Jeanette’s Journey Part I – from Riding to Mini Driving

Editor’s Note: In the first installment of a multi-part series, we hear from Jeanette Hayhurst, a long-time and avid horsewoman from Barstow, California. Like many of us, she has continued to connect with horses, even when her age and physical limitations kept her from doing […]

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Hauling Ass: My first pack burro race

Editor’s Note: This week, we hear from Katrin Silva, an accomplished horsewoman as well as an impressive endurance runner. She writes about the burro races at the Leadville Boom Days celebration in the mountains of Colorado. Colorado’s State Sport? Pack burro racing, of course! By […]

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Saddle Bag Must-Haves

For some of us, arena work is a bit like running on a treadmill. Hello Tedium! Trails are what we prefer. We get out for an hour, an afternoon, or the entire day to capture the expected and unexpected joys of trail riding. But what […]

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Fun and Easy Trekking with GAIA

Of all the phone application options for trail and backcountry riders, the map app, Gaia GPS, has been the most referenced by horse riders I meet. They love it and use it religiously for their afternoon or weeklong adventures. Gaia (according to Greek mythology, Gaia […]

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Baselayer Glamping

Don’t get me wrong. I love camping of all sorts. But truck camping, one form of glamping, is what I’m doing lately. In a truck camper, you can: Sleep on a real mattress Overnight at highway rest stops with a locked door Carry and cook […]

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Happy and unplugged: Montana horsepacking at its best

We welcome our very own marketing director, Emily Thomas Luciano, as a guest columnist this week. Here’s her report from a Montana horse pack trip: I wanted to unplug. That is what I was most looking forward to about the four-day back country pack trip. […]

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Insight from a Height; Equine Partnership has Many Forms

Clinicians say their clients are focused more than ever on the development of the horse-rider relationship. The personal connection with a particular horse and the development of that connection is what matters most to us. Relationships can certainly grow with studious application. They can also […]

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Solo rider tackles the PCT

We talked with Gillian Larson, who blogs here about her travels on the Pacific Crest Trail. The 24-year old and her two horses, Shyla and Takoda, are cranking out 25-mile days at high elevation. That’s about what the Unbranded team was doing, but Larson is […]

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Psychology of an Exciting Moment

Scientists try to explain the slow motion phenomenon of a wreck, saying it has something to do with the almighty amygdala. They say that cherry-sized bit of brain rules the day when emotions are in play and messes with the laying down of memories. But […]

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We found awesome barn snacks

Here’s the thing with being outside and active: you get hungry. And the more you tune into your body, the pickier you become about what goes down the gullet. If you listen, your body will tell you what works and what doesn’t. And, if research […]

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