Mounted Search-and-Rescue

by Irvin Lichtenstein

An alert, intelligent horse makes an ideal search partner when you learn to tune into his body language. | Photo ? Bob Langrish A hiker is lost in the woods. A mounted search-and-rescue team is called Read More

Fall: The Best Trail Riding Season

Fall is the best time of the year to enjoy trail rides. Horses are spirited on trail rides, their riders energetic, the trails more inviting than ever. But trail riding during this beautiful season of the year presents some challenges for the trail rider. Read More

Saddled with Fear

by Rhonda Massingham Hart

Lifelong horsewoman Rhonda Massingham Hart is back in the saddle after several falls created a fear of trail riding. | Photo Courtesy of Rhonda Massingham Hart Read More

Trail-Riding Safety Tips

Follow these trail-riding safety tips, whether you ride your horse during the day or decide to go night riding. Read More

Trail Tips: Mount a Horse from Right Side, What to Pack on a Trail Ride

by Heidi Melocco

These great trail tips will teach you how to mount a horse from the right side, where to stash your lead rope while trail riding and what to pack on a trail ride. Read More

7 Steps to a Safe Spring Ride

by Dan Aadland

Spring trail riding can be both exhilarating and treacherous. Read on for seven steps that will help you and your horse stay safe. Read More

Trail Tips: Trail Etiquette and Leading

by Heidi Melocco

These Trail Tips will show you the proper way to ride safely in a group and the best way to lead your bridled horse on the ground. Read More

Trailer-Load the Right Way

by Heidi Melocco

Photo by Heidi Melocco As an avid trail rider, you're accustomed to loading and unloading your horse most every weekend. You travel to find and frequent the most scenic trails and add some variety to Read More

7 Winter Trail-Riding Hazards

by Heather Smith Thomas

Cold, snowy days don't keep you off the trail. Put safety first with our tips on negotiating winter trail hazards. Read More

Telespial Systems GPS Tracker

Help a fellow rider keep track of (and share!) those great trail routes and campsites with the Trackstick II, a device that uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to precisely record one's Read More

Group Ride Tips

by Heidi Melocco

When riding with a large group, establish voice and hand signals to keep everyone moving together, whether it's time to lope through an open meadow or someone needs to make an emergency stop. Develop key phrases, such as "all lope," "all trot," "all Read More

Don't Ride with a Halter

by Steve Edwards

You may think it's convenient to leave a halter with an attached lead rope under your horse's bridle as you ride. The lead hangs at the ready - attached to your horse's halter and tied Read More

Teach Safe Tying

by Hannah Sheppard

My 7-year-old Paint Horse gelding trailers well and does well on the trail, except for when I tie him. When I tie him to my trailer, he dances and pulls back so much, it's hard to tack up. When I stop for a lunch break and tie him, he does the 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

A Safe-Tying Method For Your Horse

It's tempting to tie your horse to a hitch with his reins during quick breaks, but no matter what, this isn't a safe move. If your rein-tied horse pulls back, he can easily injure his sensitive mouth 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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