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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, it was more affordable to be part of a group. I...

Hunter Under Saddle and Over Fences: Stock Horses vs Sporthorses

BY JAMIE SKUBAL I often get asked, "What’s the difference between showing a horse at Hunter/ Jumper shows and showing the Under Saddle, Hack, & Over fences at stock horse shows (APHA, AQHA, PtHA, etc)?" In a dream...

20 Times the Braider Was Extra in the Best Way

Oh, hunter braids. You tiny, perfect little monsters that make our horses look so fancy even though they take hours and cause sore backs and hands. Braiding is not an easy job, and going...

Four Reasons You Should Be Leasing Instead of Buying

Emily Elek with Elizabeth Woods and Hidden Springs Woodstar - a Large Pony Hunter who embodies #4 on this list. Photo: Cindy Woods By Emily Elek Many equestrians dream of a horse to call their own...

They’re Coming for Our Sport, and We Have to Be Better

BY LAUREN MAULDIN In this digital age of social media, I think most equestrians are used to the idea that someone who thinks they know our horses better than us watches with a critical eye....

How to Teach Beginners to Post (and keep your sanity!)

BY JENN ZALA Teaching beginners is simple, and can be done without going nuts. All you have to do is guide them to create the muscle memory necessary to keep their seat and hands independent. By using a formulaic...

Advice to Young Riders: Get an Education

By Peter Wylde I’ve been riding all my life. I started when I was 7 years old. I would braid my pony and load him on the trailer in the morning. Then I’d go...

Lessons From Levi – When The Horse You Got Isn’t The One You Thought...

By Kristyna Lucakova “He’ll keep you out of trouble my father mumbled”, as he signed the check. Little did we know, he would do so much more than keep me out of trouble. For a while,...

Unstoppable Margie Goldstein Engle

BY ANN JAMIESON Like so many of us, Margie Goldstein Engle's love for horses came from out of nowhere. Although her family is athletic and enjoys sports, no one else had ever fallen in love...

Free to a Good Home: What it Means to Own a Horse

BY LUMI CALLASTRATUS My sister and I bought back our childhood pony, Gemini, for two dollars. Now he sits at our parents’ blue berry farm looking cute amongst the spring blossoms. We often sit in the yard...

22 Derby Finals Hunters That Take “Knees to Nose” Very Literally

One of the most thrilling parts about watching a top hunter class like a hunter derby is when a horse takes a phenomenal jump. You know, the kind of jump where everyone watching can't...

The Horse Show Prizes Adult Amateurs Really Want

BY LAUREN MAULDIN As a struggling adult amateur, it's only been a somewhat recent development for me to have any opinion at all about horse show prizes. For the longest time, my idea of a prize was...

Athletes Who Put Their Horses First During The Olympic Games

By StreamHorseTV Staff While the world grumbled about Simone Biles pulling out of most of her Olympic events, athletes’ mental health has been thrust to the forefront of most Olympic conversations.  It’s been interesting to...

4 Reasons Why Half-Leasing is a Great Option for Equestrians

BY BRITTANY FRADE In the world of horses, ponies, showing and ribbons there is no shortage of horse rider partnership/ownership options. Like many other riders, I hit a stage in my riding where I wanted to become...

Perfection Personified: Watch the Rounds That Scored 100!

Over the course of history in the hunter ring, only a handful of performances have earned the coveted score of 100 from the judges box. In January 2021 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in...

Top 9 Concussion Myths Debunked

BY HANNAH NAVA Concussions are often associated with high-impact sports such as hockey, football, and soccer. Players are required to tackle, block, and push in an effort to prevent the other team from scoring a...

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...

Youngest U.S. Classified Para Equestrian Has Huge Olympic Goals – And She is My...

By Lexi Rohner She is a triplet, born at 28 weeks. They were considered micro-preemies. As a premature infant, Genevieve’s underdeveloped nervous system led to a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Integration Disorder as well...

Why Good Help Is Hard to Find: A Barn Manager’s Perspective

BY LINDSEY ABBOTT For years I’ve loved working as a barn manager and stay-at-home trainer. Part of my job is acting as a liaison between the boss and the two different kinds of grooms we often see...

Wool vs Foam Flocking: What Does It Mean for Your Saddle?

BY BRITTANY BIRD So, you’re shopping for a new saddle, and as you sip your morning coffee while researching different types, you stumble across the foam vs. wool debate.  Some of your friends are all about the sleek,...

It is Still Possible to Have a Successful Working Student in Today’s Climate

BY JENNIFER TAYLOR A couple months ago, I gave a lesson to a 14 year old named Payton.  She was brave, followed direction well, and had good equitation with soft hands to boot. My schedule...

The 2’6” Hunter Division is the Face of Income Inequality in America

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM As I sit through the United States Hunter Jumper (USHJA) Affiliate Meeting, we’re hearing a lot about outreach. There’s the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), local...