Lifesaving information on negotiating tough trail terrain, handling on-trail emergencies, extreme-weather safety, riding in groups, riding alone, general trail-safety guidelines, and more.
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.
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.
These great trail tips will teach you how to mount a horse from the right side, where to stash your lead rope while trail riding and what to pack on a trail ride. Will your horse allow you to mount and dismount from either side? Can you mount a horse from the right side?
It's tempting to tie your horse to a hitch with his reins during quick breaks, but no matter what, this isn't a safe move. If your rein-tied horse pulls back, he can easily injure his sensitive mouth tissues, or worse. He'll also likely break the reins.
This spring, you and your horse may be the first to trudge through neglected trails, it may be difficult to guess what your footing will be like. Surfaces that appear hard and dry may mask gripping, sticky mud. New grass may not have deep roots to keep gr