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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

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

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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

It's a Fly's World: A Rogues' Gallery

by Laurel Scott

Let's face it: If you don't take the proper precautions, your horse is doomed to be harassed by swarms of flying, stinging, biting pests come warmer weather. Called "a divell or familiar" in Scot's... Read More

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

Safe Port in a Rainstorm

by Bill Janssen

This caring dad felt very fortunate to have a USRider membership as he hauled his daughter’s beloved mare from Virginia to Florida. Read More

Winter-Feeding Checklist

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

If you live in an area that experiences cold winters, use this winter-feeding checklist to help your horse stay healthy and colic-free. Plus: The Henneke Body Condition Scoring System, courtesy of Purina Animal Nutrition. Read More

Florida Escape

by Linda Bering

This winter, hitch up your trailer, and head south to Long Branch Rest and Ride in Live Oak, Florida, for an ideal riding and camping getaway. Read More

Ride Nevada!

by Kent & Charlene Krone

Discover Southern Nevada’s towering mountain ranges, scenic canyons, and hidden charms. Read More

Our Current Issue,
November/ December 2015:

  • How to Safely Handle Reins

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

    by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

  • Load for Stability

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

    by Tom & Neva Scheve

  • Red Rocks & Hidden Gems

    Discover Southern Nevada’s towering mountain ranges, scenic canyons, and hidden charms.

    by Kent & Charlene Krone

Next Issue, Jan/Feb 2016:

    Trailer-In Camping Guide

    Tips on camping with your living-quarters trailer, plus a guide to trailer-in campgrounds.     


    Avoid 7 Desert Dangers 
    How to avoid desert dangers, including cactus spines, heat stroke, dehydration, venomous snakes, scorpions, and flying pests. 


    Build the Bond
    Top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight gives you three activities to help you enhance the bond with your equine friend.

    The North Cascades
    We show you the best spots to trail ride and horse camp in Washington’s North Cascades.

    Back Your Trailer Without Fear
    A simple system from these trailer experts takes the mystery out of a common hauling challenge.

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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