Thursday, March 4, 2021

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...

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...

Visible Homes: Breaking New Grounds in Real Estate

BY JESS CLAWSON Owning a horse farm is a lifestyle, whether it houses just a few companion horses or dozens of elite equine athletes. For many people, that lifestyle is a dream, but Nichole McCaig...

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...

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....

Camp Hobbit Hill: The Riding Camp of Your Dreams

By Jess Clawson A sleep away camp with horses, art, leadership building activities, and all sorts of adventures might sound like it’s straight out of Show Strides or The Saddle Club, but the founders of...

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...

Why Get a Dog?

BY HEATHER SIEGEL We go to the pet store on weekends, the place we know never to get a dog, regardless of their no-puppy mill pledge. But that’s because we are not here for a...

Mind Body Horse: Achieving Alignment Through Yoga

If a life can have a narrative, the throughline of Carrie Fraser’s story is one of alignment. Emotionally, physically, and spiritually, her life has been an education in finding that balance. She started Mind...

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...

Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp Part 2: Outgrouping, The Threat Response, and the Danger...

BY JESS CLAWSON This is part two of my recap of the Daniel Stewart Equestrian Athlete Camp. Click here to read the first post. I knew that once the workouts started at the Daniel Stewart Equestrian...

Amira Chichakly and Bustin Scones Show Girl Power in New York Racing

BY LAURIE SCOTT In a world dominated by men and the colts they train, Amira Chichakly is making a name for herself.  Her brand new training stable has already hit the board a number of...

Horse BnB: Putting Equestrian Accommodations on the Map

BY CATIE STASZAK Whoever said life with horses was glamorous never took their horse with them on a road trip. Laura Baker learned the realities of traveling with equines firsthand while shipping her horses across Canada...

More Repurposed Horseshoe Craft Ideas Than You’ll Ever Know What to Do With

Does your barn have a pile of old horse shoes? Have you kept a set from a special horse that's been sitting around? We joke that our horses get shoes more often than us,...

Behind the Brand: How One Outfit Sparked the For Horses Riding Collection

By Catie Staszak Media, Inc. When Andrea Piovan entered his first cutting competition in Italy, he found himself with an interesting dilemma: He couldn’t find anything that suited him to wear, so he asked his...

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...

Wild No More: How An Ex-Offender Tamed My Donkey and Taught Me About Humanity

BY ANDREA LONDON I met Thomas four years ago when he was in South Carolina visiting his ailing mother and sister. He had come to town to spend several weeks with them, but knew that...

Dorothy Douglas Receives Style of Riding Award at World Equestrian Center – Ocala

BY CATIE STASZAK With three lucrative hunter derbies, highlighted by the $20,000 WEC Hunter Derby 3'6" - 3'9" under the lights in the Stadium arena, there are no shortage of award ceremonies on what has...

Riding on the Beach Photo Gallery

If you ask a horse lover about their equestrian bucket list, more likely than not riding on the beach will be included! There's something about the surf, wind, sand and sun that just invites...

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...

Charities Among Us: Boots for Troops

SUPPORTED BY SHANE GEORGE, TRAINER & JUDGE • WRITTEN BY LINDSEY GEORGE ROGERS, CO-FOUNDER OF BOOTS FOR TROOPS My husband, Jimmy Rogers, came up with the idea for Boots For Troops while deployed on the USS...

Life in the Doghouse Showcases Inspiring Story of Relentless Dog Rescue Efforts

BY EMMA MILLER When Hurricane Katrina made catastrophic landfall in the United States’ Gulf Coast in August 2005, animal-lovers Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta made the long drive from South Carolina to Louisiana to help...