Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Big Field at the End of the World

BY NOA LEIBSON I know I am not the only person in the horse world who has been called a great and terrible fool, prone to great and terribly...

Timing and Options for Meals and Snacks During Competition and Training

BY FAITH ALICEA We make sure our horses’ have a well-balanced diet with all the nutrients they need, but what about ourselves? Registered dietician, Laura Hall, offers her insight...

You Can’t Hide from a Horse – Understanding Equine Assisted Therapy

BY LESLIE MOLINARI Equine Assisted Therapy is an established therapeutic program, but is still new to some people. Recently, I was privileged to witness a session at Blue Bell...

Saving Fred Astaire

BY ANN JAMIESON I wasn’t looking for a horse when Tucker (Fred Astaire) appeared in my life. I still had my first horse, Odie, and my show horse, Nicky....

Hydration and the Equestrian Athlete

BY FAITH ALICEA Let’s talk H2O!  Talking with my good friend, Laura Hall RD, who is a registered dietitian, gave me the gut check I needed....

Shame, Vulnerability, and Body Positivity: Words to Live By

Shame is the most powerful master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough. – Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW Isn’t it sad to think that there was a day you...

Horses Have Trainers, Investments Have Financial Planners

By Lauren Mauldin Above all else, equestrians are good at putting our horses first. How many times have you heard someone at the barn say how they’re eating ramen...

Feeding Thousands of Horses As Owners Lose Jobs

BY PENNY LOEB Every morning, Elaine Nash wakes up in her home overlooking Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre and begins the never-ending search for funds to feed thousands upon thousands...

Getting Medical Help When Hospital Costs are High

BY FAITH ALICEA Sitting scrolling through Facebook two weeks ago, a post appears about a fellow equestrian that has been diagnosed with stage three lung cancer. My heart sinks....

Why Shame Is So Damaging and How to Overcome It—A Therapist’s Take

By Jeannie Moran, MSW LCSW Stephanie Ray Peters bravely kicked off The Plaid Horse’s anti-shame campaign for our May-June cover story. To continue the conversation, we spoke with Jeannie...

The Fallout from COVID-19

By Emily Daily/Jump Media It’s no secret that the repercussions from COVID-19 have hit the equine industry hard. With show cancellations and training programs sidelined, many professionals have had...

The Delinquent Client: A Potential Problem for All Involved in Equine Sport

By Armand Leone & Jessica Choper What’s The Stableman’s Lien? A state law that allows a stable owner to keep possession of a horse...

A Day in the Life of an Equine Vet Student

BY RACHEL KENNEDY Have you ever wanted to go to veterinary school? Have you ever been curious about what daily life as an equine vet student looks like? Well,...

Unconditional

By Craig Kenworthy Custody fights are nothing new to me. In my normal role as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), I speak up for children caught up in...

More Than a Motto: How SaddleMattress Provides Protection Through Face Masks as COVID-19 Lingers

BY LINDSEY RAINS In the wake of COVID-19, many of us are still holding our breath, wondering about the reopening of nonessential businesses, the loosening of shelter-in-place orders, and...

Experimental Careers: Horses Integral at Kentucky Equine Research

By Esther Hahn By the time a nutritional supplement hits the shelves of a tack shop or lands in a shopping cart, multiple levels of research and development theoretically...

The Equestrian Corona Cruisers: Day 4 – Doubles

BY SISSY WICKES Without horse shows and the bustling season, Sissy Wickes joins a group of equestrians in Florida for cycling. Every day, safely six feet apart, they chat...

The Equestrian Corona Cruisers: Day 2 – Picture This

BY SISSY WICKES Without horse shows and the bustling season, Sissy Wickes joins a group of equestrians in Florida for cycling. Every day, safely six feet apart, they chat...

The Equestrian Corona Cruisers: Day 1 – The Local Trainer

BY SISSY WICKES Florida has finally succumbed to the better logic of its vacillating leadership and the state is on a “stay at home” order. Barns close their doors...

Emergency Colic Care to the Rescue

BY LINDSAY BROCK/JUMP MEDIA One of the most dreaded words in horse care is “colic.” Fear of colic is often in the back of any horse owner’s mind, but...

What You Can Do When Everything is Cancelled

Within a few days, the country went from cautiously watching COVID-19 to a series of mass cancellations. Everyone, equestrians included, is advised to stay at home. Many barns are closed, and shows...

Every Horse Movie Currently Streaming To Get You Through Your Social Distancing

Y'all — times are a little rough right now. We're all stuck at home a lot more than we want to be, and it can be hard to pass the time. It's...