Plenty has already been said about the challenges we faced in 2020. From early in the year until the very last day, we seemed to lurch from one crisis to the next. But amid all of the scary, irritating and anxiety-producing events of 2020, every two weeks EQUUS Managing Editor Christine Barakat and I have had something to look forward to—a respite, of sorts, that helped us keep things in perspective—we would sit down together and record an EQUUS Barn Stories podcast.
In case you haven’t listened to it, Barn Stories features audio versions of True Tales from past issues of EQUUS magazine. Usually submitted by EQUUS readers, True Tales are one of the longest running departments in the magazine, and they continue to be among the most popular. The reason is that True Tales feature the lived experiences of real people and their horses, as well as shared memories of equestrian triumphs and ordeals. Invariably, at the center of each story is a beloved or otherwise special horse.
Some Barn Stories episodes feature True Tales that were published fairly recently, others are more than three decades old. But they all serve as powerful reminders of the wonder and beauty that horses can bring to our lives.
Whether you are a longtime horseperson or new to the horse world, check out our Barn Stories podcast. You can access them on your favorite podcasting platform:
I think you’ll enjoy hearing these stories from horse people around the country, and perhaps you’ll be inspired to write your own.