Trail Riding

English riders on the trail

Can We Walk?

Few things can ruin an otherwise pleasant trail ride like a horse that just won’t walk. If you’re frequently faced with an utter refusal to move forward, an outbreak of the jiggity-jogs or a prancy dance all the way...
Trail riding during a large, organized trail ride can be relaxing and fun—if your horse is willing to fall in line and be part of the larger group. However, big trail rides can be a challenge for riders with...
Being a trail rider is fun, with trails providing new views and experiences. Taking your horse out of the arena can also really help build a confident and trusting partnership between horse and rider. The romantic picture of cantering...
By Marsha Hayes, Photos by Ron Osborn Tennessee Lane, riding a 17-year-old, bald-faced chestnut Arabian gelding named Auli Farwa ("Far”), won the 62nd Tevis Cup on August 5, 2017. Her picture graced the front page of local California papers and...
The Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup) is a point-to-point, 100-mile ride traditionally starting near Lake Tahoe and ending in Auburn, Calif. It requires one rider on one horse to complete the journey in one 24-hour day. August 5,...
Photo by jdj150 on flickr/CC BY 2.0 Endurance riding can be an intimidating equine sport. After all, the shortest distance offered is 25 miles long. But a grassroots effort has been growing for the past few years to help...
Photo by jdj150 on flickr/CC BY 2.0 When you think of endurance riding, you may conjure up images of 100-mile rides across rocky terrain or multi-day rides across the high desert. In reality, endurance riding careers can begin with...
American Competitive Trail Horse Ride by Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington via flickr/CC BY 2.0 Trail riding with your horse is a wonderful opportunity to relax and leave the world behind. Training your horse on...
It’s no secret that Thoroughbreds are a popular choice for competitive equestrian sports like jumpers, eventing, and even barrel racing. The athleticism that makes them great racers often translates to a career flying over fences or around barrels. However,...
  For most us dressage riders, a trail ride feels like a break from serious training. In many ways it is a break from our usual routines, but in terms of training focus its success relies on the same level...
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