To Lease Or to Buy?

We loved the recent discussion on the Facebook Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge about owning vs. leasing—and what you wish you knew before buying a horse. Here’s a sample of the insightful comments… Don’t get...

When Perfectionism Holds You Back

By Jen Borgo Raia In a recent lesson, my trainer had us do an exercise that would have made me very uncomfortable just a few years ago. Instead of finding the correct distance in a...

Modern Equestrian Decor Ideas to Flow Seamlessly With Your Home

If you asked the typical horse lover about interior design, they are likely to suggest styling their home after a luxurious barn filled with hundreds of photos of their beloved horses. We live and...

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 affection abound. Each partner brings complementary skills to the arena...

The Ethics of Employment in the Horse Industry

BY DIANNA BABINGTON During the recent winter circuit in Wellington, there was a lot of chatter among professional trainers and riders regarding the arduous task of finding and keeping qualified help to manage barns and...

What They Don’t Tell You About Horseback Riding

BY TAYLOR SANTOSUOSSO  “Try horseback riding lessons,” they said. “Horses keep you out of trouble,” they said. Well, what they don’t tell you about horseback riding is that being a “horse girl” can be hard. Anyone who claims...

1883 Star Faith Hill Says This Scared Her So Much That She...

Singer and actress Faith Hill, well-known for her role in 1883 as Margaret Dutton, recently described her relationship with horses in an interview with Taste of Country. The cast of 1883 spends a significant...

Losing Your Heart Horse: Where Do You Go With a Broken Heart?

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN It took me almost twenty years of riding to learn what a heart horse actually is. I mean, in some way I've loved all the horses I've been around. Doodles, the stout Palomino who taught me...

Laura Chapot: Carrying it Forward

by Ann Jamieson You certainly couldn't get a better start in the show jumping world than by being the daughter of Frank and Mary Chapot. Laura has the genes, the talent, and the work ethic...

The Ride of Her Life

A sneak peek at the newest book from Elizabeth Letts, the author of The Eighty Dollar Champion. Living Color: 1954 The sun rose bright over Pasadena, California, on January 1, 1954. All along Colorado Boulevard, people...

15 Motivational Quotes to Help You Through Tough Times

Things seem hard right now. We're all struggling together in so many different ways, and the future can seem confusing. When you're struggling or things feel bleak, take a little extra time for yourself....

4 Reasons Why Half-Leasing is a Great Option for Equestrians

BY BRITTANY FRADE In the world of horses, ponies, showing and ribbons there is no shortage of horse rider partnership/ownership options. Like many other riders, I hit a stage in my riding where I wanted to become...

Tiny Model Horse Tack So Amazing You’ll Think It’s The Real Thing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Confession time. I am obsessed with all things miniature. If something is smaller than its intended size, I'm totally here for it. Of course, this interest grows exponentially when you show me itty...

An Aging Equestrian’s Journey Back To Horses After Injury

BY SUSAN GILSTRAP On my 44th birthday, I decided to take the day off and have a riding lesson to celebrate. I mean, I’m a full-fledged adult. I can make my own decisions, right? I never get to...

Wendy Chapot Nunn: Choosing a Different Path

by Ann Jamieson Wendy Chapot Nunn first sat on a horse when she was two. The horse was one of the most famous in the world, her father's jumper, Good Twist. Frank was away in...

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 time to go, until it wasn’t....

Horse: Keeper of Secrets

BY OLIVIA JOHNSON Horse: /hôrs/ n. a large, solid-hoofed, herbivorous quadruped. The dictionary always makes things sound so technical. I prefer to think of a horse as a generous, sure-footed, carrot-loving partner. Not something that can...

Worth The Wait: A Reorganization of Painful Childhood Horse Memories

By Catherine Reus I am coming up on two years of being a horse owner. Two years of glorious anxiety-riddled joy. Horse ownership is better than I could have ever imagined it would be, and...

TPH Lists 30 UNDER 30

Read this article and more HERE, inside The Plaid Horse's August 2017 Pony Issue I have had too many conversations and read too many blog posts to count in which people of my generation disparage...

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...

‘He Is Happiest at the Horse Shows’

Hadley Zeavin on Why Her 27-Year-Old Horse Griffin Is Still Thriving BY HADLEY ZEAVIN The eighteen months before I got Griffin in 2013 were the hardest of my life due to a bad riding accident and...

Meet Jaz Creek, North Bay’s Newest Hunter/Jumper Facility

BY TYLER BUI Transforming Jaz Creek, Northern California’s newest horse facility, was an ambitious endeavor to reshape the family horse property into a world class training and boarding facility. For years, the property had been home...