The Horse Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is in a few weeks. A few WEEKS! But it’s not to late to find a fun horse-themed gift for the horse fan in your life.

Here are four of my favorites.

For the little horse lovers, I think this Melissa & Doug Stamp Set makes a great gift (Amazon).


Equine Enthusiasts of any age would love this beautiful coffee table book (The Horse, Parragon Books, Amazon).



I’m obsessed with the elegant equine-inspired products from Julie Browning Bova Design (find this dish, as well as equestrian-themed phone covers, socks, blankets, and more online at JBB Design).

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Last but not least, I love this soft, loose tank by Little Atoms  so much I bought one for myself and my riding instructor (find yours on Etsy).




What are you shopping for this season?


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HorseWyse Magazine


I’m excited to share a peek at the article I wrote that was recently published by the Australian equestrian magazine, HorseWyse.

Here is the cover!

“Be a Horse Crazy Kid” is my piece.


Title Page!


I shared two of these photos for the article. One is of Ellen, a friend, and one is of my daughter saying “whoa.”



Last but not least, another happy image of Ellen when she was younger, as well as my daughter in the upper right, being led by Alyssa Wick at Hardwood Creek.

I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. Maybe this is a sign I get to go soon!


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My Daughter: A Little Rider

Recently, for an Australian magazine that is printing one of my articles, I took some photos of my 4 year-old daughter riding.

She’s a natural, in my opinion ;).

Below you’ll find a few of my favorites!


Here she is! Riding Leader at Hardwood Creek Farm, in Minnesota.


You have to love this sweet, patient Morgan horse: he must be wondering if anyone is even on him!

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First she wanted to avoid puddles, but soon she decided she wanted to go in “ALL THE PUDDLES!”


Here is Alyssa Wick, trainer at Hardwood Creek, leading Elizabeth.

Alyssa is basically Elizabeth’s idol!


Last but not least…

I love this shot; it naturally captures the joy she is feeling and the beauty of childhood (and horses!).

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First Horse Show

I took part in my first horse show last weekend. It was nerve-wracking, scary, and lots of fun! I rode an adorable Morgan horse named Gemini, trained by the Wick family over at Hardwood Creek Farm in Minnesota.

I was the one riding, of course, so my husband gets the credit for the following photos. He didn’t do half-bad, considering he was also keeping our two little ones in check!

Plus, arenas are notoriously bad for photos– poor lighting, lots of photo bombs, fast-moving, etc.– but I wanted to share them with you anyway. Enjoy!


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That’s me: Number 289! Atop Gemini, a beautiful Morgan horse from Hardwood Creek Farm in Hugo, Minnesota. This is a Saddle Seat Academy Show: The Capitol Classic, July 2016.
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Getting in the line-up after an amusing ride with Gemini. Morgans are known for their smart and active personalities. They are also lookers!


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Trying to enjoy the ride…literally!
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I love the horse’s movement here. Morgan horses in this discipline have a high-stepping trot. This is me doing a little victory lap after winning one of my classes (I was shocked too!).


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Cool profile shot of the horse. I’m happy he didn’t get totally spooked when we went past the big window. Horses startle EASILY.


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There were only a few other people in my classes, which I liked. Too many riders in one area gets stressful.


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I like to think he enjoyed taking me for a ride!

Thanks for joining me :).


Julia Arnold

Horse Channel Articles

I feel so fortunate that I’ve had the chance to write about some amazing people for

If you’re a horse person too, you might like to check them out!

In this piece, I emphasize that it’s never too late to get involved in the horse world!

This is Barb Anderson, a fantastic rider at Hardwood Creek Farm.


I also loved writing this one, about a mother and daughter pair I know who both ride.

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This is Lynette and Ellen– a great mother-daughter pair!


Finally, if you love art and horses, you will probably love the artists I feature in this piece.



I don’t want to leave you empty-photo-handed, so here’s a shot I took at a recent horse show here in Minnesota (F.A.S.H: Friends of the American Saddlebred Horse). [Trust me, it’s no easy feat getting a clear shot of a moving animal in a poorly lit arena! And I love this shot!]

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Country Life

There is a lot of construction on my current route to the barn, so I took the scenic route yesterday. I was so inspired that I stopped about 5 times on the way home from my riding lesson to take some shots of what I found along the road.


All Good Organics
I love this tiny shop. It’s tucked back from the road.


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What’s prettier than a white fence enclosing beautiful horses? This is Hardwood Creek Farm in Hugo, Minnesota, where I ride.
Abandoned House
As I told my husband, I have a thing for crumbling old buildings. I wonder how long this sweet home has been empty.


Black and White Tree & Haystacks
I LOVE the creepy tree on the left, and I love the hay field!
Crumbling Bricks
There was no shortage of cool old brick buildings on my route. I like the wood and brick on this one.

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Beach Photos

We hauled both kids and took the 3.5 hour flight down to the Gulf Coast of Florida last month. I was excited to try out my new camera in a different environment. So while no horses were to be found in the area, I still enjoyed some beautiful natural moments.

Here are some of my favorite shots.


Beautiful driftwood!


Flying Bird
Taking flight.


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A wonderful moment. 


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I loved the graphic appeal of this sign. 
Palm Tree
Obligatory Palm Tree Shot!


It's Cold!
“It’s cold! It’s cold!”
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My sweethearts.


That’s all for now, though I could add about 100 other favorites :).

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Family Park Date in Black & White

I love color photographs. I really do!

Every once in a while, though, I love black and white photos even more. Sometimes a photo says more to me in black and white, as these did, below. I have no explanation for this.

These are a few recent photos of my husband, son, & daughter at the park. It was a record-breaking warm day in February, and as you can see from the clothing, we took advantage of it!


John and Daddy with logo


Climbing in B and W


John on Swing in Black and White with Logo


Sweet E in Black and White with logo


Sun & Trees

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Rural Buildings

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There’s no doubt about it, some days (okay, many days) I like to think of myself as a country girl at heart.

Perhaps the beauty I find in old rural structures speaks to that.



Old Barn
I see this building often. There is a large No Trespassing sign near it but I took a risk, snapped a total of 2 shots, and ran back to my car :).


Tiny White House
Tiny is cute.


Crossing Bridges
A covered bridge is a hidden gem in our neighborhood. You can’t get to it from the road.

Thank you for visiting! You can find daily photos of the cute, quirky, & beautiful on my Instagram feed. I’d love to see you there.


Jake the English Shire

I’m not sure if you can tell from the photos, but Jake is HUGE. He is a rescue English Shire horse now living in harmony at Sundown Horse Shelter in Hugo.

I love photographing him, but as you can see, he barely paid me any notice as he gobbled his morning hay and alfalfa.

Jake in Black and White with logo

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I could barely get any shots of him not eating. Hey, he has to eat A LOT. Far be it for me to stop him.

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I love the look of bliss on his face here.


Pretty Light with Jake

Yes, this one, below, is the only one where he isn’t munching! Big Jake in Shelter copy

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