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Horse: A Novel

By Geraldine Brooks It was only when Lexington walked right into a barrow that someone had carelessly left in the midst of the paddock that Jarret began to suspect the truth. He pulled a kerchief...

We Asked Artificial Intelligence About Horse Riding, Training, and Breeding

BY TPH STAFF Everyone is buzzing about AI lately. I'm sure you've seen the avatars and profile images your friends have shared on social media that look shockingly like them but were generated by a...

Nahlea’s Story: The Founder of Eques Pante Opens up About Moving on After the...

By Jessica Andrews Photos © Stephen Rivera Reprinted with permission from Eques Pante  The year 2023 started with putting my horse Nahlea, to sleep. It was one of the hardest, saddest days I have been through. That day...

Bullet Journaling for Equestrians

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Let me introduce you to my favorite stress-coping mechanism for the year—bullet journaling. The past few years, I've been a big journaler. It's taken a variety of forms. When my mental health...

Mary Crane and Forever Bernardini: 2022 North American Field Hunter Champions

Mary Crane riding her Forever Bernardini won both the 2022 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship as well as the Dr. Mathew Mackay-Smith Award for the Highest Placing Thoroughbred in the weeklong competition held in Middleburg, VA. No horse...

Alesi Farms: Creating a Legacy in American Hunter Breeding

Home of Marabet Farm and Olde Oaks Farm By Victoria Sheehan Paris is always a good idea. Paris, Kentucky, sits in the heart of Bourbon county. Less than 10,000 people call this town home. There are...

Ultimate Exercise Routines for Riders: Fitness That Fits a Horse-Crazy Lifestyle

By Laura Crump Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer All too often, my clients tell me that the number one barrier to exercise is a lack of time. Between horses, competitions, family, careers, and other obligations of...

Wordley Martin: The Arena and Footing Experts on How to Maintain Your Riding Arena

By Amanda Picciotto Feitosa / Jump Media Regardless of discipline, the maintenance of your arena can make the difference between a premium riding surface and subpar footing. Watering, dragging, and annual upkeep are all common...

An Interview with Actor and Equestrian Eric Nelsen

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER Eric Nelsen is an Emmy and Tony Award -winning American actor and producer. He’s best known for his role as Ennis in the record breaking television series 1883. The prequel to Yellowstone. On stage, Nelsen...

Film and Horses: Country Music Video With Horses

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER Music is an important part of movies and TV shows. The music rhythm enhances what you see, and enjoy. One of the most important parts of Dressage is the music. Without...

Danny & Ron Book Excerpt: Forever Home

By Ron Danta & Danny Robertshaw and Larry Lindner Before Danny was released from the hospital, twenty-four days after he was admitted, the doctors sat Ron down and explained that Danny’s life expectancy was in...

American Stalls: Designing Your Dream Barn

By Troy Anna Smith  Yash Balasaria, CEO of American Stalls, has one overriding goal for his family business.  “We are just looking to make your life easier!” he cheerfully tells The Plaid Horse. Balasaria has...

Get to Know the Equine Mastery Education System

 ‘‘With the Right Horsemanship Tools, Our Industry Could Be Revolutionized’’ By Annie Birmingham Raegan Comeaux has trained riders from their first lessons all the way to the Indoor finals, but began to notice a growing trend...

Equine Elixirs: The Power of Positude and Calmakazi

How Positude and Calmakazi supplements address spooky, nervous, anxious, hormonal and temperamental behavior If you’re looking to address your horse’s behavioral or temperamental challenges, you don’t want to miss Equine Elixirs’ popular product duo: Positude...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Ateasha Baltodano and Josh Boggs

The Plaid Horse is proud to introduce some of the photo project’s featured equestrians to our readers in each issue In 2020, a group of photographers came together to create the Equestrians of Color Photography...

Wordley Martin: How to Build the Perfect Arena for Your Horses and Riders

By Amanda Picciotto Feitosa / Jump Media There are a number of factors to think about when building a new riding arena. Like many aspects of the equine industry, a new arena can be costly,...

How to Keep your White Breeches White

Constantly finding yourself with brown, stained breeches that once sparkled white? Members of The Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge shared their best tips and tricks to keep your white breeches stain-free.  The winning products? Fels...

Lyn Pedersen: Riding, Recovery, and Giving Back

By Piper Klemm, Ph.D. Alcoholism and addiction are epidemics in this country. Millions of people struggle with these serious, life-changing issues (see sidebar below), and the horse show world is no exception. Lyn Pedersen wants people...

Filming Horses for TV and Movies

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER If you are doing a TV show, or film with or about horses, it’s helpful to have a cameraman who knows how to get the best angles. Many filmmakers don’t know...

The Locations and Horses That Make It The Silver Screen

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER Once a film is completed, most make their rounds at film festivals. At these events, you’re meeting people in the industry who want to improve their art. Festivals feature panels consisting...

In Defense of Unmounted Lessons

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING When it comes to riding lessons, I understand that riding is the overwhelming desire, as well as the underlying principle, guiding most participants. However, sometimes riding is not possible,...

The Love of her Lifetime

Amateur Felisa Read finds her perfect match with an unlikely partner By Christina Keim In the dark, damp, early morning hours of June 11, 2022, 34 endurance competitors were busily making final preparations for the American...