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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 riders involved with a horse with...

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...

Five Ways to Keep Your Horse in Top Form with the Veterinarians of Palm...

BY LINDSAY BROCK/JUMP MEDIA Owning or managing a horse is a responsibility that is equal parts caregiver and detective. One of the most difficult aspects of equine ownership and management is that horses can’t verbally explain their pleasure or their pain....

Shedding Season Survival: Get Your Horse’s Gleaming Coat Back

BY TPH TEAM It’s almost spring. Like I promised, winter doesn’t last forever. I can tell that winter really is ending, because all of my fuzzy yaks are just beginning the process of turning back into...

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...

Anne Kursinski Teaches Consistent Riding and Having a Plan in her LAEC Clinic

BY JAMA LEIGH RIZZI It’s no secret that Anne Kursinski is a legend in the equestrian world, so I was tickled pink to audit her December 16th clinic at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. I learned so much as the four...

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...

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...

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 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...

Is It Possible to Modify Behavior With Feed?

BY ANDREA D. ELLIS FROM ANIVADO Does a feed or supplement really affect horses’ behaviour? Can supplements or feed affect behaviour? If the horse is on well balanced, species specific diet and receives the correct amount...

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...

How to Tame the Paperwork Monster for Your Equestrian Business

BY PAMELA N. SAUL, CB You are having a nightmare and the horror scene has you drowning in a sea of paperwork. It’s in piles on the office desk, exploding out of the glovebox of...

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

BY 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 when...

The Foundation for Creating a Strong Equestrian Business

BY PAMELA N. SAUL, CB You have decided it’s time to start a new business -- congratulations! You probably spent years as a kid hanging around the barn, graduating to a student intern or volunteer,...

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...

Tips for Shipping Your Horse in Hot Weather

BY EQUO We have had some widespread and prolonged heat waves the past few weeks. With the extreme temps, came a lot of questions about how to ship your horse safely. The experts at Equo...