Horsemanship

Fix Your Horse’s Foot Fidgets

by Clinton Anderson Does your horse fidget when you pick up his feet? Teach him to hold still and balance with this tutorial from top trainer/clinician Clinton Anderson. Read More


The Language of Equus

by Shawn Hamilton We take you to an Anna Twinney horsemanship clinic at Wyoming’s Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch. Find out how Twinney’s method can help you build a trust-based relationship with your equine friend. Read More


Neck-Flex Exercise

by Clinton Anderson Teach your horse to flex his neck and head on the ground, and he’ll be lighter and more supple under saddle. Read More


Backing Basics

by Downunder Horsemanship Teach your horse how to back up on the ground with this tapping exercise from top clinician Clinton Anderson. Read More


How to Pony with Confidence

by Julie Goodnight Learn how and why to pony a second horse behind you while you’re on the trail with top clinician/trainer Julie Goodnight. Read More


3 Saddle Stretches

by Kara L. Stewart When you go for a trail ride, do you ever feel stiffer on one side than the other? Less coordinated? In the arena, does your horse tend to pick up one lead more easily than the other, bend in one direction more willingly than the other, or fall in Read More


Learn the Ropes with Julie Goodnight

by Heidi Melocco Improve your rope-handling skills with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. Read More


Ride into your Golden Years

by Jule Drown If you're a trail rider upwards of 40, I'll bet you sometimes wish you still had the body of a youngster - full of energy, less plump, and free of aches and pains. Although we can't turn back the hands Read More


Mount from the Right

by Heidi Melocco Will your horse allow you to mount and dismount from either side? Mounting from the left is just tradition. Soldiers would mount up on their horses left sides so that their swords, anchored over their Read More


Back to Basics

by Brenda Imus Are you having trouble getting your gaited horse to exhibit smooth gaits? One problem may be poor saddle fit, which is affecting his ability to move correctly and possibly causing him to become Read More


Trail Riding Manners

by Appaloosa Horse Club We were descending switchbacks on a timbered mountainside on the sort of day trail riders live for. The air was crisp, perfumed with pungent pine. I was enjoying watching the dozen riders I'd guided up the mountain, now riding ahead of me Read More


Relax Those Legs

Do your knees ache after a ride? Make sure you're not bracing - putting too much weight forward and down into your stirrups. This undesirable position can cause soreness, as stiff joints can't absorb your horse's motion. Stiff legs may also push Read More


Retirees and Horses

by Charlene Krone Go to any gathering of horsepeople - backcountry horse group, a poker ride, or just a plain old trail ride. Who has the most stamina, the heartiest laugh, and the best of times? Chances are, they're Read More


Overcoming Disabilities Horse back

by Mary Melton Twenty years ago, an Illinois trail rider named Dawn Weber formed a special bond with a 3-day-old Quarter Horse colt, later named Admiral. Dawn saw a fiery spirit in his eye that was much like 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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