Trail Riding

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...
Photo by jdj150 on flickr/CC BY 2.0 A favorite pastime of horse enthusiasts everywhere is trail riding. After all, what could be better than taking your horse for a ride through a beautiful, scenic landscape? One of the keys to enjoyable...

What to do if Your Horse Gets Loose

Running Horse by photophilde on flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 It’s every horse owner’s worst nightmare: Your horse has gotten away from you—either by pulling away while you were leading him or unseating you while you were riding—and has taken off with...

Negotiate Gates on Horseback

It seems so simple to reach over and unlatch a gate from the saddle—far easier than having to dismount. However, without proper preparation for the task, the gate can become a stressful situation and deter you from venturing down...

In Defense of Whining

It got dark really fast in the woods that day. A million leaves overhead danced and shook in an onslaught of soaking rain. Thunder rumbled in the sky beyond the swaying canopy. My horse, slick with sweat, rocked back...
If you’re itching to get out of the ring this summer, locating a local, equine-friendly park should be on your summer to-do list. If most of your friends stick close to home or focus on the show ring, you...
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