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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 any of the year-end equitation finals...

Tail Care Tricks for Different Kinds of Tails

BY TPH Staff 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 horses’ tails every day, or only...

Developing Lightness and Feel: Exercises from Geoff Teall

Within the 263 pages of Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation, Teall covers an impressive multitude of topics aimed at helping riders increase the effectiveness of their time spent in the saddle.  From...

8 Ways to Lose Money Fast in Your Horse Business

BY ELYSE SCHENK & PIPER KLEMM We’re told from childhood to choose a career that we’re passionate about. But the idea of doing what you love and making money while doing can be a dangerously...

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...

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...

Going from Shod to Bare: A Hoof Care Pro’s Tips for Success

BY ALICIA HARLOV Many equestrians used to think of pulling shoes as just for a horse's retirement or time off work, but that is no longer the case. More and more owners are interested to...

Ten Lessons from Top Professionals at the Gold Star Clinic

BY RACHEL LONG During the 4-day Gold Star Clinic, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in our sport including Katie Prudent, DiAnn Langer, Kirsten Coe, Will Simpson, Dr. Geoff Vernon, and many...

Understanding Kissing Spines

BY HAYLIE KERSTETTER Your once very agreeable horse who loved his job has picked up the habit of stopping at fences and missing changes. He seems to flinch every time you put the saddle on,...

From the Ground Up: Rethinking the Relationship With Your Horse

BY ELYSE SCHENK “Running scared” is how I overheard a cowboy once characterize jumper horses. He criticized the discipline for forceful training, resulting in fearful horses that perform only out of stress, rather than a...

Ask Andre: What Are Your Show Ring Pet Peeves?

By Andre Dignelli I always stress the importance of preparation, but there are many facets to that. The physical and mental aspects are certainly paramount, but the details in presentation can never be overlooked. I often...

Don’t Tailgate the Trailer! How to Safely Share the Road with Horse Trailers

BY EQUO The one thing equestrians really want non-equestrians to know is how to safely share the road with horse trailers. To people who aren’t familiar with horses, they seem big, tough and scary. In...

Is He Lame or Just a Lefty?

Distinguishing Between Lameness, Weakness, and Sidedness By Keelin Redmond, DVM Talk to any rider, and you will hear it: “His left lead is better.” “His right to left change is better.” “His right hind is...

The Science of Shavings

By Chapel Puckett Shavings are an integral part of any horse care routine – horses can spend a lot of time in their stalls. It is important to know the composition of different kinds of...

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...

The Never-Ending Quest to Keep a Grey Horse Clean: Tips for Success

BY CATIE STASZAK I believe this to be true: Grey horses know that dirt shows better on them than on their bay counterparts, and they exploit this knowledge on a daily basis. In the stall. In...

Meet “My” New Horse: Understanding Ownership of Abandoned Horses

By Armand Leone Reader Question: An owner at my barn walked out on a horse ten months ago and has been unreachable since. I took over financial responsibility of the horse at that time. Do I...

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 signals to their clients. Part of...

Cold Weather Riding Tips for Snow and Beyond

BY ALLIE CARLSON Being from Connecticut, I am no stranger to chilly winter rides. But in the northeast that meant layering up, putting a quarter sheet on my body clipped horse if it was really...

Evaluating Expenses When Deciding Where to Start an Equestrian Business

BY STEPHANIE RUFF Let’s face it—even when costs are considered reasonable, owning horses is expensive. Depending on your location and discipline, it can range from “spending some discretionary income” to “what in the world do...

Ask the Vet: When Is It Too Cold to Ride?

How to consider the weather and your horse’s health, according to a veterinarian By Dr. Heather Beach, DVM For equestrians in the northern states who do not migrate south for the winter season, Daylight Savings in...