Trail and Recreational Riding

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

October 23, 2016

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


How to Handle Wild Animal Encounters with Your Horse

July 18, 2016

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


NATRC Offering Free Memberships

March 13, 2016

The competitive trail riding organization is offering 2016 memberships to people who have never been members.... Read More


Are Horse Club Boards Liable for Club-Related Injuries?

January 07, 2016

Before serving on an equestrian organization's board of directors, check to make sure the club's paperwork is in place.... Read More


A Happy Year

December 22, 2015

Our editor-in-chief looks back over the first year with her horse, Happy.... Read More


Recreational Trails Program Reauthorized

December 10, 2015

Grassroots efforts from equestrians played an important role in ensuring the program was included in the FAST Act.... Read More


The Future of Land Resources

July 20, 2015

Find out what you can do to help ensure enough land is preserved for equine activities. ... Read More

Kelly and Dan Munro, owners of Grateful Pine Farm, a recently purchased a 17-acre commercial horse property in Snohomish, WA. Photo by Jessica Paige.


Washington Horse Farm Uses Rain Gardens for Mud Control

July 16, 2015

Find out how the owners of one horse farm are incorporating rain gardens to help with mud control.... Read More


BCHA Donated $14.4 Million in Volunteer Value in 2014

July 12, 2015

Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) aims to protect equestrians' rights to ride horses on public lands.... Read More


Tips for Greener Horse Trails

July 09, 2015

Learn how you can reduce your impact on the environment while trail riding.... Read More


Liability Releases for Equine Businesses

June 11, 2015

These waivers are worth far more than the paper they're written on. Find out what you need to know. ... Read More


Poll Recap: Summer Travel Plans

May 12, 2015

Of the 674 respondents, 167 (25%) said they plan to travel more than 200 miles from their barn this summer.... Read More


Poll Recap: Horsey Vacations

May 05, 2015

Of the 571 respondents, 249 (44%) said they spend their vacation days at home doing horse-related chores.... Read More


Groups Urge Congress to Help Maintain Trails

May 03, 2015

Organizations encouraged Congress to pass the bipartisan National Forest Trails System Stewardship Act.... Read More