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Going the Distance: Endurance Riding
Check out endurance riding, and discover why it has such universal appeal.
Search & Rescue
A hiker is lost in the woods. A mounted search-and-rescue team is called on to aid the search. As you watch events unfold, you think, that could be me and my horse. If you’re an adventurous,...
Preserve Public-Land Access
Denise Y. O'Mear
Credit: National Park Planner Photo Horses can be denied trail access due to misunderstandings or lack of knowledge. To help keep trails open, follow the guidelines outlined here. As a...
The Trail Home
Lauren Anne Back
Equestrian communities offer miles of trails right outside your doorstep. Find out if the lifestyle is right for you.
Protect Trail Access
Denise Y. O'Mear
Setting out on the trail with your horse is a magical moment. The promise of quiet solitude, the beauty of nature, relaxing with friends, the companionship of a beloved horse, and enjoying a bit of...
Jennifer M. Keeler for Equine Land Conservation Resource
While enjoying the beauty of streams and rivers, take precautions to stay safe and protect your access to treasured trails in the future. Here are five expert guidelines.
New York’s Enchanting Trails
Deb Balliet, CEO Equine Land Conservation Resource
You’ll find special places to ride in New York’s southwestern corner, where the state meets Pennsylvania, Ohio, the northern reaches of the Appalachian Mountains, and the waters of Lake...
Denise Y. O'Mear
You know that dismounting, picking up scattered road apples, packing them up, and remounting on the trail can prove to be a challenging, if not downright dangerous, feat. But making this effort...
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 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,
Top Equine Photographer Heidi Nyland Shares Her Tips for the Perfect Photograph
When you embark on an equestrian adventure, the scenery can be spectacular and the experience singular. You want to capture on camera the views, the horses, and your riding group for posterity and
Horse Restraint in the Backcountry
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.
I'm a big fan of horse clinician Clinton Anderson and his practical methods of horse training, called Downunder Horsemanship (888/287-7432; www.clintonanderson.com). There are many wonderful trainers, local and national. I find Clinton Anderson
A Walk on the Wilder Side
More than 155,000 miles…it's a staggering number of trail miles to cover horseback. Janine Wilder long ago gave up volunteering this accomplishment in conversation. "People just react with
Taste of the West
On a warm April day in New Mexico, I was riding with new friends through wide-open plains that are so vast, they seem untouched by man. Suddenly, out of the cloudless blue sky, I was hit by a roaring
Bubba and the Scary Heifers
In the March '09 issue of The Trail Rider, I write about my ranch-bred gaited mules. Today, I watched an interesting sequence of events from my office window, which is located upstairs at our riding
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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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