Saddle Your Horse Right

by Julie Goodnight

Here’s an expert video on how to saddle your horse from Julie Goodnight for the Certified Horsemanship Association. Read More

Banish the Buck

by Julie Goodnight

Does your horse balk and buck when he doesn’t want to work? Fix this vice with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight’s expert advice. Read More

Improve Your Horse-Camping Skills

by Julie Goodnight

I’d love to camp with my horse, but it feels like a scary step to take. I’ve taken my horse on daylong trail rides, but I haven’t stayed overnight. What do I need to know as a... Read More

Condition for Long Rides

by Julie Goodnight

Q: I'm planning ahead for summer, when I plan to go on daylong trail rides. I haven' been riding much, because I work full-time. I want to make sure my horse is in shape and conditioned... Read More

The Long Haul

by Julie Goodnight

I'm ready to take my horse on my first long road trip, a 13-hour trek from central Texas to a group trail ride in Colorado. I've never before trailered a horse more than a few hours. How... Read More

How to Pony with Confidence

by Julie Goodnight

Learn how and why to pony a second horse behind you while you’re on the trail with top clinician/trainer Julie Goodnight. Read More

Stand Still and Chill

by Julie Goodnight

When mounted up on a trail ride, teach your horse to stand still until you give a cue to move with this technique from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. Read More

Halt Water Play

by Heidi Melocco

When you cross water, make sure your horse listens to your cues with these tips from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. Read More

Forehand Turn

by Heidi Melocco

Improve your gate-opening skills by mastering your horse's turn on the forehand, with help from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. Read More

Step Into Sidepassing

by Heidi Melocco

When you teach your horse to sidepass, you learn to control his every foot placement and guide his every step. If you teach your horse this skill correctly, he'll respond to your every cue and to Read More

Teach the Back-Up

by Julie Goodnight

Improve your horse's reverse before you attempt a sidepass with this technique from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. Read More

Despook Your Horse

by Heidi Melocco

As a trail rider, you likely encounter any number of obstacles and scary objects. Can you count on your horse to quietly and willingly approach such obstacles without spooking? Do you have a plan Read More

Avoid an On-Trail Spook

by Heidi Melocco

Your horse sees objects far away much better than those nearby. As a prey animal, he's programmed to scan the horizon, searching for predators. His brain is also trained to react to quick movements, Read More

Walk On

by Heidi Melocco

Improve your horsemanship, and develop a kind, trustworthy relationship with your trail horse with top clinician/trainer Julie Goodnight. This issue: Teach your horse to walk at a steady pace that you determine. Read More

Walk On!

by Heidi Melocco

If your horse walks sluggishly on the trail, there's a chance your body cues are keeping him at a slow pace. Your horse should walk with a cadenced beat and allow you to keep up with fellow riders Read More

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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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