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Breed-Association Trail-Riding Programs

Set your mileage goals and reap the rewards! Here are top trail-riding programs offered by 34 breed associations, including description, eligibility, awards, and links.

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Training Pack Animals: Gait Training and the Pony Horse

In training pack animals, consider the way the pack animals travel and also the ability of your string leader (the horse you ride) or pony horse to vary his speed to suit the pack animals behind him. Gait training for your pony horse or string leader may

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The Urban Trail Horse

When I was a kid growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, I could ride my horse for hours without even seeing a car. We cruised through oak-covered hills, along dirt roads, and through shady canyons

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15 Horse Hunting-Hints

Nothing can be more exciting and fulfilling than buying a trail horse. However, such a purchase comes with risks. Will the horse become your reliable trail mount and partner in many safe, adventurous rides?


Trail Tack Advice

All of your trail tack, including your trail saddle must fit your horse well and allow him to do his job. It also needs to complement your trail-riding needs.

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Pre-Ride Tack Check

Before heading out on a trail ride, make sure your tack is in good working order for optimal safety in the saddle.


Rugged Fall Riding Wear

Stay warm on the trail this fall, no matter what the weather, with jackets, coats, Australian dusters, raingear, insulated boots, boot socks, riding-helmet accessories, and riding gloves.


Bit Up!

Choose the right bit for optimal on-trail communication and control with this expert guide.

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10 Saddle-Fit Tips

Use these expert tips to help keep your horse sound and saddle-sore free — and to enhance your own comfort — on all of your riding adventures.


Cowgirl Spring Roundup: Day 3

Associate/Digital Editor Nichole Chirico headed to Montana to attend The Resort at Paws Up's annual Cowgirl Spring Roundup.


Cowgirl Spring Roundup: Day 2

Associate/Digital Editor Nichole Chirico headed to Montana to attend The Resort at Paws Up's annual Cowgirl Spring Roundup.

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Handle Trail Riding Emergencies

Learn how to lessen the risk of experiencing trail riding emergencies and steps to take should your horse become injured despite your best efforts.

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Mounted Search-and-Rescue

A hiker is lost in the woods. A mounted search-and-rescue team with search-horses is called on to aid the search. If you're an adventurous, skilled trail rider, you and your horse might be valuable assets to a mounted search-and-rescue team. Here, we?ll first explain what makes a horse an ideal search-horse.

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Fall: The Best Trail Riding Season

Fall is the best time of the year to enjoy trail rides. Horses are spirited on trail rides, their riders energetic, the trails more inviting than ever. But trail riding during this beautiful season of the year presents some challenges for the trail rider.

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Saddled with Fear

In this exclusive report, a lifelong horsewoman opens up about several painful falls and how she conquered her fear of riding to get back in the saddle. Plus: Twelve steps to overcome your own riding fears.

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Choose the Right Reins

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.


Avoid 7 Desert Dangers

Winter is a great time to hit desert trails — but be cautious. Here, Arizona journalist Jule Drown gives you the rundown on seven dangers lurking on desert trails: trailering challenges; cactus spines; heat stroke; dehydration; venomous snakes; scorpions;

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Forging a New Trail

When an injury retired Peponitas Top Gunner from the show pen, he seamlessly transitioned into competitive trail riding.