Removing Barriers to Success

By Cathy Penrod Sometimes, the choices we make, or don’t make, limit our potential and our performance. Other times, we don’t even see all the choices that we have as both of these situations are...

Notes from a New Farm Owner

By Abby Gibbon It’s now January 2016, and I’m sitting in the half-renovated kitchen of a haunted, run-down farmhouse, exhausted, cold, alone (but for my dog, and the faint scratchings of what are likely rodents...

The Plight of the Amateur

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN There is always a time and place – to ride or not to ride. Last August, I made a choice that practically no other amateur did at the Green Incentive Finals -- I...

Twas the Night Before the Horse Show

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Twas the night before the show, and all through the barnThe ponies were sleeping, mane braided in yarn.The bridles all hung, each polished and shinedEach gleaming bit perfectly aligned.  My kid was stretched...

Cleaning Your Boots: A Necessary Evil

BY CARLY PHOON Friday night: You get home, about to crash on your couch, watch TV, and dream about executing flawless rounds at the horse show tomorrow. Suddenly, a nasty thought jolts you back to...

Intellectual Skills Are Necessary for Good Horsemanship

August 2018 Publisher's Note BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PHD For so many of us, ponies are where we began our journey as riders—climbing on for the first time, probably with a boost from a parent or...

Daniel Stewart’s Question Suggestion

BY DANIEL STEWART Keeping your mind focused on what’s production (like transitions between dressage movements or fences) instead of what’s destructive (like worrying about the crowd) is one of the most important skills any rider...

Limited Edition The Plaid Horse Merchandise Available June 7!

New to The Plaid Horse shop, limited edition merchandise will be available for order beginning June 7. Once sold out, these products will not be repeated. That means, don't miss out! Check out a...

10 Things that Keep Me Up at Night Other Than Depo Use

The cost of horse showing. Who’s working on it: Local shows stepping up their game The lack of horsemanship. Who’s working on it: TPH title sponsor of HQC The new green hunter system. What is this...

Facing my Inner Child in the Show Ring

BY SUSAN GILSTRAP We have all been there. We’re getting ready to go into the ring, checking to make sure our jacket is buttoned and number on our back. We might be breathing, or not. We know...

Yes, Showing During Covid-19 is Still Fun

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Whether you show on the local circuit or at the biggest AA shows in the country, chances are you’ve reviewed a new list of rules that have appeared during the pandemic. Each...

Last week I spoke at the UN

By Sissy Wickes Last week, I spoke at the UN… Even now, with the clarity of hindsight, I find those words hard to comprehend. And, I was there. Last week, on Friday, I spoke at the...

Riders Get Tough with Laura Kraut on Final Day of GHM Horsemastership Session

by Erin Gilmore Riders had to kick into high gear or fall behind on the third and final day of the George H. Morris Horsemastership Session in Wellington, Florida. Laura Kraut led a mock Nations...

Tuesday’s Failure is Full of Grace (and out of breath).

Publisher's Notes by Publisher Piper Klemm, Ph.D For those of you who track my happenings, I ran my first 5k in April of this year. This was not some sort of goal or practiced achievement....

Kathy Russell Documentaries: Your Equine Journey

By Kathy Russell, Photos by Kathy Russell Photography During her early childhood in Canada, Kathy Russell did everything but ride horses. Little did she know that attending a friend’s 11-year-old birthday party would change the course...

A Thank You to One of the Best

BY BRITNEE STEVENS 2020 has been the most challenging, strange and quite frankly, terrible, year in my recent memory. And recently, it delivered yet another devastating blow to me and the barn family I hold...

5 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

by Kimball Willson, The Equestrian Health Coach Most Thanksgiving dinners consist of a big rich meal complete with sweets, cocktails, and of course, celebration with family and friends. You can maintain your healthy habits during...

Do You Feel the Riding Pressure Cooker?

BY JOHN HAIME Does pressure in show jumping really exist? Well, according to some researchers and experts, it really doesn’t. It’s all dreamed up by you to make it difficult for you to perform when it...

Just Ride! Use the Think Box and Ride Box to Ride Your Best

By John Haime, Photo by: Katie A. Browne If you are an equestrian athlete, you know that overthinking in competition causes problems. Too many thoughts lead to hesitation, confusion and a lack of uncertainly in your...

Celebrating the Round: Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN We should always remember to celebrate our accomplishments in this sport -- and that comes in all forms. Even if a round went terribly, it's important to acknowledge what it took...

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Work.

BY PIPER KLEMM As I prepare lecture notes for my college course this summer at St. Lawrence University, I’m always struck by the same identifiers of successful people appearing across different types of industries and...

Avoid These 7 Deadly Sins at the Holiday Dinner Table

By Kimberly Maloomian, RD, LDN Top Amateur Rider and registered dietitian Kimberly Maloomian shares with TPH her health tips and recipes for feeling your best this holiday season.  1. No exercise. Remember that exercise not only helps with weight maintenance...