Friday, February 22, 2019

Publisher’s Note: In The Moment

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM When I’m on some drive that never seems to end, I choose not to get gas in an obvious moment and the sky is clear and then I NEED gas and...

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...

Nikki Carr: Showjumper Turned Eco-Cowboy

When showjumper Nikki Carr first moved to Kanawha, Texas, the 22-year-old had a lifelong career on the competition circuit and almost no experience of cattle ranching. After living and training between Kentucky and Palm...

A Rider’s New Year’s Resolution

BY ASHLEY SHAW Regardless of whether you consider New Years to be a fresh start, setting a new set of goals for yourself is always beneficial. As we dive into...

In 2018 I Learned to Be Coachable In Order To Achieve My Goals

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM This year felt like the longest of my life, and I learned something important – I was uncoachable. I’ve always known that I am unmanageable, but at 30 I had...

The Best of 2018: Top Hunter/Jumper Blog Posts

BY THE PLAID HORSE STAFF It's been a big year in the hunter/jumper world! Here at The Plaid Horse we've put a spotlight on amazing kids, top trainers, controversial opinions and big discussions.

6 Surprise Christmas Horses That Might Make You Ugly Cry

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I'm in my mid-thirties, and there are two things that will, without fail, make me cry: the scene from Black Beauty when the kids have to sell Merrylegs,...

The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself is a Trainer Who Believes in You

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Here are some things you can commonly hear come out of my trainer's mouth (often during my own lesson): Don't rock your hips like that. That's so ugly! Stop that! You're ruining my horse! Of...

I Never Thought I Would Hope For Snow…

BY ALLIE CARLSON My ideal weather is about 65-80. I am NOT really a cold weather, winter person. When my husband told me we were moving to Alaska, I was excited, but not exactly sure...

Why I Still Ride When It Hurts My Body (and my checking account)

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Recently I was asked what inspired me to become an equestrian. I didn't have a great answer. Like most of us battered adult amateurs, I've loved horses since before I could remember....