Thursday, September 19, 2019

You love your pony through their imperfections. Love yourself and your rider the same...

BY PIPER KLEMM I am a perfectionist. Which sounds wrong, because my computer desktop is a catastrophe. There are dishes piled up in my sink. On my front porch,...

Finding My Pride on Equestrian Social Media

BY AMY BIEBER We all know the internet can be a deeply negative place. It can foster hatred, bullying, and anonymity for the sake of masking bad behavior. But...

Confessions of a Horse Show Husband and Father

BY GORDON BALLANTYNE The horse show husband and dad is an endangered species. Rarely seen, we are a band of Sherpas loading, hauling, packing and unpacking vast amounts of...

Ashley Holsinger Deferred Law School for Horses and Never Looked Back

BY JESS CLAWSON Ashley Holsinger’s Memory’s Hill Stables started with a vacant farm and a dream, but Holsinger’s equestrian career began long before her Virginia farm. For a horse-crazy...

Demystifying Horse Care

BY PIPER KLEMM The topic of horse care can seem so daunting and overwhelming, especially in today’s world. Thousands of gadgets, ideas, and therapies – many of which have...

Saving Bentley: Trying to Rescue the Lost Lesson Horses

BY CHRISTINA KEIM 2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry The equine industry has a dirty little secret. It is whispered about in barn aisles and tack...

For Bill: A Man and His Horse

BY MARY WOODS 2018 Equestrian Voices Creative Nonfiction Honorable Mention In Memoriam “So, I just wanted to let...

Look Between Your Horse’s Ears: More Than Just a Saying

BY JAMIE SKUBAL Many times, my trainers preached to “Look between the ears” or “Look where you are going next, not down at his head.” I always thought they just wanted...

Four Winds Farm and Equine Hospital Offers the Complete Package of Equestrian Excellence

BY JESS CLAWSON Rittmueller’s father, Dr. Kim Braeutigam, runs Four Winds Equine Hospital and Michigan Equine Surgical Associates on the same property where her mother, Chris Braeutigam, established her...

Hey Local Show Rider—You Matter

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Hey there local show rider. It’s 4:25pm, and you’ve been sitting in the hot dust waiting for the hack for an hour because someone told you it was...

Like Honey: A Story on the Importance of Kindness

BY CARLY EASTERN 2018 Equestrian Voices Creative Writing Contest Distinguished Entry In my experience, there are three kinds of humans that attend a sale of horses: teachers buying...

From Backyard Ponies to A Shows: Ada Cosby’s Career Proves the Power of Loving...

BY JESS CLAWSON For many of us, riding as a kid meant galloping bareback through fields instead of glossy ponies and hunter courses. Ada Cosby is no exception. She...

A Tale of Two OTTBs: How I Got My Amateur Grit Back

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I used to be kind of tough. Not “Hold my phone, I’m going to go jump the round bale tough,” but tough enough....

When You Fall and Don’t Bounce Anymore: An Adult Amateur Gets Back On

BY RENNIE DYBALL I got back in the saddle the day I was cleared to ride.  Anxiety did its best to eat me alive on the...

Atlantic Equine Services Brings the Best in Equine Sports Medicine

BY JESS CLAWSON Every rider, trainer, and owner of horses has one thing in common: we’re all worried about our horses’ soundness and health on some level. Whether our...

Dapple Gray Glow Up: Before and After Progression Pictures

Recently, TPH editor Lauren Mauldin did something she never thought she'd do—buy a gray horse. While she (already) spends a lot of time...

Riding Through It When You Feel Like Quitting

BY JAMIE SKUBAL How many of us have hit a stage in our riding when we just want to give up? Currently, I’m sitting in the...

Peg Seals: From a $100 Pony to the Hall of Fame

BY JESS CLAWSON Peg Seals got her start riding ponies at birthday parties, and is now one of the top professionals on the East Coast. She owns Freedom Farm...