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Every Little Breath You Take… Can Improve Your Riding

By Tonya Johnston, MA The most powerful skill you possess is something you have in common with your horse: breathing. Of course, you were both born knowing how to breathe. Most of the time you...

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...

20 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...

Competing ‘‘Against’’ Friends

BY Tonya Johnston, MA Going to horse shows with your friends can be such a fantastic, fun experience. As a matter of fact, the social aspects of our sport can play a huge role in...

Modern Equestrian Decor Ideas to Flow Seamlessly With Your Home

If you asked the typical horse lover about interior design, they are likely to suggest styling their home after a luxurious barn filled with hundreds of photos of their beloved horses. We live and...

Horses Shouldn’t Always Be Expected to Jump

BY ANN DEMICHELE I’ve learned more from horses who’ve said no than those that have said yes. I’m a professional out of Northern Virginia. I grew up on a farm, and my mother is also a...

How to Leave Your Trainer (politely) in 10 Easy Lessons

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING I had the loveliest coffee date with a young woman who left my program. She’d been with me for a long time. She gave her notice to the current...

The Serenity Project: Gallop For Good

BY Aly Black/Lenoir Marketing Management The Serenity Project is a sanctuary for those seeking healing from trauma. Founded by Ruth Nicodemus, this non-profit organization 501(c)3 charity offers a unique approach to recovery, combining traditional talk...

5 Things Any Rider Can Do To Be Successful

BY EMILY ELEK I don't teach public riding lessons anymore. Instead, my business focuses on sales and leases so I can spend more time with my own family. I am protective of my time in...

Dear Barn Owners of My Past

BY Jamie Sindell Now that I finally own my own barn after years of boarding, there’s SO much I didn’t realize as a boarder that I TOTALLY get now…. Dear Barn Owners of My Past: I would...

Three Tips for Ditching the Barn Drama

BY CALI CYBULSKI All sports have their share of lousy sportsmanship, including the equestrian world. That said, there are so many good people and positive attributes in the horse community, it’s worth taking a closer...

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 confident and ready to conquer anything. My parents bought me...

15 Motivational Quotes to Help You Through Tough Times

Things seem hard right now. We're all struggling together in so many different ways, and the future can seem confusing. When you're struggling or things feel bleak, take a little extra time for yourself....

WeCover: Creating Innovative and Elegant Arenas with a Family Touch and a Green Thumb

BY Jessica Shannon We have custom saddles and boots, and our halters and saddle pads are monogrammed. Our half pads are shimmable, our barn mates are decked out in matching jackets, and the barn aisles...

Horse Show Math

BY Daphne Thornton of Two Bit Training We call it Horse Show Math but, really, it is just Horse Riding Math. In many ways, you can think of a hunter or jumper course as a simple...

20 Motivational Quotes to Use at the Barn

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN As we start off in the new year looking forward to a fresh start, many people are setting out to tackle big goals and resolutions. When I'm facing what feels...

Barn Rats Over Mean Girls: Life Lessons from Growing Up in a Barn

BY PONYMOMAMMY I feel like I am constantly trying to justify the expense of the horses to my husband. I get it. It’s not cheap, and it doesn’t ever end. My go-to defense of “bays...

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...

Education of an A Show Mom

By Sonja Boorman Recently my daughter and her pony had an exciting A show experience, which got me thinking about what a tumultuous couple of months it has been learning the A show ropes, and how...

In Defense of the Burgundy Coat: Let’s Honor Tradition Where it Matters

BY CARIE ANTONELLI This week, I noticed a familiar photo of myself posted on The Plaid Horse blog accompanying a post regarding the proposed rule change surrounding coat colors in the Hunter Ring. Debating coat colors is...

Duet: A Braided Essay

BY PAIGE CERULLI Winner of the Constance Wickes Prize in Creative Nonfiction The instructor leads me to a brown and white pinto pony – he’s the size of a horse, but on pony legs – and...

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....