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So Much More Than a Diploma: St. Andrews University Equestrian Studies

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Picking a college is the first step of adulthood for many, and there are countless factors that go into determining which school is the best fit. But add horses into the mix?...

Ashwood Farm: Built on Honesty, Thriving on Hard Work

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Mary Ann Thomas & her daughter Abby Funk open up about their small, standout program Equestrian programs aspire to have a barn full of exquisite horses, rippling with talent that snap their knees...

Appreciating What We’ve Learned From the Craziest Year Ever

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I know I'm not the only one that's ready for 2020 to bite the dust. It's been one thing after another, and we've all been in this muck together. I don't have...

If Hallmark Made a Holiday Horse Movie

BY LAUREN MAULDIN This time of year, Hallmark holiday movies are my guilty pleasure. I’ve watched a “dog therapist” fall in love with a Silicon valley tech guru (and save the day before Christmas), a...

I Love Horses, But I’m Tired

BY LAUREN MAULDIN My story is not unique in our sport. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love horses. Begged for lessons, was fortunate enough to ride as a kid. Worked hard and...

How to Create Holiday Horse Photos With Your Cell Phone Camera

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Tis the season to throw a Santa hat or a bow on your horse and smile for the camera! While the best photos are undoubtedly shot by a professional equine photographer, sometimes...

The Number 1 Thing You Should Never Do With a Horse

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I had the worst lesson this weekend. Even though the sun was shining, my horse had been worked all week and was a total lamb the day before, he came out like...

Disney Made a New Black Beauty Movie and I Have FEELINGS About It

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I've never been one to cry in movies, especially when I was younger. My late husband once challenged me to watch Life is Beautiful without tearing up, and (although it was a...

Your Halter Is Too Big (and other horse safety tips to address)

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It kills me every time. You see a lovely photo of a beautiful horse posted on social media. The rider is beaming next to their horse that’s well groomed with a sleek...

Making Things Happen Without Making Excuses: An Adult Amateur’s Climb

BY LAUREN MAULDIN There is a tendency to divide the equestrian industry into the “haves” and the “have nots.” With events ranging from small schooling shows to extensive seasonal circuits, for many it can seem...

Yes, Showing During Covid-19 is Still Fun

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Whether you show on the local circuit or at the biggest AA shows in the country, chances are you’ve reviewed a new list of rules that have appeared during the pandemic. Each...

Horses Built the Confidence for Living an Authentic Life

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Horses offer a gift of universal acceptance. The animals make no judgements based on gender, religion, sexuality or any of the other dividing factors humans are often troubled by. Ryan O’Donnell, a...

Training the Healing Rider

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Whether a rider is healing from a broken arm or recovering from brain surgery, the trainer holds an essential role in the process of getting back in the saddle and into the...

Uncomfortable Silence

BY LAUREN MAULDIN As protests sprouted up across the country in the wake of George Flloyd’s murder at the hand of police, conversations around racism entered every house in America. And soon after, long overdue,...

Rediscovering the Joy of Horses When Showing Isn’t Possible

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I am, by my own definition, a competitive person. Don't confuse my lack of talent or success in this sport for not caring. I deeply want to win. Always have. This fierce, inner...

You Can Give Yourself Permission to be a “Bad” Horse Owner Right Now

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Typically, I am pretty hard on myself. My plate stays full, and I tend to beat myself up if I don't keep all the plates spinning at the same time. Instead of...

Don’t Stop Dreaming When the World is on Pause

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I never thought I'd be living through a pandemic. None of us did. It certainly wasn't on our 2020 goals list or New Year's Resolutions. Now, most of us sit and wait...

Tips to Keep Your Barn Safe From Spreading Coronavirus

BY LAUREN MAULDIN You can't deny it—we're in interesting times right now. In the span of about a week, the coronavirus went from being "just the flu" mostly in other countries to an invisible threat...

What My Terminally Ill Dog is Trying to Teach Me About Riding and Life

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It's no secret that equestrians are driven individuals. Whether we're bound to a strict show schedule or training at home for personal goals, we keep our eye focused on improvement. Insert all...

Hands-On Learning at Emory & Henry College Sustains Equestrian Careers

By Lauren Mauldin Attending college is one of the most important steps of a young person’s life. For many, it’s the gateway to adulthood. It’s the first time most students have lived away from home,...

Baby Horse Lessons on Patience, Healing and Being Kind

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’m not historically known for my patience. Blame being a Capricorn, but once I decide that something needs doing—I want it done yesterday.  Last spring, I bought Poet, a four-year-old greenbroke OTTB. Perhaps...

Stony Lane is Built on Trust

By Lauren Mauldin What goes into running a successful farm? Some of it is obvious. You need talent to develop horse lovers into equestrian athletes. A sharp eye that can pluck a promising show horse...