USRider News

Red Cliffs & Rugged Canyons

Head to the Texas Panhandle for red sandstone cliffs, rugged caprock canyons, and juniper-covered hills interlaced with wandering trails. Read more »

Buying Horse Hay while Traveling

9/19/2018

Load the hay, and load the horses. If you travel long distance or for multi-day trips, plan to pack hay. Read more »

Three Not-So-Common Myths about Feeding Horses

9/19/2018

Horses are complex animals, and correctly meeting their nutritional needs can be challenging. We all have our horses’ best interest at heart, but it is easy to understand how feeding misconceptions can occur. Here are three not-co-commonly held myths. Read more »

Summer Health Checklist

Summer is super for riding, but it also brings potential health challenges. Here’s what you need to know and do to protect your horse. Read more »

For Safety’s Sake, Learn How to Read the Tires on Your Horse Trailer

When was the last time you took a really good look at the tires on your horse trailer? While air pressure is very important, it’s not the only thing that counts when it comes to tire safety. Everything you need to know about your horse trailer tires is printed on the sidewall of the tires, and knowing what all those markings mean could prevent you from having a blowout. Read more »

Trailer Tricks

Whether this is something new to you or something you’ve long accepted as the norm for the particular horse game you play, headquartering from a parked trailer, not a rented showgrounds stall and tack room, happens to be your reality. Read more »

Four Simple Rules for Preventing Winter Colic

1/2/2018

When the weather turns colder, certain types of colic are more common. But four measures can help protect your horse from seasonal pains in the gut. Read more »

Get a Green Barn!

Did you know that over a million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year? And that 46 percent of lakes in America are too polluted for aquatic life to survive? It’s... Read more »

Ulcers Demand Your Attention

You’ve read the ads, seen the endoscope studies results and heard the talk: Gastric ulcers are incredibly common in domesticated horses. The incidence is higher in heavily stressed horses, like... Read more »

7 Tips to Horse Hoof Health

You said it wouldn't happen again, but here you are: Your horse is confined and your checkbook is out, as you wait for your farrier to come and fix your horse's ailing hooves. Meanwhile, you're... Read more »

Great Coats From the Inside Out

3/22/2017

Credit: Photos.com If you have a horse come into your barn with dull or coarse hair, start a good feeding program right away. The trickiest problem might be getting the correct balance of vitamins,... Read more »

Blown Horse Trailer Tire

3/16/2017

Tire blow-outs on horse trailers are common. Tire blow-outs on your horse trailer can and do happen to anyone, but... Read more »

Spring Pasture Management Tips

Careful management in the spring will increase the grazing potential of your pasture. We may be off to a slow start for spring, but following some essential pasture management guidelines will help ensure a nutritious pasture for horses during the grazing season. Read more »

Covering All Bases

2/27/2017

I first bought USRider when I made plans to trailer my horse to some out-of-state shows. I had only heard positive things about them and it seemed like a good idea to have coverage that would protect... Read more »

An In-Depth Look at Colic Prevention

2/1/2017

Colic. Perhaps no other word strikes more fear in the heart of horsemen and -women than this painful condition, which can strike at any time and often seemingly without cause. It is indiscriminate and... Read more »

Progress in Equine Pain Recognition

11/17/2016

The horse is telling you something hurts when they avoid looking at you, appear despondent, clench their jaw, flatten ears back and/or squint their eyes. Hiding pain is... Read more »

Horse Health by the Season

10/19/2016

Winter, spring, summer, or fall…all you’ve got to do is remember what your horse needs to stay healthy. Our seasonal guide will help you. Pumpkin-spiced lattes and... Read more »

Fall Colors - Natchaug State Forest

10/5/2016

Natchaug State Forest – Ashford, Connecticut Trailhead Coordinates: 41.826577, -72.080049 For most New England horse owners and riders, equine camping in Connecticut means the Natchaug... Read more »

Equine Vaccination Basics

9/27/2016

Over the past 75 years, vaccines have saved the lives of thousands of horses and rendered a number of terrible equine diseases exceedingly rare. They remain among the most effective weapons for... Read more »

Plain FACTS about Heat Stroke

8/24/2016

Summer's heat and humidity can be much more than just uncomfortable. They can be deadly. Horses lose their lives every year to heat stroke. Countless others struggle through anything from weakness... Read more »

Prevent Dehydration and Acute Mountain Sickness while Trail Riding

8/3/2016

Some of the American West's most spectacular trails take riders to elevations of 10,000 feet or more. The most obvious effect on our bodies of such altitude is the shortness of breath caused by... Read more »

10 facts about horses and hot weather

7/27/2016

Do you know all you need to keep your horse cool and comfortable this summer?  Heat waves Unlike dogs and most other animals, horses have sweat glands throughout their skin.... Read more »

Protect Your Tack From Thieves

7/7/2016

Theft is something we prefer not to think about—until it happens. But the right time to safeguard your gear is before thieves come calling. Here are the precautions you should consider in order... Read more »

Truck Stop Misery

7/6/2016

Driving along the road with horses is stressful enough; but when you add in a breakdown, stress levels take an all-time high. I have to share how pleased I am with the services of USRider.... Read more »

A Field Guide To Equine Allergies

6/13/2016

You arrive at the barn to discover your horse covered in small, flat-topped bumps. But he doesn’t seem to be bothered by them, so you decide to wait to see how he does. Sure enough, in a few... Read more »

USRider to the Rescue

5/4/2016

I was taking my 1995 Dodge Ram & 1996 Glick 2-horse bumper pull in for some maintenance and repairs, when I realized I didn’t have any breaks on my truck coming down the driveway!... Read more »

One Good Mechanic

4/7/2016

On January 15, 2016, I was visiting Phoenix for a mounted shooting competition with a few horses. Once arriving at the arena, I noticed both rear tires were damp on the inside. After crawling under my 96... Read more »

Proud Flesh and How to Prevent it

2/1/2016

What Proud Flesh Is: As your horse's wound begins to heal, pinkish granulation tissue fills in the gaps between soft tissues. Granulation tissue normally stops forming as the skin edges grow together... Read more »

Labor Day Weekend Breakdown

1/7/2016

Two of my friends and I, along with 3 horses, were on the road coming home to Indiana from a Michigan endurance ride. We were about half way home when I noticed my engine light flick on. A few miles... Read more »

Canadian Adventure

11/1/2015

My Wife and I left our home near Chicago in late June 2009. We took a trip through the Western United States that would take us North from Montana into and across Canada, then down the west coast if... Read more »

Towing, Pulling and Hauling

10/4/2015

 After a long Saturday afternoon of trail riding at the Moss Foundation in Southern Pines, North Carolina, that included getting lost and drenched in a thunderstorm, I get back to a truck that... Read more »

Vegas Night Saved by USRider

8/18/2015

I just became a member of U.S Rider. Why? Well, USRider was there when we were stranded late at night and in possible danger from an unknown vehicle. Late Sunday night, July... Read more »

Honeymoon to Remember

7/26/2015

My husband Neal and I were expecting a grand adventure as part of our honeymoon, but we had no idea what lay in store for us and how grateful we would be for US Rider. On Sunday, September 21st, the... Read more »

Reminder to Equestrians to Check Tires

6/26/2015

A flat tire is one hiccup that we all fear, especially as equestrians.  USRider reminds equestrians to check their tires as they can lose their footing long before they’re worn out. Testing... Read more »

Finding the Right Trailer for your Horse

4/27/2015

You’re committed. You took the plunge. You have bought your first show horse and are now ready to reach your goals together. The trailer you currently have suited your other horse just fine, but... Read more »

USRider: Trailer Preparation Tips for Travel Season

Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2015) – While many of us are currently buried up to our noses in snow, travel season is just around the corner. Before the start of this season, it is critically... Read more »

USRider: Traveling with an Older Horse

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2015) – He’s an old friend. A companion you’ve had for years with whom you have overcome challenges that have made you the team you are today. The aging... Read more »

USRider: Keeping Horses Comfortable During Winter Travel

LEXINGTON, Ky (Dec. 10, 2014) – As horse owners, many of us fear trailering in the winter due to lack of poise that the horse is comfortable. While we have the amenity of a heated vehicle and... Read more »

USRider: Winter Driving Tips for Horse Owners

LEXINGTON, Ky (Nov. 25, 2014) - Winter is coming. For some of us winter is already here! USRider reminds everyone who travels with horses to be careful, and to invest time performing routine... Read more »

Winter Driving Tips for Horse Owners

LEXINGTON, Ky (Nov. 25, 2014) - Winter is coming. For some of us winter is already here! USRider reminds everyone who travels with horses to be careful, and to invest time performing routine... Read more »

Holiday Shopping Discounts through USRider Benefits

11/19/2014

Lexington, Ky. (November 20, 2014) - USRider, America's premier motor plan created to provide roadside assistance to equestrians traveling with their horses, is pleased to recognize a number of... Read more »

USRider: Reminder to Locate Special Keys for Spare Tires

10/22/2014

Lexington, Ky. (October 23, 2014) - We've all been there. Stuck on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, with a flat tire. As equestrians, this situation is especially stressful when your... Read more »

USRider: Tips for Horse Owners to Avoid Lockouts

Lexington, Ky. (September 17, 2014) - Each year, technology seems to advance in every way possible. From smart phones that have the ability to track our eating habits and daily exercise routines to... Read more »

USRider: Travel Precautions for Equine Vesicular Stomatitis

LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 13, 2014) – Each summer, equestrians travel with their horses to explore different parts of North America. The summer heat and bugs create a melting pot for equine viruses to... Read more »

USRider: How to Deal with Pesky Bugs While Traveling

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jul. 23, 2014) -- With summer now at the peak of its season, the annoying buzz of insects is at high volume. While many of us may have found the best solutions to fly control for our... Read more »

USRider: Bad Weather Travel Tips

LEXINGTON, KY (June 10, 2014) – The severe summer weather season is upon us, and when things get rough, we’re reminded to DUCK: ·         D... Read more »

USRider: Trailering Despite the Polar Vortex?

Lexington, Kentucky. With bitter cold, snow and ice sweeping over much of the country, USRider – the national provider of roadside emergency assistance for equestrians – reminds those who... Read more »

USRider: As Temperatures Drop, So Does Tire Pressure

Lexington, Kentucky.    Studies show that the leading factor in roadside breakdowns is tires. As temperatures cool across the country, tire pressures will decrease. Given these facts,... Read more »

For Safety's Sake, Learn How to Read the Tires on Your Horse Trailer

Lexington, Kentucky.  When was the last time you took a really good look at the tires on your horse trailer? While air pressure is very important, it’s not the only thing that counts when... Read more »

USRider Offers Tips for Travel Season Trailer Preparation

Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2013) – Before travel season begins, it is critically important for horse owners to perform basic, yet essential, maintenance on their trailers. USRider, the national... Read more »