Sunday, September 19, 2021

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 Equine Assisted Therapy in 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. But when my friend, top breeder...

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...

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 woke up for the last time feeling...

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 noodles so that they can afford...

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...

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. As I kept reading, I discovered...

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 Moran, MSW LCSW, a therapist with...

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 to get creative under pressure to...

The Delinquent Client: A Potential Problem for All Involved in Equine Sport

By Armand Leone & Jessica Choper What’s The Stableman’s Lien? A state law that allows a stable owner to keep possession of a horse whose owner has not paid for boarding and other services...

A Day in the Life of an Equine Vet Student

BY RACHEL KENNEDY Have you ever wanted to go to veterinary school? Have you ever been curious about what daily life as an equine vet student looks like? Well, join me on campus for a...

Unconditional

By Craig Kenworthy Custody fights are nothing new to me. In my normal role as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), I speak up for children caught up in the court system. What is new...

More Than a Motto: How SaddleMattress Provides Protection Through Face Masks as COVID-19 Lingers

BY LINDSEY RAINS In the wake of COVID-19, many of us are still holding our breath, wondering about the reopening of nonessential businesses, the loosening of shelter-in-place orders, and what returning to the barn and...

Experimental Careers: Horses Integral at Kentucky Equine Research

By Esther Hahn By the time a nutritional supplement hits the shelves of a tack shop or lands in a shopping cart, multiple levels of research and development theoretically support its effectiveness. How often does...

The Equestrian Corona Cruisers: Day 4 – Doubles

BY SISSY WICKES Without horse shows and the bustling season, Sissy Wickes joins a group of equestrians in Florida for cycling. Every day, safely six feet apart, they chat about the state of things and...

The Equestrian Corona Cruisers: Day 2 – Picture This

BY SISSY WICKES Without horse shows and the bustling season, Sissy Wickes joins a group of equestrians in Florida for cycling. Every day, safely six feet apart, they chat about the state of things and...

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...

What You Can Do When Everything is Cancelled

Within a few days, the country went from cautiously watching COVID-19 to a series of mass cancellations. Everyone, equestrians included, is advised to stay at home. Many barns are closed, and shows are the...

Every Horse Movie Currently Streaming To Get You Through Your Social Distancing

Y'all — times are a little rough right now. We're all stuck at home a lot more than we want to be, and it can be hard to pass the time. It's especially difficult...

EquiFit Manufactures Face Mask to Help Fight Coronavirus

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Across the globe, people are working together to help one another in times of crisis. That is nothing new in the equestrian community, whether it is fires, flood, or other needs, our...

Therapy Barns in the Wake of the Corona Crisis

BY KARLA CAMPBELL As the pandemic spreads across the country, barns are continuing to have to close their doors to their students. From elite training facilities to small town schooling barns, everyone is taking a...

Horseback Across Three Americas

By Verne R. Albright Verne R. Albright’s expanded rewrite of the  Best Selling book about his 1966-1967 Peru-to-California ride – entitled Horseback Across Three Americas – will be for sale in the late summer...