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The Social License to Operate: Is the future of equestrian sports at stake?

BY TANJA BORNMANN Bad press for our sport is back, and it’s going to linger around for a while. Recently, a prominent US show jumper was suspended from participating in equestrian sport for his prolonged use...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Full Chaps and Fringe

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Chokers, jelly shoes, plaid flannel shirts... so many of the fashion trends from when I grew up in the 90's are becoming mainstream again. But what about the horse world? When it comes...

How to Braid a Mane and Tail for the Hunter Ring

By Katie Lenkart Ever wondered how to hunter braid? Braiding is both a fun activity and a way to spend some valuable extra time with your horse. Just like with every other skill, practice makes...

It Happens! Jenny Karazissis, Nick Haness, Hope Glynn & Leslie Steele

We all make mistakes. But horse people,  as a group, aren’t always the best at handling  them. So TPH reached out to some top riders  to share their own show ring bloopers to  prove,...

Where Have All the Big Eq Ribbon Winners Gone?

As all equestrians in the U.S. near the end of their junior riding careers and are facing the stresses of “aging out” and which side of the December 1st USEF birthday they fall, they...

When You’re a Weenie, Flabby Amateur Who Loves Hunter Derbies

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I love the hunters. Can't help myself. That division is like a bad boyfriend I just can't quit. I know life would be better for me and my free OTTB in the...

Breaking the Stigma of Purchasing Older Horses

BY JAMIE SKUBAL As I scroll through Facebook groups I see more and more ISO ads for horses stating they want polished show horses with lots of positive traits—also under 15 years old. More times than not...

Tack Cleaning Tips for When You’ve Really Got to Make it Sparkle

BY TPH TEAM Maintaining proper daily maintenance for your tack means that when it’s time to really deep clean it, whether for a big horse show or Pony Club turnout inspection, you’re working from...

A “Poor” Equestrian Ponders AA Shows and Six Figure Imports

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Poor is a relative word, and horse people know that. I can't deny the huge luxury it is to have a horse, any horse. In a country where many struggle to afford...

A Pony, A Girl, And 100 Miles of Trail: Kyla Law And Flash Tackle...

BY JESSIE LOCHRIE You know the story. It’s the plot of The Black Stallion, National Velvet, and the dream of countless horse-crazy little girls: a young rider forms a powerful bond with an opinionated horse, and...

Good & Bad Signs When Looking for Trainers

BY TPH Staff One of the benefits of living in the heart of the east coast horse country is that there is no shortage of trainers in the vicinity. That is a great gift, and...

How Much is That Horsey in the Window? Solving the Mystery of Show Hunter...

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING Here at Two Bit Training, we think that there are 8 things that mostly decide a hunter’s value WHEN IT IS  SOLD. Let’s say you are considering selling...

I Take Forever in the Cross Ties

BY LAUREN MAULDIN These days, I take forever in the cross ties—especially before my ride. I didn’t used to be this way. My horse always had to be body clipped in the winter, because I...

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....

College Equestrian Teams: What’s The Best Fit For You? NCAA vs. IHSA

By Annie Birmingham The end of May marks a new adventure for high school students across America: it is officially time to begin contemplating your college options. This task is particularly tedious for young equestrians,...

Air Vests Are All the Rage—But Are They Truly Safe?

The hunter jumper world is abuzz about air vests. Well-known professionals are wearing them, more are speaking out about buying their own, and amateur riders and parents are considering making the investment for themselves...

The ‘‘Step Down’’ Horse: A Secret Weapon of the Horse Show World

A seasoned campaigner in need of a lighter job can give green riders confidence BY LETTIE TEAGUE I don’t like the term ‘stepdown’ horse,” says Paul Cronin, the longtime director of the Sweet Briar College equestrian...

How the Wrong Trainer Can Kill Your Confidence: A Cautionary Tale

BY A REGRETFUL AMATEUR There wasn’t one specific comment that did me in. There were years of comments. I had been at a medium-sized show barn for about 5 years. The facilities were beautiful. The...

Here’s to the Little Jumps

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’ve spent a long time feeling like I was lesser within the equestrian world. Growing up riding at a small private barn, our focus was fox hunting and horsemanship, not equitation medals and hack...

Judges Scott Hofstetter and Bill Talbert Answer The Questions You’ve Been Wondering About Hunters...

BY MACKENZIE SHUMAN This year at the Colorado Hunter Jumper Associations Medal Finals, I was able to sit down with the two judges at the end of the show and ask them a few questions...

From Pasture to Pony Finals: A Girl and Her Mustang

BY SELENA HULBERT It was a late fall evening when Beanie Cone, our trainer and owner of Hunters Edge Stables, had just finished buying a horse. He noticed a pony that was for sale in...

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...