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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

Horse-Rescue Story: Ramius

by Purina Animal Nutrition
Ramius was a stray stallion with a Henneke Scale body-condition score of 2. True Blue Animal Rescue brought him back to health. Read on for Ramius’ rescue story. ...Read More

Equine Traveling Papers

by Rebecca Gimenez PhD
Here’s a rundown of key documents you need when you travel with your horse. When you travel with your horse, you need to carry a number of documents, especially if you're crossing state lines. Some documents show your horse is healthy. Some will help you if you're in an emergency situation. ...Read More

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The Arizona Trail

by Jule Drown

Fewer than 20 people have ever ridden the entire National Arizona Scenic Trail, known as the Arizona Trail, which winds 820 miles from the Mexican border to Utah.  Those who have managed to ride... Read More

Make That First Impression Count: What Judges Are Looking For When It Comes To Grooming

by Cynthia McFarland

The moment you enter the show ring, your horse is on display. All your diligent grooming efforts are about to pay off. Making a memorable first impression happens in seconds, but it takes much... Read More


by Bonnie Davis

This is a picture of Nic and I.  He’s a ham.  Likes to have his picture taken.  Get a camera out, point it at him and he’ll put up his ears and pose.  Sometimes... Read More

Trail Riding in State Parks

by Photos and Story by Kent & Charlene Krone

State parks offer scenic riding trails and horse-friendly campgrounds. Here, we take you to gems in the mountains of Montana and Idaho. Read More

Hurricane Emergency

by Carolyn and David Chapman

These dedicated North American Trail Ride Conference competitors had to rush home from an event due to a hurricane threat back home. Then they experienced two tire blowouts. Read More

Fix Your Horse’s Foot Fidgets

by Clinton Anderson

Does your horse fidget when you pick up his feet? Teach him to stand still with these tips from top trainer/clinician Clinton Anderson. Read More

Summer Day Rides

by Audrey Pavia

Here’s a trail-riding guide to Fishtrap Recreation Area near Spokane, Washington; Custer State Park near Rapid City, South Dakota; and Shenandoah National Park near Richmond, Virginia. Read More

Our Current Issue,
July/August 2015:

  • Discover Your State Parks

    State parks, often overlooked, offer scenic riding trails and horse-friendly campgrounds. Here, we take you to gems in the mountains of Montana and Idaho.

    by Kent & Charlene Krone

  • Get the Right Gait

    Learn how to get the right trail gait for safety and control with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.

    by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

  • Stay-Cool Solutions

    Help your hardworking trail horse stay cool this summer — and dress to stay cool on your rides — with the right tack and apparel. We give you selection, use tips, re- sources, and more. Plus: Look here to enter our Stay-Cool Sweepstakes.

    by Jessica Jahiel PhD

  • Trailer Weights Demystified

    Our experts explain what you need to know about your trailer’s weight, so you can select the right tow vehicle for safety and control.

Next Issue, September/October 2015:

    Rugged Fall Riding Wear

    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. 


    Grass Laminitis: Fall Risks

    At home and on the road, your horse may be at risk for laminitis when turned out on autumn grass. Here’s why your horse is at risk, and how to prevent this potentially crippling disease.



    We take you to the St. George area of Southwest Utah, where you can ride in the low desert regions all winter and head to the high-mountain pine forests in the summer.


    Saddle Selection & Fit

    Select the trail saddle that’s best for your needs, and learn how to fit your saddle to your horse and you, with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. Plus: Should you ride bareback? Just for kids: Saddle tips for kids.


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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