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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

Article Archive

Lovely Late-Fall Rides

by Audrey Pavia

Discover scenic day rides within an easy drive of city limits. This issue: Gaits in the Grapes, Temecula, California; Dinosaur Valley State Park, near Fort Worth, Texas; Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, near Fayetteville, Arkansas. Read More

Choose the Right Reins

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

Learn how choose the right reins, and use them safely on the trail, with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. Bonus: Riding-glove tips for safety and control. Read More

Pre-Ride Tack Check

by Audrey Pavia

Before heading out on a trail ride, make sure your tack is in good working order for optimal safety in the saddle. Read More

NATRC Competitor Back on Track

by Linda R.

USRider Member story: This NATRC competitor and volunteer found value in her USRider Equestrian Motor Plan® membership when her truck’s water pump failed. Read More

Fall Day Rides

by Audrey Pavia

Here’s the scoop on three spectacular fall day-riding spots: Captain William Clark Park, Washington; East Fork Stables, Tennessee; and New Discovery State Park, Vermont. Read More

Nature's Playground

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 2016:

  • Tackling the Tetons

    Grand Teton National Park offers trail riders spectacular scenery, especially in mid September. Discover the park’s top trails with our from-the-saddle report.

    by Kent & Charlene Krone

  • Downhill Control

    Does your horse speed up his walk or trot down hills without a cue from you? Teach him to pick his way slowly with these techniques from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.

    by Julie Goodnight with Heidi Melocco

  • Fix It Up or Give It Up?

    Use this expert guide to decide whether your aging trailer is worth fixing up or whether it’s time to sell.

    by Tom & Neva Scheve

  • Horse Owner’s Fall Notebook

    A roundup of seasonal tips, checklists, and guides, including fall rides, apparel tips, and expert ways to keep your horse healthy all season long.

Next Issue, November/
December 2016:

    2016 Holiday Gift Guide

    Here are 29 cool holiday gifts for the trail rider and equestrian traveler.

    Aging Gracefully with horses

    Ride into your golden years with this program from top trainer/ clinician Julie Goodnight.;


    prepare your trailer for the winter

    Here's how to prolong your trailer's life and prepare it for a harsh winter, while keeping it ready in case of an emergency.   


    Red Rock Ride

    Saddle up for an epic, six-day riding adventure through the hypnotic beauty of Utah's mysterious canyons and rock formations. 



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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