Saturday, October 24, 2020

Addressing Riding Apathy

BY ELYSE SCHENK The origin of our love for horses is a mystery for many. The obsession seems to affect most of us randomly, striking out of thin air....

Freeing the Broken Horses on My Search for a Horse of My Own

BY RAIN ZIMMEL Since childhood, horse ownership has represented the ultimate accomplishment and success. Riding was the proverbial carrot exploited by my folks to encourage favorable behaviours, so I...

We Need to Talk about Breasts

BY NOA LEIBSON It seems an incredible contradiction to care so much about breasts in the show ring, but label it taboo in discussions regarding our sport. Breasts—something we’re...

How I Got Lured Into Terrible Behavior By My Toxic Trainer

BY CORRINE MARTIN Here's the thing about gut instincts—they tend to be accurate.  Jen (names have been changed) was the big time trainer. We met before...

Feeling Stressed? Zen Out With These Freshly Dragged Arenas

There are few things in life better than being the first person to ride though a freshly dragged arena. It's like the equestrian version of a zen garden. For...

Turning Small Goals Into Big Victories

BY ELYSE SCHENK AND PIPER KLEMM Goals, rather than motivate us, often weigh us down. We place our hopeful ideals on a high altar in our minds, and from...

Let’s Take Care of Our People

BY PIPER KLEMM Empathy is a strange thing. It’s easy to empathize when we have had exactly the same experience as someone, but it can be hard when that...

Good Luck, Have Fun – a Tribute to Wendy Dean Johnson

BY MACKENZIE JONES Horseback riding is an unpredictable sport. Riders face challenges such as naughty horses, setbacks like injuries to ourselves or our horses, and failures like falling off...

On Pain & Growth

BY LAUREN KARDEL I wish I had the dexterity to explain to you the week of anguish that accompanied writing my TPH blog post "I Would Like to Introduce...

Mistakes Every Horse Person Has Made

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...

Baranus 2003 – 2020 – Why This Hunter and Jumper Star Was “Impossible Not...

BY JENNIFER LEON Precious few horses ever conquer the highest levels of international showjumping. Rarer still is the horse that achieves such heights, and then goes on to realize...

Just Call Me Jumper Girl: Being Brave Enough to Try a New Ring in...

It was one of those occasional, beautiful northeast summer mornings. Though it was early August, the temperature was low, there was zero humidity and the sky was a cloudless blue. I stood...

I Have the Wrong Horse: Now What?

What to do when happily ever after… isn’t. By Horse Rookie A healthy horse and rider partnership is a thing of beauty. Mutual respect, trust, and...

What I Learned from a Year Without Horses

BY TORI WEED For as many years as I can remember, horses have always been a huge part of my life. I began learning to ride basically when I...

Fieldstone Farm and the Therapeutic Power of Horses

BY JENNIFER LEON Founded more than 40 years ago, the highly accredited and respected Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio has worked tirelessly to help transform...

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...

The Heart Horse That Went From Green Broke to Maclay Finals in Two Years

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Horses come and go in our lives, but it’s our heart horses that make lasting impressions in our lives. On November 8, 2014, Frannie Twohig met...

A “Grinch” of an OTTB Fuels Adult Amateur Dreams

BY JACQUELIN FOOHEY I’ve been riding since before I was born. When my parents met, my dad gave my mom horseback riding lessons—and the rest was history. Our family...

Building A Barn Community with Spring Ledge LLC

BY LINDSAY BROCK Show jumping may be an individual sport on the surface, but a stroll down the center aisle of many lesson and training barns paints an entirely...

Amateur Friendships: An Unexpected Gift

BY ASHLEY COLLINS  People don’t ride horses to be social. It’s not a sport like tennis or golf, where people join clubs in order to meet people who share...

Yes, Showing During Covid-19 is Still Fun

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Whether you show on the local circuit or at the biggest AA shows in the country, chances are you’ve reviewed a new list of rules that...

Let’s Remove “Plus-Size” from Descriptions of Larger Riders

BY RENNIE DYBALL May/June cover story, Stephanie Peters, knows what it's like to hide at the horse show, falling victim to a secret shame. Many riders who fall outside...