Cayuse Communications is a family of domains, a library of publications, and a podcast offering smart, lively content for horse enthusiasts and outdoor folks. Created and run by publisher and journalist Maddy Butcher.
Cayuse Communications is a family of domains offering smart, lively content for horse enthusiasts and outdoor folks. Created and run by publisher and journalist Maddy Butcher


A fun, lively magazine for horse owners. With multiple guest columnists and award-winning content. Since 2008, this community site has been a relaxing place for reviews, opinion, and enthusiasm for all things equine.


Horse Head is the source for owners and riders who crave serious yet easy-to-absorb, science-oriented articles.HorseHead takes complicated topics – brain function, neurochemistry, etc. – and relates them in readily applicable manner. Typically, our articles are widely-shared and discussed among riders of all disciplines. 


Explorations of a non-native, HighCountryOutsider celebrates the backcountry and its wildlife. It features high-quality content dedicated to hiking and camping explorations, species lists, gear and book reviews, current issues surrounding public lands, water rights, and more.


This award-winning site reviews equine research with everyday encounters in mind. It also critiques popular training practices with an eye on what’s best for the horse. Read by some of the most accomplished horsemen and women working today.

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Readers gravitate to Cayuse Communications for its quality journalism, thoughtful content, and discerning reviews.

No bling. No bullsh*t.

The sites provide unique and refreshing information with limited, discrete ad presence.


Advertisers love Cayuse for its affordable, effective ad opportunities. Readers say they routinely explore these goods and services because they trust Cayuse’s high standards.

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Cayuse readers are avid and engaged.

Our newsletter Open and Click Thru Rates are nearly triple industry average.

What Readers Say

“Originally created by a journalist with rural, small-town roots to reach others in similar situations – Maddy is still reaching out with her creative and amazing websites, but now to a world-wide audience.  Kudos to her!”

Julie in Maine



Maddy Butcher 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.

More recently, she’s dedicated her work almost exclusively to horse-related content. (But she still writes opinion pieces for the Washington Post.)

Two sites, NickerNews and BestHorsePractices, have received international blogging awards. And her podcast, Best Horse Practices with Jec Ballou, is often ranked in the top 50 among Natural Science shows.

Butcher is the author of A Rider’s Reader: Horse Sense, Science, & Sentiment, Beasts of Being: Partnerships Unburdened, and Horse Head: Brain Science & Other Insights with Dr. Steve Peters. She has also published To Catch a Horse, by Amy Skinner and Dressage for the Rest of Us, by Katrin Silva and other volumes. Visit Cayuse library.

In 2017, she launched the Best Horse Practices Summit, a non-profit conference with academic and arena presentations and international collaborators. 

  • I truly look forward to articles from Nicker News, Best Horse Practices, and Horse Head.  They provide a unique and interesting combination of research information and practical guidance to help me become a better rider and a more effective trainer.

    Paul Sherland
  • The quality and overall content has always been rewarding, comprehensive and well researched. It inspires us to go above and beyond, to grow in our knowledge and advancing our horsemanship skills.

    Barb Kiiper in New Mexico
  • Every week, Maddy Butcher puts out an informative and interesting newsletter with content that educates, inspires, entertains and expands the horizons of horse lovers.

    Steve in Utah
  • Maddy provides meaningful content that based in research, benefitting horses, rather than fluff pieces or content that simply reinforces popular beliefs. She reaches out to horsemen and women of different disciplines, habits, and practices. She features people who believe in what they do and who want to make the world a better place for horses.

    Amy in North Carolina
  • If you’re yearning for a solid foundation of knowledge about horses and riding, not marketing and gimmicks, then Cayuse Communications is the place to bookmark. Working with horses is always about asking great questions. Finding teachers, horsemen and horsewoman all in one spot asking great questions is even better. There is never one answer it always “depends.” Thanks for making the wisdom of many available in one location.

    Nancy in Alberta, Canada
  • I love the high editorial standards at Cayuse Communications. Prior to finding HorseHead, I'd long grown tired of horse magazines repeating the same tired and frequently uninformed articles. I was searching for sources of thought-provoking knowledge that would inspire and inform me to be a better horse owner. Thanks to this site, I don't have to spend all my time wading through the good, bad, and ugly.

    Jacqueline in Alberta, Canada
  • This collection of publications does not represent the piecing together of a crazy quilt, but the solid focusing of Maddy’s work: to improve the life of the horse through science and observation.  She is able to bring together thoughtful people, academics, trainers to create a network intent on that goal; now she can share that information in one place.  This work continues to change my life and the lives of my horses.

    Debbie in Maine

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