Hindquarters Control

by Clinton Anderson

Stage One: Learn how to control your horse’s hindquarters, and you’ll end any disrespectful behavior. Top clinician Clinton Anderson shows you how. Read More

Endurance Riding 101

by Cynthia McFarland with Lari Shea

Sharpen your trail skills with this series from endurance champion Lari Shea, owner of California’s Ricochet Ridge Ranch. This issue: Eight-step guide to competitive endurance riding. Read More

Some Like It Hot

by Jule Drown

You’re not a true desert dweller if you don’t like Arizona’s summer heat. In fact, you better like it warm even if you’re just visiting Arizona in the winter. In February, it... Read More

Prep for a Pack Trip

by Photos and Story by Kent & Charlene Krone

Our expert horse-packers give you their top recommendations for packsaddles, horse-containment methods, camping gear, kitchen items, food, and personal items. Bonus resource guide! Read More

Packing 101: You Can Do It!

by Dan Aadland

Does packing into the backcountry with a pack horse or mule seem too complicated to master? I had a similar experience with another backcountry skill. Many years ago, I stood hip-deep in the crystal-clear Read More

Trailer-Cleaning Help

It’s summertime, peak trailer-travel season for trail riders! If you trailer often, you know how quickly your trailer can get dirty and how hard it can be to keep it clean. But keeping your Read More

Top Equine Photographer Heidi Nyland Shares Her Tips for the Perfect Photograph

by Heidi Melocco

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 Read More

Cinch Up Your Horse Saddle Right

by Julie Goodnight

When you saddle your horse, secure your horse's saddle's points of attachment in the proper order to keep the saddle in place. If your horse takes a step when the saddle isn't properly secured, he Read More

Avoid Frostbite

If your winter riding schedule demands you venture out in any weather, make sure you and your riding buddies stay warm and healthy. Frostbite (damage to the skin caused by cold) and hypothermia (when Read More

Protect Your Eyes While on the Trail Your Horse

Fall brings cooler temperatures, but the sun's rays can be strong in any season. Too much sun can literally burn your eyes over time on the trail, causing damage to your cornea (the part that transmits Read More

Unfasten Your Tie-Down

by Heidi Melocco

If you use a tie-down or martingale on your trail horse, be sure to unfasten it from your bridle before every water crossing. If the water is deep, your horse could drown if he were suddenly unable Read More

Stay Cool

by Heidi Melocco

This summer, stay cool without leaving your saddle. Pack a one-quarter-inch diameter, six-foot-long piece of rope and a few large sponges. (Look for sponges in a dog-bone or rectangular shape.) At Read More

Keep Your Horse Hydrated on the Trail

by Bonnie Davis

Horses can easily get dehydrated on the trail if they aren't accustomed to drinking from the same bucket from home. Whatever drinking bucket your horse is accustomed to at home, he'll use willingly on the trail. Teach him to drink from the same Read More

Kids and Trail Riding

by J.F. Sheppard

When is a child ready to hit the trail? Follow these tips to maximize a young rider's safety and enjoyment. Read More

5 Backcountry Trail Riding Skills

by Dan Aadland

Ready for a backcountry adventure? These five basic skills will help keep you and your horse 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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