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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

Do you want your horse to have the best in blanket technology?

Introducing ComFiTec: the perfect blend of science and love.

Weatherbeeta has redesigned their entire line of blankets with your horse's COMFORT and FIT in mind. The new Weatherbeeta ComFiTec blanket range includes 4 groups of blankets to ensure you find the perfect mix of comfort, fit and durability for your horse, lifestyle and budget: ComFiTec Ultra, ComFiTec Premier, ComFiTec Plus and ComFiTec.

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USRider® Member Story: A Drive for Adventure

by Kristin S.

This Ohio carriage driver enrolled in USRider Equestrian Motor Plan the night before trailering her ponies to the Carriage Round Up at the Kentucky Horse Park. She was glad she did. Read More

Summer Breezes

by Audrey Pavia

PACIFIC REGION Rancho Oso guest Ranch & stables, Santa Barbara, California Closest city: Santa Barbara, California. Travel distance: 25 miles. Driving directions: From Los Angeles, take U.S.... Read More


by Bonnie Davis

Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone. And each year I find something that Nic (or for that matter any of my horses) loved! It all started about 30 years ago and now has became sort... Read More

Easy Trailer-Loading Fix

by Julie Goodnight with Heidi Melocco

Easy Trailer-Loading Fix Have you ever had trouble loading your horse into the trailer — even when he’s loaded successfully in his past? There’s a chance you may unknowingly be... Read More

7 Senior-Horse Travel Tips

by Lindsey Mulvany

Your senior horse is an old friend, a companion you’ve had for years with which you’ve overcome challenges that have made you the team you are today. The aging process affects all... Read More

Forging a New Trail

by American Paint Horse Association

Jan Garvin of Ocala, Florida, didn’t lose hope when her former world champion cutting horse, Peponitas Top Gunner (Gunner), sustained an injury that would keep him from returning to the... Read More

Our Current Issue,
November/ December 2016:

  • Aging Gracefully

    Baby boomers: Keep riding long into your golden years, and enhance your safety in the saddle, with this fivestep program from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.

    by Julie Goodnight with Heidi Melocco

  • On the Holiday Trail Ride

    The holiday-shopping season is upon us — time to corral those perfect gifts for everyone on your list. To give you a leg up, we’ve rounded up 29 gift ideas. Shop for the barn buddies, traveling equestrians, and horse kids on your list, decorate for the

    by Lauren Back & Lauren O'Connor

  • Red Rock Trail Ride

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

    by Photos and Story by Kent & Charlene Krone

  • Inclement Weather Trailering Safety

    Late fall and early winter can be a beautiful time to travel with your horse, but this time of year is also notorious for inclement weather. Here are 15 expert trailer-loading and driving tips.

    by Rebecca Gimenez PhD

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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