Thursday, July 9, 2020

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...

What Horses Give Us Each Time We Swing a Leg Over

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Earlier this year, I found myself unexpectedly (and unwantedly) horseless. Suddenly, my life was completely open. No more having to drag myself out to the barn...

Cognitive Dissonance in our Broken Community

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN If you’re anything like me, cognitive dissonance is extremely uncomfortable. The holding of multiple, contrary beliefs or positions, that your brain can’t quite reconcile. The tension...

Advice to Young Riders: Get an Education

By Peter Wylde I’ve been riding all my life. I started when I was 7 years old. I would braid my pony and load him on the trailer...

The Search for Gender Equality Within Equestrian Sports

BY KELSEY ALLEN One thing that the #MeToo movement has proved is that we can’t just expunge the few bad eggs and move on- the sheer multitude and pervasiveness of stories that were shared shows...

Safe Sport: Who Are We Protecting?

BY TIMOTHY WICKES BAM! Down goes Jimmy Williams. The first big domino falls. #MeToo has hit the hunter/ jumper world like Serena hits a forehand. It seems that since Spring has sprung there’s been a...

An Open Letter to Our Non-Equestrian Friends

Photo: Jennifer Wile Rubin By Averill Pessin My teammate is needy "You're always busy. You're always with your horse. Other people have sports and still have a social life." Shout-out to the friends and family who understand the...

Rethinking the “Eq Diet” and How to Stay Healthy this Summer

By Intern Ashley ShawSummer is finally here, and while we rejoice in the lack of school, it also means that the window to qualify for Equitation Finals is narrowing. For this reason, some riders...

My Barn Has Cobwebs

BY PAMELA N. SAUL I was doing night check, like I do every night, and noticed some cobwebs up in the aisle light and made a mental note that I needed to clean those. I...

Everyone Wants to Be Us: Identifying a Fashion Fauxquestrian From the Real Thing

BY PONYMOMAMMY Dating as far back as I can tell, the fashion world has been drawn to the iconic equestrian look. Some brands, like Ralph Lauren and Hermes, have...

Adult Amateur Confessions: The Most Embarrassing Thing I Never Properly Learned To Do

BY RENNIE DYBALL When I was first learning to ride as a kid, my lesson program was all about the basics. Before cantering, we had to be masterful at the trot. I’m talking months of trotting, even bareback...

What My Horse Told Me Through an Animal Communicator

BY RENNIE DYBALL These are strange days. To say we’re all living in some sort of alternate universe right now isn’t an exaggeration. We’re in an unparalleled, unprecedented time...

Barn Family is More than an Expression

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I haven’t lived in the same state as my parents or any of my extended family for over ten years. I’ve gotten used to the distance. Although I...

My Complicated Body in Breeches

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Last week, I shared an article to our Facebook page from the July issue of The Plaid Horse about body image in our sport. Later in the day, I went...

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...

What Losing 50lbs Did and Didn’t Change About My Riding

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I have always been cognizant of my weight when it came to riding. Even though I didn't grow up horse showing, all it took for me to realize I was "too big"...

What An Adult Amateur Rider Really Wants for Christmas

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every year, my loving mother asks me for gift ideas for Christmas and my birthday that lands two days before (what up December babies!). Because I’m a lifelong...

Avoiding Cultural Appropriation for Your Horse Halloween Costumes

BY JESS CLAWSON Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love it with every earnest bone in my early-millennial body. I am that person who decorates my house with all sorts of Halloween-associated kitsch. My dad...

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...

A Word from a Fearful, Talentless Amateur Rider.

By Nilani Trent   Recently, Katie Prudent gave a podcast interview to WiSP Sport’s Chris Stafford about the bleak future of the United States in international competition.  In the midst of the interview she stated, “the sport...

Get Fit and Stay Fit – Exercises for Equestrians

By Intern Izzy Feinstein   Just as you perform exercises with your horse such as grid exercises and trot poles to help them build up their strength, it is just as important to build up...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Full Chaps and Fringe

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Chokers, jelly shoes, plaid flannel shirts... so many of the fashion trends from when I grew up in the 90's are becoming mainstream again. But what about the horse world? When it comes...