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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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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

Saddle-Fit Guidelines

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

Learn how to fit your saddle to your horse to keep him pain free and ready to go with these guidelines from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. Read More

Trouble-Free Bathing

by Clinton Anderson

Teach your horse relax and enjoy being bathed with this simple approach-and-retreat method from top trainer/clinician Clinton Anderson. 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. 



    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. 



    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.  



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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