About Maddy Butcher

Maddy Butcher:

  • Born and raised in Maine. Grew up riding the woods and fields of Harpswell Neck and beyond.
  • Graduated from Brown University with a BA in Biology (1988). Completed Independent Studies in Biology and English.
  • Worked for nearly two decades as a free-lance reporter for The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications covering sports, travel, business, front page, and investigative work. Read Boston Globe articles. Read Wall St. Journal article.
  • Grant Recipient, Center for Investigative Journalism (2001).
  • Founded 24 Carrot Horse Care, horse-sitting business, serving Cumberland County, Maine. (2005-2011)
  • Founded NickerNews, a horse community website (2008).
  • Founded BestHorsePractices (2012)
  • Author, A Rider’s Reader: Exploring Horse Sense, Science & Sentiment (2012)
  • Founded outdoor recreation sites ColoradoOutsider and UtahOutsider (2015)
  • Founded the website HorseHead: Brain Science to Improve Your Horse Work (2017)
  • Completed training as a Wilderness First Responder and Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescuer
  • Frequent contributor to High Country News


  1. How can I help. Being a partner with my rescue horse has lovingly given me both physical and mental therapy do to many medical issues. He has taught me so much since he was the age of four and broken down and unhealthy when I got him. Our partnership and mutual respect is indescribable.
    I would love to give back in some way. I admire what you are doing for these magnificent animals❤️

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