The Trail Rider

After-Ride Care

After each ride, follow this vet-tested, 11-step technique to help keep your horse healthy and sound.

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Senior Horse Care Tips

Use these expert diet and exercise tips to help your aging horse thrive.

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Neck-Flex Exercise

Teach your horse to flex his neck and head on the ground, and he’ll be lighter and more supple under saddle.

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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.

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4-Point Tack Check

World champion Quarter Horse trainer Lynn Palm gives you her four-point trail-tack check to optimize your and your horse’s safety and comfort.

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5 Top Camping-Prep Tips

Use these expert tips to prepare for a horse-camping adventure, whether you’re planning to camp at the trailhead or in the

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5 Horse-Care Tips

“On days when I want a break from riding, I perform ground work, schooling my horses through their gaits, across tarps, and over low jumps,” says Drown. Here, Natalie, Drown’s...

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Top Trail Saddles

A roundup of top saddles built for the trail that feature the finest in fit, use, durability, and comfort.

May 22, 2014

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Colorful Colorado

Enjoy fall colors from the back of your equine friend at Transfer Horse Camp, located in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.

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Roundtable: Gaited-Horse Clinicians

Smooth-gaited horses are tops on the trail, offering a comfortable, surefooted ride. And with a variety of gaited breeds, there’s literally a horse for every rider. Clinicians specializing in...

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Hooray for Hollywood

Lights, camera, action! These words evoke countless images of movies and television filmed and taped around Hollywood during the past 100-plus years. Hollywood — the epicenter of the film...

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Five-Star Horse Campgrounds

You’re ready to choose your horse-camping destination. You need to know the campground’s trail accessibility, the horse/human amenities, and whether it’s clean, quiet, and well-maintained.

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Saddle Up!

Hit the trails with the American Paint Horse Association on the Triple R Ranch Ride in Kentucky and the Fort Robinson Trail Ride in Nebraska.

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Day Ride Guide! Merry May Trails

Bellvue, Colorado  Closest city: Denver, Colorado. Travel distance: 74 miles. Driving directions: Take Interstate 25 north toward Fort Collins. Take Exit 269B to merge onto Colorado State...

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Road Apples

You know that dismounting, picking up scattered road apples, packing them up, and remounting on the trail can prove to be a challenging, if not downright dangerous, feat.  But making this effort...

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