The Eternal Question

by Bob Goddard

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... Read More

Two’s a Crowd

by Bob Goddard

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... Read More

Our Fearless Leader

by Bob Goddard

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... Read More

Treasure Hunt

by Bob Goddard

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... Read More

Role Model

by Bob Goddard

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... Read More

Humor: The Lords of Underbrush

by Bob Goddard

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... Read More

Last Laugh: Expo Exposé

by Annie Kennedy

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. Read More

Boarding-Barn Borrowing

by Bob Goddard

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; Read More

Equine Employment

by Bob Goddard

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, Read More

Barn Anthropologist Observes Horse Barn Life in its Natural State

by Bob Goddard

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 Read More

Safety on the Trail

by Bob Goddard

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 Read More

Winter Clothing

by Bob Goddard

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. Read More

Horse Loading Trouble

by Bob Goddard

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 Read More

Horse Camping

by Annie Kennedy

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 Read More

Urban Riding

by Annie Kennedy

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 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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