Thursday, November 26, 2020

Breaking Traditions to Be a Better Rider

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK There is no question that equestrian sport is deeply rooted in tradition. In the hunter/jumper world, everything seems rooted in tradition. Why do we mount only on the left side? It was...

How To Care for Your Tall Boots

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM It’s no secret that a pair of quality tall boots is a significant, albeit necessary, investment. With the base price of a quality off-the-rack boot often beginning somewhere around the thousand dollar mark, it...

Wool vs Foam Flocking: What Does It Mean for Your Saddle?

BY BRITTANY BIRD So, you’re shopping for a new saddle, and as you sip your morning coffee while researching different types, you stumble across the foam vs. wool debate.  Some of your friends are all about the sleek,...

Tips for Looking Your Best on Horse Show Day

BY JESS CLAWSON Horse show days are exciting, if sometimes stressful. We’ve put in so much effort to get there that we don’t want anything to go wrong. I believe that feeling great about how...

Tack Cleaning Tips for When You’ve Really Got to Make it Sparkle

BY JESS CLAWSON Maintaining proper daily maintenance for your tack means that when it’s time to really deep clean it, whether for a big horse show or Pony Club turnout inspection, you’re working from a...

How to Oil a New Saddle

BY CORI MCGRAW So you’ve just purchased a brand new saddle or have been fortunate enough to receive one as a gift (you lucky duck, you!). Now what?  While some manufacturers will pre-oil a saddle for you (often at an...

Talk Shadbelly To Me: What Top Derby Riders are Wearing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Shadbellies are a bucket list apparel item for many equestrians. They signify a formal, big event like a hunter derby or classic. Riders on all different levels dream of cantering around with...

Everyday Tack Maintenance: How to Keep Your Tack in Good Shape

BY JESS CLAWSON I like tack cleaning, but don’t always have time to clean my tack to the extent that I’d like. Back when I had an office job I could stop thinking about after...

Battle of the Burgundy: What Coat Colors Belong In The Hunter Ring?

BY LAUREN MAULDIN There's a lot going on in our sport right now. Indoors just wrapped up, and people are looking forward to winter circuits. SafeSport is a hot topic, with everyone going through their...

Beautiful and Easy Ways to Display Your Ribbons

BY ASHLEY SHAW Over many years of horse showing, equestrians can accumulate countless amounts of ribbons. Sadly, the reality is that most of these elegant, hard-earned ribbons end up in storage containers and plastic bags...

Is Your Saddle Rack Damaging Your Horse’s Back?

BY HOLLY BARNETT Holly Barnett, owner of August Equine, is a certified saddle fitter and professional equine therapist, based out of Ontario, Canada. Holly embraces the "whole horse" concept and presents a comprehensive approach to...

The Perfect Bit Does Exist

BY JESS CLAWSON Many riders struggle with teaching their horses, and themselves, proper connection to the bit. Sometimes horses resist because the bit isn’t an appropriate choice or doesn’t fit correctly, while others may struggle...

TPH Review: Total Saddle Fit Stability Leathers

by Jess Clawson Many years ago when I was in grad school and couldn’t afford a horse, I played roller derby. I made terrific friends, was the fittest I’ve ever been, and wore myself out...

10 Things Every Rider Needs in their Barn Bag

This year, never be caught unprepared - make sure your barn bag is packed and with you at all times!  Here are 10 items we think every rider needs in their barn bag to keep...

On a Budget? You Need The TackHack

BY LAUREN MAULDIN This online retailer is changing the equestrian discount landscape by working with independent tack shops to source amazing deals for riders. Working adult amateurs bond over many things, like battling nerves at the...

Size Inclusivity in the Equestrian World

BY TPH BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN In the spring of 2013, my equestrian life was in a better place than it had ever been. I had a new horse, a young off the track Thoroughbred...

Air Vests Are All the Rage—But Are They Truly Safe?

The hunter jumper world is abuzz about air vests. Well-known professionals are wearing them, more are speaking out about buying their own, and amateur riders and parents are considering making the investment for themselves...

EQright: Tiny Device, Big Potential to Improve Your Riding

By Rennie Dyball Does your trainer tell you to “look up!” or “sit up!” every lesson? Do you jump up your horse’s neck from time to time? Find yourself looking down just to double-check your...

The Basics of Saddle Fit

BY JESS CLAWSON If you’ve spent more than 10 minutes in any horse-based Facebook group, you’ll come across questions about saddle fit. “What jump saddle fits a thoroughbred with shark fin withers?” or “Who prefers...

The Fit Equestrian’s Equitation Bootcamp: Can This Easy Workout Plan Actually Complement Your...

BY RENNIE DYBALL With a month to go before my competitive local medal finals, all it took was the name of this workout to hook me. I’ll take all the shoulders-back help I can get. I’ve...

Top Two Popular English Saddles

By Tori Weed Two English saddles that are climbing the ranks as “must haves” One of the most important pieces of equipment as an equestrian is the saddle. Though most English saddles can get the job...

Terrific Trends on the Show Circuit: Summer Edition

By Lauren Aubert In our present day, equestrian show fashion is more form fitting, sweat-wicking, and breathable than ever before. Breeches come in a variety of rises and colors, some even deemed appropriate to wear...