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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

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

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Ride Southwestern Utah

by Photos and Story by Kent & Charlene Krone

Southwestern Utah offers a variety of terrain, from rocky desert canyons to cool mountain forests. Read More

Does Your Horse Need Digestive Support?

by Cynthia McFarland

It only takes one trip to the feed store to marvel at the vast array of equine feed products. The well-stocked shop also features a wide variety of forage, from baled hay to chopped, cubed and... Read More

Stuck & Alone

This lone traveler was stuck on the road with her three horses, until she remembered to call USRider®, which sent help immediately. Read More

Keeping Chaos at Bay

by Katrina and David Muga

This young eventer stays on the show circuit with a 22-year-old tow vehicle, thanks to dear old dad—and the help of USRider® Equestrian Plan. Read More

Trail Riding at Fort Valley Ranch, Virginia

by Fran Severn

Just 90 minutes from the Washington, D.C., metroplex, Fort Valley Ranch offers a civilized adventure in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Read More

On-the-Go Grooming

by Audrey Pavia

Here’s a handy grooming-tool checklist to use when you pack your trailer for your equine adventures. Read More


by Bonnie Davis

When out trail riding, I always let Nic get a drink where he can.  Even in mud puddles and run off spots.  I’ve watched him play and even drink from a puddle with runoff from the... Read More

Our Current Issue,
September 2015:

  • Catch Colorful Fall Foliage

    Enjoy stunning fall colors from the back of your horse with our guide to fall-foliage rides from coast-to-coast. Plus: Listing of fall riding vacations, where you can leave your horse at home. Bonus: Peak-color map of the United States.

    by Audrey Pavia

  • Nature's Playground

    Southwestern Utah offers trail riders a variety of terrain, from rocky desert canyons to cool mountain forests. Don’t miss our from-the-saddle report.

    by Kent & Charlene Krone

  • Laminitis: Autumn 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 help prevent this potentially crippling disease.

    by Fran Jurga

  • 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.

    by Jessica Jahiel PhD

Next Issue, Nov/Dec 2015:

    Holiday Gift Guide   

    Check out these gift ideas for all the horsepeople and equine friends on your holiday-shopping list. 


    Nature's Playground 

    Southwestern Utah offers trail riders a variety of terrain, from rocky desert canyons to cool mountain forests.



    Red Rocks & Hidden Gems 

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


    How to Safely Handle Reins   

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


    Load for Stability

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


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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