Thursday, January 20, 2022

Daniel Stewart’s Question Suggestion

BY DANIEL STEWART Keeping your mind focused on what’s production (like transitions between dressage movements or fences) instead of what’s destructive (like worrying about the crowd) is one of the most important skills any rider...

Who Jumped It Best? $100,000 Lone Star State Grand Prix

Twenty-one-year-old Daisy Ford and her longtime partner, Gatsby, topped the $100,000 Lone Star State Grand Prix on Saturday night, February 27, at the Texas Winter Series IV in Katy, TX. However, while Ford and Gatsby...

Horses Make Me Less of an Inflexible Curmudgeon

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I remember being surprised the first time someone called me a control freak. “What? No! I’m easy going, go with the flow.” They just looked at me like I had grown a third arm. I...

The Long Road is the Short Road

BY PIPER KLEMM For those of you who work, and wait, and work some more – we salute you.  I am impatient at best. When I focus in on a goal, I am whole hog. I...

An Equestrian’s Imperfect Pursuit of Wellness

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Wellness is a funny word. The dictionary defines it as “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” I guess that makes sense, but it seems more...

Daniel Stewart’s Athletic Anthems

BY DANIEL STEWART When you’re struggling to find your way out of a bad mood (insert frustration, disappointment, doubt, etc. here), it would be great if you could find a quick easy trick… and an...

What Stress Influencers are Affecting You from Performing to Your True Potential?

BY CATHY PENROD Day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment, stress influencers can sneak upon us and affect us from performing to our true potential, in the show ring, schooling and/or life in...

Leading Your Horse to Water

By Juliette Beauchamp As the winter months and colder temperatures approach, it is vitally important to stay on top of your horse’s water consumption. The average horse drinks about eight to ten gallons of water...

Changes to the 2018 Tax Codes

BY PAM SAUL It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to fulfilling ourNew Year’s resolutions. Nah, I’m kidding. This is when everyone tries to figure out how much they have to pay in taxes!...

Moments with Horses

BY JENNIFER THOMAS, PH.D. Jerry is a (roughly) 32-year-old retired carriage horse from Chicago. I’ve never seen him before (even though he has been in residence for about a year). Today, however, he caught...

Tips to Host the Perfect Kentucky Derby Party

BY JULIE UNGER Plaid Horse readers share a few traits: the love for horses, the love of style and knowing how to work hard and play hard. Hosting a Kentucky Derby watch party is one of those times where...

Confessions of a Former Fashion Pariah

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’m not really what you would call a fashionable person.  Growing up, my favorite outfit was a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Not fancy, designer jeans mind you—my tried and trues were...

Why Shame Is So Damaging and How to Overcome It—A Therapist’s Take

By Jeannie Moran, MSW LCSW Stephanie Ray Peters bravely kicked off The Plaid Horse’s anti-shame campaign for our May-June cover story. To continue the conversation, we spoke with Jeannie Moran, MSW LCSW, a therapist with...

Want the best horse care? You need the best horse care takers!

BY LISA LAZARUS As much as you might want to be – you can’t be with your horse 100% of the time! Therefore, if you want to provide the best possible horse care, you need...

Who Jumped It Best? $131,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI 3*

Earlier this month at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Darragh Kenny led the victory gallop on Babalou 41. While Kenny may have won, it's up to you to decide your fan favorite! So vote below...

Can We Improve Horse Shows in a Post-Pandemic Circuit?

With shows starting back up in some areas as early as a few weeks, the horse industry is buzzing with new regulations and guidelines for showing in a COVID-19 world. Face masks, warm-up ring...

You Are a Student, Not a Customer

By Emily Elek  I’m not into that customer stuff.  You know what I mean. There are so many in this business who refer to their “customers.” And the customer is always right…right? Except the barn is...

Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund Gives Juliette Joseph & Ava Stearns the Opportunity They Needed...

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK Returning for the second year, the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund has sponsored the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation Finals, and has also sponsored the WIHS Equitation Grant, which allows for...

If You Had One Magical Day to Spend with Horses, What Would You Do?

And money is no object! Heather Harelik Tseng posed this great question in The Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge on Facebook and we loved daydreaming along with you. Here are some of our favorite...

More Than a Motto: How SaddleMattress Provides Protection Through Face Masks as COVID-19 Lingers

BY LINDSEY RAINS In the wake of COVID-19, many of us are still holding our breath, wondering about the reopening of nonessential businesses, the loosening of shelter-in-place orders, and what returning to the barn and...

A Perfect Morning Riding in Spain

I wake up in the morning to a sore butt and a stiff back.  My body groans a little bit as I roust myself out of my cozy, little bed in the 1000-year old...