Feature Articles

Plan the Perfect Trail Ride: In Eight Easy Steps

The stars don’t have to be in perfect alignment for the successful organization of a moderate gathering of riders. Do you want to organize a trail ride, but don’t know where to start? It may not be as difficult as you think. With just a little organization and a bit of drive, you, too, can organize a great trail ride…

Riding Etiquette for the Ring and Trail

Courtesy will go a long way toward helping you and your fellow riders have a safe and happy riding experience. It is always more pleasant to work with people and horses who mind their manners. Being polite is something that you need to remember when riding in the company of others. It applies whether you’re riding at home, at a…

Trail Talk: Fall in Line

March 2008 We all know that there is an established pecking order in the pastures, but does this hierarchy exist on the trails as well? Ask any horse owner that rides a horse that insists on always being first and they will confirm that yes, the order of things is still very important to some horses, whether they are grazing…

Stable Solutions: Tips for Learning Courses, Patterns and Tests

March 2008Just about any type of competition that you enter will have some classes where you have to ride a specific pattern for the judge, and sometimes that pattern will include obstacles. I talked to six experienced instructors in several different disciplines to find out how they helped their students to learn a pattern/course/test and then be able to perform…

Warmbloods-Drive, Determination & Durability

March 2008 Discover how this dynamic group of sport horses is excelling in Dressage, Show Jumping, Combined Driving and Eventing What do you think of when you hear the term “Warmblood”? A powerful horse executing an extended trot? An agile athlete maneuvering through a Grand Prix show jumping course? Or maybe a highly conditioned three-day event horse or combined driving star?…

Selecting the Novice Event Horse

March 2008 Gina Miles Offers Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Match.With over eighty percent of riders who consider themselves eventers competing at the beginner novice, novice and training levels, the quality of mount that they are sitting on is paramount to their safety and success. As in any discipline, riding the right horse for the job goes a long…

The Dressage Musical Freestyle

March 2008Learn the Benefits for Both Horse and RiderAlthough it is only a relatively recent addition to the competitive world of dressage, the musical freestyle has come to be seen as the height of dressage competition, reserved for the best horse and rider pairs. But those involved in the riding, creating and judging of freestyles say there are many good…

Becoming a Riding Camp Counselor

March 2008What could be better than getting paid to spend your summer in a gorgeous location riding horses? Many people looking for a position as a riding camp counselor imagine this scenario, but there’s a lot more to it. What are riding camps looking for in a counselor? What kind of training will you receive? What work will you be…

Trail Talk: The Benefits of Yoga for Trail Riders

February 2008Balancing the Mind And Body The holidays are over but you are still in the stress mode, overwhelmed with agendas and chores and a schedule that is short on time. Typically, riding enables you to escape and relax, but even that doesn’t seem to be working lately. While meandering down a snow-covered forest trail, your mind drifts to the…

Stable Solutions: A Fit Rider is a Better Rider

February 2008 Learn the Importance of Physical Fitness Q: Why is physical fitness needed for the rider? A: Riding is an athletic sport involving two partners, a horse and its rider, with each dependent upon the other. To do well, both need to be physically fit for the job. But too often, riders think mostly of conditioning their horse and…