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...

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...

PonyMom 101: Tackling the Fear of Falling

BY PONYMOMAMMY If you ride horses for long enough, you will fall off at some point. It’s inevitable. Horses and ponies will give you an ego check when you are least expecting it. I’ve had...

Hunter/Jumper Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Spooky season is upon is... and I'm not just talking about all the fall leaves making your horse spook! If your front porch is missing a little equestrian flair however, try out these free...

Equine Mental Health & Wellness

By Dr. Heather Beach Achieving a happy, harmonious partnership with our horses takes a lot of care. Proper nutrition, proper fitting tack, good footing, veterinary and farrier care, supplements, etc--the emotional and financial investment is...

Sometimes it seems that the biggest lessons horses teach us have nothing to do...

BY PONYMOMAMMY It’s easy to overlook how much we learn from horses every day. I’ve been riding my whole life, and still have a new takeaway from every lesson. While the mechanics and nuances are...

It’s Been a Hard Year, So Here are Some Horses in Costume

There's a lot that has been... challenging lately. But instead of all that, let's focus on some adorable equestrian costumes and enjoy Halloween!

10 Phrases You Should Never Say at the Barn

BY PIPER KLEMM “It’s Not My Fault” It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. It’s probably just how the day is going. So many issues happen every single day with all the moving parts at the...

Celebrating Horse Show Moms

BY JULIA DIFIORI There was only one place my mom could find in the state of Idaho that would let a toddler ride a horse. It was more than three hours away from where my...

I Am a Fat Equestrian and I’m Never Dieting Again

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Fat is a tricky word. The dictionary defines it as: noun: a natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies, especially when deposited as a layer under the skin or around certain...

Amy Hess Brings Thoroughbreds Back To The Show Ring

BY JESSIE LOCHRIE “I just love the heart of a Thoroughbred.”  That’s how Amy Hess, of Avanti Equestrian in Lake View Terrace, CA, explains her lifelong passion for the breed. Hess grew up with horses, steeped...

Age is Just a Number

BY DIANA BEZDEDANU There is a saying that "the eyes are the windows to the soul." For my OTTB mare, her teeth are a window to her true age.  When we first inquired about her in...

How an Average, Working Amateur on a Budget Ended Up Importing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I've been a little hesitant to tell this story. After all, I've been writing for years about my deep love of OTTBs, what it's like to come up in this sport from...

How I Learned to Walk Away from Toxic Barn Behavior

BY CORRINE MARTIN Here's the thing about gut instincts—they tend to be accurate.  Jen (names have been changed) was the big time trainer. We met before my first big show, and she came off as… quiet....

How To Leave Your Horse Trainer and Stay On Good Terms

BY ANNA JONES You've probably heard of the Paul Simon song, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, but any equestrian will tell you there are just as many ways to leave your trainer. And while...

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...

Perseverance and Grit For The Everyday Equestrian

BY MARY LYNNE CARPENTER Perseverance and grit. As equestrians, we hear a lot about these personality characteristics. When equestrians tell stories, they often reference perseverance and grit as key ingredients to a formula that produces a successful outcome. Most...