Horse Sense and Cents

Looking for a place you can find successful horse professionals willing to give back? Have you struggled to find a resource that culls through the clutter and gives you access to information, people and links that have forged the trail ahead of you and discovered caring and effective solutions? Are you struggling with horse training challenges or dreaming of starting a horse business that is different from the norm? Horse Sense and Cents® can help.

This an exciting initiative that draws from the knowledge, generosity and resources collected from equine professionals around the globe. From horse trainers, behaviorists and breeders to journalists, academicians and horse product developers with a whole lot in between, successful equine career practitioners have assembled looking to make a difference by giving back. Through books, a CD series (Inventing Your Horse Career) and a community, this collaborative is designed to help you learn from the capabilities and mistakes of others to improve your experience in whatever you choose to do with horses in the mix. Check out our blog  or subscribe to our free newsletter for a mix of quick tips, tutorials, news and other information you can use.

We’re thrilled to have partnered with Lisa Derby Oden ( on the Inventing Your Horse Career CD series. Of course, there are nine other people who have been incredibly generous with their time, expertise, humor and success secrets to make this a fascinating listen series. They deserve major kudos and thanks. Collaboration makes the outcome so much bigger than the sum of the parts and I’m grateful to have met so many wonderful and altruistic souls as we’ve embarked on this journey. I hope you decide to benefit from their wisdom too.

Nanette Levin

I think I caught the horse bug before I could talk. My parents finally found a riding stable that would take me at the tender age of five (insurance dictated riders must be at least six) figuring an eight week lesson program would quell my horse desire and shut me up. Silly them.

At the age of ten, I became the proud owner of my first pony bought, in part, with paper route money. Mouse became notorious. Ultimately he was banned from all Pony Club games, but I still cried terribly when I was forced to find him a new home.

With more kid-suitable (but less loved) mounts, I showed, evented, fox-hunted and did dumb things with a crew of two- and four-legged friends that would have parents’ hearts racing if they only knew.

It’s been a thrill to spend decades as an adult earning an income from horse related activities. This includes owning and running a 100+ acre farm in Upstate New York focused on starting client horses under saddle, offering conditioning training to competitors, and breeding Irish Draught Sport Horses. I also had a ball galloping Thoroughbreds at an area race track for 20 years.

Today, I provide purchase assessments for prospective horse buyers and publish books under the Horse Sense and Cents® moniker.

Horse Sense and Cents® is my visionary initiative, but credit must go to many others who have helped forge new paths and opportunities along the journey.