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5 Tips for Better Lunging

BY Emily Elek I believe that every horse should be trained on how to lunge properly. This is a safety issue so that anytime they need to rehab, are stuck in inclement weather, need to...

Oh No: Meet Aaron Vale’s Newest Ride at WEC – Ocala

By Catie Staszak Sometimes I feel like horse owners and breeders are out to get the announcer (or in my case, the commentator). If I'm uncertain about the pronunciation of a name, I'll almost always...

Equestrian Grants & Scholarships Every Rider Should Know About

The equestrian community is generous, and many people and organizations are invested in the future of our young riders and up and coming professionals. The next generation is the future of the sport itself....

Ask Andre: How Do You Set Realistic Goals for Your Riders?

By Andre Dignelli As we head into a new year and a new winter show season, the topic of New Year’s Resolutions always comes up. This time of year is the time to look back and...

Virginia Tech Releases 2022 Helmet Ratings

The eagerly anticipated Virginia Tech Helmet Rating results for 2022, sponsored by Jacqueline Mars, USHJA, USEF, and USEA has been released. Using the STAR evaluation, 40 equestrian helmets have been rated. Lower scores indicate...

Internet Shopping for Horses 101

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING Buying horses on the internet has gotten interesting…for both buyer and seller. I am not unsympathetic to the plight of Sellers. People kick tires, look at horses they can’t...

A Quick Guide to Logistics and Costs With Importing a Horse

BY LAUREN KARDEL OF KARDEL GLOBAL EQUINE For someone who has never done it, importing a horse can seem like an impossible problem to solve. You're flying in a horse, from where? The process isn't...

Does ChatGPT Know More About Horses Than You?

By Piper Klemm  In all the discord and discussion of ChatGPT, are we going to see equestrian articles generated by artificial intelligence? While we cannot speak for other publications, at The Plaid Horse, the answer...

It’s Time to Safeguard U.S. Horses from Slaughter

By Michelle Murray In a thundering blur of colorful silks and swirling dirt, Affirmed crossed the finish line at Belmont Park, securing his legacy as one of the greatest racehorses in history. On June 10,...

The Dark Underground of Horse Show Costs in the USA

BY A FED UP HORSE OWNER The letter to the editor was sent anonymously to The Plaid Horse. We’ve all heard it. Many of us have said it. The rising costs of rated shows in...

Ask Andre: Do You Have to Spend the Entire Winter in Florida to Have...

BY Andre Dignelli Our program at Heritage Farm is akin to a tree, and the Winter Warriors are the roots of that tree. You can't get good at anything without having access to it, and in...

Forget Me Not Farm Raises Funds for Pediatric Cancer Research With an Evening of...

By Caroline Mosebrook What do you get when you combine heroic children with a fashion runway and a Wellington, FL farm? Equestrians gathered at Forget Me Not Farm in Wellington FL, on Saturday, Jan. 29 for...

Cazenovia College to Permanently Close After Spring 2023 Semester

As reported by Syracuse.com, Cazenovia College is set to permanently close after the Spring 2023 semester due to financial reasons. A private college in Madison County, NY—about 20 miles southeast of Syracuse, Cazenovia College has...

Issues Surrounding Commission Payments

BY LISA LAZARUS What is Commission? Why do trainers charge commission?  As many readers know, selling a horse requires significant work. You need to think about your horse’s strengths and weaknesses; what an appropriate sale price...

US Equestrian Announces Official USEF Network Partnership with ClipMyHorse.TV

Edited Press Release US Equestrian has announced a strategic partnership with ClipMyHorse.TV (CMH.TV) to host the USEF Network on the CMH.TV platform. As the Official USEF Network Partner, CMH.TV will expand the reach of the...

“She Didn’t Resemble the Rest”

How Maclay Champion Augusta Iwasaki prevailed over criticism about her looks to blaze the trail for riders in the Big Eq—and beyond By Piper Klemm and Rennie Dyball Augusta Iwasaki won the ASPCA Maclay National Championship...

Applications Open for USHJA Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals and $25,000 USHJA Hamel...

Edited Press Release The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has opened applications for the 2023 Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals and $25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education. Both opportunities are currently accepting applications from active USHJA members.  The...

Connected Horse: A Powerful Program for People Affected by Memory Changes

Bay Area therapeutic equine program for those affected by dementia and their care partners announces a national training program to expand reach of evidence–based initiative (Sacramento, CA): The country’s premiere therapeutic equine-guided program for people with...

USEF Annual Meeting’s Friesian Health and Wellness Virtual Session Discusses Collagen, Related Health Issues

To start the virtual sessions ahead of the 2022 USEF Annual Meeting, Dr. Ken Marcella, Debra Goldmann and Nicole Zerbee discussed the health and wellness of the Friesian breed. The USEF Annual Meeting runs January...

Importing Sport Horses and Their Acclimation to America

BY LIZ CORNELL Importing horses from other parts of the globe is not a new phenomenon. In fact horses that compete internationally have more frequent flyer miles than most people. You’ve heard the story before...

Dr. Barry Miller Hosts Webinar Following Release of VT Helmet Lab Ratings

Barry Miller, Director of Outreach for the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, hosted a webinar via YouTube Monday to answer questions about the recently released Equestrian Helmet Ratings. The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, which has already...