Tail Whitening Hacks

BY TPH TEAM If you live in Virginia (where it’s been muddy for 12 months straight!) and your horse has a significant amount of white in its tail, you learn to become good at tail...

Watch and Learn: Hunters Then & Now

From the Thoroughbred to the Warmblood, triple combinations to technical handy tracks, much has changed in the hunter discipline, and what we know now as a hunter derby is comparable to the Working Hunter...

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 around the ring. It can be...

Watch and Learn: Equitation Champions of the 2010s

Hunter Holloway. Zazou Hoffman. TJ O'Mara. Victoria Colvin. McKayla Langmeier. All five riders rode to victory in equitation championships in the last decade. Beyond the accolades, these riders have much in common—most notably, the...

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...

Your New Horse Isn’t Insurable. Now What?

By Kara Pinato Scro / Jump Media Imagine you are in the process of finding and purchasing your dream horse. You’ve taken the time to try different horses, maybe you’ve had this horse on trial...

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 back and didn’t know how to...

The Complete Tax Deduction Checklist for Equine Professionals

BY LEGIT LEDGERS, LLC If you run your own equine business, you do not have the time to research every possible tax deduction under the sun. All you can do is trust your tax professional to suggest...

Hope In the Darkest Moments: Streaker and Majesty’s Journey with VetBlue

BY SYDNEY JONES/PHELPS MEDIA GROUP Sometimes a horse’s life isn't full of blue ribbons and victory gallops. Unfortunately, horses are not always dealt the best hand, which was the case for Streaker and Majesty. Streaker,...

10 Equine Grooming Habits That You Need To Ditch

BY GRACE SALMON Whether we have our sights set on the show ring or lessons at home, most riders share a common goal: to keep their horses looking great. Often times we are so focused...

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...

Why You Should Groom Your Horse

Above photo by Kate Houlihan Photography Do you regularly groom your horse? Here are some of the benefits and best tools that you should be using. Why You Should Groom Your Horse When it comes to taking...

The Bloodline Factor When Assessing a Jumper

By Charlene Strickland How important is pedigree when choosing a jumper? Do bloodlines forecast how and why a jumper jumps with a certain style? What about the gallop he requires to navigate the course at...

Let Me Tell You a Secret: Summit Joint Performance

BY STEVE SCEARCY Some secrets are just too good not to be shared. Summit Joint Performance began with such a secret. The formula for this revolutionary supplement was once used in human eye surgery, but...

Equine Ulcers: Prevention is Better Than The Cure!

BY ANDREA D. ELLIS FROM ANIVADO What is the cause of stomach ulcers in competition horses and how can we prevent them? Behavioural markers of ulcers are very unreliable as not all horses show these, but...

Effective Cooling Strategies for Summer Riding

BY TPH Staff 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 our horses. As Dr. David Ramey says,...

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...

America Cryo: Next Level Equine Therapy

BY TYLER BUI Injury prevention, recovery, and rehabilitation are crucial to the health and performance of show horses. As a professional Grand Prix rider, Florian Moreno found himself looking for the right support to help...

Four Flatwork Exercises to Increase Rideability from Max Amaya

BY MAX AMAYA Although my riders’ accomplishments in the show ring are important, I never underestimate the value of solid flatwork as the foundation that makes all the pieces come together in competition. At home,...

No Teeth, No Horse? Feeding the Aging Horse

BY ANDREA D. ELLIS FROM ANIVADO Do older horses need special supplements and how should we feed for tooth loss? Horses, like so many herbivores, are hypsodont which means their teeth continue to grow (erupt) throughout...

Life Hacks for Maintaining a Proper Pace on Course

BY PONYMOMAMMY We all know that the secret to finding 8-10 proper jump distances in a course is to stop looking for the distances. Easier said than done, right? The best way to “find” the...

5 Game Changing Body Clipping Tips from a Professional Groom!

I can't wait to body clip today... said no person ever! But with professional groom Amanda Geerlinks' body clipping tips, this chore is sure to go off much smoother than ever before.  BY AMANDA GEERLINKS Body...