Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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...

Good & Bad Signs When Looking for Trainers

BY JESS CLAWSON 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....

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?...

6 “Dressage for Jumping” Quotes from Laura Graves to Improve Your Courses

BY EMILY RIDEN / JUMP MEDIA Earlier in August, U.S. Olympic team bronze medalist Laura Graves gave a "Dressage for Jumping" clinic hosted by the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) and presented by BarnManager. Well schooled...

Tips for Teaching 3 Common Canter Transition Mistakes Beginners Make

BY JENN ZALA Personally, it drives me nuts to see beginners struggling with canter transitions.  The kiss of death is when the horse winds up in a fast trot...

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...

Tips to Survive No Stirrup November

BY LYSSETTE WILLIAMS There is a brisk chill in the air that electrifies me with anticipation and excitement. It’s November, and as an Amateur who loves to torture myself that means the Stirrup Irons are...

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...

How to Get Paid: Addressing Cash Flow Issues Within Equestrian Businesses

BY PAMELA N. SAUL, CB The lesson schedule is full and everybody is going to the show this weekend. So why is the business bank account empty? So often, in our industry, a company struggles...

Should We Be Using Bisphosphonates for Horse Soundness Maintenance?

BY JESS CLAWSON As equestrians, we care a lot about our horses’ well-being and soundness. Chronic lameness in any competitive or pleasure riding horse can be devastating. We can spend an...

“The Call” That Proved The Importance of Horsemanship

BY ALLIE CARLSON All horse owners have gotten “the call.” The one that tells us something is wrong. The one that sends us spinning. On May...

Five Takeaways from “Fundamentals of Equitation” with Stacia Klein Madden

BY EMILY RIDEN AND MOLLY SORGE/JUMP MEDIA Renowned trainer Stacia Klein Madden can often be found ringside during equitation classes at major horse shows across the country, including at...

“Private Treaty”: Scam or Savvy Seller?

BY AVERILL PESSIN One of the most hotly-debated topics we see online related to horse sales, is the notion of “Private Treaty”, where a seller or agent does not publicly divulge the sale price of...

Tips on Tack Trunk Organization

Above: Whiteboards and a cork board help keep notes and photos organized inside your tack trunk. Photo by Ashley Shaw. By TPH Intern Ashley Shaw I received my tack trunk as a Christmas present five or...

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...

Equestrian DIY: How to Make Horse Jump Panels

BY OLIVIA KNOTT OF DIY HORSE OWNERSHIP We wanted to add some more color and variety into our jumps collection so we decided to make some panel jumps. Panel jumps are a really fun and easy...

Tail Care Tricks for Different Kinds of Tails

BY JESS CLAWSON At every boarding barn I’ve been a part of for as long as I can remember, one critical grooming protocol is debated: should we brush our...

Tips for Memorizing Your Horse Show Courses

BY EMMY DOLIN Memorizing courses at horse shows can be stressful. There is a lot to think about, such as how many strides to maintain in lines, where to halt, and how to ride the...

Social Media Etiquette for the Polite, Digital Equestrian

BY THE PLAID HORSE STAFF We live in a time when anyone can take a quick comment or photo and publish it on the internet immediately – often in front of the eyes of thousands...

Tips for Show Success Without a Trainer at the In-Gate

BY JAMIE SKUBAL As I trot around the ring for the under saddle, I can see trainers standing at the in gate and along the ring making small pointers and hand...

6 Simple Hacks To Help Your Horse’s Hives

BY INTERN KAITLYN YOURKOSKI Summer is peak season for hives in horses due to the extremely humid weather. Hives can stem from many different sources such as diet, shavings, something your horse is physically coming...

How to Get That Shiny Coat for Your Horse

BY JESS CLAWSON One of my favorite things about going to horse shows is seeing all the beautiful, well-groomed horses. It takes a lot of work on the day...