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A Horse Isn’t a Machine… 

BY TPH Staff We feel the need to constantly remind others of that.  We can see it plain as day when a rider gets frustrated with their horse, and the horse was simply not performing like...

Help Save a Historic Riding Program in Maryland Before It’s Too Late

We all know how hard it is to participate in equestrian sports—or even just to be around the animals—for those who aren’t fortunate enough to own a horse. Lesson programs across the country are...

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...

How to Start Your Horse Business the Right Way

 By Kristina Vaughn (Legit Ledgers, LLC.) When you finally decide to take the plunge and start your very own horse-based business, figuring out the first steps to take can be daunting. The good news is...

Get Your Shine On with OM3GA from Equine Elixirs

People feed oil to horses for many reasons: to provide a healthy source of calories not involving sugar and starch, to increase weight or the luster and shine of their coats, and to help...

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...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with Brittany Massey

Status: Professional Program: BTH Equestrians, Sloughhouse, CA  As a horsewoman, I am most proud of learning to be patient with my horses and adjusting to what they need to succeed and knowing to take the time...

Publisher’s Note: Tough

BY Piper Klemm For longtime readers of this publication, you have heard me say ad nauseum that we need to be more helpful, more kind, more collaborative, and better people.  We can make everyone feel welcome....

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...

How Nicolette Merle-Smith is Carrying on the Legacy of Her Family Farm by Producing...

BY April Bilodeau Nicolette Merle-Smith has always had a place in the saddle. As the daughter of well-known horsemen Grosvenor and Rosemarie Merle-Smith, the Mongol Derby veteran developed a strong foundation with horses at a...

Distinctive Horse Properties’ Lea McCullough Helping Horse People Find Their Equestrian Dream Property

BY Sarah Welk Baynum Lea McCullough is a licensed real estate agent and equestrian with an extensive and diverse background in both real estate and horses. Passionate about the beauty of horse farms in particular—and...

Entrepreneurship Meets Equestrian Excellence

Briar Hill Stables and Horse Jumps BY Sarah Welk Baynum Nestled in the slow-rolling hills of Lexington, Kentucky, is a stunning and elite equestrian facility called Briar Hill Stables. Briar Hill is situated just twenty minutes...

Violet Tatum “It’s Important to Be Kind”

The standout junior rider on her diligent practice, show ring milestones—and why kindness matters most. BY Rennie Dyball It’s hard not to notice Violet Tatum. Just 15 years old, the California junior rider excels in all three...

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...

Ammies, How to Avoid Epic Failures or Grow From Them

BY Jamie Sindell I’m an ammie who’s had horses in my life since the Back Street Boys were a thing (so a long time). There are days I want to quit and join a knitting...

How to Help Your Trainer

BY Ali Loprete Trainers do a lot for us. A good one will keep your beloved giant fuzzy equine child happy, healthy, fit, clean and competitive. A great one will also teach you how to...

A Campus Shooting, a Riding Accident and One Cold February Night

My riding accident coincided with the mass shooting at Michigan State University  By Karen Hopper Usher As my horse bolted, I knew I was going to get hurt. I tried to convince myself otherwise, arguing whole...

Thrown off Course: Social Media’s Influence on the Equestrian World

BY Piper Benjamin As an equestrian myself, I often worry about the impact of social media in our sport. When I was a junior, social media was just beginning, and there was little to...

Publisher’s Note: Balance

BY Piper Klemm As we stride further into 2024, it’s such a time of excitement, and the pathways are endless. What will we breed? Who is foaling? What accomplishments might our youngsters make—from first trailer...

Talia Radabaugh Insurance – A Passionate and Personalized Approach to Insuring Horses

BY April Bilodeau Owning a horse can be one of the most rewarding experiences for the equine enthusiast. While years of experience, books, and proper training can prepare you for the average day as a...

It Happens! Kat Fuqua, Hunter Messineo, Kiera Phlipot

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,...

Is Simple Still Interesting Enough for Equestrians?

BY McKrell Baier Here Are Some Steps for Warming Up to the Idea!  When the question is posed, “why are our modern riders so lacking in the basics,” some will point to a lack of horsemanship, or...