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Treasure Hunt: Equicaching

by Jenny Sullivan
How many of us dreamed as a kid about secret pirate maps and finding buried treasure? Well, dreamers unite! Now you can live out this childhood fantasy in real life. And for horsepeople, it's......Read More

The Emergency Stop

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight
Learn how to perform the one-rein stop and the pulley-rein stop with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight’s proven techniques. ...Read More

How to Select Kids’ Reins

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight
Are you selecting reins for a child to use? Here are a few pointers from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. * Always provide reins. First and foremost, make sure that the child (or a rider of any......Read More

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USRider® Member Story: Heroes in Disguise

by D. Mesh

When this USRider Member experienced two scary breakdowns in less than two weeks, she found heroes in the local sheriff’s department, a diligent towing service, and USRider Equestrian Motor Plan Read More

Horse Containment While Camping

by Dan Aadland

We were camped under aspens at an idyllic spot where two creeks met, our tent on high ground between the gurgling streams, our spirits not dampened by the several inches of new wet snow that weighed Read More

Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue

by Rebecca Gimenez PhD

Learn how taking a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue course can save your traveling horse’s life. Plus, read five gripping, real-life emergency-rescue anecdotes from TLAER course attendees. Read More

Nature-Scape Your Horse Property

by Alayne Blickle

Put native plants, birds, and bats to work on your horse property to nurture the land, and help control insects and rodents. Read More

The Emergency Stop

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

Learn how to perform the one-rein stop and the pulley-rein stop with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight’s proven techniques. Read More

Earn Your Horse’s Respect

by Clinton Anderson

“To earn your horse’s respect and trust, you need to make him comfortable for doing the right thing and uncomfortable for doing the wrong thing,” says top trainer/clinician Clinton Anderson. Read on for training tips. Read More

City of Rocks

by Story and Photos by Kent & Charlene Krone

Ride and camp at the City of Rocks National Reserve in southern Idaho, where unique rock formations rise out of the ground and where hoofprints meet history. Read More

Our Current Issue,
June 2016:

  • 7 Horse-Hunting Hints

    You know what you’re looking for in a dream horse — you just need to locate him and make sure he’s the right one for you. Here are seven great places to start your search.

    by Cynthia McFarland

  • Fair & Square: Equine Appraisal

    In the market for a new horse? Before you seal the deal, consider seeking out the services of an equine appraiser to help you determine whether the selling price represents the prospect’s fair market value.

  • Gaited-Horse Evaluation

    Are you considering buying a smooth-gaited horse as your next trail mount? Here’s an expert guide to evaluating a prospect on the ground and on the trail.

    by Kent & Charlene Krone

  • Assess Stock-Breed Conformation

    As you shop for your next trail horse, learn how to judge stock-horse conformation with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.

    by Julie Goodnight with Heidi Melocco

Next Issue, July/August 2016:

    Treasure Hunt: Equicaching

    Saddle up, and search for hidden treasure through equicaching — geocaching on horseback. And don’t miss our Labor Day 2016 Equicaching Event & Giveaway!


    The Horse Owner’s Summer Notebook

    A roundup of expert tips and checklists to help keep you and your horse safe, cool, hydrated, and pest-free this summer, at home and on the road.

    Wild Lands & Wild Horses 

    Head to Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area to ride and camp—plus, view the famous herd on the Pryor Mountain National Wild Horse Range.


    Fix 3 Behavior Bummers

    Does your trail horse paw, walk off when you mount up, or go at an inconsistent speed? Correct these behavioral woes with proven techniques from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.   


How to Prevent Trailer Theft

As the summer travel season hits full swing, don't leave your rig unattended without taking these smart trailer- theft-prevention steps


Ask Julie Goodnight

Top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight answers readers' questions on training, safety, horsemanship, and more.

Edited and photos by Heidi Melocco

Trail Gear

Check out the latest trail gear, on-trail tests from our experts, camping gear, and more!

By Laurel Berger O'Connor

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