Advice

Stress Rx

Need to unwind? Here are eight great ways to do it with your horse.



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Out of (Saddle) Shape

Stay in riding shape through the winter with tips from rider-workout specialist Kelly Altschwager.



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Choosing a Trail Horse in 7 Steps

If you aren’t gifted with the Midas touch when it comes to horse shopping, Pat Parelli offers tips to ensure that your next purchase fits the bill.



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High-Quality H2O

Automatic waterers ensure that your horse can stay hydrated all day, every day, all year long.



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Spring-Clean Your Barn

Spring, means cleaning. Here are some tools, not ordinarily in your barn, that'll help you stay orderly.



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How Much Dental Work Needed?

An owner wonders if her horse might need oral care beyond basic teeth floating.



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Feeding for Calmness

Your horse “is” what he eats. Follow these pointers to make sure what you’re feeding him isn’t over-energizing him, especially if he's in a stall and unable to leach out excess energy.



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Riding Arenas 101

Do your horse a favor—learn the basics of what makes a good arena surface, then commit to its regular care with tips from pros.



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Stocking Up

Q: My 12-year-old Paint/Arabian-cross gelding lives in a roomy paddock with a run-in shed. Fairly frequently, I notice swelling in all four of his legs. He's not lame or uncomfortable, and when...



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Test-Ride that Saddle!

A test ride can give you valuable information about saddle fit. Enlist the help of some friends to videotape your ride and help evaluate whether a saddle is right for you and your...



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5 Way to be a Horseman Now

Most people I talk to think horsemanship is all about how well you ride and/or train. I never bought into that concept, though I did once think strapping on spurs and getting it done in the saddle was...



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To Do This Month: Baby Safety, Health Exams, Trailer Check

Check these items off your to-do list to put your best foot forward in March so you can focus on riding instead of chores when riding weather hits.



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The Fly-Spray Dance

Q: My mare is terrible about standing still for fly spray. She's had this problem throughout the five years I've owned her. I used to have to stand about 20 feet away from her just to...



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How (and Why) to Find a Trainer

Learn why hiring a trainer to help with your horse (or horse hunt) can be money well spent. Then use my insights to help you find a good one.



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Take Control and Move!

Don’t work to keep an even keel. Instead, get active while riding, and feel your confidence blossom.



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