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How to Find Good Local Horse Trails


Are you looking for a way to slow down and reconnect with nature?  One of the best ways to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is to grab a buddy, hop on your horses and hit the trails.  Depending on where you live, you can ride up and down mountains, explore former railroad tracks that are now trails, gallop along the coastline, or go back in history as you ride on Civil War battlefields.

Figuring out where you want to go and what scenery you are going to enjoy is what makes trail riding a unique equine adventure.  The options are only limited by your imagination and where your truck and trailer will take you. Not sure where to go?  There is a wealth of trail riding knowledge on the internet.

Trail Resources

  • Search engines – Search for trail riding in your area, local trail riding groups and planned trail rides.
  • horsetraildirectory.com – A comprehensive listing of horse trails and campgrounds across the United States
  • traillink.com – Offers comprehensive trail guides with descriptions, maps, reviews and photos to help you plan your next trail ride in any of the 50 states.

Go local

State and local parks are also good locations to research.  A number of state parks offer horse-friendly campgrounds in addition to bridle trails.  Some parks will allow you to trailer in and ride your own horse on the trail, while others have horses available onsite for rental.  Before you hook up your truck and trailer, be sure to visit the park's website to get all the pertinent trail rules and details.

Bring a friend

Like swimming, trail riding is something that is better done with a buddy.  Not only is it safer to travel in packs of two or more, but it's fun to share the experience with others.  Don't have a friend that shares your love of the trail?  Don't worry, there are a plethora of websites and bulletin boards that allow equestrians to connect and ride together.

One such site is findaridingbuddy.com.  Built on the premises that strangers are just friends we haven't met yet, findaridinbuddy.com allows you to search for trail riding buddies and trails around your zip code.  The American Competitive Trail Horse Association's website (https://www.actha.us/) also features a "find a buddy" search.

Safe and happy trails

Have you found a new trail to explore?  Not sure what the conditions are like?  Before you head out for the day with horse in tow, go check it out on foot.  You don't want to waste a picture perfect trail riding day on a path that isn't safe for horse and rider.

Enjoy!

Now that you have done all the planning, get out there and enjoy the scenery with your horse and friends.


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