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The Eternal Question
To blanket or not to blanket, that is the question: Whether ’tis only in our minds they suffer The Wind and Cold of outrageous Forecasts, Or are we to cover them against such miseries And by...
Two’s a Crowd
It’s always good to be mindful of your horse’s place within his social hierarchy. Today, I’m particularly wary as our small band weaves its way through the tree line that...
Our Fearless Leader
Just ahead of us, our guide swerves off the trail, pauses for a moment, and allows the group to pass, single file. This is the third time she’s done this since we’ve started our trek to...
Jenny and I have become big fans of the History Channel’s American Pickers. The show features the adventures of Mike and Frank, who search the country for collectibles they can sell in...
It all began with the chicken coop. My father converted it into a makeshift stall for my sister. Well, it was for my sister’s horse, actually. Although at the time I thought it would be a good...
Humor: The Lords of Underbrush
While there are many equestrian disciplines, there are only two kinds of riding lessons: Circle Lessons and Adventure Lessons. In a Circle Lesson, you ride around an arena and follow...
Last Laugh: Expo Exposé
Every fall, our family makes a pilgrimage to a beer-and-hot-dog stand in the middle of the state. This is something I could do on my own, but I enjoy having my wife and daughters along for the trip.
I refuse to board my daughters’ horses at any barn that doesn’t have access to plenty of trails. The place can be perfect in every other aspect: price; cleanliness; condition;
I recently discovered that my wife, Jenny — whom I thought I knew — likes to watch bronco riding on TV. But she doesn’t watch it for the competition. She tunes in because, she says,
Barn Anthropologist Observes Horse Barn Life in its Natural State
My job is to observe horse barn life in its natural state and then report back. A Barn Anthropologist, if you will. Usually I have no place to sit, and this is especially a problem in the spring when
Safety on the Trail
Trail riding should be two things: fun and safe. The key to having a good time and living to have additional good times is knowing that fun and safety aren't opposing concepts. This is especially true
Riders everywhere are bundling up in heavy coats, woolen scarves, insulated boots, mittens, long underwear, ski masks, and whatever else falls out of the closet. Yes, you look ridiculous.
Horse Loading Trouble
My daughter, Jamie, joined a local trail-riding club. The trail-riding club meets at a trailhead within a half hour drive of our house. While the organized trail rides are fun for Jamie, there's a
My daughter, Jamie, likes to camp with her horse. The great outdoors holds many charms, and it's easy to understand why she wants to share it with her best buddy. It sure beats bouncing around a
Along with cows, pigs, and chickens, the horse is generally regarded as a classic rural animal. A quick trip to the country will confirm this fact. Horses are everywhere out here. But like hillbillies
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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.
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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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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