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Horse & Rider

December 2018

In every issue of Horse & Rider you'll find articles on training by the country's leading experts, the latest on equine health care from top veterinarians, trail riding tips from savvy back country riders, and much more!

United States
Active Interest Media
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4 Issues


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where you want us to be

What’s your go-to source for information? I’d bet it’s in your pocket or on the table next to you, somewhere within arm’s reach. It’s your phone. Whether you use voice commands to search topics or key your questions into a search engine’s homepage, you likely find the majority of what you’re looking for right in the palm of your hand. (Or at your desktop if you’re procrastinating at work.)Looking for a video about how to fix your washing machine? Take your pick from a variety of resources, from manufacturers to tech-savvy plumbers. Need the weather forecast for your next horse show? Chances are you don’t wait for the 5 o’clock news; you check an app. Seeking alternate routes to your next trail ride? Check an app or do a Google…

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you should know

Mustang-Gentling EventsMustangs and select trainers will compete at the invitational Mustang Magic contest January 24–26 at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Later in the year, Extreme Mustang Makeover events will take place May 10–11 in Ocala, Florida; June 20–22 in Lexington, Kentucky; August 9–10 in Los Angeles, California; and September 5–7 in Fort Worth, Texas (mustangheritagefoundation.org).WE HEAR YOUCovering the BasesAs a subscriber to The Trail Rider magazine, I was upset when my subscription was changed and the magazine discontinued. Through the years, I’d whittled my subscriptions down to one, as multiple magazines would go unread. Trail and pleasure riding are my main disciplines. When I read the new Horse&Rider magazine (I still had a partial subscription remaining), imagine my delight when I found wonderful articles on trail and…

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Win a Day With Amberley!Picture this: Amberley Snyder comes to your barn to discuss riding goals, tack fit, and horse care, before saddling up for a one-on-one private lesson. This dream can now become a reality thanks to PuriShield and Horse&Rider! To enter to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience, visit bit.ly/hr-win-a-day and tell us about your riding experience and goals. But hurry up! Entries will close on January 11, 2019.School the Right WaySchooling at a show is one thing. Disrespecting the judge and spectators is another. Occasionally horses need to be schooled at a show, but remember to respect the judge, spectators, and your trainer’s program by keeping a professional appearance.Hone Your Horse’s Ground Manners This WinterIf your time in the saddle is limited this winter, spend more time working with…

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socially speaking

#HORSELIFEIRLbethannetolhurst Find what moves you… or just get a trainer that works on bending. #HorseLifeIRLTag your Instagram photos #HorseLifeIRL (In Real Life) for a chance to see your post here!FUN ON FACEBOOKWhat’s your favorite part about trail riding in the fall?Nancy J. Sams My favorite part is just being outside and enjoying my horse and the color of the trees!Rochelle Pittman I love the colors and hearing the crunch of the leaves under foot.Kelly Albin No more biting flies!Robin Bernard Skaskiw The cooler weather is more comfortable for both myself and my horse.Stacy Towns It’s no longer a million degrees outside.Kathy Haner The colors and riding with my friends.Abigail Hansen The crunch of the crispy leaves under my horse’s hooves!#SelfieSundayEvery Sunday we ask our Facebook fans to share their horse-related…

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the must-attend rodeo

WHERE Las VegasWHAT Wrangler National Finals RodeoWHEN December 6–15, 2018Much of the talk about the National Finals Rodeo focuses on the shopping, concerts, Vegas entertainment, and…more shopping. But the fact is this 10-day run in Las Vegas centers around the oldest cowboy sport known to the West: rodeo. From top-notch riders to enviable horses to the fast pace of every event during each performance, you’ll be kept on the edge of your seat in the Thomas and Mack Arena. Just leave your cell phone in your pocket—you won’t want to miss a tenth of a second.The 10 nightly performances of the NFR focus squarely on what matters: the top 15 competitors in each of seven different events vying for paychecks and gold buckles.Be in your seat at 6:45 p.m., sharp,…

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$10 million the facts

(PHOTOS BY MALLORY BEINBORN)Don’t Miss Thisshop.You say you want to shop? Vegas during NFR has you covered with multiple trade shows. Pack your walking shoes and your wallet when you visit 1. Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 2. Roper Cowboy Marketplace at Mandalay Bay, and 3. Stetson Country Christmas at the Sands, among others.watch.If you don’t get enough high-stakes competition at one of the 10 rodeo performances, head south to South Point Casino and Hotel to catch the 4. World Series of Team Roping Finale. You’ll also find more shopping to fill your tack room and your closet at the Western Gift Show on site.do.Itching to get in the saddle? Visit 5. Cowboy Trail Rides, just 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. You can read reviews about…