Online Extras

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


Article Archive

USRider® Member Story: Heroes in Disguise

by D.Mesh

USRider Member D. Mesh tows her trailer with a 1994 one-ton 3500 diesel truck. I was on my way home from a riding lesson 45 miles from my home. I was driving my 1994 one-ton 3500 diesel... 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

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

Nature-Scape Your Horse Property

by Alayne Blickle

Put native plants, birds, and bats to work on your horse property to nurture the land, and help control insects and rodents. 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

Earn Your Horse’s Respect

by Clinton Anderson

“To earn your horse’s respect and trust, you need to make him comfortable for doing the right thing and uncomfortable for doing the wrong thing,” says top trainer/clinician Clinton Anderson. Read on for training tips. Read More

City of Rocks

by Story and Photos by Kent & Charlene Krone

Ride and camp at the City of Rocks National Reserve in southern Idaho, where unique rock formations rise out of the ground and where hoofprints meet history. Read More

Our Current Issue,
May 2016:

  • The Pulley-Rein Stop

    Julie Goodnight shows you how to safely stop a bolting horse by using a pulley rein.

    by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

  • Equine First-Aid

    Knowing equine first-aid skills can save your horse’s life.

    by Shawn Hamilton

  • Traveler’s Guide to 8 Toxic Grasses

    Use this geographical guide to keep your horse away from eight toxic grasses.

    by SANDRA M. BURGER WITH ANTHONY P. KNIGHT, BVSc, MS, MRCVS

Next Issue, June 2016:

    7 Horse-Hunting Hints

    You know what you’re looking for in a dream horse -- you just need to locate him and make sure he’s the one right for you. Here are seven great places to start your search. Sidebars: Boost your horse-buying savvy; A Home for Every Horse.

    BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

    Stock-Breed Conformation Guidelines

    As you shop for your next trail horse, learn how to judge stock-horse conformation with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. She tells you which conformation traits are desirable – and undesirable – for trail riding, and why. 

    BY HEIDI MELOCCO WITH JULIE GOODNIGHT

    Gaited-Horse Evaluation 

    Here’s an expert guide to evaluating the gaits of smooth-gaited horses in the arena and on the trail from two seasoned Missouri Fox Trotter owners, as well as top gaited-horse trainers Ernest Herschberger and Dawn Johnson. .


    BY KENT AND CHARLENE KRONE

    Fair & Square: Equine Appraisal

    Before you seal the deal, consider seeking out the services of an equine appraiser to evaluate your prospect and help you determine whether the price you’re being asked to pay represents the fair market value of this specific horse in today’s equine market. Bonus: How to become an equine appraiser.  

    BY JENNY SULLIVAN


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

Follow Us


Trail Horses for Sale

See more rope horses List your horse for sale on The Trail Rider