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Trail and Recreational Riding

Horse Illustrated readers enjoy hitting the trail or just for recreational riding. Therefore, we have informative articles on topics such as dealing with an emergency on the trail, new or must-have tack and gear, how to teach your horse to cross water, how to ride on hilly riding paths, how to maintain horse trails, tips for camping with your horse, getting your horse ready for a season of riding, how to create a better horse for the this type of riding, and more. Our experts know that safety is of utmost importance for any type of riding but definitely when you may be further from home. Learn tips on how to have a safe trip out on your horse and when doing recreational riding.

Your Trail Horse Threw You Off…Now What?

On August 12, 2017, Trina Ockenfels and her horse Tiger went on an average trail ride with a group of…

4 months ago

Try Competitive Mounted Orienteering

Constantly drilling down on riding goals in an arena can become a grind for both horse and rider. Trail riding…

5 months ago

Tips for Safely Horseback Riding Solo

Whether by choice or by necessity, horseback riding solo can bring joy, adventure and a sense of accomplishment, but it…

5 months ago

Rain Ready: Introduce Your Horse to a Rain Slicker

Will your horse allow you to pick up and swing a rain slicker? The noise and fast-moving fabric on both…

10 months ago

Trail Riding in Adverse Weather Conditions

The open trail. Horse, rider and not a fence in sight. Trail riding is a favorite pastime of both equestrians…

11 months ago

The Quest to Discover the Horse

Follow the journey of Alyssa Mathews, founder of Discover the Horse project, which follows the quest of one woman's journey…

1 year ago

A Tölt On The Wild Side on an Iceland Horse Riding Vacation

"Now ask your horses to tölt,” instructed Björk Jakobsdóttir, our Icelandic guide. I took a deep breath, lifted my hands…

1 year ago

Tackle the Trail Course

If the idea of guiding your horse through a series of obstacles sounds fun, you’ll probably enjoy trying a trail…

2 years ago

Trail Riding Tack and Gear: Trail Essentials

Trail riding is a favorite among many riders. Don't go out unprepared. Have the right trail riding tack and gear…

2 years ago

Emergency Response: Dealing with Trail Riding Emergencies

Trail riding is a fun opportunity to form a lasting bond with your horse while taking in the beauty of…

2 years ago