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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

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Buy the Right Trailer

We take you through the trailer-buying process, from how to select a trailer to the legal requirements you’ll need to meet after you complete the sale. Read More

Apply Fly Spray the Right Way

by Laurel Scott

To help your fly spray or other insect repellent do its work of keeping biting insects away from your horse both safely and well, follow these guidelines: ·  Start with a clean horse.... Read More

On-Trail Confidence Boost

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

Have you ever lost your nerve when your trail horse has balked? Here, top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight gives you her three-step confidence boost. Read More

15 Expert Trailering Tips

by Rebecca Gimenez PhD

Here’s how to reduce the risk of an accident this season as your trailer your equine friend to trail rides, horse camps, horse shows, and other destinations. Read More

Canter into Bliss

by Shawn Hamilton

Saddle up — and roll out your mats — for Julie Goodnight’s Yoga and Riding Retreat set in the rustic elegance of Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch. Read More

Helpless No More

by Sharon Gray

“By having a USRider membership, I no longer feel like I’m on my own and alone when I run into problems on the road,” says this Morgan Horse owner. Read on for her story. Read More

Ride Southwestern Utah

by Photos and Story by Kent & Charlene Krone

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

Our Current 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.

    by Audrey Pavia

  • Ride Southwestern Utah

    Southwestern Utah offers trail riders a variety of terrain, from rocky desert canyons to cool mountain forests. Don’t miss our from-the-saddle report.

    by Kent & Charlene Krone

  • Laminitis: Autumn Risks

    At home and on the road, your horse may be at risk for laminitis when turned out on autumn grass. Here’s why your horse is at risk and how to help prevent this potentially crippling disease.

    by Fran Jurga

  • Rugged Fall Riding Wear

    Stay warm on the trail this fall, no matter what the weather, with jackets, coats, Australian dusters, raingear, insulated boots, boot socks, riding-helmet accessories, and riding gloves.

    by Jessica Jahiel PhD

Next Issue, Nov/Dec 2015:

    On the Gift Trail
    Check out these gift ideas for all the horsepeople and equine friends on your holiday-shopping list.

    Red Rocks & Hidden Gems
    Discover Southern Nevada’s towering mountain ranges, scenic canyons, and hidden charms.

    How to Safely Handle Reins
    Learn how to safely use your reins on the trail with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.

    Load for Stability
    Find out how to load horses into your trailer for optimal weight distribution, stability, and balance.

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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