10 Times Carissimo 25 was Extra in the Show Ring

BY Devyn Trethewey and Tyler Bui 1. Taking knees to nose to a whole new level. View this post on Instagram ...

Marnye Langer: A Lifelong Obsession Part II

by Ann Jamieson The Tevis Cup Marnye has participated in many of the different functions of The Tevis Cup, gaining perspective for her journalism work. "One time I crewed for a top rider. Another time I...

The Amazing Places Horses Can Take Us

BY DIANNE MAY Recently I overheard moms talking about horses at my daughter’s soccer game. One mom smiled and indicated that her daughter loved horses, but she wasn't going to do the whole “horse thing.”...

Mindful Riding: Walking Fitness

By Abby Funk The benefits of having fit horses are almost too numerous to mention. Fit horses will have fewer injuries, longer careers, more rapid recovery time, and be better able to cope with all...

Make the First Horse You Rescue Your Own

BY SUSAN PEIRCE Red Bucket Equine Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a national presence achieving some of the best results in saving, rehabilitating, and re-homing high-risk horses. Red Bucket unconditionally serves the untrained, lame,...

Worth The Wait: A Reorganization of Painful Childhood Horse Memories

By Catherine Reus I am coming up on two years of being a horse owner. Two years of glorious anxiety-riddled joy. Horse ownership is better than I could have ever imagined it would be, and...

Book Excerpt: ‘Monday Morning,’ from For the Love of the Horse, Volume III

By Ann JamiesonReprinted with permission from Ann Jamieson When his long, but not particularly illustrious, racing career ended with a bowed tendon, Monday Morning was sent to the slaughterhouse. At least, that was the plan....

Mixing Depression and Anxiety with the Love of Horses

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER Covid-19 put society into a world we never experienced before. Humans weren’t meant for total isolation. Human contact—even hearing a human’s voice—is necessary for survival. We are people who like walking...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Bob Crandall— Rider, Trainer & USEF “R” Judge

As a horseman, I am most proud of: the many horses I was able to find, start, and bring along. Sadly, I wasn’t able to keep many of them.  As a horseman, I would most...

It Happens! Rylan VanCourt, Addison Slye, McKayla Brombach

We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers to prove,...

Marnye Langer: A Lifelong Obsession Part 1

BY ANN JAMIESON Baby Steps As a new baby, Marnye Langer, like most kids, slept in a crib. But unlike most kids, that crib was located in a tack room.  Her mom, an assistant to Barbara Worth...

The Worst Hurt: When The Best Choice for Your Horse is to Sell Them

BY ANONYMOUS Sometimes it is just time to let go.  It is time to humanely euthanize to end an animal's suffering.  The why and when are patently obvious and when it is done, you mourn...

Horses, Life and Change: Stepping Away From the Sand Box

BY PHYLLIS BORDO When I retired, I decided I wanted to embrace the last decades of my life in a positive manner.  I wondered if it was time, in my 70s after 40 years of...

When Perfectionism Holds You Back

By Jen Borgo Raia In a recent lesson, my trainer had us do an exercise that would have made me very uncomfortable just a few years ago. Instead of finding the correct distance in a...

Meet Jaz Creek, North Bay’s Newest Hunter/Jumper Facility

BY TYLER BUI Transforming Jaz Creek, Northern California’s newest horse facility, was an ambitious endeavor to reshape the family horse property into a world class training and boarding facility. For years, the property had been home...

The Benefits of Bonding with Your Horse

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER There he is. You picked him out of a herd of horses. Or perhaps you rescued him from a kill pen. Or maybe your trainer brought him to you and you...

I Found God in a Hopeful Place

BY JESSICA SHANNON If there is a debate whether or not faith and animals, particularly dogs and horses, go hand in hand, then allow me to settle it. When I was a teenager, my late...

It Happens! Mindy Coretz & Maria Costa

We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers to prove,...

Mindful Flatting: Including Ground Poles

BY ABBY FUNK If there is one thing that we can all agree on, horses probably need to jump less than they do. Between the demands of learning, practice, preparation, and actual horse showing, it...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Mariah Eisenbraun & Erica Swank

The Plaid Horse is proud to introduce some of the photo project’s featured equestrians to our readers in each issue In 2020, a group of photographers came together to create the Equestrians of Color Photography...

Margie Sloan’s “So! Who’s Your Daddy” – Merlin & the Foal

This is the first story in Margie Sloan’s “So! Who’s Your Daddy” series about some incredible stallions and their babies By Margie Sloan   Three colts walk into a barn. The fillies perk up. After...

The Answer to Your Undergarment Needs: Eques Pante

By Tyler Bui Jessica Andrews decided to take matters into her own hands after years of struggling with athletic undergarments. In 2021, she established Eques Pante, offering equestrian performance underwear. Complete with revolutionary materials, cut,...