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Trail Riding

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...
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 a relatively easy 10-mile introductory ride or...
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...
Haflinger on a trail ride

Don’t Daydream on the Trail!

So you’re out on a trail ride…enjoying the cool breeze…watching the light and shadows play on the trees…listening to the soft hoof beats…feeling your horse spook out from under you as a deer crashes out of the woods ahead—wait,...
I’ve previously expressed my deep love of judging leadline classes, but I also have another favorite set of classes to judge: trail. Some judges dread trail classes because they "take too long” and are "sooo repetitive,” but I put...
Crisp, clear evenings and changing leaves are some of the top reasons why fall has some of the best trail riding weather of the year. There are fewer bugs around, too, but many tick species are still active until...
"Let’s go for a ride!” Depending on how and where you like to trail ride, this phrase could mean anything from "Let’s go for a ride around the pasture,” to "Let’s go for a ride through the canyon.” But...

The Group Trail Checklist

If you appreciate compelling stories about improving performance at complex tasks, I highly recommend the book The Checklist Manifesto. While much of the book addresses the fields of surgery, aviation, and skyscraper construction, I found it very relevant to...
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