Thursday, December 12, 2019

PonyMom 101: Tackling the Fear of Falling

BY PONYMOMAMMY If you ride horses for long enough, you will fall off at some point. It’s inevitable. Horses and ponies will give you an ego check when you...

When It’s Time

BY PAM SAUL I have been around horses my entire life. When I mean entire, I mean sitting in front of my grandfather on the saddle at 6 months...

Standing Still and Moving On: When Horses Mirror Life

BY PONYMOMAMMY A couple weeks ago, I had one of those days. I was an octopus on roller skates trying to fit in more than I realistically had time...

Obstacles & Ramrod Wills

BY KIM HINSON A Fresh Start with Wild Horses, Three Daughters and Gumption North Carolina 2000 “So should we buy a horse...

Riding With Life: Melanie Smith Taylor

BY ANN JAMIESON The cover photo on her website says it all. It’s not of Melanie Smith and Calypso earning the gold medal in L.A., or of Melanie on the Olympic...

An Aging Equestrian’s Journey Back To Horses After Injury

BY SUSAN GILSTRAP On my 44th birthday, I decided to take the day off and have a riding lesson to celebrate. I mean, I’m a full-fledged adult. I can make my...

Why I Decided to Take Boarders on My Private Horse Farm

BY LYNN HAMILTON A few years ago, a property came up for sale in the Foothills of Alberta.  The land is rolling, covered in a thick blanket of spruce trees, and...

A Study in Hard Work: Brooke Farr & ABF Equine

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s one of our favorite plots, featured in many horse movies. The horse-crazy, hard working kid that spends every hour they can at the barn. The...

Half-Leasing Doesn’t Make You Any Less of an Equestrian

BY BRITTANY FRADE Whether we want to admit it or not, the horse world is highly competitive and often driven by money. There is an inferred pyramid with horse owners at...

Equitation and the Ammy

BY PONYMOMAMMY My PonyKid saw a t-shirt the other day that said I Get My Eq From My Mom. She was all, “Momma! I need this shirt!” But...

Claire Gordon-Neff Creates A Safe and Happy Haven for Horses and Riders

BY JESS CLAWSON Some elements of life with horses seem to be so elemental that we forget to see them, like a fish not noticing water. In times when...

This is Not the Sport I Signed Up For: Riding through Shadows in the...

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN This is not the sport I signed up for. These words swirl around and around in my head, keeping time with the barely audible footsteps...

“I Did My Part”: Groom Katie Williams On What It’s Really Like Under the...

BY KATIE WILLIAMS “It takes a village” is a favorite Instagram platitude, usually shared alongside some stellar horse show results and a few glittering photos from the winner’s circle....

20 Pictures for People Who Unabashedly Love Ribbons

Is satin your favorite fabric? Do you dream in blue, red and yellow? Sure, we know horse showing isn't all about the ribbons... but that doesn't mean we can't love them!

Becoming WIHS: Horses Return to the City

By Lindsay Brock/Jump Media Watching from the stands of the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), it all looks so easy. The decorated ring overflows with flowers and meticulously crafted...

The Long Road is the Short Road

BY PIPER KLEMM For those of you who work, and wait, and work some more – we salute you.  I am impatient at best. When I...

Being Your Own Voice: Pushing Through Your Riding Doubts

BY SOPHIA STRAIN I never really appreciated the taste of dirt. It wasn’t until I came tumbling down, face first, into the ground off a 17 hand horse—quite literally eating the sooty,...

Through Horses, My Daughters Became My Best Friends

BY LYNN HAMILTON I said goodbye to my twin daughters today. They are off to university in another city, each on opposite sides of the country.  However, referring to them...

4 Reasons Why Half-Leasing is a Great Option for Equestrians

BY BRITTANY FRADE In the world of horses, ponies, showing and ribbons there is no shortage of horse rider partnership/ownership options. Like many other riders, I hit a stage in my...

Kym Smith Has Developed Into Her Own Role Model

BY JESS CLAWSON Kym Smith has created a name for herself in the hunter world. She took on the title sponsorship of the Kym K. Smith/USHJA Young Hunter Pony...

Horses in Hawaii: A Conversation with Trainer Amy Quinlan

By Jess Clawson Most US equestrians live and ride on the mainland which encompasses quite a bit of regional diversity in the sport, but people ride and compete in...

Everyone Wants to Be Us: Identifying a Fashion Fauxquestrian From the Real Thing

BY PONYMOMAMMY Dating as far back as I can tell, the fashion world has been drawn to the iconic equestrian look. Some brands, like Ralph Lauren and Hermes, have...