Toxic Trainer Relationships: What to Watch Out For When Finding the Best For You...

BY TPH TEAM A toxic trainer can kill someone’s love of riding faster than just about anything. From verbal to sexual abuse to simply playing favorites, trainers who are negative influences in our lives do...

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 at least...

Real Ribbon Displays to Get Inspiration for Showcasing Ribbons in Your Home

Special ribbon boxes make colorful accent furniture for your home. Plus, they give plenty of room to stack piles of glorious satin. But you don't have to get expensive furniture for this look. Check...

Where Have All the Barn Rats Gone?

BY PONYMOMAMMY Lately, I’ve heard a lot of talk about how young riders have changed since when I grew up.  What happened to the good ol’ days where barn rats ran amuck for hours on...

I Would Like to Introduce Myself

BY LAUREN KARDEL It has been impossible to ignore the responses of the horse community to George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement. From my home in Eastern Holland, I am broadsided with...

There Will Be No Future Horse Trainers If All You Want to Do is...

BY SARAH MECHLIN DUHON I feel strongly that everyone should be treated fairly and with kindness. The article “There May Be No Future Trainers: A Look at a Young Professional’s Burnout” by an anonymous young...

How I Got Lured Into Terrible Behavior By My Toxic Trainer

BY CORRINE MARTIN Here's the thing about gut instincts—they tend to be accurate.  Jen (names have been changed) was the big time trainer. We met before my first big show, and she came off as… quiet....

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...

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...

Can a Braid Kill Tradition? The Helmet Hair Debacle

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN Recently, I seemed to have caused quite a ruckus by announcing that I would be wearing my hair down outside of my helmet in a braid for the fore seeable future in...

Irish Horses: the Stuff of Myth, Tragedy & Triumph

BY RESCUE VOLUNTEER DOROTHY COLLIN Horses have been with us here in Ireland since before we were an island. They crossed over the land bridge originally connecting us to mainland Europe ,on the last leg...

What They Don’t Tell You About Horseback Riding

BY TAYLOR SANTOSUOSSO  “Try horseback riding lessons,” they said. “Horses keep you out of trouble,” they said. Well, what they don’t tell you about horseback riding is that being a “horse girl” can be hard. Anyone who claims...

What’s Happening to Young Equestrian Professionals?

BY ANN DEMICHELE I was recently reading an article about the hidden lives of Ballerinas during the artist Degas’ life. These ballerinas were portrayed in his very famous paintings. The article spoke about how the...

I Am a Fat Equestrian and I’m Never Dieting Again

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Fat is a tricky word. The dictionary defines it as: noun: a natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies, especially when deposited as a layer under the skin or around certain...

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...

Horse Bedrooms You’ll Want to Live in No Matter How Old You Are

Most young riders—and let's face it, most grown riders—would happily spend all day in the barn. When you can't spend the night with your favorite horse, the next best thing is a horsey bedroom....

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 It’s Never the Pony’s Fault

BY PONYMOMAMMY I am firmly in the camp of never blaming the horse/pony when things go wrong. This concept has been engrained in me since I first put a foot in the stirrup, and I...

Two Truths: George Morris is a Legend, and an Abuser.

BY JON PORTEOUS There is a man in the U.S. who is known nationally and worldwide as one of the most prominent figures in equestrian sport. He has competed and coached at the very highest...

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 built their entire high fashion brand...

It Matters Who You Horse Show With

BY CHLOE HARDGRAVE I was tired. I wanted to go home. I was covered in sweat and tears from the round before. My horse had pushed me past the point of a bad show round....

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Full Chaps and Fringe

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Chokers, jelly shoes, plaid flannel shirts... so many of the fashion trends from when I grew up in the 90's are becoming mainstream again. But what about the horse world? When it comes...