Sunday, July 12, 2020

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...

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...

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...

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...

Catch Riding… What are the Risks and Possible Protections?

BY LISA LAZARUS TPH Editor ’s NOTE: This editorial is based on FEI rules. USEF language differs slightly and the USEF Drugs & Medication Hotline Department reported that catch...

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...

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...

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...

What You Can and Can’t Expect From a Pre-Purchase Vetting

BY STEFANIE MAZER, PSY.D. I am involved in a lot of horse transactions. This is one of the most fun and rewarding jobs, but it can also be a nightmare! From the beginning of 2018...

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...

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...

Hoof Care: What Works

BY JESS CLAWSON It’s no secret that I love thoroughbreds for a great many reasons: their tendency to be decent jumpers, their sensitive natures, and their proficiency in eventing....

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...

Look Good, Feel Good, Jump Good: Conditioning Horses for Show Ring Success...

By Emily Riden/Jump Media There’s a saying that if one looks good, they feel good, and if they feel good, they "do good." While the expression may be...

Finding a Change of Perspective 4,000 Miles from Home

BY ALLIE CARLSON For a long time I thought my horse, Wyatt, was dumb. He was a green bean when I started riding him. He just did not catch...

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...

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...

10 Ways to Stay More Organized at Horse Shows

By Marissa Cohen We have all been in this situation, we get to the show and realize we forgot something. Or the opposite? You happen to overpack and you just do not have enough space...

My Kind of Jet Setting: A Look at Eric Hasbrouck’s Partial Ownership Program

BY CATIE STASZAK It certainly helped that it was one of the most beautiful mornings of the winter in Wellington. But, when I got a leg up aboard Quattro, I knew I was going to...

How To Change Your Horse’s Name on USEF

BY GRACE SALMON Did you just get a new horse? Do you not like its name, or want to change it to something that means more to you? Keep reading to find out how to...

Equestrian DIY: How to Make a Whip or Crop Holder

BY OLIVIA KNOTT OF DIY HORSE OWNERSHIP This is a super easy project. I made it with spare parts from my garage, so it cost me nothing. You can substitute some equipment for others, but the...

5 Things To Do At The Barn When It’s Too Hot To Ride

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM If you start sweating just walking to your car in order to get to the barn, you might be wondering if it’s too hot to ride. During these blistering summer days...