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...

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,...

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 Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Skylar Wireman

Status: Junior  Hometown: Bonsall, CA  Trainers: Shayne Wireman, Andre Dignelli, & Lisa Halterman As a horsewoman, I am most proud of the mare we bred. I recently won a Grand Prix on her.  As a horsewoman,...

How Were You Taught to Take Your Left Foot Out of the Stirrup While...

The Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge on Facebook is 7,300 members strong! Come join us for all types of discussion, like one thread this month where a member asked: How Were You Taught to...

Reflecting on Seasons of Riding and Life

BY CAELIN KORDZIEL Maybe it’s my age or maybe the arrival of that time in summer when the days are long and the evening fresh air just has a way of lifting my spirits, but...

Layers of Loss: Understanding Grief

BY JESSICA SHANNON Grief is heavy and complex. Thankfully, people are increasingly vulnerable in discussing their personal grief, but there had to be a shift in our culture’s validation and acceptance of grief before that...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Colleen Acosta

Fairway Farm owner and trainer  •  Cross Roads, TX I am most proud of: my horsemanship.  I would most like to improve on: organization.  I’d be lost without: spurs in my tack trunk and sticky spray in...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Meet Quinnten Alston, Brittany Hazzard & Lara Rahman

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...

The Trials of Buying  a Horse for My 59-year-old Self

By Mary Ann Rohbaugh I started riding at 8 when my aunt bought me a pony she found tied up in someone’s front yard eating grass. I think he was their lawn mower. He cost...