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Happy Trails

286 pages4 hours


This comprehensive guide is the first to cover all aspects of trail riding whether that trail ride is for an hour, a day, or a week. Veteran horseman and author Les Sellnow uses his firsthand knowledge of training and riding the trail horse to prepare every horse enthusiast for this fast-growing American recreational activity.

Topics include the psychological and physical makeup of the ideal trail horse, training and conditioning on the trail and at home, proper equipment for both horse and rider; how to plan and prepare for a pack trip, and how to monitor the horse's condition on the trail. How to ride a trail safely alone or in a group also is discussed.

Sellnow and his wife, Linda, have taken trail rides in such diverse places as Palo Duro Canyon in Texas; the Redwood Forests of California; Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina; Monument Valley in Arizona; Pillager Hills in Minnesota; Black Hills of South Dakota; Badlands of North Dakota; Kettle Moraine Country in Wisconsin; and the Ohio River Country in Kentucky and Indiana.

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