Break the Pace

by Dan Aadland

The animals were all colors and sizes, and they made a pretty picture, but one thing troubled me. Some of the riders seemed unaware that their horses weren’t progressing in a running walk or a... Read More

Saddle Sore No More

by Dan Aadland

As we get older, time in the saddle can bring on aches and pains. Here’s one horseman’s advice on how to minimize discomfort and enjoy your rides. Read More

A Bit About Horse Bits

by Dan Aadland

A snaffle horse bit used with insensitive hands is harsher than a mild curb used properly. Shown is a full cheek snaffle horse bit. | Photo by Dan Aadland No one knows exactly when humans discovered they could control their horses with some sort of Read More

Training Pack Animals: Gait Training and the Pony Horse

by Dan Aadland

Pack-animal training at home, including gait training, will make for a smoother trip on the trail. | Photo by Dan Aadland In training pack animals, consider the way each travels and also the ability Read More

The Good And Bad About Round-Bale Feeders

by Dan Aadland

Round-bale feeders tend to work best if you have a half-dozen or more horses that consume hay fairly rapidly. | Photo by Dan Aadland They're handy, those big round bales weighing a half ton or more. Read More

7 Steps to a Safe Spring Ride

by Dan Aadland

Spring trail riding can be both exhilarating and treacherous. Read on for seven steps that will help you and your horse stay safe. Read More

Trail Riding the Big Open in Montana

by Dan Aadland

America's vast public lands provide an expansive trail-riding experience - and present unique challenges, as well. Read More

Fall: The Best Trail Season

by Dan Aadland

October in Montana: The summer heat has been put to sleep, the insects have been quelled by nightly frosts, and the woods are aflame with color. For those of us who ride in the northern Rockies, Read More

Packing 101: You Can Do It!

by Dan Aadland

Does packing into the backcountry with a pack horse or mule seem too complicated to master? I had a similar experience with another backcountry skill. Many years ago, I stood hip-deep in the crystal-clear Read More

Horse Containment While Camping

by Dan Aadland

We were camped under aspens at an idyllic spot where two creeks met, our tent on high ground between the gurgling streams, our spirits not dampened by the several inches of new wet snow that weighed Read More

Leave Your Trail Horse's Winter Coat

by Dan Aadland

Here in Montana, it happens in late September, a sudden change in the sheen of our horses, a velvety look. It’s the coming of winter hair, nature’s response to chilly nights and the promise of cold days to come. Read More

Backcountry Horse Gear

by Dan Aadland

Saddlemaker Rick Erickson was exhausted from a trying week in an elk camp high above the timberline. The heavy, wet snow had made every task more difficult, whether gathering firewood, cooking for Read More

Horse Restraint in the Backcountry

by Dan Aadland

Many years ago, on a pack trip with my two young sons, the importance of careful horse restraint in the backcountry was drummed into me with the sudden sounds of pounding hooves and crackling branches. Read More

6 Reasons to Own a Mare

by Dan Aadland

I'll never forget my first sight of her, how she lit up that lodgepole pine corral full of mountain horses and mules less statuesque than she was. Sorrel with flaxen mane and tail, 16 hands Read More

One Smooth Mare

by Dan Aadland

We were camped by a beautiful lake on a plateau at 9,300 feet elevation, not far from Montana's highest peak. Fine as the trip had been, my wife, Emily, and I were nagged by worries about our ranch, that summer's drought, the fire danger in late 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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