Trail and Recreational Riding


Poll Recap: Favorite Riding Season

November 07, 2017

Of the 795 respondents, 437 (55%) said fall is their favorite riding season.... Read More

When you look at the hoof as the horse stands, you are seeing the hoof wall. If you pick up the hoof to look at the bottom, you will see the sole, frog, sulci, heels and bar.


Trail Horse Hoof Care

September 05, 2017

Learn about the best trimming and shoeing practices to ensure your horse stays sound while traveling the trails.... Read More


Congress Continues to Promote Land Access

August 06, 2017

New legislation, the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act, focuses on streamlined permitting to access public lands.... Read More


How to Handle Wild Animal Encounters With Your Horse

July 06, 2017

Before you hit the trail, make sure both you and your horse are prepared for any wildlife encounters that might occur.... Read More


Mountain Bikes on the Trail? No Problem for Prepared Horses

June 29, 2017

Introduce horses systematically to bikes, hikers, backpackers, strollers, and ATVs to reduce spooking on the trail. ... Read More


Poll Recap: Public or Private Lands for Horseback Riding?

May 30, 2017

Of the 825 respondents, 370 (45%) said they do most of their riding on private land.... Read More


May KENA Meeting to Focus on Land Conservation

April 15, 2017

The dinner and educational event will take place May 16, at Fasig-Tipton, in Lexington, Kentucky.... Read More

Horseback riders on a trail in the Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area.


'Leave No Trace' Horse Camping Clinic Set for April 1

March 30, 2017

The free event will take place in the Sacramento River Bend Area north of Red Bluff, California.... Read More


Are Trail Horses at Risk for EHV?

March 30, 2017

Outbreaks occur at horse shows and racetracks. But are trail horses susceptible? Dr. Stephen Reed responds.... Read More

You can use a bristled brush on a horse's mane as pictured (a strong human hairbrush works) or a mane comb. However, some people opt for finger combing to prevent hair breakage.


Poll Recap: Business or Hobby?

March 14, 2017

Of the 552 respondents, 418 (76%) said they were involved with horses primarily as a hobby.... Read More


Fit for the Trail

December 07, 2016

Learn how recreational riders can condition and protect their equine weekend warriors.... Read More


Congress Passes Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act

November 18, 2016

The bill is designed to address a trail maintenance backlog impacting users at national forests, including equestrians.... Read More


Jockey Club TIP Introduces Recreational Riding Program

November 03, 2016

The program is designed for Thoroughbred owners who spend most of their time outside of the show ring.... Read More


Poll Recap: Managing Working Horses

November 01, 2016

Of the 258 respondents, 49 (19%) said they manage horses in a lesson program, dude string, or riding program. ... Read More


U.S. House Passes Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act

September 29, 2016

The bill is designed to help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding.... Read More


National Forest Trail Bill Approved by House Committee

September 14, 2016

The bill directs the Forest Service to address trail maintenance issues that impact trail users, including equestrians.... Read More


Poll Recap: Horse Camping Options

August 23, 2016

Of the 669 respondents, 415 (62%) said they would choose to take a living-quarters trailer when camping with horses.... Read More


Keeping Your Horse Healthy on the Trail

August 03, 2016

Ways to prepare for, prevent, and handle potential emergencies on the trail.... Read More


Sometimes the Kitchen Sink is Necessary

August 03, 2016

Stephanie reflects on trail-ride preparedness as she remembers a long-ago adventure and gets ready for another ahead.... Read More


AHC Issues Forum: Time to Ride, Microchipping, and More

July 05, 2016

The American Horse Council's (AHC) Annual Meeting wrapped up on June 14 with the National Issues Forum.... Read More


Choosing the Right Horse for Happy Trails

June 23, 2016

Follow these tips when searching for the best four-legged trail riding partner.... Read More


Poll Recap: Saddle Type on the Trail

June 07, 2016

Of the 765 respondents, 353 (46%) said they are most likely to use a western saddle for a trail ride or hack.... Read More


Feeding Horses When You're Riding in the Wilderness

May 23, 2016

Riding in wilderness areas can present challenges for feeding your horse. Here are some tips! ... Read More


Poll Recap: Training Location Preferences

April 12, 2016

Of the 669 respondents, 337 (50%) said they prefer to train their horses in an arena.... Read More


Poll Recap: Dogs on Trail Rides

April 05, 2016

Of the 620 respondents, 266 (43%) said their dogs accompany them off-leash on trail rides. ... Read More