Saturday, June 12, 2021

Cautiously Curious: My Horse’s Conversation with an Animal Communicator

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I'm not someone who tends to fall for the woo woo in life. Blame my practical, type-A mind, but I tend to address things with logic and reason. I mean, my back-up...

I Didn’t Even Own A Saddle

By Kama Godek   Katie Prudent recently had a podcast interview with WiSP Sport’s Chris Stafford about how the sport of horseback riding has seemingly taken a turn for the worse. Kama Godek, an international Grand...

Rea the No-Eyed Wonder Mare: Life Doesn’t Stop When the Lights Get Turned Off

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Like many amateur owners, I am great at imagining disaster scenarios for my horse. A career ending torn suspensory. A tragic pasture accident. Let’s not even talk about the ‘C’...

Grab a Hold of Your Equine Finances: Dr. Piper Klemm Visits StreamHorseTV’s Equine Business...

StreamHorseTV has launched its Equine Business Series, in which industry figures break down complex money questions, uncover money-saving habits, offer tips of the trade, and help equestrians blaze the path to financial success for...

Susan Kayne and The Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN This past summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Susan Kayne at HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, New York. Susan is a remarkable horsewoman who has dedicated her life to advocating...

Moving On With Isabella Littlejohn

BY SISSY WICKES For some riders, December 1 and the end of their junior riding careers is like the click of a locked door. Closed, never to be walked through again. It is a date...

The Ringmaster: The Quarterback of the Horse Show

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK If you’ve ever been to The Devon Horse Show or another major event, you have likely seen a man wearing a traditional-looking outfit, playing a large horn before the start of...

Equine Entrepreneur Spotlight: Steven Bluman of Equo

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN It's a given that horse shows contain beautiful animals and stunning athleticism, but they're home to more than just that. Equestrians are a group of brilliant, engaging people that are...

On the Line

Read this story and more in the 2017 Young Horse Issue by CLICKING HERE! By Sissy Wickes  Ah, springtime. Dogwoods and daffodils arrive with the fools of April and green is once again the color of...

No Stirrup November; It’s All About Attitude!

By Emma Hechtman It was February of 2016, and within a period of one month, I moved from the short stirrup to children's pony and then right into Small Pony Division. Apparently my trainer, Clair Kellner,...

From the Saddle to the Judge’s Seat Meet Bob Crandall

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Bob Crandall has been in the horse industry since he was twelve years old; as a rider, trainer, and judge, he brings years of experience and wisdom to the ring. After having...

Moments with Horses

BY JENNIFER THOMAS, PH.D. Jerry is a (roughly) 32-year-old retired carriage horse from Chicago. I’ve never seen him before (even though he has been in residence for about a year). Today, however, he caught...

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...

February 2017 TPH Crossword- Inspired by the 2017 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge

  CLICK HERE to download the February 2017 TPH Crossword! Find the answers on Page 124 of The Plaid Horse - Stallion Issue - February 2017 Available at a horse show near you, or online at issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag! The...

The Battles We Face for the Horses We Love

BY KRISTEN FRANZ As you stand at the in gate, ready to ride through each technicality of the course, your mind focuses on the challenges that lay ahead. Every other person, thought, and worry is...

Kaitlyn Boggio is Out & Proud in the Horse World

BY JESS CLAWSON This Pride Month project of having queer equestrian conversations has been a special experience, and one that I hope readers are carrying on in their own communities too. One person I’ve been...

Growing Up With the Yellow Hony I Didn’t Know I Needed

BY PONYMOMAMMY Four years ago this month, I lost my heart horse. He was my fifteenth birthday present — a 3 year old thoroughbred with an opinion on everything. The first week I rode him,...

#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 his trainer has had an immense...

How Covid-19 and Horses Made Me Closer to My Daughter

BY LISA HYNES I remember March vividly. They announced school was done for the year—the year! My teenager celebrated, while I had mixed emotions.  I still was required to work, so how would I ensure...

Hannah and Connie Stevens’ Matchmaker Ltd. Unmatched Excellence

BY SISSY WICKES Matchmaker, Ltd, in Barrington Hills, IL, is a twenty one acre farm dedicated to excellence in horsemanship and horse care. Mother and daughter team, Connie and Hannah Stevens, operate a family based...

The Best Way to Save Our Equestrian Games Is To Attend Them

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN All the medals have been given out, and even bitten by the world’s top riders as they stood grinning on a podium. I’ve got a stack of Tryon 2018 hats...

Making the Horse World a Safe Space for LGBTQ Equestrians

AN INTERVIEW WITH JESS CLAWSON BY LAUREN MAULDIN Even on the best days, horse shows can be difficult places. There’s the weather, the nerves, the chance your horse may throw a shoe right before his...