Horse Industry & Lifestyle

Search & Rescue

by Irvin Lichtenstein A hiker is lost in the woods. A mounted search-and-rescue team is called on to aid the search. As you watch events unfold, you think, that could be me and my horse. If you’re an adventurous,... Read More

Preserve Public-Land Access

by Denise Y. O'Mear Credit: National Park Planner Photo Horses can be denied trail access due to misunderstandings or lack of knowledge. To help keep trails open, follow the guidelines outlined here. As a... Read More

The Trail Home

by Lauren Anne Back Equestrian communities offer miles of trails right outside your doorstep. Find out if the lifestyle is right for you. Read More

Protect Trail Access

by Denise Y. O'Mear Setting out on the trail with your horse is a magical moment. The promise of quiet solitude, the beauty of nature, relaxing with friends, the companionship of a beloved horse, and enjoying a bit of... Read More

Water-Crossing Guidelines

by Jennifer M. Keeler for Equine Land Conservation Resource While enjoying the beauty of streams and rivers, take precautions to stay safe and protect your access to treasured trails in the future. Here are five expert guidelines. Read More

New York’s Enchanting Trails

by Deb Balliet, CEO Equine Land Conservation Resource You’ll find special places to ride in New York’s southwestern corner, where the state meets Pennsylvania, Ohio, the northern reaches of the Appalachian Mountains, and the waters of Lake... Read More

Road Apples

by Denise Y. O'Mear You know that dismounting, picking up scattered road apples, packing them up, and remounting on the trail can prove to be a challenging, if not downright dangerous, feat.  But making this effort... Read More

Last Laugh: Expo Exposé

by Annie Kennedy Every fall, our family makes a pilgrimage to a beer-and-hot-dog stand in the middle of the state. This is something I could do on my own, but I enjoy having my wife and daughters along for the trip. Read More

Equine Employment

by Bob Goddard I recently discovered that my wife, Jenny — whom I thought I knew — likes to watch bronco riding on TV. But she doesn’t watch it for the competition. She tunes in because, she says, 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

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; 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

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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