Horse Illustrated’s Barn Banter Podcast Features New York Times Reporter and Author Sarah Maslin Nir

Horse Illustrated releases the fifth episode of its new podcast, Barn Banter. Co-hosts Raquel Lynn and Susan Friedland talk to New York Times staff reporter Sarah Maslin Nir about her just-released book, The Flying Horse. The hosts then chat with equine bodyworker and miniature horse enthusiast Jenny Zonghetti. This episode is presented by Title Sponsor Straight Arrow Products. To listen to this episode, visit or search your favorite podcasting app to listen and subscribe to the show.

This month’s first guest, Sarah Maslin Nir, is a staff reporter for The New York Times and the author of the new “Once Upon a Horse” series of children’s books, featuring true stories from across the equestrian world. The first book in the series, The Flying Horse, came out on March 14, 2023. Nir is also the author of the adult nonfiction book Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal, published in 2020 by Simon and Schuster. She rides hunters competitively and owns four horses and one pony.

This month’s second guest, Jenny Zonghetti, is an equine bodyworker living in Massachusetts. In 2017, she received her first of three equine massage certifications and continued her education with a certification in rehabilitation in 2022. She is also certified in MagnaWave PEMF, kinesiology taping, thermal imaging and canine massage therapy. Her goal during bodywork sessions is to relieve pain, tension and compensation to find the root of the issue. When not working, she competes on the miniature horse show circuit.

Raquel and Susan wrap Barn Banter’s debut episode with the ASPCA Right Horse adoptable horse of the month, Armani. Click here to learn more about this Appalachian Brumby gelding with an extensive liberty training background.

Podcast co-host Raquel Lynn keeps her Paint Horse mare, Fira, on her urban equestrian property in Los Angeles, Calif. She has a passion for fashion and an eye for interior design and creating. Raquel is the creator of the popular blogs Horses & Heels and Stable Style. She is also the author of Stable Style: Barn Inspiration for all Equestrians and freelances for a variety of equine publications, including Horse Illustrated and Western Life Today.

Co-host Susan Friedland is a blogger at Saddle Seeks Horse and frequent contributor to Horse Illustrated. The former middle school teacher and fan of equestrian travel has written three books: Horses Adored and Men Endured, a horse lover’s dating memoir; Unbridled Creativity: 101 Writing Exercises for the Horse Lover; and Strands of Hope: How to Grieve the Loss of a Horse. She’s a proud OTTB mom to her gelding Knight.

Barn Banter releases new episodes once a month on all major podcasting apps, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. For show notes and more information about each episode, visit Sponsorship opportunities are available; interested parties can contact Rima Dorsey at

Horse Illustrated would like to thank title sponsor Straight Arrow Family of Brands, makers of Mane ‘n Tail, Cowboy Magic, and Exhibitor’s, with over 100 years of grooming excellence. For more information about your favorite products, please visit and find Straight Arrow Products at a tack shop near you!

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