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Tire Kicker

The ad said, “Please, no tire kickers,” and I was just old enough to know that I was one. I saw it hanging on the bulletin board at the feed store in town, just...

I Love Horses, But I’m Tired

BY LAUREN MAULDIN My story is not unique in our sport. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love horses. Begged for lessons, was fortunate enough to ride as a kid. Worked hard and...

Lost in College – A Saddleseat Rider Uses (Hunter!) Horses to Find Her Way

BY CADY WAKITSCH I never expected to continue riding horses after high school. I had been riding saddleseat since I was four, but I never owned or leased and didn’t get serious into competing. I...

Creative Braiding Shines at Maryland Horse & Pony Show Contest

Concluding last weekend, the Maryland Horse & Pony Show was an exciting event for competitors of all ages. A premier equestrian event for over 75 years, the show touts itself as a great opportunity...

Get Fit and Stay Fit – Exercises for Equestrians

By Izzy Feinstein Just as you perform exercises with your horse such as grid exercises and trot poles to help them build up their strength, it is just as important to build up your...

Notes to my daughter – Life lessons at the horse show

Pictured: Grace McReynolds leading Lorelei Cudney's Bits N' Pieces at Colorado Spring Preview 2017 | PC: TPH Intern Mackenzie Shuman By Averill Pessin  As parents, we hope our children get two main things from their sport: Short-term...

Hard Work Isn’t Enough to Show Successfully—It’s About Privilege

BY SHELBY BENNY Many consider riding a dying sport. As urban sprawl leads to a decline in the availability of farmland and wages remain stagnant, horse ownership becomes more and more out of reach for...

Horses Shouldn’t Always Be Expected to Jump

BY ANN DEMICHELE I’ve learned more from horses who’ve said no than those that have said yes. I’m a professional out of Northern Virginia. I grew up on a farm, and my mother is also a...

Riding Through It When You Feel Like Quitting

BY JAMIE SKUBAL How many of us have hit a stage in our riding when we just want to give up? Currently, I’m sitting in the middle of it. Right in the heart of the show season,...

“I Did My Part”: Groom Katie Williams On What It’s Really Like Under the...

BY KATIE WILLIAMS “It takes a village” is a favorite Instagram platitude, usually shared alongside some stellar horse show results and a few glittering photos from the winner’s circle. But what does that expression truly...

Losing Your Heart Horse: Where Do You Go With a Broken Heart?

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN It took me almost twenty years of riding to learn what a heart horse actually is. I mean, in some way I've loved all the horses I've been around. Doodles, the stout Palomino who taught me...

Relax With These Perfect Barn Organization Photos

We all have grand plans, but sometimes life gets in the way. At least that's how I feel about keeping my tack trunk organized. There are always 1,000 things to accomplish at the barn,...

A Step-by-Step Body Clipping Guide for Adult Amateurs

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It's that time of year. When you don't know if you'll go to the barn to find your horse covered in blankets or covered in mud. In Texas, we have the added...

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?...

Breaking Down Breeding: Maclay Finals Edition

Evaluating the bloodlines of the current top equitation horses  BY BETHANNE BORT Like many equestrians, I spent most of November 3, 2019 glued to the 2019 Maclay Finals live stream presented by the National Horse Show...

That Time I Won a Car in the Hunters

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN October 26, 2019 will forever be known as the day I won a car. Just to be clear, it’s not a lease. It’s mine until I decide otherwise. I am sure that...

5 Things Any Rider Can Do To Be Successful

BY EMILY ELEK I don't teach public riding lessons anymore. Instead, my business focuses on sales and leases so I can spend more time with my own family. I am protective of my time in...

Disney Made a New Black Beauty Movie and I Have FEELINGS About It

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I've never been one to cry in movies, especially when I was younger. My late husband once challenged me to watch Life is Beautiful without tearing up, and (although it was a...

The Emotional Truth About Selling Your Horse

BY JAMIE SKUBAL  Today, I’m sitting in the middle of my horse’s possible sale. To be honest, this is not the side I’m used to sitting on. If you had asked me three years ago...

Cautiously Curious: My Horse’s Conversation with an Animal Communicator

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I'm not someone who tends to fall for the woo woo in life. Blame my practical, type-A mind, but I tend to address things with logic and reason. I mean, my back-up...

Lessons in the Learning: When Figuring Out the Pony is the Journey, Not the...

BY PONYMOMAMMY Being a mom, and an amateur, and a pony mom comes with a unique set of challenges, but it also comes with an amazing perspective. My pony-kid has recently turned a corner in...

Self-Made: Years of Hard Work Pays Off with a First Grand Prix Win for...

BY LAURIE SCOTT If Kyla Makhloghi had $8,000.00, in 2017, she wouldn’t have Hurry Up B or a Grand Prix win. Riders often bemoan the fact that they will never be able to afford to become...