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Saddle Your Horse Right
Here’s an expert video on how to saddle your horse from Julie Goodnight for the Certified Horsemanship Association.
Banish the Buck
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.
Improve Your Horse-Camping Skills
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...
Condition for Long Rides
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...
The Long Haul
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...
How to Pony with Confidence
Learn how and why to pony a second horse behind you while you’re on the trail with top clinician/trainer Julie Goodnight.
Stand Still and Chill
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.
Halt Water Play
When you cross water, make sure your horse listens to your cues with these tips from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.
Improve your gate-opening skills by mastering your horse's turn on the forehand, with help from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.
Step Into Sidepassing
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
Teach the Back-Up
Improve your horse's reverse before you attempt a sidepass with this technique from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.
Despook Your Horse
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
Avoid an On-Trail Spook
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,
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.
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
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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.
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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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3 Trail-Training Exercises
Clinton Anderson, America's favorite clinician from Down Under, offers three lessons for trail riders. Teach your horse how to perform lateral flexion and the whoa, and learn how to gain his focus.
10 Gaited-Horse Myths: Busted!
Myths and misunderstandings about smooth-gaited horses abound. Here, we'll bust 10 common myths, taken from real questions posed by horse owners from around the country. We'll explain why each assumption is wrong - and why you should consider a gaited horse for trail riding.
Prevent Trailer Theft
It's a familiar scenario. You and your horse have been out on the trail for hours, riding up hills, wading in streams, and trotting through gulleys. When the day is nearly over and the two of you are
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