Trail to Ranch

 As a trail rider, it’s safe to say you aren’t in it for the competition— unless, of course, you count bragging rights of finding the perfect camping spot. But the American... Read More

The Great American Trail Horse Sale

by Tom Moates

Looking for a trained trail horse? Head to the renowned Great American Trail Horse Sale, held every year in Lexington, Virginia. Read More

Stock-Horse Buying Tips

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

Follow these seven expert horse-evaluation steps from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight to help ensure a successful stock-horse breed purchase. Read More

Breed-Association Trail-Riding Programs

by Laurel Berger O'Connor

Set your mileage goals and reap the rewards! Here are top trail-riding programs offered by 34 breed associations, including description, eligibility, awards, and links. Read More

Adopt a Wild Horse

by Audrey Pavia

Are you thinking about adopting a wild horse? Here, we tell you how to determine whether a wild horse is right for you, then give you expert adoption guidelines. Read More

To The Rescue

by Cate Lamm

A six-step guide to giving a rescued horse a loving forever home. Read More

Smooth Operator

by Kent & Charlene Krone

Here’s how to find a smooth-gaited trail horse that’s right for you. Read More

To Buy or Not To Buy

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

Expert stock-horse evaluation guidelines form Julie Goodnight. Read More

Buy a Horse Online


Learn the secrets to success of buying a horse online from the experts at Read More

Adopt a Rescue Horse

by Cate Lamm

Learn the right way to adopt a rescue horse with these 10 tips. Plus: Learn about the A Home for Every Horse program. Read More

Training Pack Animals: Gait Training and the Pony Horse

by Dan Aadland

Pack-animal training at home, including gait training, will make for a smoother trip on the trail. | Photo by Dan Aadland In training pack animals, consider the way each travels and also the ability Read More

Clinicians Offer their Top Horse-Buying Tips.

by Tom Moates

Picking the right trail horse is never a trivial consideration. Horsemanship clinicians travel the country and see a variety of horses, riders, problems, and achievements. Here, we ask two renowned Read More

The Urban Trail Horse

by Audrey Pavia

When I was a kid growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, I could ride my horse for hours without even seeing a car. We cruised through oak-covered hills, along dirt roads, and through shady canyons Read More

Your Gaited Horse's Surefootedness

by Rhonda Hart Poe

There are two definitions to the word surefooted, each of which contributes to a superior riding horse. The first is confidence, not prone to errors in judgment or action. Read More

15 Horse Hunting-Hints

by Kent Krone

Nothing can be more exciting and fulfilling than buying a trail horse. However, such a purchase comes with risks. Will the horse become your reliable trail mount and partner in many safe,... Read More

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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