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....

Staying On Course: My Battle to Survive Mental Illness

How a simple, plain horse kept one woman from being a statistic.  BY ELIZABETH GIDOS I was plotting on killing myself after I finished visiting the little dull brown mare whose picture I had seen in...

It Happens! Abby Blankenship, Erynn Ballard, Stacia Klein Madden and Melanie Smith Taylor

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,...

What I’ve Learned from Taking Horseback Riding Lessons with Ten-Year-Olds

By Michelle Murray   Sweat trickles down my back. It’s an early evening in June, but the oppressive Maryland humidity makes it feel like late August. I let out a long sigh and push back the...

Melina Nasab: Horse Lover, Fitness Enthusiast, and Contestant on the Latest Season of The...

BY TYLER BUI You may recognize Melina Nasab from Clayton’s season of The Bachelor. She’s bubbly, outgoing, and entertaining, but there’s so much more to her than what you see on the show.  Nasab considers herself...

KK Brown’s Equestrian Journey Took a Village (and hard work!)

BY KAMERRA BROWN ALLEN (KK BROWN) My love for horses began in Woodbridge, Virginia.  Our neighbors had horses in their backyard and I loved them! Especially their little pony, Sugar. I always wanted to ride...

Olympic Gold Medalist Chloe Kim Is Known for the Halfpipe—But She’s a Horse Lover,...

https://youtu.be/VThj4CHIk0Y By Tyler Bui The world knows Chloe Kim as a snowboarder, best known for her epic performances at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. She was crowned the...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with Still Point Farm’s Lindsey Smith

I love teaching riders because...every student is unique. No two people think, learn, move, or ride exactly alike. That is what makes my job uniquely challenging and rewarding—learning how to work with and get...

RiverCross: A Breeding Program That Puts Horses First

By Tyler Bui As a young girl, Sally Harrington Philippo started out with a dream—to own her own horse. It took 37 years, but she has fulfilled that dream…and so much more. Today, Sally and...

The Conversation No One Wants to Have: Talking to Kids About Horses and Money

BY LORI MCMULLEN As both the parent of a rider and a rider myself, horses are an integral part of my relationship with my twelve-year old daughter, Emily. Some of our most honest conversations happen...

Katie Schaaf—an Educator, Horsewoman and Role Model

BY TYLER BUI I began riding with Katie Schaaf at age five. She was my first trainer, and one of the first people I truly considered a role model in my life. She helped me...

Adult Amateur Goes From Dreaming About Horse Ownership to Having a Retirement Farm

BY JULIANNE BLAIR For Carolyn Naoroz, owning horses and a farm has been a lifelong dream. But like it is for many young horse lovers, riding was not always readily available to her. It was...

On Riding Through Anxiety

BY ANNA POLLITT On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in the fall, I set out for a trail ride that will take me the farthest off-property that I have ever been. We cross the street and...

The Tale of an Emerging Equestrian Professional

BY JESS ZUURBIER Becoming successful in the equine industry is nothing short of phenomenal. This is not a job, it is a lifestyle. Horses will take every penny, minute, and joule of energy that you...

Ride of a Lifetime

BY TOOTIE ANDERSON I have had an interesting life with horses. For most of my life, I did not have a trainer to assist me with improving my skills or training my horses. But every...

Working in a Winter Wonderland: A Day in the Life of a Norwegian Equestrian

BY NADIA ASLAM If you’ve ever seen the mesmerizing images of Scandinavia in the winter, your first thought when I mention these snow-capped countries may be Skiing or the Northern Lights. But have you ever...

You Are a Student, Not a Customer

By Emily Elek  I’m not into that customer stuff.  You know what I mean. There are so many in this business who refer to their “customers.” And the customer is always right…right? Except the barn is...

10 Phrases You Should Never Say at the Barn

BY PIPER KLEMM “It’s Not My Fault” It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. It’s probably just how the day is going. So many issues happen every single day with all the moving parts at the...

It Happens! Sarah Duhon, Margie Engle, Vanessa Brown and Jen Ritucci

BY Rennie Dyball 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...

Being There for My Horse of a Lifetime

BY NC MATHENY Horses have a way of wrapping their way around your heart. This was what happened when I found a wee Tennessee Walking Horse orphan. Knowing the foal faced extraordinary odds, I felt...

Helping Horses Carry Larger Riders

By Karen Hopper Usher Not every horse is suitable for larger riders, but those that are still need careful consideration. A proper warmup can go a long way.  I’ve been overweight for most of my adult...

It’s Never “Just a Horse”

BY LAUREN MAULDIN “She talks about these horses like they’re people. All of their different personalities and stuff. I don’t get it. I mean, it’s just a horse!” I’ve heard different versions of this conversation my...