Feature Articles

Trail Talk: The Benefits of Yoga for Trail Riders

February 2008Balancing the Mind And Body The holidays are over but you are still in the stress mode, overwhelmed with agendas and chores and a schedule that is short on time. Typically, riding enables you to escape and relax, but even that doesn’t seem to be working lately. While meandering down a snow-covered forest trail, your mind drifts to the…

Stable Solutions: A Fit Rider is a Better Rider

February 2008 Learn the Importance of Physical Fitness Q: Why is physical fitness needed for the rider? A: Riding is an athletic sport involving two partners, a horse and its rider, with each dependent upon the other. To do well, both need to be physically fit for the job. But too often, riders think mostly of conditioning their horse and…

The Canadian Horse: Discover a Rare and Versatile Breed

February 2008Have you ever fantasized about finding hidden treasure? The rare Canadian Horse (there are perhaps only 6,000 worldwide) may be one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. According to owners and breeders, the hardiness, versatility, appearance, and above all, outstanding personalities of these horses are winning them friends and fans far and wide. Classified as “critical” on the American Livestock Conservancy…

Have a Safe Delivery: Understanding Common Broodmare Problems

February 2008If you’ve been breeding horses for any length of time, you know that things don’t always go as planned. But often, handling the unexpected simply takes some education and preparation. Dr. Christianne Magee, DVM, MS, Dip ACT reviews here three of the most common problems encountered with broodmares, their causes, and some solutions you can implement. Dr. Magee earned…

A Salute to Camp Horses

February 2008Learn how these hard-working, versatile and reliable mounts are helping teach the equestrian stars of tomorrow Behind every successful summer riding program is a group of reliable camp horses characterized by their versatility and willingness to please. Each year, thousands of camp horses help young riders learn about everything from horse care and conformation to basic riding skills, jumping…

Hitch Horses: Impressing the Generations

February 2008The sound of metal against asphalt rings hollow as the horses begin their journey. The eight-horse hitch is better than 75 feet long from the tips of their noses to the tailgate of the wagon, and each team takes off not in a single leap but in well-trained and perfectly timed choreographed strides—the lead team first, the point horses…

United States Pony Clubs: Teamwork, Talent and Trust

January 2008Learn how this highly respected equestrian organization is helping to create the next generation of responsible horse owners. Established in 1954, the United States Pony Clubs (USPC) is a highly respected equestrian organization that has become synonymous with developing well-rounded young riders. The USPC standards and curriculum are modeled after the British Pony Club, which was established in 1924….

Living Your Dream: Vacationing on a Working Ranch

January 2008Have you ever fantasized about living back in the Wild West? Riding the range, working cattle, sleeping out under the stars with a saddle for a pillow? Going back in time isn’t possible, but vacationing on a working ranch out west is. Whether you’re an experienced rider or a greenhorn, there are ranches which will cater to your dreams…

Horse Power Therapeutic Horsemanship Program

January 2008Celebrates 20 memorable years. Horse Power Therapeutic Horsemanship Program at Pony Farm, located in Temple, New Hampshire, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. The program provides courage, hope, and self-confidence for those coping with physical, emotional or learning challenges. Focusing on the healing bond between horses and humans, it brings smiles and laughter, as well as tangible therapeutic…

The Benefits of Joining Equestrian Associations

January 2008 Joining equestrian associations and riding clubs is for everyone, from the pleasure horse owner to the international competitor. Trail riding, showing, education, new friends—there’s something for all of us. Competitions Many clubs organize horse shows, either one or a series throughout the year. These may be simple schooling shows suitable for inexperienced riders, riders wishing to compete in…