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Log Crossing Technique on the Trail
“My 6-year-old Quarter Horse gelding is good-minded overall and nice to ride on the trail. However, whenever we come to a log, he balks, snorts, and starts jigging. If I kick him and try
Conquer Trailer Fear
Q: Six months ago, I bought a 4-year-old Appaloosa gelding. He was delivered to me. I recently bought a two-horse, straight-load trailer to haul to trailheads near my home. I soon found that my
Help Your Stalled Horse
Q: I board my recently purchased 6-year-old Arabian gelding at a stable near my home. The stable has only stalls, no pastures. (It does have turnout areas I can use when I'm there.)
Ask the Trainer: Other People's Horses
Q: I don't currently own a horse, but I've owned and ridden horses for 20 years. I now enjoy trail riding horses provided by professional outfitters. Friends often offer their "extra" horses to me for trail riding with them.
Q: My 14-year-old Quarter Horse gelding performs well on trail rides when we ride with up to eight others. He's also fine with our Paint Horse when we work both in our arena. But last fall, I
Teach the Neck Rein
Q: I recently bought a 4-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. He's good-minded and has done well on the trails so far. However, I still use a two-handed, direct rein, as he doesn't know how to
Fast Riders, Dangerous Rides
Q: My horse behaves great on trail, except when I trail ride with a group of young riders (under 16 years old), who ride fast and frequently change positions. Then my horse becomes uncontrollable.
Ask the Trainer Highlights
Q: In the March/April '05 issue ("Weanling Work"), you referred to lateral flexion. I'd like to know more what you mean by lateral flexion, and why it's important in a trail horse. Also, how do I teach
Stop Balky Behavior
Q: I'm 13 years old and own a 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding named Louie. My grandmother bought him for me last April. Louie is now in a pasture with five cows. When I first started riding him,
Nip Biting in the Bud
Q: My 3-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has been started well on the ground and under saddle. But he nips at me at times and has actually bitten me on my arm twice. I do hand feed him treats, and he
Is My Horse Too Young for Trail Riding
Q: I've been trail riding for several years. My 3-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has been in training for the Western show arena for about six months. He's very quiet and a great trail horse. I've been riding/training him about four
Horse Clipping Tips
I'd like to teach my 6-year-old Paint Horse mare to accept electric clippers. I don't show, but I do like to keep her muzzle, jaw, and bridle path clipped. Every time I turn on the clippers
I have an 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. I ride him on trails that allow motorized vehicles. He just can't seem to stop spooking when he hears and sees any kind of motorized vehicle, including a tractor. How do you teach a horse not to spook at
Teach the Sidepass
I'd like to teach my 6-year-old Arabian mare to sidepass, so it'll be easier to open and close gates on the trail while mounted. What training method do you use to teach a horse to sidepass?
Q: My 6-year-old Appaloosa gelding balks on the trail and just plain won't pick up any speed when I ask him to. Sometimes, he won't even move forward at a walk. A friend told me to use spurs to get my
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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.
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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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