Monday, September 23, 2019

Confessions of a Former Fashion Pariah

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’m not really what you would call a fashionable person.  Growing up, my favorite outfit was a pair of jeans and a t-shirt....

Miss Moppet: The Rescue Horse That’s Taking Full Advantage of Her 2nd Chance

BY COLLEEN FITZPATRICK Some people say that horses walk into your life for a reason. But Miss Moppet doesn’t walk, she struts. A sashay perhaps. She came strutting, sashaying,...

Hanging It Up

BY JULIE STIELSTRA The bridle hanging in my tack locker bloomed with mold. I rather resent the steamy midwestern summers that force me to clean tack before I ride as well...

Blackhound Equestrian Shows Why Sometimes Professionals Are Better Together

BY JESS CLAWSON Making it as a professional in the horse world can be challenging… that’s perhaps an understatement.  The isolation, long hours, even longer list...

The Emotional Truth About Selling Your Horse

BY JAMIE SKUBAL  Today, I’m sitting in the middle of my horse’s possible sale. To be honest, this is not the side I’m used to sitting on. If you...

Horse Show Husband and Dad Does Spruce Meadows

BY GORDON BALLANTYNE It is finally the end of the horse show season, and I’m putting another one in the books—more like an entire library by this point.  The...

30 Tack Rooms That May Be Nicer Than Your House

Tack rooms. It's where we throw our piles of tack and stacked up saddle pads that need washing. There's usually a barn cat or a corgi curled up by the window, and...

Warmblood Whoas

BY SCOT TOLMAN Here’s my method of determining and/or influencing the sex of unborn foals: in the stalls of the mares from whom I want colts, I hang at...

10 Quotes to Fuel You When You Feel Like Giving Up

This is a hard sport. There are so many setbacks, countless heartbreaks and reasons to pack it all up and try something easier. But we can't do that, because this is what...

Free to a Good Home: What it Means to Own a Horse

BY LUMI CALLASTRATUS My sister and I bought back our childhood pony, Gemini, for two dollars. Now he sits at our parents’ blue berry farm looking cute amongst the spring blossoms....

Keep the Fun in Horse Shopping

BY SARAH SMIT Usually the only worry I have when we take clients on one of our horse-buying trips to Holland is if they’ll get lost on a night...

Perseverance and Grit For The Everyday Equestrian

BY MARY LYNNE CARPENTER Perseverance and grit. As equestrians, we hear a lot about these personality characteristics. When equestrians tell stories, they often reference perseverance and grit as...

The Heart and Soul of Breeding

BY MARYANNA HAYMON Without breeders pouring their hearts and souls into the creation of foals, there would be no riding horses in three years, here or anywhere else. In...

Am I Enough of a Rider? Finding Joy Through Fear and Doubt

BY ELLISON NEUMANN An article can’t tell you if you’re “enough” for this sport. I have no clue if I am myself. I’m young, I should feel...

ES Equine Photography: Capturing Memories for a Lifetime

BY JESS CLAWSON No matter what level you ride at or what ring you compete in, all equestrians love photos of our horses. We especially value those perfectly composed,...

The Heart of a Barn Rat: Riding with a Pacemaker

BY ALLIE CARLSON Barn rats—we all know and love them. They are the young women and men who happily spend hours grooming, tacking, feeding and mucking for a little extra time...

Grafton Ridge: Michael DelFiandra and Vanessa Roman Build a Positive Team for Every Kind...

BY LAUREN MAULDIN How do you feel when you enter the ring at a horse show? Worried about the two stride that looks a little long, or concerned about keeping your...

SHOW STRIDES BOOK 2 Exclusive Excerpt: Confidence Comeback

We hope you are enjoying book 1 of The Plaid Horse’s new novel series, Show Strides. To celebrate Pony Finals – and summertime reading – we are happy to share this excerpt...