Avid Trail Riders look forward to spring, and relaxing forays into nature that come with the season. But all too often, improper preparation for the first ride results in injured horses or riders. Here, Backcountry Basics author Mike Kinsey, a South Carolina horseman who'e well-versed in riding the rugged outdoors, shares 10 hints to help riders and their four-legged friends ease into a successful and safe trail-riding season.
Ask Our Expert - Mike Kinsey
Trail expert and backcountry extraordinaire Mike Kinsey runs his Start ’em Right horse training program from his facility in Belton, South Carolina. Kinsey conducts a variety of clinics throughout the country, and authored the Western Horseman book Backcountry Basics, with Senior Editor Jennifer Denison. Learn more about Mike at startemright.com.
An Ounce of Prevention
Breeders can’t entirely ensure the health of their foals, but smart planning and preparation can go a long way in preventing some of the most common injuries and problems young horses face.
Ask Our Expert - Arizona horseman Mike Kevil
At Western Horseman, we know how lucky we are to have access to the best clinicians, horsemen and experts in the industry. Lucky for you, we also love to share. This month we’re kicking off a new series, “Ask Our Expert,” which bridges a gap between our two most valuable assets: our equine experts and you.
Protect Your Horse From Pigeon Fever
Pigeon fever is often found in the dry climates of the West, but Ruth Sorensen, DVM, typically doesn’t see as many cases as she has this year. Her practice, which includes part of northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, has recently seen a spike in the number of horses affected by the disease, which can be tough to spot and even more difficult to treat.