would go on to compete in eventing before becoming a trainer and instructor. Now Maddy has several horses that she trains, but her biggest joy is seeing the ex-racehorses she re-trains find a loving home where they can enjoy their retirement in peace with plenty of love. Maddy’s love of horses runs deep, and as a freelance writer with years of experience, she loves being able to showcase that love in her articles while helping you find what you are looking for. What is your experience with horses? My experience with horses started at a young age attending weekly dressage lessons with a school friend. Before I knew it, I was hooked and pestering my parents for a pony of my own. I was lucky enough to be granted that wish, first having a lovely dapple grey Arabian pony named ‘Nirvan,’ followed by a superstar thoroughbred jumper named ‘Tiggy.’ My involvement in the space hasn’t stopped as I have gotten older. I now have several horses, including a young Warmblood, who I am training up as an eventer, and I also work to retrain ex-racehorses once they come off the track. This work is important to me as I get great joy out of seeing these animals re-trained and rehomed rather than being sent to the abattoir – which is sadly where they’d have ended up if we didn’t intervene. What is your favorite horse breed? That is such a hard question. But if I had to give you 1, it would be a quarter horse. They’re so gentle in nature, versatile, speedy, and agile, not to mention very loyal and affectionate. They’re also great for riders of all ages and abilities and super easy to train. Favorite memory working or riding horses? The companionship and the tranquillity that comes with owning, riding, and caring for these beautiful creatures. I truly believe it is therapy for the mind, body, and soul. What is your riding style? English What is your favorite riding gear? My Ariat high boots. They’re worth every dollar! Other brands I love for me as a rider include; Equestrian Stockholm, PS of Sweden, Lara Tweedie, and Cavalleria Toscana.

Shire Horse Guide

One of my favorite draft breeds is the Shire Horse. A gentle giant, easy to train, wonderfully sociable, and as robust as they come, this breed is an all-around great that I could write about all day! In this guide, you’ll learn why I love this breed so much, and all the fabulous things you …

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Bay Horse Guide

Bay horses have been around for some 42,000 years, yet they’re often mistaken for other horses today. Could you confidently identify a bay horse? It can be harder than you may think! Trust me, I know! If I had a dollar for the number of times, people have asked me. In this guide, you will …

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Arabian Horse Guide

The Arabian horse is a breed that goes back thousands of years. With its even temperament and stunning looks, the Arabian horse has been popular throughout the ages. Arabian horses have incredible endurance and stamina limited to only the most robust breeds. Yet, these horses are relatively slight in stature. The most identifiable characteristic of …

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