Adds Trail Riding Blog has launched a new blog, “Trail Riding with The Horse.” The blog is geared toward the recreational rider and written by Ami McBride.

McBride is an avid trail rider who grew up enjoying public lands on the back of her horse in northeastern Oregon, and later eastern Washington and northern Idaho. She now lives in California’s Central Valley, where finding places to ride out are a bit more challenging, she said. But the challenge of accessing areas to ride is worth it. In her opening blog post, McBride wrote:

"Like many of you I recharge my batteries in the space between my horse’s ears. I just prefer to be away from civilization when I do. All the distractions and pressures of life seem to melt away when there is no cell service. There isn’t anything or anyone between me and my horse…"
On "Trail Riding with The Horse," McBride will share her experiences on the trail and in the backcountry, make updates about public lands access and legislation, offer tips on trail etiquette, and share ways to keep you and your trail horse safe and healthy.
In addition to writing for, McBride also serves volunteer social media coordinator for Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA). The group serves:
  1. To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s backcountry and wilderness.
  2. To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.
  3. To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.
  4. To educate, encourage, and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.
  5. To foster and encourage the formation of new state Back Country Horsemen's organizations.
McBride believes strongly in BCHA’s mission and hopes to share its the work and “leave no trace” philosophy of land use with readers of the blog. Join the conversation taking place at her first post "Welcome to Trail Riding with The Horse."

About the Author

Michelle N. Anderson, Digital Managing Editor

Michelle Anderson serves as The Horse's digital managing editor. In her role, she produces content for our web site and hosts our live events, including Ask the Vet Live. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She's a Washington State University graduate (Go Cougs!) and holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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