Submission Guidelines

Send all contributions to: Rene E. Riley, The Trail Rider, P.O, Box 553, Evergreen, CO 80437;

General guidelines: The Trail Rider welcomes your story and photography submissions. We especially look for well-written on-trail stories, on-trail photography, information that will help your fellow riders, short tips, news items, and new products. Article suggestions are also welcome. We reserve the right to edit for length, style, clarity, and accuracy. Submit timely material at least four months prior to issue date. Send manuscripts in Microsoft Word on a CD or DVD to the address, right. Include a hard copy. Send e-mail queries to, attention editor.


Photography: We prefer high-resolution digital photography. Each photo must be 300dpi when sized at least 5-by-7 inches (at least 2,100 by 1,500 pixels). Generally, this is at least one megabyte (1,000 kilobytes). Submit photography on a CD or DVD, and include caption information. Original fi les only. If a photo was shot on film, send the original print or slide, rather than a scan. No Polaroid photos. Solicited film photography will be handled with care and returned after use. A stamped, self-addressed envelope is appreciated.


Letters to the Editor: We welcome your letters and photos! Send us your comments, opinions, article suggestions, trail-riding experiences (briefly), tips, and photos. Typed or handwritten letters welcome.


Your Trail Story: Report on your latest trail ride or other horse adventure. Tell us who you are, the name/breed/age/gender of the horse you rode, and who you rode with. Include specific location/s, trail/s ridden, elevation, difficulty rating (easy, moderate, difficult), best time of year for that location, and contact information for places mentioned. Follow guidelines above. Include photos with caption information. No payment will be made for these reports. For your submission to be considered, send in the release form below.


Where-to-Ride Guide: For a free listing, send us information on trail-riding destinations, overnight-stabling facilities, public lands, and riding vacations (where a quality trail horse is supplied).


Organized Trail Rides: For a free listing, send us your organization name (if applicable), the name of the ride, ride location, ride date, and ride contact information (telephone number, and website or e-mail address).


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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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