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FROM THE END OF THE TRAILER
In case you're wondering who's at the end of the trailer, it's me. NIC. Bonnie is my partner but she's been under the weather so I trotted in to help. After all I spend a lot of time...
SQUARES & RECTANGLES
It seems to be the biggest concern when going horsecamping -- where to put everything IN THE TRAILER!! Space is a valuable item! Where to put it? How to pack it? What to pack?...
LOADING -- in the dark!
Horses load into trailers all the time -- or the majority of them do. But once in a while a horseowner may be faced with loading a horse in the DARK. At the barn, an emergency trip to the...
One of the concerns every horseowner has (rightfully) is 'will my horse drink when camping?'. Personally, I've never seen a horse die from dehydration because he wouldn't...
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Back in the September/October 2015 issue of “Trail Rider” there was an excellent article by Jessica Jahiel, PhD, titled “On-the-Road Veterinary Care”. In it, was...
Although I enjoy riding with other folks, I’ll have to admit that the majority of my trail riding and horsecamping has been by myself – just me and my horse! Some folks may frown on...
RAIN, CREEKS AND COWBOY HATS
Here in California we’ve had 4, 5 years of drought, no rain. Creeks dried up. Dams had no water to release. Lakes evaporated with thousands of dead fish laying in the...
OK!! When Will Christmas Dinner Be Served???
WHAT YA WEIGH?
Often when travelling down a Forest Service or a county road, one will see a sign “Narrow Bridge”. Or “Two Ton Bridge”. Or “Low Bridge”. So tell...
WATCH THAT BANK!
When out trail riding, I always let Nic get a drink where he can. Even in mud puddles and run off spots. I’ve watched him play and even drink from a puddle with runoff from the...
KNOWING YOUR HORSE.......
This is a picture of Nic and I. He’s a ham. Likes to have his picture taken. Get a camera out, point it at him and he’ll put up his ears and pose. Sometimes...
Seen Anything Interesting?
It always amazes me when folks come back from a horsecamping trip or a trail ride and when asked if you saw anything interesting, they reply "NO" My biggest problem when I go trail...
A Horse & His Bed...
I'm a firm believer that a happy horse will make your camping experience more fun. And for some horses, shavings are a necessary "requirement" to keeping them...
DIESEL CARE -- especially fuel!
When I bought Bear (name of my 1-ton 1985 diesel truck) diesel was 85 cents a gallon. Now I’m paying up to $5.05/gallon. So Bear doesn’t get to travel very much and with only...
The Holidays are over. Decorations have been taken down, memories stored and it’s time to start thinking that hopefully all the winter snow, sleet, hail, freezing and future flooding from...
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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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