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arrow From the Summer 2009 issue of American Trails Magazine


CHA Trail Guide Manual for Equestrians

Review by Denise Maxwell, President, Illinois Trail Riders


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The CHA Trail Guide Manual from the Certified Horsemanship Association is a comprehensive collection of the skills and knowledge necessary for any trail rider or trail guide in any setting. It is based on the requirements of the nationally recognized, four level, certification program that has promoted excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry since the 1960s.

On the trail we each have a responsibility to our livestock, the environment, and all who use the trails. Horsemanship and riding skills are explained along with the correct use, adjustment, care and repair of tack and equipment. Camping skills, navigation, menu planning, and emergency procedures complement each section, from the one-hour trail ride to overnight trips to wilderness pack adventures.

The original format and presentation of the facts are easy to read and include bulleted outlines and succinct narratives. The many pictures and photos enhance the reader’s understanding and knowledge essential for increasing the skills of a participant or a leader in any trail riding activity.

This manual was written in 2009 by a group of experts, drawing from 16 of the most popular references on the topic of safe, low-impact horse, trail, and packing skills in the back yard and the backcountry..

The 252-page CHA Trail Guide Manual is available online for $40.45 at or (800) 399-0138.

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