This Year’s 10 Most-Read TPH Stories

2017 isn’t even over yet, and already we all have been on one whale of a ride. Changes are occurring worldwide, and certainly within our own sport. As we invest ourselves physically, mentally and financially it is our duty to stay informed of the changes happening and to be active participants in this sport we hold so dear. At The Plaid Horse we pride ourselves in providing audiences quality information, efficiently and promptly. Scroll down to see this year’s 10 most-read stories and keep following to stay updated on the latest changes developing within our industry.

1. The Balancing Between Universes 

By Mackenzie Shuman

“Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait…”

We can all sing the theme song to The Big Bang Theory in our heads and reflect upon how math, science, and history unraveled according to science, and then watch as the vision of cells dividing and pyramids being built are faded away to show the cast of the hit TV show sitting on a couch devouring snacks and drinks. Right in the middle of that cast is 31 year old Kaley Cuoco who plays the part of Penny. Though she is a star in Hollywood, she has also become a star in the equestrian world in recent years. CLICK HERE to continue reading!

2. The Dope on Depo 

From loud conversations to faint whispers, there is a buzz in the hunter/jumper industry about Medroxyprogesterone Acetate, also known as Depo-Provera. “Depo,” as the drug is known in the vernacular, is a progestin widely used on mares, geldings, and stallions for a variety of reasons relating to behavior. Some believe that Depo has an anti-anxiety effect on horses. Some believe that it lessens mare-ish behavior and stud-ish behavior. In all cases, the effects are merely anecdotal as there has been no clinical research on the behavioral effect of Medroxyprogesterone Acetate in horses. CLICK HERE to continue reading!

3. New Show Grounds About to break Ground in Ocala, FL

The World Equestrian Center and Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club have partnered in the future development of World Equestrian Center South at Golden Ocala, a world-class equestrian sports venue. More than 1,000 acres of land has recently been procured to establish The World Equestrian Center South and related 1-10 acre residential lots, which will allow equestrians who want to compete in Florida during the Winter season to combine the best of equestrian sports and country club living. CLICK HERE to continue reading!


4. It Shouldn’t Be Our Goal to Become FEI 

By Piper Klemm

I love horses. That’s why I wake up early every day and set to work before I leave my bed. I love horse shows. In 2015, I went to about 64 horse shows. Last year was tamer, clocking in at about 46. I’m anticipating about 40 this year, but we’ll see. I never seem to anticipate as many as I do.  I live in Canton, New York, which means a lot of days and all nights on the road. In the office at home, we don’t have a “days since workplace accident” – we have a “days since the last all-nighter.” Between Adam and me, the number almost never hits double digits. CLICK HERE to continue reading!

5. The 8 Types of Hunter Jumper Trainers 

By Averill Pessin

The Battle Ax: Loud, brash and unapologetic, you’ll always know when the Battle Ax has a client in the ring.  She holds up the order, is the loudest ringside and is the undisputed queen of the in-gate.

The Kindergarten Teacher: The Kindergarten Teacher rules with a soft voice and a velvet fist. In her world, everything is fine, everything is going to be fine and everything you do is beautiful, you perfect cutey-pie baby widdle muffin. CLICK HERE to continue reading!

6. Notes to my daughter – Life lessons at the horse show

By Averill Pessin 

As parents, we hope our children get two main things from their sport: Short-term fun and long-term life lessons. Here are some I have shared with my daughter …You are not the richest kid at the horse show. Or the poorest. But you may be one or the other, some time in your life.   If you are humble and kind and work hard, you can be blessed with great opportunities and a wonderful life, no matter how thin your wallet is. Put your phone down and clap. CLICK HERE to continue reading!

7. Four Reasons You Should Be Leasing Instead of Buying

By Emily Elek

Many equestrians dream of a horse to call their own – but is ownership the right path for you? Leasing may not sound as exciting as owning your dream horse, but there are numerous merits that should be taken into account before you choose your next equine partner. Below we will look at some of the pros and cons of owning or leasing, and help decide which is the best path for you. CLICK HERE to continue reading!

8. How to Speak to Our Youth About Showing

By Kirstie Dobbs and Hailey Johns

What’s the first question that you ask a young rider when they return home from a horse show?  Is it, “How did you ride?” Or, is it, “How did you pin?”  Is it, “What new ribbons did you bring home?” Or, “What new knowledge did you bring home?” This subtle yet meaningful exchange of one word can make all the difference when conversing with young riders. CLICK HERE to continue reading!

9. A Young Professional’s Reaction to Recent US Equestrian Horse Welfare & Safety Penalty Guidelines

By Tyler Weith

As a young professional who puts horsemanship first, the recent US Equestrian Horse Welfare & Safety Penalty Guidelines email immediately made me feel like I had to make a statement. I work very hard to give each of my horses the individualized program they need to be successful. I don’t drug, over lunge, over ride, use improper equipment, or even contemplate how to make my horses quiet if it compromises their welfare. Over and over I watch horses who are treated with respect and compassion, perform better than the ones abused for quietness and performance.

That being said, I couldn’t help but feel incredibly attacked by the US Equestrian who wrote their new welfare guidelines in a very accusatory tone. I agree that there is a vast horse welfare problem that exists today, and I have seen it firsthand. However, I am deeply troubled with the vagueness of these new punishment guidelines, how they cater to the politics and wealth already ripping the sport apart, and finally the lack of support and understanding the US Equestrian gives to young professionals and future professionals trying to enter the industry. CLICK HERE to continue reading!

10. Rethinking the “Eq Diet” and How to Stay Healthy this Summer

By Intern Ashley Shaw

Summer is finally here, and while we rejoice in the lack of school, it also means that the window to qualify for Equitation Finals is narrowing. For this reason, some riders may choose to begin the infamous “Eq Diet,” to which there is no real set of guidelines, just the notion of losing weight to compete with the “skinny girls who always win.” I could argue all day how each rider is beautiful the way they are and perfectly capable of winning an equitation class, but for some they would be wasted words. In addition, I greatly encourage healthy eating, and therefore want to dispel some common misconceptions about certain diet trends. What you eat, or don’t eat, can have a harmful effect on your life and needs to be taken seriously. CLICK HERE to continue reading!