Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Learn the Basics of Polo

When most people watch polo, all they see are people on horses riding up and down a field, chasing after a ball while they try to score goals. Polo is not like “Pretty Woman”...

Meet Noel: Madrone Ranch Stables’ Mascot and Cart-Pulling Celebrity

BY KRISTIN PITZER Walk along the aisleway at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center (GSWEC) in Katy, Texas, during the Great Southwest Winter Series, and you will find a stall setup unlike any other. Where many...

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 young, a boy of maybe nine...

Pierce the HeArt Lessons Offer Sanctuary in Our Busy Lives

BY JESS CLAWSON Most of us would agree that we’re living in stressful times. Between student loans, national and international political tensions, and what can seem like a never-ending stream of bad news, we all...

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...

Mama in the Making: The Top Four Traits of a Successful Broodmare

By Kara Pinato Scro and Tori Bilas/Jump Media When it comes to breeding horses, there isn’t one rule of thumb or a magic bullet that can guarantee successful offspring, but having a solid and reputable...

Are You Following These Equestrian TikToks?

BY KAYLA DIXON It had been another month of scrolling on the addictive video sharing app called Tiktok. The presence of equestrians on this app continues to grow.  I have rounded up another set of...

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. But when my friend, top breeder...

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 foolish decisions. There is truth to...

The Future of Equestrian Money Management

By Jess Clawson Equestrian sports have seen tremendous evolution over the past two decades. From drastic improvements in veterinary technology to a whole host of new divisions at the horse shows, things are changing. Robin...

Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp, Part 1: Beyond Hips, Heels, and Hands

BY JESS CLAWSON Last week I found myself driving into the Adirondacks to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, site of Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp. With my fingers clenched on the steering wheel...

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 of horses. Nash founded the nonprofit Fleet...

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 applause and credit at the end...

Healthy Recipes for the Avid Athlete: Better Alternatives to Horse Show Snacks

BY SARA SOMECK You’ve probably been there before. You wake up at the crack of dawn, eager to get to the horse show. There is no time to spare, so you run out of the...

The Show Jumping Bucket List: The World’s Best Show Jumping Destinations

Above: Photo by Martinp It may come as no surprise that when we think of holidays here at The Plaid Horse, we think of horses and let’s be honest, you’re probably the same, right? But...

The Equestrian Corona Cruisers: Day 1 – The Local Trainer

BY SISSY WICKES Florida has finally succumbed to the better logic of its vacillating leadership and the state is on a “stay at home” order. Barns close their doors to clients and the last vestiges...

How To Balance Schoolwork and Riding

Above photo: TPH Intern Emy Lucibello makes her homework a priority even at a horse show By TPH Intern Izzy Feinstein To many young equestrians, juggling homework, studying, and riding can seem overwhelming and impossible. In order...

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. Let me explain. Her and I were speaking about the...

New Strides in Equine Assisted Therapy for Veterans

BY JESS CLAWSON Those of us fortunate enough to spend time with horses know how much they can challenge us, as well as how healing that time spent can be. For people like me who...

Jumping in Jockey Stirrups: Steeplechase 101

BY RENNIE DYBALL For most of us in the horse show world, the idea of guiding a galloping horse around at 35 miles an hour with your stirrups hiked up is a foreign, daunting concept....

Springtime Supplements Started out of Love for a Dog

BY TPH STAFF Springtime Supplements got its start in 1979 when founder Dennis Hampt needed a solution for his beloved dog’s health issues. His Akita, Buddha, suffered a broken leg as a puppy. Over time...

Elite Chiropractic Knows Treatment is as Important for Riders as it is for Horses

BY JESS CLAWSON Competitive riders in any discipline consider their horses athletes, and provide for them whatever they need to feel their best: thousands of dollars’ worth of new shoes every year, well-fitted tack and...