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Trail Talk: Camping with Your Horse

You open your eyes as the breaking sunlight streams into your tent. The morning air is crisp, and the dew has dampened your hair. As you slowly drift into consciousness, you hear a meadowlark singing and a hawk crying overhead. But you are not alone in this wilderness paradise. Just outside your tent, you hear the soothing sound of your…

Stable Solutions: Weight Management For Horses

Maintaining your horse at a healthy weight all year long is important for his health as well as his appearance. Nutritional GuidelinesHorses live a fairly long time and they have varied uses as athletes, breeding animals and pets. It’s important to design feeding programs that will sustain a long, productive, healthy, athletic life for horses. Feeding programs will vary greatly…

Stable Solutions: The Hows and Whys of Turnout

The horse is a grazing animal, designed to be moving and eating all day long. Time spent turned out in a paddock or pasture is vitally important to his mental and physical health. Q: Why should I turn my horse out? It seems risky and I’m worried about injuries and lost shoes. A: Every horse needs time outside in the…

Trail Talk: Safety and Etiquette on Multi-User Trails

Because more and more of us are sharing public lands, it is critical for different user groups to get along and work together to maintain our trails and help keep them open. For horse lovers, that means riding safely and practicing good trail etiquette on multi-user trails. Be PreparedNo matter how many are in your group, let someone know where…

Saddlebred Sport Horses

Photo by E. Susan VineLearn how the “Horse that America Made” is Turning Heads in a New DivisionIf you are in search of a talented sport horse with stamina and heart, consider the American Saddlebred. From eventing and dressage to competitive trail riding and side saddle, the American Saddlebred is capable of excelling in a wide variety … Alan Balch…

Cross-Country Confidence

If the thought of riding cross-country raises butterflies in your stomach, this comprehensive plan will have you leaving the start box with boldness. Are you fascinated by … We all admit that riding, especially cross-country, can be risky. But your safety is vastly increased when you establish the skills you’ll need before you get out there. It begins with getting…

Decoding Your Dressage Test

What the Judge is REALLY Trying to Tell YouFew equestrian sports provide competitors with as much direct feedback as does dressage. While a hunter equitation rider may learn her score or a jumper know their final speed, only a dressage rider leaves the show grounds with a written page of commentary on their performance, in addition… “A dressage test is…

Great Getaways

Saratoga Springs, New York: A Horse Lover’s ParadiseAs the price of hay and gas continually increase, many horse owners are choosing to stay closer to home this year. Lucky for them, the horse lover’s paradise of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is just a hop, skip and … The city of Saratoga Springs’ motto is “History, Health and Horses.” As rich in…

Irish Draught & Irish Sport Horses

Photo courtesy of Windfield FarmMeet an Endangered Horse and its Highly Successful Cousin     When you hear mention of draught horses you will most likely picture a huge horse with feet the size of dinner plates, flowing feathers and … Yet the draught horse’s relatives, the Irish Draught and the Irish Draught Sport Horse, are the result of a century of…

Trail Talk: Trail TLC

More and more of us are sharing our public lands, with the pressure becoming so intense in many places that some parks are being “loved to death” because of crowds. Consequently, steps are being taken to protect these public lands, often including closing trails and/or closing trails to horseback riders. Now more than ever, it is critical for different user…