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Surviving Adult Ammy Guilt: When You Feel Like You’re Not Worthy Of Your Horse

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Here are some facts about me: At any given time, I'm thinking through at least five different things in my head (What do I need from the grocery store? I have to finish...

Honesty, Respect & Trust Create Perfect Partnerships at Sky High Equestrian Center

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Though purchasing a new horse is often an exciting prospect, finding the ideal equine partner can be a frustrating endeavor. The same can be said of selling horses, and no matter what...

I’m From North Carolina and I’m Proud Of Our Imperfect WEG

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN On Thursday night after several long days of travel, heat and humidity, I’m writing this blog post with somewhat spotty wifi at my Aunt’s lake house in Lake James, North...

Making the Horse World a Safe Space for LGBTQ Equestrians

AN INTERVIEW WITH JESS CLAWSON BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Even on the best days, horse shows can be difficult places. There’s the weather, the nerves, the chance your horse may throw a shoe right...

Impressive Results From an Inclusive Facility: Millennium Farm Offers Something For Everyone

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN When you walk through a horse show, you weave through a wide sampling of equestrians. Some are born into it, growing up on perfectly turned out, fancy ponies. Others have...

Tiny Model Horse Tack So Amazing You’ll Think It’s The Real Thing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Confession time. I am obsessed with all things miniature. If something is smaller than its intended size, I'm totally here for it. Of course, this interest grows exponentially when you show me itty...

3 Things That Won’t Make You a Better Rider (And 3 Things That Will)

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Even though I've been riding for well over twenty years, nobody would ever consider me an authority on training, equitation, or really anything to do with horse showing. And that would...

4 Tips for Writing About Horses

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN The inaugural $2,500 Equestrian Voices Creative Writing Contest is officially open for entries. We're so excited to see the submissions coming in, because we believe that not only is everyone's...

When You’re a Weenie, Flabby Amateur Who Loves Hunter Derbies

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN I love the hunters. Can't help myself. That division is like a bad boyfriend I just can't quit. I know life would be better for me and my free OTTB...

TPH Review: Benefab® by Sore No-More® Therapeutic Knee Brace

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN The best horse I've ever owned, Simon, is a perfect match for me but can't pass a vet check to save his life. Vets have described his hock radiographs as...

Central Texas Says Goodbye to the San Antonio Rose Palace

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN About thirty minutes north of San Antonio, there is a large, indoor showing facility. It’s got dusty bleachers, multiple rings (with bonus killer shadows that green horses are sure to...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Thoroughbred Hunters

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Okay let's be real - for many of us, Thoroughbred hunters aren't a thing of the past. My OTTB does triple duty as best friend, jumper (if I'm feeling brave)...

23 Perfect Braid Photos That Will Make Your Type A Horse Show Heart Happy

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN You know what makes me happy? Horse shows. You know what one of my favorite parts of showing is? Seeing my horse in his formal best, all braided up. When...

My Complicated Body in Breeches

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Last week, I shared an article to our Facebook page from the July issue of The Plaid Horse about body image in our sport. Later in the day, I went...

Patriotic Tack Sets You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN If there's one thing I love about the hunters, it's the wide variety of striking, individualistic tack choices. Oh wait... that's literally every other discipline. Still, for the hunter/jumper rider looking...

No Shame In Our Game: Horse Loving Signs

BY LAUREN MAULDIN If there's one thing the internet is good for, it's a solid viral sensation. First, there was dog shaming. You know, those hilarious hand-written signs photographed next to an innocent looking dog......

TPH Review: Acavallo Gel and Memory Foam Halfpad

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN When it comes to choosing tack, the most important thing to consider is my horse's comfort. Sure, I love beautiful pieces with stunning custom details as much as the next...

The Suicide Conversation We Should Be Having Before “They Will Be Missed”

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN This week Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain became two of the over 30,000 Americans* that will die by suicide this year. In the aftermath of their loss, social media flooded...

Ribbons in the Trash: Is There a Greener Award for Shows?

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN I might be a thirty-three year old woman, but I love ribbons as much as any pony kid out there. I’ve kept every ribbon I’ve ever won, a feat possible...

Equine Entrepreneur Showcase: Kat Chrysostom of BeneFab by Sore-No-More

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Today's equine entrepreneur has an incredible story behind how she founded her company, Benefab® by Sore-No-More®. Not only that, but she's recently published her first book -- how's that for...

There is No Room for Ego in the Barn

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN I’m pretty good at faking confidence. It’s over compensation really, a mask I pull to smooth over issues from low self-esteem and a solid dose of imposter syndrome. When...

Should You Have a Horse in College? Probably Not, But Do It Anyway

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN When I prepared for my first semester at college as an eighteen-year-old freshman, I got ready in a way that many others have. I went shopping with my parents for...