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How Can Riders Prepare to Feel Their Best on Show Days?

ShowMD’s Dr. Barb Blasko provides her top tips. As equestrians, we are often guilty of taking better care of our horses than ourselves. But focusing on your own optimal performance conditions will only improve your...

What Horse Breed You Are Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Aries (March 21-April 19) - Thoroughbred The first sign of the zodiac, Aries know they're natural-born winners... and they're no stranger to competition. This bold fire sign is ambitious and not afraid to tackle even...

What I’m Listening To Fuel My Riding Confidence

BY GAIL REZENDES Like many adult amateur riders who either returned to riding after a long absence or starting riding in middle age or later, my confidence in the saddle needed some attention. I decided...

Riders Working the Rust Breeches Look

Love them or hate them, rust breeches are a real trend with a strong following. These vintage-look breeches even at one point had their own dedicated active Facebook page, "Bring Back RUST Breeches." For those...

The Breyer Model Horse That Sold for $22,000

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every summer before the hunter/jumper crowd flocks to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Summer series, a group of folks comes to show with a very different kind of string—model horses! BreyerFest, a...

25 Horse Tattoos Like You’ve Never Seen Before

BY LAUREN MAULDIN While I spend a lot of time in pretty, traditional equestrian clothing, I still love tattoos. I've got a small collection of animal and literary inspired ink, but recently added a new...

Don’t Tough It Out When it Comes to Listening to Your Body

BY SARAH WARD-RUPP I’m an ex-professional equestrian, but not because I didn’t have the heart or didn’t love the job. Because I have something called Cauda Equina Syndrome. It’s a rare disorder where something, in...

Journey to the Mongol Derby: The Longest and Toughest Horse Race in the World

BY BIANCA FARMAS-GRIFFITH Part One: Mongolian Horses & Mongol Derby 101  In Fall 2018 and on the cusp of turning 30, I woke up one day with an intense desire and determination to participate in a...

Ejiao: The Illegal Trade That’s Bringing Donkeys To The Brink Of Extinction

If not stopped, donkeys could be extinct within the next 15 years. What can people in the United States do to help? BY JENNIFER FINCH In some areas of the world, working equines are the foundation...

7 Fun Activities for Your Barn Barbeque This Summer

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI In the midst of show season, we often spend a lot of times with our barn family and friends. As the nights get longer, it is the perfect opportunity for a barbecue....

Olympic Gold Medalist Chloe Kim Is Known for the Halfpipe—But She’s a Horse Lover,...

https://youtu.be/VThj4CHIk0Y By Tyler Bui The world knows Chloe Kim as a snowboarder, best known for her epic performances at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. She was crowned the...

10 Rocking Horses That Are So Real, You’ll Try to Feed Them

Like many horse crazy toddlers, I had a rocking horse that I rode on many grand adventures. It had a curved head, soft eye, and yarn tail. I loved it, but I have to...

Yoga for Every Equestrian

Horses are incredibly intuitive animals. It is one of my favorite things about them. They sense your energy the second you walk into their space. I will never get over the fact that these...

Hero Bean Stevenson: A Deep Love for Horses—and a Desire to Improve Mental Wellness...

The mental health podcast host and therapist-in-training shares her story and her hopes for the horse world at large. BY HERO BEAN STEVENSON Candid conversations about mental health are on the rise. Simone Biles made headlines...

Model Horses So Realistic You’ll Think They’re Alive

Many equestrians played with a "carpet herd" of model horses when they were kids. These toys were our connection the big dreams we hoped would play out with our own horse one day. But...

Ten Equestrian TikToks to Follow

BY KAYLA DIXON You have probably heard of the popular video-sharing app TikTok—magical app that seems to have endless content. With fun filters, audio choices, and special effects, you will find something for everyone. Equestrians around...

ShowMD’s Dr. Barbara Blasko: The Doctor is in…at the Horse Show

BY Emily Randolph/Randolph PR Speak to patients of Dr. Barbara Blasko, and you’re likely to hear a lot of similar sentiments: “Barb saved my life!” And, “I wouldn’t have been able to show if it...

The American Saddlebred: The Horse America Made

BY MORGAN MARTIN Though hunter/jumper competitors know the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show as a heritage horse show in Texas with Grand Prix and International Derbies, but there is more breed representation there. Pin Oak...

Modeling the Perfect Horse

It isn’t surprising that women in the model horse world feel much the same way about their plastic or pewter horses as women do their “real” horses. The connection is just as vivid and real and can be described by the same word: Love.

An Intro to the Midwest’s New, Inclusive Field Hunt

BY KAMERRA BROWN ALLEN Virginia is where I call home and grew up riding. I recently moved to Missouri in August 2020 to take the job as Hunter/Jumper Instructor and Assistant Professor of Equestrian Studies...

Bringing Dream Horses to Life: Terri Crowley Art

BY TPH Staff A true, equestrian heart inspires the horses in Terri Crowley’s art. Her favorite piece, “Mane Gone Wild,” features a Spanish-type horse that came to her in a dream. “This happens to me...

The Eight Best Washing Machines for Your Barn

It's okay to admit it: We've all had that moment where, against our better judgment, we put a saddle pad in our home washing machine. It might be good for the saddle pad, but it...