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Long Distance Horse Trailering – A Reality Check

October 15, 2016
Frequent trail rider and Equitrekking contributor Susan St. Amand has a close call when an interstate accident injures her horse and totals her trailer en route to a trail riding vacation. We have all read or heard stories about special horses and the bonds made between them and their owners.… Read more »

Training Future Equestrians with 4-H Youth Camp

September 24, 2016
An exciting 4-H youth horse camp was recently held at Fort Valley Ranch, located in Fort Valley, Virginia within the beautiful Massanutten Mountain Range and adjacent to the George Washington National Forest. Through a donation and with the help of a few adult members of the Shenandoah Trail Riders and… Read more »

5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Horse Photos

September 4, 2016
Kristine Dahms, mastermind behind the increasingly popular Life Between the Ears, shares tips on how to take great travel photos from the saddle. by Kristine Dahms It seems so easy until you try it. You’ve got one hand on the reins, the other on the shutter button. Your horse won’t stand… Read more »

Alpha & Omega Mounted Patrol and Getting Involved

August 15, 2016
Learn about this private mounted patrol organization and how you and your horse can get involved. by Jocelyn Pierce Alpha & Omega Mounted Patrol (A&O) is oldest and largest private mounted patrol, regularly providing security at music festivals, shopping centers, sports venues and other event facilities across North America. With… Read more »

The Chief Joseph Trail Ride

June 27, 2016
Learn about this historic, progressive trail ride that traces the route Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce took while fleeing from the U.S. Cavalry in 1877. by Jocelyn Pierce The Chief Joseph Trail Ride, hosted annually by the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), is a progressive ride that follows the approximately… Read more »

Smoke the Donkey: A Memorial Day Tribute

May 28, 2016
Remembering the plucky little donkey that touched the lives of Marines stationed in Iraq and military veterans returning home. by Jocelyn Pierce It all started in 2008 when a small gray donkey came into the lives of camp commandant Colonel John D. Folsom and the Marines stationed at Camp al… Read more »

Rein in the Rewards with AQHA’s Horseback Riding Program

May 4, 2016
Enroll in AQHA’s Horseback Riding Program today, and earn great rewards for the time you spend working with your horse.                                                            … Read more »

Miniature Horses as Therapy Animals

March 19, 2016
Learn about these pint-sized horses providing comfort to adults and children in hospitals and hospice programs, and members of law enforcement and their families who have experienced traumatic events. by Jocelyn Pierce Studies have shown the health benefits of owning pets. They have been known to help reduce anxiety, lower… Read more »

Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge 2016

March 12, 2016
An entertaining “horsey” diversion to which we can all look forward this year! by Karen Prell So, here we are in late winter of the shiny New Year 2016. Okay, so in some parts of the country its not so shiny–– more like snowbound! But, take heart dear horse lovers.… Read more »

Yoga Stretches for Riders from Cowgirl Yogini Cathy Woods

March 5, 2016
Learn how to become more balanced in the saddle and a better equine partner with these basic yoga stretches for equestrians. by Cathy Woods I am a true believer that yoga practice enhances living on so many levels, making it a practice suitable for everyone. Yoga is a practice of… Read more »