Horse Restraint in the Backcountry

by Dan Aadland 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. Read More

Summer Getaway

by Jule Drown 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 Read More

A Walk on the Wilder Side

by Tom Moates 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 Read More

Taste of the West

by Mark Bedor 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 Read More

Bubba and the Scary Heifers

by Dan Aadland 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 Read More

Count Your Blessings

by Jule Drown As trail riders, we enjoy an abundance of blessings. This is the perfect time of year to reflect on our good fortune. We're lucky we have the opportunity to ride our horses while experiencing Read More

One Good Trail Horse

by Dan Aadland Little Mack earns a very high place in this Montana Horseman's private equine hall of fame. Read More

From Border to Border

by Lauren Anne Back When you walk, you're a hobo. When you ride a horse, you're a hero. The Best of America by Horseback team has woven this inspiration into the fabric of its trail rides. In the summer of 2009, the Read More

Golden Trails

by Barb Crabbe, DVM Your beloved older trail horse has carried you miles on his back, and you look forward to many more. He's sensible, reliable, and bombproof. You use him to settle younger, more skittish horses. Read More

Amble Down the Trail

by Jessica Jahiel, PhD Perhaps you're ready to switch from a stock horse to a smooth-gaited mount. Or, you're already a gaited-horse owner, and are thinking of adding a Tennessee Walking Horse to your stable. Read More

Alone in the Wilderness

by Dan Aadland Chilled thoroughly from a daylong ride in a cold rain that penetrated icily through every weak spot in my apparel, I found myself wondering why my right hand, but not my left, had grown numb with cold. The answer jarred my lulled senses into the Read More

The Training of Telluride

For 100 days, I had the honor and privilege to build a relationship with Telluride, a wild mustang captured from the Nevada desert. This was part of the Midwest Mustang Challenge, held in conjunction Read More

Peak Experience

by Charlene Krone In a designated wilderness, earth and its community of life are untrammeled by people. It's affected primarily by the forces of nature, and is large enough to assure that it can be preserved and used in an unimpaired condition. Wilderness to us Read More

Always Learning

Spring is a beautiful time in Southern Arizona. It's a good time to be riding, caring for my horses, learning new things, and spending time with friends. Tina Eide, the equine dental technician Read More

Lofty Learning

by Mark Bedor It's a scene right out of a Charlie Russell painting - the horseback cowboy leading a string of pack mules through a rugged mountain wilderness. Except this time, it's not 1880, but 2007. And the "cowboy" leading those mules 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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