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What’s Wrong with This Photo?

What’s Wrong with This Photo?

BY April Bilodeau The Plaid Horse is excited to announce a new column to our readers called "What's Wrong with This Photo?". In this new series, we encourage readers to observe a photo and point...

Thinking of Going to College for Horses? Read This.

BY LUCILE VIGOUROUX, MSc Equestrians who aspire to make a career out of horses are confident about one thing: their passion for the animal and the sport. But the path to success as an equine...

Kent Farrington Shares His Experience in “Riding for the Team”

FROM JUMP MEDIA “Riding for the Team” tells the behind-the-scenes stories of 47 of the U.S.’s finest equestrian athletes. From humble beginnings, and through good days and bad, the 302-page book chronicles how the country’s...

A Campus Shooting, a Riding Accident and One Cold February Night

My riding accident coincided with the mass shooting at Michigan State University  By Karen Hopper Usher As my horse bolted, I knew I was going to get hurt. I tried to convince myself otherwise, arguing whole...

4 Things to Remember Every Time You Flat Your Horse

Whether you’re in an intense jumping lesson with your trainer or casually hacking on your own, we teach our horse every time we sit on it. What’s important is that we use this super...

8 Ways to Get the Most Out of Every Lesson

BY ROBIN GREENWOOD Equestrians spend a lot of time, money, and effort to be able to ride their horses. Whether you take multiple lessons a week or one a month, time with a good trainer...

Trainer Tuesday: When a horse, rider, or both rush down a line, how do...

Welcome to Trainer Tuesday! Each week we ask trainers a question and gather their answers for you. These trainers have a range of experience, backgrounds, and focus points of their programs, so the answers...

It’s Time to Safeguard U.S. Horses from Slaughter

By Michelle Murray In a thundering blur of colorful silks and swirling dirt, Affirmed crossed the finish line at Belmont Park, securing his legacy as one of the greatest racehorses in history. On June 10,...

10 Phrases You Should Never Say at the Barn

BY PIPER KLEMM “It’s Not My Fault” It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. It’s probably just how the day is going. So many issues happen every single day with all the moving parts at the...

PBEC Success Story: Treating All of the Factors

BY Amanda Picciotto Feitosa / Jump Media Horses can injure themselves when you least expect it – sometimes even when they are not being exercised. That was the case for amateur rider Kelly Berry, who...

RiverCross Farm – Sally Harrington Philippo On Thoughtfully Raising Her Homebreds, One Foal At...

BY April Bilodeau When bringing foals into the world, a warm and kind atmosphere can make all the difference in how they come along in their first years of life—and beyond. Sally Harrington Philippo, owner...

In Defense of Unmounted Lessons

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING When it comes to riding lessons, I understand that riding is the overwhelming desire, as well as the underlying principle, guiding most participants. However, sometimes riding is not possible,...

Checker 47 and Christian Kukuk Score Rolex Grand Prix Victory at Wellington International

Edited Press Release Germany’s Christian Kukuk and Checker 47 clinched a win in the $500,000 Rolex CSI5* Grand Prix during the finale ‘Saturday Night Lights’ of the Winter Equestrian Festival’s (WEF) 2024 season on March...

Trainer Tuesday: How would you handle a horse who is habitually swapping before the...

Welcome to Trainer Tuesday! Each week we ask trainers a question and gather their answers for you. These trainers have a range of experience, backgrounds, and focus points of their programs, so the answers...

Thrown off Course: Social Media’s Influence on the Equestrian World

BY Piper Benjamin As an equestrian myself, I often worry about the impact of social media in our sport. When I was a junior, social media was just beginning, and there was little to...

How SCAD Students Gave New Life to a Therapeutic Riding Organization

Students at the Savannah College of Art and Design are making a difference for one therapeutic riding program BY Kendall Westgate In the fall of 2023, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announced a...

“It’s Not a Hobby. It’s a Lifestyle.”

By PONYMOMAMMY    I don’t care how avid an enthusiast someone is for their tennis hobby; it’s just not the same as being a rider. You know how when you meet someone new and you are...

Why I Still Ride When It Hurts My Body (and my checking account)

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Recently I was asked what inspired me to become an equestrian. I didn't have a great answer. Like most of us battered adult amateurs, I've loved horses since before I could remember....

Skidmore Wins Tournament of Champions Spring Classic and Takes Series Reserve Champion

Edited Press Release Fifteen college teams from five different IHSA zones competed Saturday, March 23 in the 2024 Series Finale of the Tournament of Champions horse show series, hosted by the University of Findlay at...

The Purpose of The Lesson Horse

BY Maddy Brown One of my biggest frustrations in this industry is the lack of understanding and consideration for the role that lesson horses play. So often, I see riders complaining about lesson horses for...

Inside the Numbers: The Cost of Local Shows

What's that social rule, never talk about money? At The Plaid Horse we believe in having open discussions about the cost of horses and horse showing. It is both educational for young riders who...

Developing Lightness and Feel: Exercises from Geoff Teall

Within the 263 pages of Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation, Teall covers an impressive multitude of topics aimed at helping riders increase the effectiveness of their time spent in the saddle.  From...