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Tire Kicker

The ad said, “Please, no tire kickers,” and I was just old enough to know that I was one. I saw it hanging on the bulletin board at the feed store in...

Cowboy Versus the Canadian Air Force

BY SIOBHAN SEARLE A lazy horse who would much rather be eating grain barely survives an attack from the least likely of sources.  I had just...

Riding on the Beach Photo Gallery

If you ask a horse lover about their equestrian bucket list, more likely than not riding on the beach will be included! There's something about the surf, wind, sand and sun that...

A Brush with Barbaro: How Students Uplifted a Racing Icon

For two college summers I had the great fortune of working for Olympic show jumper rider and consummate horseman, Michael Matz. At the time I was attending Cornell University but returned home...

A Good Boy

BY CHRISTINE BENSON Lewis is a person—just like you and just like me. Like us, his sameness is completed by those things that make him dazzlingly unique. He is...

Wild No More: How An Ex-Offender Tamed My Donkey and Taught Me About Humanity

BY ANDREA LONDON I met Thomas four years ago when he was in South Carolina visiting his ailing mother and sister. He had come to town to spend several...

Meal and Snacks for Recovery After Competition and Training

BY FAITH ALICIEA At the end of the day after a long horse show, all I want to do is sleep! But there’s a voice in the back of...

Reading Through 100 Days Without Horse Shows

BY PIPER KLEMM If you told me that I would be home and spending 100 days without horse shows in 2020, I would have had about the same reaction...

8 Strategies for Being a Better Advocate for Yourself

BY PIPER KLEMM My computer has over a hundred tabs open, but so does my mind. It seems like technology controls my life. My brain and I crave it....

Days End Farm Horse Rescue: Empowering Youth to Make a Difference

By Emily Daily/Jump Media Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years to distinguish itself as one of the most well-respected and successful...

Let’s Train People for Careers in Our Sport

By Kristin Pitzer Let’s face it. In the horse industry, it’s typically the people in the spotlight — the trainers, the breeders and the owners — who get the...

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...