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  • You can wear your helmet in the sun, but store it away from hot places, such as your car trunk. Photo by Heidi Melocco

    7 Summer Trail-Riding Tips

    Here are seven handy trail-riding tips as we head into the summer riding season.

  • When you travel with your horse, you need to carry a number of documents, especially if you’re crossing state lines. Photo by Kent and Charlene Krone

    Equine Traveling Papers

    Here’s a rundown of key documents you need when you travel with your horse.

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    Cool Horse-Camping Gear

    Packing the right gear is essential for a safe and successful camping trip. Here are 12 handy products to consider for your next adventure.

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    Buyer's Guide to Lightweight Trail Saddles

    Check out these lightweight, comfortable saddles specifically designed for trail and endurance riding.

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    Riding on the Beach

    Riding on the beach is a "bucket-list" item of many riders, and with good reason. But if you decide to try riding it, here are things to keep in mind.

You can wear your helmet in the sun, but store it away from hot places, such as your car trunk. Photo by Heidi Melocco

7 Summer Trail-Riding Tips

Here are seven handy trail-riding tips as we head into the summer riding season. ... MORE
When you travel with your horse, you need to carry a number of documents, especially if you’re crossing state lines. Photo by Kent and Charlene Krone

Equine Traveling Papers

Here’s a rundown of key documents you need when you travel with your horse. ... MORE
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Cool Horse-Camping Gear

Packing the right gear is essential for a safe and successful camping trip. Here are 12 handy products to consider for your next adventure. ... MORE
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Seven Things to Teach Your Trail Horse

Here are the seven things to teach your horse to keep your trail outings as harmonious and enjoyable as possible. ... MORE
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Ride Through Winter

Dan Aadland writing for The Trail Rider discusses how to ride safely during the winter. ... MORE
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What Do I Take on a Trail Ride

Here are tips from the AQHA to help you have fun and stay safe horseback riding. ... MORE
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Fall Trail Riding Tips

From clearing brush to trail footwear selection, we offer tips from two experts who'll keep you on track. ... MORE
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Ride Your Horse in Washington, D.C.

This fall, head to Washington, D.C., and ride through the rich history of our nation’s capital. Here’s a list of upcoming trail rides, plus overnight stabling in nearby Maryland and Virginia. ... MORE
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Being a Good Steward

Horseback riding can be even more enjoyable when you’re helping protect and share the land. ... MORE
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Dude Ranch Directory

Plan your next Western vacation with this definitive list of 253 North American guest ranches. compiled by Christine Larsen for American Cowboy magazine. ... MORE
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Buyer’s Guide to Lightweight Trail Saddles

Check out these lightweight, comfortable saddles specifically designed for trail and endurance riding. ... MORE
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Horseback: California’s Sierra Nevada

Strike gold on this multi-day ride that mirrors Yosemite’s beauty (minus the crowds). ... MORE
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Ranch or Beach Vacation?

To beach or not to beach? That is often the question ­­­– at least when it comes to finding a great value vacation. But when it comes to getting the most for your bucks, could a western horseback riding holiday be the better option? ... MORE
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Handling Hills with Julie Goodnight

Top clinician/trainer Julie Goodnight teaches you how to sit securely as you ride up and down hills. She’ll also help you gain control of your horse’s speed, no matter what the terrain. ... MORE
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Riding on the Beach

Riding on the beach is a "bucket-list" item of many riders, and with good reason. But if you decide to try riding it, here are things to keep in mind. ... MORE
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Break Your Horse’s Trail-Snacking Habits

A horse who eats on the trail isn't paying attention to his rider. Here's how to redirect his focus. ... MORE
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Conditioning A Horse for Long Summer Rides

Medical Editor Mathew Mackay-Smith, DVM, addresses an EQUUS reader's concerns about equine conditioning in preparation for long summer trail rides. ... MORE
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Double Your Riding Hours

Ride on an AQHA trail ride or in a Trail Challenge and rack up the hours in the Horseback Riding Program! ... MORE
You can avoid summer’s extreme heat by hitting high-altitude mountain trails. However, note that high altitude promotes rapidity of change. Be prepared for all increments of weather, from hot to cold, dry to wet, sleet, wind, and snow.  Photo by William J. Erickson

Prepare to go Trail Riding on the High Trails

Avoid summer’s extreme heat by hitting high-altitude mountain trails. Here’s how to cope with mountain-riding weather. ... MORE
Use the light of the full moon to guide you during night trail riding.

Trail Riding Safety Tips

Follow these trail-riding safety tips, whether you ride your horse during the day or decide to go night riding. ... MORE
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Riding the Wagonhound

Wagonhound Land and Livestock in Douglas, Wyoming, hosted the 2011 ride benefitting the American Quarter Horse Foundation. ... MORE
Let your horse drink from water sources along the trail or near the camp to conserve the water you’ve hauled in. Photo by Kent and Charlene Krone

Be Water-Wise on Your Next Horse Camping Trip

Don’t leave home without considering your horse’s water needs. Here’s what to plan for, plus hauling, watering, and use tips. ... MORE
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Quick Fixes for Broken Tack on the Trail

Here is advice from the experts on the items to carry and how to use them to keep broken tack from ruining your trail rides. ... MORE
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Camping with Horses

Horse camping allows you to ride on trails in areas you've always dreamed about. On your own horse, you'll be able to access thousands of miles of trails, from oceans to lakeshores, mountain meadows to desert sands, local open space to wilderness. ... MORE
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On-The-Road and On-The-Trail Horse Vet Care

Asking questions and preparing are necessary before a trip, but it’s best to avoid a disaster in the first place by keeping emergency supplies on hand. ... MORE
To help prevent dizziness while crossing swift streams, look straight forward, vision fixed upon the spot on the far bank where you intend to leave the water. Dan Aadland

Water Crossing: How to Prevent Dizziness

Dan Aadland explains how to cross fast-moving streams with care. ... MORE
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Westfall Horsemanship: Trail-Safety Tips

Stay safe while trail riding with tips and exercises from world champion horse trainer and top clinician Stacy Westfall. ... MORE
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Top Tips for Going on Cattle Drives

Learn when, where and how to ride like a real cowboy. From Top50 Ranches. ... MORE
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Handle On-Trail Encounters

Keep your horse under control when encountering scary trail gremlins. By California trainer Robyn Spector. ... MORE
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Lions and Bears in the Wilderness, Oh My!

Colorado Game Warden Ron Zaccagnini gives advice on some things that you can do to minimize your exposure to danger with wildlife encounters. From MyHorse.com ... MORE
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Spring Training

You may be ready for the trail, but is your horse? The AQHA has tips to prepare your horse mentally and physically. ... MORE
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Dude Ranch Vacations

Holly Clanahan explains how dude ranches make the perfect vacation for horse lovers. From America's Horse Daily. ... MORE
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50 Great Escapes: Riding Vacations

When you're ready for memorable R&R, a vacation that involves horses can be just what the fun-doctor ordered. ... MORE
Video: AQHA Trail Riding Program

Video: AQHA Trail Riding Program

It's time to get out and ride, and the AQHA Trail Riding program is a great way to start. ... MORE
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World’s Great Horse Treks

Darley Newman and Equitrekking.com discuss 15 of the world's greatest horseback riding trips for CNNGo.com ... MORE
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Trail Riding Safety

Learn how to avoid seven sketchy situations on the trail--and how to get out of them as safely as possibly if they do catch you by surprise. From Horse&Rider magazine. ... MORE
New Horse Sports for the 21st Century

New Horse Sports for the 21st Century

Six growing sports offer hot new opportunities for Western riders. By Gavin Ehringer for Horse&Rider magazine. ... MORE
Once in a Lifetime Extreme Vacations--Not for the Faint of Heart

Once in a Lifetime Extreme Vacations–Not for the Faint of Heart

Riding through wild terrain--and herding cattle--is difficult enough, but if you’re looking for even more adventure and a once in a lifetime experience, check out these extreme rides. ... MORE
Trail Riding Safety Tips

Trail Riding Safety Tips

Read these trail riding safety tips to learn more about trail riding safety, whether you ride your horse during the day or decide to go night trail riding. From The Trail Rider magazine. ... MORE
Horseback Riding: Yellowstone National Park

Horseback Riding: Yellowstone National Park

A great way to explore Yellowstone National Park's wild side is on a guided pack trip. ... MORE
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Why Your Horse Gets Nervous in the Woods

If he's inexperienced at it, your horse might not enjoy rides on wooded trails as much as you do. That's because he can't see the situation and surroundings the way you do. ... MORE
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Unleash Your Inner Cowboy

Looking for an authentic Western riding holiday for this summer? Check out this sampler from Top50Ranches. ... MORE
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The Mustangs at McCullough Peaks–History and Legend

Darley Newman of Equitrekking.com tracks wild mustangs in Wyoming. ... MORE
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Colorado Cattle 101

Darley Newman of Equitrekking.com tells us that cattle work can be fun, even for an English rider! Saddle up at a ranch and give it a try. ... MORE
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Video: Dude Ranch History

Learn about the history of dude ranches in America, including the Eaton brothers first ranch and the original "dudes." Equitrekking.com host Darley Newman narrates this educational look at the U.S. legacy of guest ranches and Western history, including interviews with modern ranchers. ... MORE
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Trail Riding the Big Open in Montana

Writing for The Trail Rider, Dan Aadland describes the trail-riding experience on America's vast public lands in Montana. ... MORE
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Trail Riding in the Adirondack Paradise

The Otter Creek Horse Trails are a series of old sandy roads and wooded trails that traverse a beautifully diversified region, populated with wildlife. Once off the sandy roads, the trails wind their way along sand flats and through wooded areas, access picturesque glacial ponds, and have climbs that lead to fine river vistas. ... MORE
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Calm Rider, Calm Horse

It’s impossible to relax and enjoy yourself when your horse is fretting and you’re worried he may disrupt the ride and threaten your safety. Linda Tellington-Jones has a calming solution in The Trail Rider. ... MORE
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Seven Winter Trail Riding Hazards

Here, are tips on how to negotiate seven winter riding hazards: (1) deep snow; (2) snowdrifts; (3) frozen ground; (4) ice; (5) packed snow; (6) freezing rain/ice storm; and (7) slippery mud/deep mud. We also give you tips on how to stay warm in the saddle, for comfort and safety. ... MORE
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Snowy Winter Riding Vacations

Darley Newman of Equitrekking.com describes some great winter riding vacations. ... MORE
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