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Riding horses on vacation

A real getaway

I like horses and I enjoy riding. But riding horses while on vacation holds zero appeal to me. The question is why?

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Straighten up and ride right

A physical therapist explains why crookedness in the saddle is a natural result of human physiology and shares one simple method to reposition yourself for a great ride.

Person gauging saddle fit on horse's back

Saddles for the Hard to Fit Horse

Here’s how to choose the right saddle for three equine body types that are especially difficult to fit.


Behaviors that indicate lameness

Equine lameness can be difficult to detect, but a study from England confirms the reliability of a relatively new tool for identifying subtle signs of musculoskeletal pain in horse:


Create a Trail Riding Survival Kit

Whether you're riding familiar trails or exploring new territory, a trail survival kit can help you handle emergencies. By Christine Barakat for EQUUS magazine.

Winter trail riding often brings the added challenge of muddy footing. © Kate Light

Coping With Muddy Trails

Here's how to safely ride through sloppy footing.

Four riders on a trail ride in the woods.

3 things to watch on your first spring trail outings

When you first take to the trails this season, be careful to avoid inadvertently overworking or overheating your horse.

5 tips for winter

Be sure to cool down carefully after a winter ride

Cooling your horse properly after exercise will help prevent him from catching a chill.


The gift of friendship

Horses teach us how to do a better job in relationships by demonstrating the power of trust, empathy and forgiveness.


The second time around

Only when I stopped comparing my mare to my “once-in-a-lifetime” gelding did I realize just how special she is to me.


Finding my way

He was never truly mine, but a horse named Tjitze taught me that life is too short to neglect a passion.

Get your horse moving forward

Here are some ways to get the “go button” working and create a willingness to move forward freely.

A group of trail riders in the woods

Peer pressure leads to helmet use

Research shows that riders are more likely to be safety conscious if their fellow equestrians have similar habits and views.

Close up of the head of a bay horse who is wearing a black bridle with a flash noseband.

What your horse wants you to know about nosebands

Research shows that a tight noseband can increase a horse's stress levels.

Close up of the head of a bay horse who is wearing a black bridle with a flash noseband.

Quick tack safety check

Inspect four areas to make sure your bridle and saddle are in good shape.

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5 Simple rules for keeping the peace on the trails

With trails these days more crowded than ever with runners, bicyclists and more, try to make your encounters with other users as pleasant as possible.

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Why I Ride

Buying a young horse at the age of 66 may not sound like a good idea. But it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

USEF to require microchips for some events

By the fall of 2018, horses competing in the hunter/jumper, jumper and equitation divisions must be ID microchips.


What to do when your horse ties up

If your horse develops severe muscle cramping, call your veterinarian, then keep him still and comfortable until help arrives.


On Target

A rescued horse and a troubled girl find their way together as they tackle the challenges of a new sport.