Joe and Fran Dotoli: A Lifelong Love Affair – Beginnings

BY ANN JAMIESON Falling for Horses "I followed a pretty girl to the barn. She left, and I stayed." So began Joe Dotoli's lifelong love affair with horses. The pretty girl, Maryanne, was his sister's friend. Joe,...

How Self-Conscious Riders Can Feel More Confident Riding in a Crowded Ring

BY DIANA BEZDEDEANU  I don’t like to ride in the arena with others (hence why I could never sign up for group lessons). I am self-conscious of my own abilities, constantly comparing my riding to...

Pin Oak Week Three Photo Gallery

All photos © Andrew Ryback Photography Brought to you by Summit Joint Performance:  Summit Joint Performance helps your horse feel and perform their very best. Whether your horse has an existing joint condition or you'd like to prevent problems in the future,...

Sometimes it seems that the biggest lessons horses teach us have nothing to do...

BY PONYMOMAMMY It’s easy to overlook how much we learn from horses every day. I’ve been riding my whole life, and still have a new takeaway from every lesson. While the mechanics and nuances are...

PonyMom 101: Tackling the Fear of Falling

BY PONYMOMAMMY If you ride horses for long enough, you will fall off at some point. It’s inevitable. Horses and ponies will give you an ego check when you are least expecting it. I’ve had...

You Are a Student, Not a Customer

By Emily Elek  I’m not into that customer stuff.  You know what I mean. There are so many in this business who refer to their “customers.” And the customer is always right…right? Except the barn is...

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...

10 Phrases You Should Never Say at the Barn

BY PIPER KLEMM “It’s Not My Fault” It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. It’s probably just how the day is going. So many issues happen every single day with all the moving parts at the...

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....

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...

The Beauty of the Golden Years: Celebrating Our Senior Horses

By Emily Dickson By some Universal luck, I was present the day my horse was born.  At the time, I didn’t know that she would become my horse. I was just a 10-year-old kid who had...

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...

Ask Andre: How Do You Set Realistic Goals for Your Riders?

By Andre Dignelli As we head into a new year and a new winter show season, the topic of New Year’s Resolutions always comes up. This time of year is the time to look back and...

How and Why Are Horses Used in Therapy

BY LINDSEY ANUZIS GAGE The therapeutic benefits of horses have long been recognized. Horses have been utilized in Hippotherapy for physical, occupational, and speech related treatment goals. Hippotherapy uses horses as a therapeutic agent for...

RiverCross: A Breeding Program That Puts Horses First

By Tyler Bui As a young girl, Sally Harrington Philippo started out with a dream—to own her own horse. It took 37 years, but she has fulfilled that dream…and so much more. Today, Sally and...

A Play-by-Play of an Adult Amateur Winter Lesson

BY LAUREN MAULDIN The adult amateur, regardless of geographical location, is typically skittish in the winter. Less sunlight, colder temperatures, and holiday stress make a trifecta that can result in some interesting behavior. While many...

“I Euthanized Your Horse Today” – Skip’s Story of Rescue and Responsibility

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Caring and ultimately making hard decisions for senior horses is one of the most difficult, but important, aspects of horse ownership. Julie Hersey of Greenwood Stables takes that responsibility seriously. "I have...

An Adult Amateur’s (Unrealistic) New Years Resolutions

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It's that time of year again when everyone is focused on self-improvement—and I'm no exception. For most of my life, I've fallen into the resolution trap. You know, when you start to...

It Happens! With Vivian Golden, Richard Slocum and Tim Maddrix

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,...

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...

Advice to Young Riders: Get an Education

By Peter Wylde I’ve been riding all my life. I started when I was 7 years old. I would braid my pony and load him on the trailer in the morning. Then I’d go...

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....