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Treasure Hunt: Equicaching

by Jenny Sullivan
How many of us dreamed as a kid about secret pirate maps and finding buried treasure? Well, dreamers unite! Now you can live out this childhood fantasy in real life. And for horsepeople, it's......Read More


The Emergency Stop

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight
Learn how to perform the one-rein stop and the pulley-rein stop with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight’s proven techniques. ...Read More


How to Select Kids’ Reins

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight
Are you selecting reins for a child to use? Here are a few pointers from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. * Always provide reins. First and foremost, make sure that the child (or a rider of any......Read More


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18 Top Riding Destinations

by Photos and Story by Kent & Charlene Krone

Kent and Charlene Krone have traveled with their Missouri Fox Trotters from California to Missouri, and from Texas to Canada. Here, they share 18 of their favorite places to camp and ride. Read More

How to Safely Handle Reins

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

Learn how to safely use your reins on the trail with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. Read More

LOADING -- in the dark!

by Bonnie Davis

Horses load into trailers all the time -- or the majority of them do.  But once in a while a horseowner may be faced with loading a horse in the DARK.  At the barn, an emergency trip to the... Read More

Your Horse’s Dental Care

by Jenny Sullivan

Enhance your horse’s health with regular dental care. Here, we tell you how to spot equine dental problems and how to find an qualified equine veterinary dentist. Read More

Lead-Rope Lesson

by Clinton Anderson

Teach your horse to be calm, focused, responsive, and obedient with these ground-work exercises from top trainer/clinician Clinton Anderson. Read More

A Summer of Trouble

USRider Member story: This USRider Member experienced a series of breakdowns. Here’s how USRider came to her rescue each time. Read More

Our Current Issue,
July/August 2016:

  • How to Prevent Trailer Theft

    As the summer travel season hits full swing, don’t leave your rig unattended without taking these smart trailer-theftprevention steps.

    by Audrey Pavia

  • Fix 3 Behavior Bummers

    Does your trail horse paw, walk off when you mount up, or go at an inconsistent speed? Correct these behavioral woes with proven techniques from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.

    by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

  • Wild Lands and Wild Horses

    Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area encompasses 120,000 acres of forests, mountains, valleys, prairies, canyons, lakes, wetlands — and the Pryor Mountain National Wild Horse Range. Don’t miss our from-the-saddle report.

    by Kent & Charlene Krone

  • Horse Owner's Summer Notebook

    A roundup of expert tips and checklists to help keep you and your horse safe, cool, hydrated, and pest-free this summer, at home and on the road.

Next Issue, September/October 2016:

    Horse Owner's Fall Notebook

     

    A roundup of seasonal tips, checklists, and guides, including fall rides, a peak-color map, apparel and gear tips, and ways to keep your horse healthy all season long.

     

     

    Downhill Control 

    Does your horse speed up going down hills? Teach him to pick his way slowly with these techniques from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. 

    BY HEIDI MELOCCO WITH JULIE GOODNIGHT

     

    Fix it or Give Up

    Here’s how to decide whether your aging trailer is worth fixing up or if it’s time to sell and invest in a new trailer. 

     

    BY TOM AND NEVA KITTRELL SCHEVE

    The Tetons' Top Fall Trails

     

    Saddle up, and enjoy fall colors in Wyoming’s majestic Grand Tetons. Don’t miss our from-the-saddle report.  

     

    BY KENT AND CHARLENE KRONE

Ask Julie Goodnight

Top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight answers readers' questions on training, safety, horsemanship, and more.

Edited and photos by Heidi Melocco

Trail Gear

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By Laurel Berger O'Connor

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