What Losing 50lbs Did and Didn’t Change About My Riding

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I have always been cognizant of my weight when it came to riding. Even though I didn't grow up horse showing, all it took for me to realize I was "too big"...

The Day I Learned That Winning Doesn’t Matter

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN I remember it the way people remember big events in their lives—in exquisite and insignificant detail, in sounds and feelings, in visceral emotions. I remember it with a...

Exercises to Build Your Horse’s Topline

BY EMILY MILLER When I purchased my 2011 Warmblood cross mare, Dixie, in 2017 she was very green under saddle and unbalanced in her gaits. She was particularly weak in her...

Peg Seals: From a $100 Pony to the Hall of Fame

BY JESS CLAWSON Peg Seals got her start riding ponies at birthday parties, and is now one of the top professionals on the East Coast. She owns Freedom Farm...

Effective Cooling Strategies for Summer Riding

BY JESS CLAWSON Summer is associated with a lot of extra daylight, beach vacations, and lovely hot weather. We may love it, but it can be really hard on...

Who Jumped it Best? Medium Green Pony Hunters at Pony Finals

BY VYLA CARTER Pony Finals may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean we can't still pick our favorites from the huge fields of top competition. Samantha Takacs and Galianna earned the overall Medium...

Tiny Model Horse Tack So Amazing You’ll Think It’s The Real Thing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Confession time. I am obsessed with all things miniature. If something is smaller than its intended size, I'm totally here for it. Of course, this interest grows exponentially when you show me itty...

Ask Andre: Are Group or Private Lessons Better for Students?

BY ANDRE DIGNELLI Do you prefer private lessons or group lessons? I grew up riding in my back yard by myself. When I would go and take lessons,...

Trainer Daphne Thornton Shares Two Bit Training’s Social Media Policy

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING We all enjoy the many benefits that various social media platforms offer. They make it easy to share information, stay in touch, seek facts and data, and connect...

Who Jumped It Best? 2019 Pony Finals Regular Larges

PHOTOS BY TORI WEED Pony Finals has almost come to a close, and the awards have all been handed out. There's still one more grand prize we need your...

The Breyer Model Horse That Sold for $22,000

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every summer before the hunter/jumper crowd flocks to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Summer series, a group of folks comes to show with a very different...

How to Speak to Our Youth About Showing

Photo: Abi Kelley gives her horse, Ishana III an appreciative hug after a great round in the Low Junior Jumpers.  By Kirstie Dobbs and Hailey Johns What’s the first question that you ask a young rider...

Pony Finals Judges Offer Insight on How to Have a Competitive Edge

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN AND ELISE STEPHENS Adorable ponies and their riders travel from all over the United States to compete at USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, Kentucky. Competing at this prestigious event is a dream...

10 Tips and Tricks for Being the Best Horse Show Groom You Can Be

BY GRACE SALMON Grooming gives you the opportunity to travel and experience shows that you might not get the opportunity to show at yourself. Think you have what it takes to groom at horse shows?...

My Complicated Body in Breeches

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Last week, I shared an article to our Facebook page from the July issue of The Plaid Horse about body image in our sport. Later in the day, I went...

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

By Intern 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...

Who Jumped It Best? 2018 Pony Finals Regular Small Pony Hunters

BY VYLA CARTER At Pony Finals, competitors have one chance to show off their pony over fences to impress the three panels of judges. Over 100 Regular Small ponies jumped their best in the Walnut...

Touch of Class: Show Jumping’s Great Thoroughbred Mare

BY JESS CLAWSON The hallways of the hunter/jumper sport are lined with champions, and one of the greatest on the wall is the Thoroughbred mare, Touch of Class.