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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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by Bonnie Davis

Right now in the Sierra Nevada snow is 10 - 20 FEET deep.  Driving over Interstate 80 from Reno to Sacramento is like driving through a tunnel. With no roof!  Snow banks on each side... Read More

On the Gift Trail

by Lauren Back

The holiday shopping season is upon us! Time to corral those perfect gifts for everyone on your list, including your equine and canine friends. To give you a leg up, we’ve rounded up 35 gift ideas for the trail rider and equestrian traveler, separated into eight categories. Read More

Can You Curb Cribbing?

by Lisa Munniksma

Here’s the latest research on this strange, incurable behavior, including possible cribbing causes, cribbing dangers and myths, plus seven ways to manage cribbing. Read More

Bringing Your New Horse Home

by Rebecca Gimenez PhD

As you trailer your new horse home, you want to be sure your trailer is in tiptop shape and that you drive carefully, so the experience is a positive one for him. Here are 10 trip-preparation tasks... Read More

Australian Adventure

by Audrey Pavia

 When I was a horse-crazy little girl, I became obsessed with Australia. I imagined a vast land where brumbies roamed wild and koalas played in the gum trees. Dingoes lived in the woods.... Read More

Arizona Ranch Getaway

by Cynthia McFarland

Growing up in southern Arizona, I remember the mountains surrounding Tucson being more than rugged and majestic. Their distinctive landmarks were as familiar to me as my own backyard. I spent... Read More

Our Current Issue,
January/February 2017:

  • Ultimate Peak-to-Desert Adventure

    In Prescott National Forest, you’ll ride through cool ponderosa forests, pinion and juniper woodlands, and desert grasslands. At night, you’ll camp in a horseman’s paradise.

    by Kent & Charlene Krone

  • Horse Owner’s Winter Notebook

    A roundup of seasonal tips, checklists, and guides — on health care, hoof care, hauling, nutrition, blanketing, and management — to help you keep your horse healthy and safe all winter long.

  • Spirit of the Black Hills

    The 11,000-acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, near Rapid City, South Dakota, is home to small herds of rare Spanish Mustangs. We take you on a tour of this windswept sanctuary.

    by Audrey Pavia

Next Issue, January/
February 2016:

    Horse Owner’s Winter Notebook

    A roundup of seasonal tips, checklists, and guides to keep your horse healthy all winter long.


    Ground Work at Liberty

    Build the bond with you horse, and keep him tuned up all winter long, with these ground-work liberty exercises from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. 



    Control the Interior Environment

    Seven ways you can control your trailer’s interior environment to enhance your horse’s safety and well-being.    



    Ultimate Peak-to-Desert Adventure  

    Hitch up, and hit the open road to Prescott National Forest, from the cool peaks of the Bradshaw Mountains to the sun-baked Sonoran Desert below. 



Ask Julie Goodnight

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

Edited and photos by Heidi Melocco

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