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Trail Riding

  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...
Stuck at work? Tired of sitting at a desk, staring at a computer screen? We totally get it—we’d rather be out trail riding, too. We don’t condone lying to your boss about an emergency at home and then ditching...
Photo by jdj150 on flickr/CC BY 2.0 Riding your horse is a workout. We’ve been exploring ways to get physically fit for riding in the Fit Rider column in Horse Illustrated this year. But have you thought about appropriate fuel...

Have Horse, Will Travel

My gelding, Corazon, spent the majority of yesterday morning tied to the fence, which for reasons I’ll explain more in a moment has become his daily routine. One hind leg cocked in a resting position, he stands dozing in...

Take Your Dog on Trail Rides

When I look back over my life with horses, I can honestly say my happiest riding days were the ones I spent trail riding with my dog. I was a long distance rider—heavily into competitive trail—and the best way...
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Competition on the Trail

When I advocate for cross-training arena horses on varied terrain, I often advise students to stay committed by setting a goal. Fortunately, numerous trail organizations and events exist to help with this. Many offer intro level divisions that do...
Q: My mare lies down when we go through water. What should I do to stop her from doing this? A: The next time you ride your mare through water, make sure you carry a crop. It’s important to...
Imagine spending Monday through Friday sitting in front of a computer all day, and then going home to lie on the couch and watch TV at night. What do you think would happen if you went on an all-day...
More and more horse owners are interested in keeping their horses barefoot. But even horses with healthy bare feet need protection under certain circumstances. That’s where hoof boots come in. "Many horses are perfectly sound barefoot in their turnout environment,...
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