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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...

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...

I Take Forever in the Cross Ties

BY LAUREN MAULDIN These days, I take forever in the cross ties—especially before my ride. I didn’t used to be this way. My horse always had to be body clipped in the winter, because I...

Twas the Night Before the Horse Show

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Twas the night before the show, and all through the barnThe ponies were sleeping, mane braided in yarn.The bridles all hung, each polished and shinedEach gleaming bit perfectly aligned.  My kid was stretched...

What Horses Give Us Each Time We Swing a Leg Over

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Earlier this year, I found myself unexpectedly (and unwantedly) horseless. Suddenly, my life was completely open. No more having to drag myself out to the barn on gross days. Sunday brunch? Absolutely,...

Climbing Quickly: Lauren Little Has the Formula for Success

By TPH Editor Lauren Mauldin How does one define the formula that makes for a successful rider? Many would start with natural talent. An eye that leads them to perfect distances, poise in the saddle....

What An Adult Amateur Rider Really Wants for Christmas

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every year, my loving mother asks me for gift ideas for Christmas and my birthday that lands two days before (what up December babies!). Because I’m a lifelong equestrian, the request often comes in...

A Study in Hard Work: Brooke Farr & ABF Equine

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s one of our favorite plots, featured in many horse movies. The horse-crazy, hard working kid that spends every hour they can at the barn. The difficult horse, talented but misunderstood, the...

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...

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...