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No-Pinch Bit

Credit: Photo Courtesy of Divine Saddlery The Dee-Snaffle-Eggbutt-Lightweight Normal Plate Bit from Divine Saddlery’s Winning Tongue Plate Bit line, is considered appropriate for......Read More

Horse-Rescue Story: Lucky

by Purina Animal Nutrition
Lucky was living in cramped quarters, blind in one eye, and had a Henneke Scale body-condition score of 1. Then Equine WellBeing Rescue stepped in. Read on for Lucky’s rescue story. ...Read More

Horse-Rescue Story: Ramius

by Purina Animal Nutrition
Ramius was a stray stallion with a Henneke Scale body-condition score of 2. True Blue Animal Rescue brought him back to health. Read on for Ramius’ rescue story. ...Read More

Article Archive

Aging Gracefully

by Eleanor Kellon, VMD

Horses are living longer than ever before. Learn what your equine senior citizen needs to enjoy his golden years. Read More

Prevention Is Best When It Comes To Sand Colic

by Cynthia McFarland

If you don’t live in Florida or the desert Southwest, you probably think your horse isn’t at risk for sand colic. Think again. When a horse grazes on short, sparse pasture, or... Read More

Keeping Chaos at Bay

by Katrina and David Muga

This young eventer stays on the show circuit with a 22-year-old tow vehicle, thanks to dear old dad—and the help of USRider® Equestrian Plan. Read More

Trail Riding at Fort Valley Ranch, Virginia

by Fran Severn

Just 90 minutes from the Washington, D.C., metroplex, Fort Valley Ranch offers a civilized adventure in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Read More

On-the-Go Grooming

by Audrey Pavia

Here’s a handy grooming-tool checklist to use when you pack your trailer for your equine adventures. Read More


by Bonnie Davis

When out trail riding, I always let Nic get a drink where he can.  Even in mud puddles and run off spots.  I’ve watched him play and even drink from a puddle with runoff from the... Read More

The Arizona Trail

by Jule Drown

Fewer than 20 people have ever ridden the entire National Arizona Scenic Trail, known as the Arizona Trail, which winds 820 miles from the Mexican border to Utah.  Those who have managed to ride... Read More

Our Current Issue,
July/August 2015:

  • Discover Your State Parks

    State parks, often overlooked, offer scenic riding trails and horse-friendly campgrounds. Here, we take you to gems in the mountains of Montana and Idaho.

    by Kent & Charlene Krone

  • Get the Right Gait

    Learn how to get the right trail gait for safety and control with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.

    by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

  • Stay-Cool Solutions

    Help your hardworking trail horse stay cool this summer — and dress to stay cool on your rides — with the right tack and apparel. We give you selection, use tips, re- sources, and more. Plus: Look here to enter our Stay-Cool Sweepstakes.

    by Jessica Jahiel PhD

  • Trailer Weights Demystified

    Our experts explain what you need to know about your trailer’s weight, so you can select the right tow vehicle for safety and control.

Next Issue, September/October 2015:

    Catch Colorful Fall Foliage  

    Enjoy stunning fall colors from the back of your horse with our guide to fall-foliage rides from coast-to-coast


    Nature’s Playground

    Southwestern Utah offers trail riders a variety of terrain, from rocky desert canyons to cool mountain forests.

    Saddle-Fit Guidelines

    Learn how to fit your saddle to your horse with these guidelines from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.

    Rugged Fall Riding Wear

    Stay warm on the trail this fall, no matter what the weather.


    Attitude Adjustments 

    Six expert ways to level your trailer to help keep your horse safe on the road.


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

Check out the latest trail gear, on-trail tests from our experts, camping gear, and more!

By Laurel Berger O'Connor

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    Mirlo, the little black mustang I worked with at Colorado Horse Rescue, taught me as a much as I taught him....Read more

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