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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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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

Horse Containment While Camping

by Dan Aadland

We were camped under aspens at an idyllic spot where two creeks met, our tent on high ground between the gurgling streams, our spirits not dampened by the several inches of new wet snow that weighed Read More

Stuck & Alone

by Lauren Sargent

USRider Member story: This lone traveler was stuck on the road, in the dark, with her three horses. Then she remembered to call USRider®. Help was sent immediately. Read More


by Bonnie Davis

One of the concerns every horseowner has (rightfully) is 'will my horse drink when camping?'.  Personally, I've never seen a horse die from dehydration because he wouldn't... Read More

Rugged Fall Riding Wear

by Jessica Jahiel PhD

Stay warm on the trail this fall, no matter what the weather, with jackets, coats, Australian dusters, raingear, insulated boots, boot socks, riding-helmet accessories, and riding gloves. Read More

USRider® Member Story: Heroes in Disguise

by D. Mesh

When this USRider Member experienced two scary breakdowns in less than two weeks, she found heroes in the local sheriff’s department, a diligent towing service, and USRider Equestrian Motor Plan Read More

Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue

by Rebecca Gimenez PhD

Learn how taking a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue course can save your traveling horse’s life. Plus, read five gripping, real-life emergency-rescue anecdotes from TLAER course attendees. 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

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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