Trail Training

Hit the Competitive Trail!

by Jenny Sullivan If you enjoy hitting the trail, but you and your horse also thrive on competition, check out competitive trail riding. Sport basics: Competitive trail riding isn’t a race. It’s a timed,... Read More


Bend at the Walk

by Downunder Horsemanship Use this exercise from top trainer/clinician Clinton Anderson to teach your horse to bend through his entire body and become softer in his mouth. Read More


Vet Prep

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight Prepare your horse for the veterinarian with these strategies from noted clinician Julie Goodnight. Read More


Choose the Right Reins

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight Learn how choose the right reins, and use them safely on the trail, with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. Bonus: Riding-glove tips for safety and control. Read More


Lead-Rope Lesson

by Clinton Anderson Teach your horse to be calm, focused, responsive, and obedient with these ground-work exercises from top trainer/clinician Clinton Anderson. 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


Beach Horseback Riding Tips

by Cynthia McFarland with Lari Shea “Riding on the beach can be one of life’s greatest joys, but learn how to manage the risks before you head to the surf,” says Lari Shea, an accomplished endurance rider who owns and manages Ricochet Ridge Ranch. Learn how to ride safely on the beach with Shea’s top tips. Read More


Canter into Bliss

by Shawn Hamilton Saddle up — and roll out your mats — for Julie Goodnight’s Yoga and Riding Retreat set in the rustic elegance of Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch. Read More


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


Get the Right Gait

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight Learn how to get the right trail gait for safety and control with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. 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


On-Trail Confidence Boost

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight Have you ever lost your nerve when your trail horse has balked? Here, top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight gives you her three-step confidence boost. Read More


Hindquarters Control

by Clinton Anderson Stage 2: Gain control by teaching your horse to disengage his hindquarters with top clinician Clinton Anderson. Read More


Top-10 Trail-Horse Skills

by Laura Jesburg As you know, a few hours in the saddle can provide a much-needed respite from your busy life. That might include taking a leisurely ride along a scenic path, ambling down a country road, exploring an... Read More


3-Step Balking Fix

by Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight Train your horse to cross any obstacle with this three-step fix from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. 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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