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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...

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...

Handling Barn Drama: Protecting Your Happy Place

BY TPH TEAM Barn drama is as prominent as barns themselves. It happens everywhere… even if you’re the only boarder. “Did you hear what so-and-so did?” I say to my horses as they kick their...

The Top 5 Things That Improved My Plus-Sized Riding Life

By Karen Hopper Usher From body awareness to gymnastics exercises, here’s what helped. Every rider needs a suitable horse and every rider needs to keep their own fitness in mind when asking their horse to perform....

Life is Not Over When You Become an Amateur

By Ashley Shaw   Many riders seem to count down the days of their last junior year and dread becoming an amateur. We juniors associate the switch to amateur rider with being old, going off to...

Mindful Riding: Walking Fitness

By Abby Funk The benefits of having fit horses are almost too numerous to mention. Fit horses will have fewer injuries, longer careers, more rapid recovery time, and be better able to cope with all...

The Ultimate Pony Playlist: 5 Hours of Music About Horses

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Does your drive to the barn suffer from a lack of equestrian tunes? Do you ever workout at the gym and think, "This beat just doesn't have enough pony in...

The Kindness Movement: Putting an End to Bullying in the Horse World

BY IZZY BAKER I have always had a deep connection with animals—especially horses. Their emotions are palpable. Their love is pure, and their energy calms me.  When I walk into the barn in the early hours...

When No Amount of Success Is Enough: The Struggle With Self Esteem in the...

BY LAURA ADRIAANSE Horseback riding is one of the biggest blessings in my life. The ability to have a living, breathing teammate with a mind of its own is such a unique experience for an...

Keep the Fun in Horse Shopping

BY SARAH SMIT Usually the only worry I have when we take clients on one of our horse-buying trips to Holland is if they’ll get lost on a night out in Amsterdam! Sometimes, however, I...

I Never Thought I Would Hope For Snow…

BY ALLIE CARLSON My ideal weather is about 65-80. I am NOT really a cold weather, winter person. When my husband told me we were moving to Alaska, I was excited, but not exactly sure...

Riding With Life: Melanie Smith Taylor

BY ANN JAMIESON The cover photo on her website says it all. It’s not of Melanie Smith and Calypso earning the gold medal in L.A., or of Melanie on the Olympic podium. Instead, Melanie Smith Taylor is cuddling...

Riders Get Tough with Laura Kraut on Final Day of GHM Horsemastership Session

by Erin Gilmore Riders had to kick into high gear or fall behind on the third and final day of the George H. Morris Horsemastership Session in Wellington, Florida. Laura Kraut led a mock Nations...

LEASES & TRAINERS: More Than Meets the Eye

By Armand Leone Leasing a horse is to accept the responsibilities of temporary ownership. You are buying the horse for a specific period with all the good and bad, hoped for, and unexpected along the...

A Conversation with: Geoff Teall

By SISSY WICKES Geoff Teall is a lifelong rider, trainer, and governance guru. He is an “R” rated judge, has served as President of the American Hunter Jumper Foundation, Vice President of the USHJA, and...

It Happens! Nona Garson, Rob Jacobs and Erynn Ballard Share Hilarious Mistakes

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,...

Actress Selma Blair Remains in the Saddle Despite Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Selma Blair, known for her roles in Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions, was recently spotted competing at LA February in Los Angeles on a grey gelding. Blair, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in...

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 Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Bay Collyns, Christopher Cervantes & Tahira Carrol

The Plaid Horse is proud to introduce some of the photo project’s featured equestrians to our readers in each issue. In 2020, a group of photographers came together to create the Equestrians of Color Photography...

Taking Care of Your Tack (and Yourself): The Importance of Self-Care for Equestrians

BY LINDSEY ANUZIS GAGE Like a Barbie collection, horses have all kinds of accessories—blankets, boots, bits and brushes. But the most important accessory is the one that allows us the ability to ride them, and...

ERIN DUFFY SHOW STABLES: Equestrian Excellence With A View

BY TPH STAFF, PHOTOS BY KATE HOULIHAN PHOTOGRAPHY As the day winds down, Erin Duffy watches the sun set over the Pacific Ocean while she finishes her last lesson. This idyllic Malibu, California location serves...

The Traditionalist: Hugh Mutch Continues a Horsemanship Legacy

By Esther Hahn Hugh “Bert” Mutch has lived through many equestrian eras. From winning leadline classes at the age of 2 to nearing his 60th birthday this spring, it’s easy to imagine the multitude of...