On-the-Road Veterinary Care

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

You’re on the road with your horse, in an unfamiliar place, when your horse suddenly pulls up lame. Or, he becomes injured. Or colics. Or comes down with a mysterious illness. You’re... Read More

Winter-Feeding Checklist

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

If you live in an area that experiences cold winters, use this winter-feeding checklist to help your horse stay healthy and colic-free. Plus: The Henneke Body Condition Scoring System, courtesy of Purina Animal Nutrition. Read More

10 Saddle-Fit Tips

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

Use these expert tips to help keep your horse sound and saddle-sore free — and to enhance your own comfort — on all of your riding adventures. Read More

29 Essential Trailer Tips

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

Trail riding, by its very nature, means you’re on the go. You regularly hit local trails, but now you’re ready for a trailer of your own for the freedom to travel to scenic trails near and... Read More

6 Barn Hazards

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

Is your barn safe for your horse? Take a look at the following six barn hazards, then tour your barn. If you spot a hazard, fix it today! Read More

Fireproof Your Horse Barn

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

Install wire or metal mesh cages to protect overhead lights. | Photo by Katie Navarra A barn fire is every horse owner's worst nightmare. Your stalled horse is particularly vulnerable, because barns Read More

Winter Prep: Fall Barn-Chore Checklist

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

This checklist of fall horse chores is important to make sure you, your horse, and your barn are ready for the coming winter weather. This checklist of fall horse-chore will help you organize your winter preparation effort. Read More

Saddle Pads: A Cushion of Comfort

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

A good-fitting, comfortable pad will have contours that correspond to the contours of your horse Your horse doesn't care whether his saddle pad is Stone Age or Space Age, or whether it costs $30 or $300. He just wants to be comfortable and to have a Read More

How to Talk to Your Veterinarian about Horse Health

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

To optimize your horse's health, you and your veterinarian need to work together. Good teamwork requires good communication. Here, I'll give you 9 communication tips. Read More

Fight On Trail Horse Pests

by PhD

Insects are part of nature, and the love of nature is one of the primary reasons you choose to trail ride. But "natural" doesn’t always mean "beneficial." Getting up close Read More

Bitless Bridle from Barefoot Saddles

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

Description: The German-made Amber Head Stall 2-in-1, from Barefoot Saddles, is a versatile sidepull combining a leather headstall and chin strap with a hand-braided browband, noseband, and throatlatch. Read More

7 Steps to Horse-Buying Success

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

Plan, observe, and test-ride to maximize your chances of bringing home exactly the right trail horse for you. Read More

Prepurchase Exam FAQs

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

After months of searching, you've found the perfect horse to buy. You envision long days in the saddle, going on challenging trail rides. All you need to do is hitch up your horse trailer, head over to the prospect's current barn, seal the deal, and Read More

Go Gaited! Tennessee Walking Horse FAQs

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

Looking for a smooth, comfortable ride down the trail? Consider a Tennessee Walking Horse. Read More

Amble Down the Trail

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

Perhaps you're ready to switch from a stock horse to a smooth-gaited mount. Or, you're already a gaited-horse owner, and are thinking of adding a Tennessee Walking Horse to your stable. 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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