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...

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...

Here’s to the Little Jumps

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’ve spent a long time feeling like I was lesser within the equestrian world. Growing up riding at a small private barn, our focus was fox hunting and...

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...

Pam Baker’s Quest for Empathy in the Hunter/Jumper Sport

BY JESS CLAWSON Pam Baker’s name is familiar in the hunter/jumper world, and with good reason. She has spent a lifetime in the industry. A master of the craft,...

Top 9 Concussion Myths Debunked

BY HANNAH NAVA Concussions are often associated with high-impact sports such as hockey, football, and soccer. Players are required to tackle, block, and push in an effort to prevent the other team from scoring a...

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...

5 Surprising Things I Learned Announcing at a Horse Show

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Horse shows—I can’t help but love them. Grooming, spectating, photographing or competing, there are few places I’d rather be than watching hunters strut in the hack and jumpers...

Why Good Help Is Hard to Find: A Barn Manager’s Perspective

BY LINDSEY ABBOTT For years I’ve loved working as a barn manager and stay-at-home trainer. Part of my job is acting as a liaison between the boss and the two different...

Four Reasons You Should Be Leasing Instead of Buying

Emily Elek with Elizabeth Woods and Hidden Springs Woodstar - a Large Pony Hunter who embodies #4 on this list. Photo: Cindy Woods By Emily Elek Many equestrians dream of a horse to call their own...

I’m From North Carolina and I’m Proud Of Our Imperfect WEG

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN On Thursday night after several long days of travel, heat and humidity, I’m writing this blog post with somewhat spotty wifi at my Aunt’s lake house in Lake James, North...

Body Image, Health and Wellness in Adolescent Equestrians – Reader Response

BY KIRBY L. WYCOFF, PSY.D., NCSP The May 22, 2018 article by Rennie Dyball entitled “Riders, Body Image and ‘The Look” struck a chord with many in the equestrian world. Ms. Dyball bravely and candidly...

Christopher Webb on Being a Gay Man in the Horse World

BY JESS CLAWSON The horse world, at least the English side of it, seems to have a lot more openly gay men involved than in other professional sports. While...

We Need to Mentor For the Kind of Kids We Want In Our Sport

BY HALLIE DAVIS These days, a lot of people in our industry like to talk down about the young riders of today. Recently, a post went viral on Facebook from a highly regarded trainer about...

Swipe Right: What Those Horse Photos in Dating Profiles Say About Equestrians

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Gentlemen, I know you’ve heard about us – the horse girls. Whether it’s the infamous tight breeches or how we’re known to be just slightly crazy, our reputation...

That Time I Had a Temper Tantrum at the Horse Show as a Full...

BY PONYMOMAMMY Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. -Vince Lombardi Here is the truth, I am competitive. Mostly with myself. I like to win. I mean, why else would I be willing to pay...

Why You Need to Control Your Emotions While Competing

By Intern Sammie Duray Emotions, horse shows are packed with emotions; from happiness and anticipation, to disappointment and fear. Think of it, some of the day we’re spending time with our friends, eating, laughing, talking....

Fear Not! 8 Ways to Ease Your Riding Fears

By John Haime I think you'll agree that fear isn't fun. It makes you feel anxious, unsure of yourself and can have a big impact on how much you enjoy your riding. It also shrinks...