Miss California USA is an Equestrian

On the @blackequestrians Instagram page, a Sept. 14 post did not match the others: The photo was missing a horse. But make no mistake, Sabrina Lewis, 24, is most definitely an equestrian. She's also the...

“Fall” Into This Seasonally Themed Braiding Contest

At the Maryland Horse and Pony Show, competitors in two arenas took the concept of turnout to the next level. Putting on a "fall"-themed braiding contest, exhibitors and braiders got creative and welcomed in...

Smart Earth Research Study Puts Focus on Camelina Oil’s Effects on Horses and Dogs

Kate Shoveller: My name is Kate Shoveller, and I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Bio-sciences. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph and my PhD from...

Catching Up with the Herd (of Zebras)

By Forest Franzoi We can’t believe it’s been four years since our first ever blog post in The Plaid Horse! The Herd has come a long way since then, and we’re excited to fill you...

The Science Behind Why Riding is So Therapeutic

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Mindfulness is a word that gets tossed around a lot lately. I originally threw it into the same bucket that holds a lot of other new-age ideas I consider "granola." You know,...

My Husband Drove Me to See My Boyfriend

BY GLORIA SCHRAMM I met him four years ago. It didn’t matter that  I was already married many years. I stood in front of where he was and waited for him to acknowledge me.  When he turned...

‘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...

Not Your Ordinary Day at the Fair

“Horses have the power to bring us joy and join us together.” That's the message the Schuster Foundation, which works to enrich the lives of children from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Baltimore, promoted following its special...

‘ParaGold’ Documentary to Follow Paralympic Equestrian Athletes on the Road to Tokyo

Ron Davis is hard at work on his next project. The director of Harry and the Snowman and Life in the Doghouse, Davis has announced his next film will be a documentary on Para...

Valuing Your Team: More Than a ‘Thank You’

By Kara Pinato Scro/Jump Media   As an owner, trainer, or manager of an equestrian operation, your team extends beyond your day-to-day staff. Veterinarians, farriers, bodyworkers, and part-time help all play an integral part in...

“Horse Grrls,” Get Ready to Sing Along

If you liked James Crosby's "Grand Prix Girl," get ready for a playlist. The "American indie punk rock quartet" Tacocat's catchy tune "Horse Grrls" is an anthem. From Seattle, WA, Tacocat was founded in...

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation: Benefiting the Health of ALL Horses

By Erin Gibbs  I purchased Norsk out of a herd of low-level racehorses—2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds—who didn’t make the cut as winners. He was one of the few in the field without “racing jewelry” on his...

Kyniska of Sparta: The Olympic Equestrian Hero You’ve Never Heard Of

BY NOA LEIBSON These days the Olympics look far different from how they began thousands of years ago. But how beloved they are hasn’t changed. Countries from around the world meet to compete and pursue...

History, Heroines & Saving Species: Horseback Vacations That Take the High Road

BY L.A. SAKOLOWSKI Bucket lists are out and life lists are in, according to experts with a finger on the pulse of a reawakening travel industry. Elizabeth Blount McCormick, president of the international travel management...

Are Negative Core Beliefs Holding Your Riding Back?

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Core beliefs aren’t about religion, though I imagine most of us have cantered to a single oxer in a “Jesus take the wheel” situation at least once. I’d be lying if this...

Sustainable Horse Careers: Equine Photography

BY JESSIE LOCHRIE  Careers in the horse world are known for long hours, low pay, and a high rate of burnout — so how do the professionals we admire manage their careers in a sustainable...

Mesquite Grove Satirizes Dysfunctional Barn Interactions in Hilarious Animated Series Concept

Kent approaches the group, all clad in tan riding pants, tall black boots and white, high-collared long-sleeve shirts and asks if they know where Earl Norris and the Mesquite Grove contingent might be. Tinka...

Horse Assisted Camaraderie: Life Lessons From a Wild Horse

BY ANDREA LONDON At age 68, with 2 elderly retired show horses, my competitive equestrian days were over. I had neither the physical nor financial resources to start over with a young horse, so I...

Why Your Horse is Almost Certainly Lacking Omega 3 Fats

Today's domesticated horses are very different than the few that remain truly wild. The way we keep sport and performance horses today limits their access to pasture, which would normally be their source of Omegas. Most...

Horse DIY & Crafts for Equestrians of All Ages

Summer means a lot of extra time for some. Whether you're on a break from school or a break from the heat, sometimes it's nice to stay cool in the air conditioning. On days...

Sustainable Horse Careers: Saddle Fitter & Brand Representative

BY JESSIE LOCHRIE  Careers in the horse world are known for long hours, low pay, and a high rate of burnout — so how do the professionals we admire manage their careers in a sustainable...

TPH Review: HERD Documentary

BY MIA JONES I have known for all of my life that horses can heal. In the past, I have seen horses help people through hard times both mentally and physically. And every kid or...