Saturday, October 24, 2020

Riding: The Mental Game

By Ashleen Lee Good riding requires you to be both physically and mentally fit. You must be able to feel your horse and move with him. It is important...

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...

First Look: Spy Coast Farm’s New Rehab Center Does it All

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Tucked away on 800 acres in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky’s bluegrass country, Spy Coast Farm makes a strong case for being a horse. On most days of the year, the facility’s...

The New Guard: Paige Cade Takes a Stride in the Horse Industry

By Mackenzie Shulman As soon as I got on the phone with Paige Cade, who was on the opposite end of the country from me at her Country Fox Farm in northern Virginia, I knew...

Not Just Another Treat

BY SISSY WICKES Horse treats are a part of every rider’s shopping list. Shelves in the tack store are full of brightly colored boxes and jars like a candy aisle in the supermarket. Which to...

On the Road to the World Show: The negative self doubt of competitive thinking.

BY JAMIE SKUBAL Once I decided to officially start my journey to get to the World Show, I decided to pull Cruz out of the last few hunter/jumper shows...

What Horses Give Us Each Time We Swing a Leg Over

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Earlier this year, I found myself unexpectedly (and unwantedly) horseless. Suddenly, my life was completely open. No more having to drag myself out to the barn...

Do You Feel the Riding Pressure Cooker?

BY JOHN HAIME Does pressure in show jumping really exist? Well, according to some researchers and experts, it really doesn’t. It’s all dreamed up by you to make it difficult for you to perform when it...

Augusta Iwasaki – Rising Star

By Caroline Nickolaus | Photo by Katie Browne Augusta Iwasaki is a young rising star from Calabasas, California, who has already made a mark of success in the pony hunter divisions, The twelve-year-old talent trains...

The Best Way to Honor Your Late Heart Horse is to be Brave Enough...

BY LAUREN MAULDIN My friends know that I've suffered a lot of loss in the past five years. As soon as I feel somewhat grounded after one death, another...

Teens and Greens – Kinda the Same Thing

BY PONYMOMAMMY Since I was a teenager, I’ve always loved bringing along a green horse. There’s something about the process I find especially satisfying. Now that I have a teenage...

Getting Through Winter: Seasonal Depression and the Equestrian

BY JESS CLAWSON For those of us who don’t have the budget to go to Florida or live somewhere warm and sunny year-round, winter can be tough on both our riding and psyche. It’s harder...

A Thoroughbred’s Subtle Presentations of Kissing Spine (and how I got him back)

BY LINDY GUTMAN Friday afternoon, while taking the longer route to our larger outdoor arena, I started to think. Our horses talk to us. Sometimes they even scream at...

The Heartbeat of Chicago Equestrian: Bull Run Equestrian Center

BY SISSY WICKES Beautiful Bull Run Equestrian Center in Elburn, IL is steeped in the equestrian tradition of the Chicago area. Founded by the Vanderveen Family, the iconic facility is now owned by Bill and...

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Work.

BY PIPER KLEMM As I prepare lecture notes for my college course this summer at St. Lawrence University, I’m always struck by the same identifiers of successful people appearing...

Ring Bag Necessities

By Vyla Carter There isn't always time to go back to the barn before a round at a horse show, so prepare a ring bag to have with you at the ring. You never want...

Equine Degenerative Myeloencephalopathy

Above: Dream On and Olivia Ferro. Photo courtesy of Olivia Ferro. By TPH Intern Olivia Ferro EDM, or Equine Degenerative Myeloencephalopathy, is a currently incurable neurological disease found in young horses. This disease is career ending for...

Overseas Adventures with Kelli Cruciotti

By Mackenzie Shuman Entering the 2016 the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Kelli Cruciotti, 19, of Elizabeth, Colo. had a lot to live up to as she had recently won both the Pessoa/US Hunt Seat Medal...

The Waiting Game: Handling Down Time at Fall Shows

BY TONYA JOHNSON, MA The fall season’s important classes, medal finals, indoor venues, and special shows often have unique schedules that may cause you to have more down time in your show day than normal....

Carole Lessine: Living the American Dream at Moonlight Sport Horses

BY KARLA CAMPBELL Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, Carole Lessine and her family moved to the United States in 2011. Although the move was not actually tied to horses, the...

TPH Book Review – Spirit: A Book of Happiness for Horse Lovers

BY EMILY LUCIBELLO “The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire.” -Sharon Ralls Lemon. Horses have the greatest gift of...

Piper’s Annual Plea for Kindness

I spend time during almost every week of a horse show giving hugs and listening while tears roll down someone’s face. These are generally sport and horse related moments. We put so much into...