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I’d like to personally invite you to saddle up and hit the trails with America’s best-loved trail-riding magazine. The Trail Rider brings together folks from all over who share a passion for horses and adventure, creating a close-knit campfire kinship that’s rare in today’s fast-paced world.

In every issue, The Trail Rider’s stable of savvy contributors offer a roundup of from-the-saddle reports and photos, hands-on training, practical trail tips, popular columns, horse humor, and more. We also welcome your trail stories!

Thumb to the back, and you’ll find our exclusive Where-to-Ride Guide, a handy listing of North American trail-riding destinations, riding vacations, overnight stabling, horse camps, and horse-friendly public lands—plus a calendar of organized trail rides from coast-to-coast. See you on the trails!


Rene E. Riley, Editor
The Trail Rider
January/February 2017

Our Current Issue,
January/February 2017:

  • Ultimate Peak-to-Desert Adventure

    In Prescott National Forest, you’ll ride through cool ponderosa forests, pinion and juniper woodlands, and desert grasslands. At night, you’ll camp in a horseman’s paradise.

  • Horse Owner’s Winter Notebook

    A roundup of seasonal tips, checklists, and guides — on health care, hoof care, hauling, nutrition, blanketing, and management — to help you keep your horse healthy and safe all winter long.

  • Spirit of the Black Hills

    The 11,000-acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, near Rapid City, South Dakota, is home to small herds of rare Spanish Mustangs. We take you on a tour of this windswept sanctuary.

Next Issue, March 2017:

Which Saddle is for You?

Find the right saddle for your riding needs with our expert trail-saddle shopping guide.

The Charms of Charma

Tucked between the southern foothills of the San Juan Mountains and western reaches of the Brazos Mountains, Chama is a natural magnet for avid trail riders.

Horse Owner's Winter Notebook

Here's how to prolong your trailer's life and prepare it for a harsh winter, while keeping it ready in case of an emergency.

Settle Your Cinchy Horse

Learn how to settle your cinchy horse for problem-free saddling with this technique from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.

Your Trailer: The Ride Inside

Seven ways you can control your trailer’s interior environment to enhance your horse’s safety and well-being.

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