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Home Riding and Training Trail and Recreational Riding

Trail and Recreational Riding

On August 12, 2017, Trina Ockenfels and her horse Tiger went on an average trail ride with a group of friends in Ionia State Recreation Area, which spans 4,500 acres. Unfortunately, their normal trail ride ended in tragedy when...
Constantly drilling down on riding goals in an arena can become a grind for both horse and rider. Trail riding is fun and relaxing but lacks the thrill of competition. Another challenge for many equestrians is how to get...
Whether by choice or by necessity, horseback riding solo can bring joy, adventure and a sense of accomplishment, but it also carries with it an element of danger. Planning ahead and preparing both horse and rider decreases the risk,...
Will your horse allow you to pick up and swing a rain slicker? The noise and fast-moving fabric on both sides of his body can be spook-inducing. Whether you’re preparing for a trail class that includes the slicker as...
The open trail. Horse, rider and not a fence in sight. Trail riding is a favorite pastime of both equestrians and their loyal mounts. Proper planning bolsters your chances for a successful excursion through nature, but how do you...
Follow the journey of Alyssa Mathews, founder of Discover the Horse project, which follows the quest of one woman's journey to ride every breed of horse.Standing on a remote beach in Ireland, I breathed in the salty air and...
"Now ask your horses to tölt,” instructed Björk Jakobsdóttir, our Icelandic guide. I took a deep breath, lifted my hands and took more contact, scooped my seat under and closed my legs. Klængur, the first of many delightful Icelandic...
If the idea of guiding your horse through a series of obstacles sounds fun, you’ll probably enjoy trying a trail course. The obstacles were originally based on things you’d encounter while trail riding, but they’ve evolved into an event...
Trail riding is a favorite among many riders. Don't go out unprepared. Have the right trail riding tack and gear before you set out on the trail with some of the below items from Horse Illustrated's tack and gear column.Resistol Ridesafe...
Trail riding is a fun opportunity to form a lasting bond with your horse while taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The last thing you want to think about is what could go wrong, but even the...
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