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4 Resolutions for Horse Riders – Jan 2016 Newsletter

A Brave New Year
Making New Year’s resolutions is a wonderful tradition in which a person makes a promise of self betterment starting on the first of the year. They’re fun to make but are generally difficult to maintain.  To perhaps make the best of these intentions a little easier to keep here are four equine inspired resolutions that, if followed through on, will help to make 2016 a horsey and happy year.

#1 – I will actively try to broaden my knowledge base as well as share my knowledge of horsemanship with other riders. Winter is the perfect time to attend equine expos and other learning events to brush up on trail skills and more. The “Events” section of TrailMeister is a great place to find educational events as well as organized rides across the nation.

“There is no wealth like knowledge, and no poverty like ignorance. – Buddha

#2 – I will help my horse to overcome his fears his year, and hopefully he will help me overcome mine. Try not to avoid situations that make you uncomfortable (Remember that uncomfortable is different from dangerous.) in the future. Be willing be push your limits and you’ll find that your confidence will grow. Look for trails that may be a little more challenging when you search for new riding areas.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

#3 – I will work with my horse on standing quietly during everyday hoof care. Not only will this make our daily grooming sessions easier it will make farrier visits more enjoyable. The TrailMeister Articles archive has magazine column reprints full of helpful tips and information. 

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer


#4 – I will help spread the joy. Help people who don’t have horses share the joy of being around them. Joyfully share the trails with hikers and bikers. Set a good example at the trailhead. Volunteer at a therapeutic riding center.

“Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” – Bernard Meltzer

From everyone here at, we wish for you a wonderful 2016 that is full of good horses, safe trails, warm camps, and joyous memories.

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What better to start the New Year than with a chance to win huge prizes! The TrailMeister Trail Challenge is a great way for you to win valuable prizes while doing what you love – Trail Riding! Simply record your rides on TrailMeister and you’ll be entered to win prizes valued at $1,000! Learn more about the contest..

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Panniers for riding saddles. Versatile, lighweight, rugged, and easy to use are all superlatives that fit these saddle panniers by Chris Tornow.
If you value peace of mind when hauling camp you won’t go wrong with these. Read more about why we like these Riding Saddle Panniers.

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This “wilderness in the city” riding area located in the heart of Kirkland WA is a wonderful front country ride. With mile of horse friendly trails to enjoy Bridle Trails State Park is a fabulous destination point. For more info on this spectacular horse riding location.

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Featured Video Great Rides Riders Route of the Month

TrailMeister reader Marvin from Florida submitted several excellent horse riding routes in the Lake Norris Conservation Area near Eutis.

Marvin uploaded the GPS files from his rides at Lake Norris and it looks like a fabulous place to to explore on horseback! Many thanks Marvin!

Have you uploaded your ride? Every trail area has a Rider Routes tab where you can upload, download, print and share your favorite ride.

Need more reasons to upload your routes? Check out the TrailMeister Trail Challenge!

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Preparing for Your First Backcountry Trip – As published in the August 2015 issue of West Coast Horsemen
Getting ready for any horse trip starts long before you load the trailer. This feature column takes you through the steps to get you into the backcountry safely. Here’s what you need to know.

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Featured Coming Events January Events

Instead of just dreaming of the coming summer’s rides we can start planning and scheduling the year ahead. A great way to do that is to attend some of the many Equine Expos and learning opportunities that take place during this grey time of year. Heck, in the warmer parts of the country there’s even a good number of rides going on through the winter! Click here for the full Event Calendar

Have an event that you’d like to share? Click on the Submit Event button and get the word out.