10 Phrases You Should Never Say at the Barn

BY PIPER KLEMM “It’s Not My Fault” It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. It’s probably just how the day is going. So many issues happen every single day with all the moving parts at the...

Being There for My Horse of a Lifetime

BY NC MATHENY Horses have a way of wrapping their way around your heart. This was what happened when I found a wee Tennessee Walking Horse orphan. Knowing the foal faced extraordinary odds, I felt...

What Horse Breed You Are Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Aries (March 21-April 19) - Thoroughbred The first sign of the zodiac, Aries know they're natural-born winners... and they're no stranger to competition. This bold fire sign is ambitious and not afraid to tackle even...

Watch: Appaloosa Filly Takes Her First Steps in Namibia

The final foal of the 2021 breeding season at Joseph's Dream Appaloosa Stud was born Monday, Jan. 17 at 5:00 am local time at Sandwerf Farm Namibia (Africa). By Lefkos out of Noel (Hunters...

How You Can Achieve and Maintain Success Through Negotiation Now

Running a business in the equestrian industry involves drawing up contracts related to training, boarding, leasing, sales, and a host of other issues.  Mastering the art of negotiation can help you handle all these aspects...

The Plaid Horse Issues to be Included in the Spring 2022 Bit...

Check out The Modern Horse, an equestrian lifestyle subscription service seeking to provide top-quality products curated to their member’s preferences.  The Bit Box, mailed seasonally, contains 5-10 products ranging from clothing, beauty products, home decor,...

What are the world’s best racinos?

A racino could be described as a gambler’s paradise, as it is a facility that provides enthusiasts with the best of both worlds as they are presented with the opportunity to participate in casino...

The Plaid Horse’s Own Piper Klemm and Catie Staszak Give Educational Presentations at CPI...

Edited Press Release At the 2022 College Preparatory Invitational's opening address at the West Palm Beach Marriott in Florida, The Plaid Horse made up two of the evening's seven speakers. CPI Florida, held annually at West...

A World-Class Curriculum at Savannah College of Art and Design

It’s hard to find an equestrian academic program that offers it all—comprehensive education, a national championship equestrian team, and preparation for a career that can make a difference—but SCAD delivers all that and more. BY...

The Winter Circuit Extends Beyond Florida

You've heard a lot about the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, FL but that's not the only facility this organizing committee is running this winter. In fact, WEC in Wilmington, OH was the first...

5 Exercises To Help Improve Riding Skills and Posture

A rider and their horse are a team. A rider's goal is to communicate with its horse. A rider's posture and dressage position should be coordinated with the horse's balance and symmetry. Riders need...

14 Pony Stallions to Consider for Your 2022 Breeding

Take a look at these stunning pony stallions that have been featured in The Plaid Horse Magazine in 2021. A variety of Welsh and Cob stallions are offered, each with extensive records that speak...

Relax With These Perfect Barn Organization Photos

We all have grand plans, but sometimes life gets in the way. At least that's how I feel about keeping my tack trunk organized. There are always 1,000 things to accomplish at the barn,...

Dates and Location Announced for 2022 USEF Young Rider Eventing Championship

Edited Press Release Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the dates and location for the 2022 USEF Young Rider Eventing Championship. This championship will take place at the Tryon International Three-Day Event...

Pin Oak Week Three Photo Gallery

All photos © Andrew Ryback Photography Brought to you by Summit Joint Performance:  Summit Joint Performance helps your horse feel and perform their very best. Whether your horse has an existing joint condition or you'd like to prevent problems in the future,...

Get Fit and Stay Fit – Exercises for Equestrians

By Izzy Feinstein Just as you perform exercises with your horse such as grid exercises and trot poles to help them build up their strength, it is just as important to build up your...

Pony Hunt Teams: A Crowd Favorite at Devon 2019

BY EMILY MCNEILL On Saturday afternoon on Devon’s junior weekend, spectators gathered around the wheeler ring to watch an event that is definitely a crowd favorite: the pony hunt teams. Groups of three riders in...

You Are a Student, Not a Customer

By Emily Elek  I’m not into that customer stuff.  You know what I mean. There are so many in this business who refer to their “customers.” And the customer is always right…right? Except the barn is...

North Iowa Fair Board Launches $1.5 Million Capital Campaign to Improve Horse Show Facilities

The North Iowa Fair Board has launched their $1.5 million capital improvement campaign that will allow the North Iowa Events Center to hold horse shows year-round, with plans to build a heated warm-up ring...

Helping Horses Carry Larger Riders

By Karen Hopper Usher Not every horse is suitable for larger riders, but those that are still need careful consideration. A proper warmup can go a long way.  I’ve been overweight for most of my adult...

What, Why, and How Do We Teach?

An inside look at how equestrian professionals can guide their students toward success By Mary Pardee, Director of Riding at Lake Erie College & Assistant Professor of Equine Studies I spend a lot of time developing...

Peter Leone: A Lifelong Passion

by Ann Jamieson Jumpers George stepped Peter up to the jumpers with the Thoroughbred Catch the Win, a small bay gelding formerly ridden by Rodney Jenkins. "He was very brave. You could ride the biggest course...