Prepare For The Ride

Video: Hawaii Horseback Riding and Cowboy History

Learn about Big Island horseback riding and the history of cattle drives and paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys, with Emmy-winning Equitrekking. Explore Parker Ranch and Kahua Ranch in Waimea. Learn more about great dude ranches, guest ranches, cattle drives and horse riding holidays.

Prepare your horse for the unexpected. Journal photo

Spook Proof Your Horse

You and your horse have some obstacles to overcome before you hit the trail this year. From America's Horse Journal.

Video: Switch to Western Riding for Your Next Vacation

Taking a dude ranch vacation? Learn about Western riding and hear a beginner's take on what it's like to ride Western style.

Trail Riding

What NOT to Wear at Your Dude Ranch Vacation

Over the years everyone has told you what TO wear on your dude ranch vacation, but has anyone ever told you what NOT to wear? With first-hand experience, Top50 Ranches is here to alert you of What NOT to Wear on your dude ranch vacation

Winter riding

Winter Riding Tips

Darley Newman of and gives some great advice on getting ready for a winter ride.

Trail Riding

Tips for Happier Trail Rides

Fall is the perfect season for leaving the arena behind and heading for the trails. Before you go, review our list of tips and tactics to make each outing as safe and enjoyable as possible. From EQUUS magazine

Video: Ranch Vacation Packing Tips

Get tips on packing for your ranch vacation from equestrian travel expert Darley Newman, who's visited ranches in Alberta, Hawaii, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Uruguay, Quebec and beyond. Learn more about Equitrekking and ranch vacations at and

Darley Newman. Photo by Chip Ward for

Riding Vacation Options

When researching different options for your riding vacation, begin narrowing your choices by thinking about what type of vacation you are seeking.

Pairing Up with the Right Horse

Horses have different personalities, skills and physiques, just like people.'s Darley Newman tells you how to choose the right match for your trail ride or riding vacation.

Trail Riding

Dream Rides: Horse Vacations

Your dream vacation could be a cattle drive, following the outlaw trail of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or a stay at a dude ranch. Or it could be learning to jump fences in the Caribbean. Or an inn-to-inn ride in Europe. The possibilities are endless, and there are rides to fit every budget.


Planning a Holiday on Horseback

So you'd like to trek across some foreign land, or round up cattle on a dude ranch? Here's what to expect when you vacation on horseback.

Equitrekking on the Big Island

Great Tips for a Better Riding Vacation

Will your riding getaway be the best or a bust? Get practical advice from someone who's been there.

Riding Vacation Preparation

If you plan to go on a riding vacation with your horse, first narrow your site selections to the top 10. Then ask questions to determine whether the place is right for you. Written by Sushil Dulai Wenholz for Horse & Rider magazine.

Darley Newman at Bryce Canyon, Utah. Photo by Chip Ward.

Equitrekking Packing Tips

Wherever you're headed to ride, here are some items to consider not leaving home without.