10 Equine Grooming Habits That You Need To Ditch

BY INTERN GRACE SALMON Whether we have our sights set on the show ring or lessons at home, most riders share a common goal: to keep their horses looking great. Often times we are so...

Sometimes it seems that the biggest lessons horses teach us have nothing to do...

BY PONYMOMAMMY It’s easy to overlook how much we learn from horses every day. I’ve been riding my whole life, and still have a new takeaway from every lesson....

Toxic Trainer Relationships: What to Watch Out For When Finding the Best For You...

BY JESS CLAWSON A toxic trainer can kill someone’s love of riding faster than just about anything. From verbal to sexual abuse to simply playing favorites, trainers who are negative influences in our lives do...

Can a Braid Kill Tradition? The Helmet Hair Debacle

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN Recently, I seemed to have caused quite a ruckus by announcing that I would be wearing my hair down outside of my helmet in a braid for the fore seeable future in...

3 Things That Won’t Make You a Better Rider (And 3 Things That Will)

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Even though I've been riding for well over twenty years, nobody would ever consider me an authority on training, equitation, or really anything to do with horse showing. And that would...

Riders, Body Image and “The Look”

BY RENNIE DYBALL A couple weeks ago, I went to my local tack shop for spur straps and somehow found myself in the dressing room, mentally debating whether to buy a new show coat that...

The Ethics of Employment in the Horse Industry

BY DIANNA BABINGTON During the recent winter circuit in Wellington, there was a lot of chatter among professional trainers and riders regarding the arduous task of finding and keeping qualified help to manage barns and...

5 Game Changing Body Clipping Tips from a Professional Groom!

I can't wait to body clip today... said no person ever! But with professional groom Amanda Geerlinks' body clipping tips, this chore is sure to go off much smoother than ever before.  BY AMANDA GEERLINKS Body...

Reality Bites: When You Can No Longer Give Your Child Pony Dreamland

BY MEGAN HOFFMAN I have been living in a dreamland, sort of like Pony Mom Land at Pony Finals. This world exists of beautiful ponies and clean children in...

Two Truths: George Morris is a Legend, and an Abuser.

BY JON PORTEOUS There is a man in the U.S. who is known nationally and worldwide as one of the most prominent figures in equestrian sport. He has competed...

Why I Still Ride When It Hurts My Body (and my checking account)

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Recently I was asked what inspired me to become an equestrian. I didn't have a great answer. Like most of us battered adult amateurs, I've loved horses since before I could remember....

An Explanation of Jumper Course Formats

By TPH Intern Vyla Carter When I first started doing the jumpers after years of only competing in the hunters, I was confused on what Table II, 2(a) and the random number and letter seen...

A “Poor” Equestrian Ponders AA Shows and Six Figure Imports

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Poor is a relative word, and horse people know that. I can't deny the huge luxury it is to have a horse, any horse. In a...

25 Horse Tattoos Like You’ve Never Seen Before

BY LAUREN MAULDIN While I spend a lot of time in pretty, traditional equestrian clothing, I still love tattoos. I've got a small collection of animal and literary inspired...

Judges Scott Hofstetter and Bill Talbert Answer The Questions You’ve Been Wondering About Hunters...

BY MACKENZIE SHUMAN This year at the Colorado Hunter Jumper Associations Medal Finals, I was able to sit down with the two judges at the end of the show and ask them a few questions...

Ask The Judge: What’s the First Thing You Notice When a Rider Enters the...

BY ELLEN SHEVELLA When asked what’s the first thing I notice when a horse and rider walk into the ring, the obvious answer is turn out.

#meetingmclain: The Story of a Boy and His Gentleman Hero

BY MEGAN HOFFMAN Late last year, I shared the story of my son, Ziggy. How he went from being bullied in school, to finding his happy place in the barn. While...

The 2’6” Hunter Division is the Face of Income Inequality in America

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM As I sit through the United States Hunter Jumper (USHJA) Affiliate Meeting, we’re hearing a lot about outreach. There’s the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), local...

Hunter Under Saddle and Over Fences: Stock Horses vs Sporthorses

BY JAMIE SKUBAL I often get asked, "What’s the difference between showing a horse at Hunter/ Jumper shows and showing the Under Saddle, Hack, & Over fences at stock horse shows...

Tail Whitening Hacks

BY JESS CLAWSON If you live in Virginia (where it’s been muddy for 12 months straight!) and your horse has a significant amount of white in its tail, you learn to...

From Bullied to the Barn: #makingmclain and the Trainer Who Makes It All Possible

BY MEGAN HOFFMAN Do you ever meet someone and know that they will change the course of your life? That’s how it was when Ziggy and I met Liza. We knew we were in for...

How to Braid a Mane and Tail for the Hunter Ring

By Intern Katie Lenkart Ever wondered how to hunter braid? Braiding is both a fun activity and a way to spend some valuable extra time with your horse. Just like with every other skill, practice...