Brian Moggre: “Elite Equine Athlete Care is as Important as Training”

July 26, 2022. Franklin, Tenn. Twenty-year-old U.S. show jumper Brian Moggre has been knocking people’s socks off for several years now. That’s been especially true the last two summers soaring on the senior Nations...

“Comfortable, Happy, & Secure” at Timberwagon Farm

BY TYLER BUI Sonja Boorman has created the ideal equine wellness and retirement center. Combining her love for horses and science, she has developed Timberwagon Farm and Balanced Equine Bodyworks—two businesses with a mission to...

2017 Hunter Breeding Task Force Had Much to Discuss

BY ALIX MORRISON Betty Oare, Chair of the USHJA Hunter Breeding Task Force, heard numerous debates while discussing HU188.4, restricting hunter breeding classes to one handler per horse, starting on Monday at the 2017 annual...

Does Your Horse Need a Ration Balancer?

Horses have evolved over millions of years as grazers, roaming around selecting the best forages they could find. However, today’s horses are typically limited to a single type of forage in one geographic area....

From Racehorse to Companion Pony

BY DIANA BEZDEDEANU If I had to pick out the biggest lesson I have learned to date from owning horses, it would be that nothing ever goes according to plan… As every Equestrian knows, owning horses...

Defining Relationship-Based Horsemanship

By Farrah Green and Isabelle Farmer What is Relationship-Based Horsemanship? The International Horsemanship Association (IHA), is a 501 C3 non-profit education organization formed in 2018 by a group of horse lovers and horsemanship instructors from all...

How Can Antioxidants Prevent Disease?

When it comes to our health and the health of our four-legged friends, words like “cancer” and “heart disease” are scary. A little help removing damaging free radicals never hurts, and that’s where antioxidants...

Tips From the Top: “Stay Calm” is the Bottom Line for Denise Moriarty, Kent...

Edited Press Release As the long-time groom for US Olympic show jumper Kent Farrington, Denise Moriarty has been thriving at the highest level of the sport for several years. The tips and tricks she’s learned,...

Light Up the Trailer for a Better Loading Experience

By Equo Anyone who has struggled to load a horse onto a trailer understands the inherent challenge and risks. As prey animals, horses naturally stay away from confined spaces where, in the wild, they might be...

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 Show Food Guide: Kentucky Horse Shows

By Tatum Mitchell Horse Show Food Guide: The Kentucky Horse Park Horse show cuisine is an experience like no other. As many horse people know, every show grounds has trademark foods that are a must-try. We...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Bob Crandall— Rider, Trainer & USEF “R” Judge

As a horseman, I am most proud of: the many horses I was able to find, start, and bring along. Sadly, I wasn’t able to keep many of them.  As a horseman, I would most...

Hollis Med: Making Barn Calls for Human Medicine

By Catie Staszak Media for Hollis Med Like many equestrians, Michele Hollis wanted to find a way to combine her passion for horses with her career. She didn't expect the path would take her through the...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Mariah Eisenbraun & Erica Swank

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...

Tarzan Swings Ella Hoffman into Inaugural Special Olympics NY Summer Series Championship at Saratoga WIB...

By L.A. Sokolowski Stillwater, NY (July 18, 2022) “I won my first championship and…on my first polo pony!” exclaimed Ella Hoffman of Loudonville, NY, earning the inaugural Special Olympics New York (SONY) Summer Series championship under...

A Day in the Life of a Dude Ranch Wrangler

By Vyla Carter This summer, I traded in my English saddle and tall boots for western tack and cowboy boots to be a wrangler at a dude ranch in Wyoming. A dude ranch is basically...

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...

Horses, Equestrians, and Stunt Riders In film

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER For many years, I’ve enjoyed finding locations, riders, and barns for films. I’ve met so many wonderful people and made some lifelong friends.  Many barn owners have asked me what they need...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Meet Sajid Saleem and Briana Villa

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...

Introducing: Luna, Essex Classics’ New Performance Show Shirt

By Catie Staszak/Catie Staszak Media, Inc. After successfully launching its first jumper performance shirt, Dusk last spring, Essex Classics began fielding questions from hunter riders. "Can we have some color, too?" Essex Classics Founder Cathy Sacher has...

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...

Book Excerpt: Milo’s Eyes

By Lissa BachnerReprinted with the permission of Behler Publications Now, while others were toasting the New Year, we were in a barn in our down parkas and warm boots, waiting for two horses from Germany....