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.

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4 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.

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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.

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A positive for peer pressure

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

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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.

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Make the most of your riding lessons

Here are 10 ways to ensure that your sessions with a riding instructor are as enriching and enjoyable as possible.

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Get fit to ride light

In this excerpt from her new book, Riding Through Thick & Thin, author and equestrian Melinda Folse describes how taking care of your body can help you become a better and happier rider.


How Amrieh showed the way

Only with age and wisdom did I come to appreciate how much my mother’s horse meant to me.


Bending and balance

If a horse doesn’t have good self-carriage at slow speeds, he will only have more trouble at faster gaits.

What reluctance to go downhill may mean

Several physical problems may make it uncomfortable for a horse to go down a slope.