Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself is a Trainer Who Believes in You

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Here are some things you can commonly hear come out of my trainer's mouth (often during my own lesson): Don't rock your hips like that. That's so ugly! Stop that! You're ruining my horse! Of...

The Ethics of Employment in the Horse Industry

BY DIANNA BABINGTON During the recent winter circuit in Wellington, there was a lot of chatter among professional trainers and riders regarding the arduous task of finding and keeping qualified help to manage barns and...

Why I Still Ride When It Hurts My Body (and my checking account)

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Recently I was asked what inspired me to become an equestrian. I didn't have a great answer. Like most of us battered adult amateurs, I've loved horses since before I could remember....

A “Poor” Equestrian Ponders AA Shows and Six Figure Imports

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Poor is a relative word, and horse people know that. I can't deny the huge luxury it is to have a horse, any horse. In a...

Judges Scott Hofstetter and Bill Talbert Answer The Questions You’ve Been Wondering About Hunters...

BY MACKENZIE SHUMAN This year at the Colorado Hunter Jumper Associations Medal Finals, I was able to sit down with the two judges at the end of the show and ask them a few questions...

#meetingmclain: The Story of a Boy and His Gentleman Hero

BY MEGAN HOFFMAN Late last year, I shared the story of my son, Ziggy. How he went from being bullied in school, to finding his happy place in the barn. While...

3 Things That Won’t Make You a Better Rider (And 3 Things That Will)

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Even though I've been riding for well over twenty years, nobody would ever consider me an authority on training, equitation, or really anything to do with horse showing. And that would...

Notes to my daughter – Life lessons at the horse show

Pictured: Grace McReynolds leading Lorelei Cudney's Bits N' Pieces at Colorado Spring Preview 2017 | PC: TPH Intern Mackenzie Shuman By Averill Pessin  As parents, we hope our children get two main things from their sport: Short-term...

A Barn Owner Responds to the “Ethics of Employment”

BY PONYMOMAMMY I read the article, several times in fact, and I have a few things I’d like to add. Now it is entirely possible I misread the intention behind it, and I am by...

The Horse Show Prizes Adult Amateurs Really Want

BY LAUREN MAULDIN As a struggling adult amateur, it's only been a somewhat recent development for me to have any opinion at all about horse show prizes. For the longest time,...

Riders, Body Image and “The Look”

BY RENNIE DYBALL A couple weeks ago, I went to my local tack shop for spur straps and somehow found myself in the dressing room, mentally debating whether to buy a new show coat that...

The Day I Learned That Winning Doesn’t Matter

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN I remember it the way people remember big events in their lives—in exquisite and insignificant detail, in sounds and feelings, in visceral emotions. I remember it with a...

The 8 Types of Hunter Jumper Trainers

By Averill Pessin The Battle Ax Loud, brash and unapologetic, you'll always know when the Battle Ax has a client in the ring.  She holds up the order, is the loudest ringside and is the undisputed...

Why Good Help Is Hard to Find: A Barn Manager’s Perspective

BY LINDSEY ABBOTT For years I’ve loved working as a barn manager and stay-at-home trainer. Part of my job is acting as a liaison between the boss and the two different...

The Dope on Depo

CLICK HERE to read TPH Publisher Piper Klemm's "It Shouldn't Be Our Goal to Become FEI"  to learn more about this issue. From loud conversations to faint whispers, there is a buzz in the hunter/jumper...

21 Times the Braider Was Extra in the Best Way

Oh, hunter braids. You tiny, perfect little monsters that make our horses look so fancy even though they take hours and cause sore backs and hands. Braiding is not an easy job, and going...

21 Horse Halloween Pumpkins You’ll Wish Were On Your Front Porch

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Last week, we shared some hunter/jumper Halloween carving patterns so you could decorate your front porch with some equestrian flair! If you're looking for more inspiration, check out the amazing horse pumpkins...

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...

35 Horse Halloween Costumes That Are Delightfully Over The Top

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every year, I get really excited about Halloween. I love to dress myself up, my dogs and even my horse! Still, my best horse costume efforts are pale in comparison to these...

Cognitive Dissonance in our Broken Community

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN If you’re anything like me, cognitive dissonance is extremely uncomfortable. The holding of multiple, contrary beliefs or positions, that your brain can’t quite reconcile. The tension...

Swipe Right: What Those Horse Photos in Dating Profiles Say About Equestrians

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Gentlemen, I know you’ve heard about us – the horse girls. Whether it’s the infamous tight breeches or how we’re known to be just slightly crazy, our reputation...

My Barn Has Cobwebs

BY PAMELA N. SAUL I was doing night check, like I do every night, and noticed some cobwebs up in the aisle light and made a mental note that I needed to clean those. I...