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St. Lucie Florida Riding on the Beach Jennifer Merrick

Travel Florida: Beach Riding in St. Lucie County by Jennifer Merrick

Hayes grew up ranching and passed on his love of horses to his daughters who “were riding before they could walk”. They now also work at the family-run tour company. Although they do excursions of all kinds, it’s the 90-minute beach tour that is the most popular.

Recruiting and riding in Brant County … Again

Get other people hooked on riding? I’m game. Anytime someone who hasn’t ridden horses before (or in a long time) suggests they’re interested in giving it a try, I’m more than happy to sign up a potential new enthusiast. Most of the time, they’re referring to trail riding Western-style rather than an introductory lesson in […]

Horsetrotting.net is a BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Award Nominee – Again!

Always a bridesmaid … not yet a bride. For the second year in a row, horsetrotting.net is nominated for a BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Award in the “unconventional pet” category. What’s an unconventional pet? Essentially, not a dog or cat. (For the record, I have one of each). I’m thrilled regardless of […]

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Travel Ontario: Cowboy Up in Caledon

I had the nerve to do it: I signed up for the ‘Cowboy Up’ two-hour trail ride and lunch option at Rawhide Adventures Inc. It’s a cattle ranch and trail riding operation along the conservation lands of the Bruce Trail in Mulmur, Ontario about 60 minutes from Toronto. Approximately 110 heads of grass-feed cattle roam […]

Guest Post: Horses As Pets – Why Not??

Whenever or however you have a positive experience with a horse, it’s a good thing. I wish I had the land and resources to rescue horses to ride, or not. Horse pets. Awesome idea. I hope it catches on… Here’s a guest post from another WordPress site called “Listen to your Horse” by Jini Patel […]

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Waterloo, Ontario: My First Norwegian Horse and Belly High Snow Drift

Not many trail ride operators offer winter rides, and that’s looptoo bad because there’s two advantages to heading out into the sparkly snow: a one hour ride is long enough because toes start to freeze, and there’s no problem with your horse grabbing bites of grasses. Well, there’s almost no greenery around – my mount, the adorable […]

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Selecting the Perfect Riding Holiday.. advice from Globetrotting.com

How to select the perfect riding holiday? Thanks to Globetrotting.com, a company that specializes in worldwide horse riding holidays and safaris, here is some advice: http://www.globetrotting.com.au/how-to-choose-the-perfect-riding-holiday/

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Ontario: Wake Up in Ottawa … Ride in Wakefield

  A visit to Ottawa, the capital of Canada, doesn’t usually include horses, unless you’re headed to the RCMP stables where the musical ride practices (though in the summer it’s on tour). Yet, there are a number of riding outlets not far from the city and that’s primarily because Ottawa, situated along the Rideau Canal and […]

Riding in Wales and Embracing the Novice Rider in Me

Living in Wales – a country defined by rural rolling hills, coastal sea towns, deep valleys and the birth place of the industrial revolution thanks to rich coal deposits in the valleys – Michael Sullivan promised himself he’d ride a horse before his 80th birthday. There are many horses and ‘pony trekking’ operations all over […]

Lana’i: Pineapple Paradise, Spanish Paniolo and Roads (and trails) Less Travelled

The horses’ strides stir up the red rich soil of Lana’i, one of the smallest and least travelled of the Hawaiian Islands. Their hooves rip up the black plastic buried in the ground for weed control in Pineapple orchards decades ago. Visitors in saddles ooh and awe at the panoramic view of the Pacific waters (home […]

Texas: Still Remembering San Antonio – this time at the Briscoe Western Art Museum

I love horses and I love art. I especially love horses in art, as some collage prints hanging on my living room walls (purchased from the annual Toronto Outdoor Art show the first weekend in July) attests. But that’s as far as I put equine and art together until I visited the Briscoe Western Art Museum in […]

Part II: Overnight with Bison while riding in Saskatchewan

We spot bison, a highlight on this trail ride through Prince Albert National Park thanks to Gord Vaadeland from Sturgeon River Ranch Adventures in Saskatchewan. This is possibly the only one in North America that can claim proximity to these rare and massive creatures that once roamed this region in remarkable numbers. Today the herd in […]

Toronto Medieval Times: Horse crazy date night

When a fifty-year old man is willing to wear a paper crown and is excited to get front row tickets because his 47-year-old girlfriend wants to see Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament horse show, you know he’s a keeper. And that’s how I spent my birthday this year:  cheering on the Blue Night, loving the […]

Dominican Republic Part II: Riding in Punta Cana, Beyond the Resorts

The tourist trade is the bread and butter of Punta Cana’s economy in the Dominican, and the vacation landscape in this region is changing. Two luxury resorts, where I stayed, are the Paradisus Palma Real, a boutique-style hotel with a Royal Service upgrade, and the newly renovated Paradisus Punta Cana, described as a resort within a […]

Dominican Republic Part I: Riding in Punta Cana at HorsePlay, a Canadian connection

One thing I love about riding outside of North American is less worry about liability and more about experience. On a ride in the Dominican, I’m one of the few tourists in jeans and boots astride a western-ridden horse very familiar with the brush we trotting through, though having no interest in following the herd […]

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Romancing Winter: a snow covered ride

Until now, fall has been my preferred time of year to trail ride. Well that, and spring in another country. Winter wasn’t high on the list until last weekend when I took my first (yes, first) winter trail ride in the still negative two degree temperature (balmy compared to the previous days’ negative 15 plus […]

Dream Ride: Where I’d love to saddle up this year

I’m a little late with my New Year’s aspirations (better than resolutions) but I’m still thinking about where, when and how I want to get in the saddle this year. My plan is to find an instructor willing to take me out on a few English pony trekking lessons to prepare me for the speed […]

Down but not out: the joys of rolling

Staring between the ears of an Appaloosa named Queenie, while riding through a conservation park in Saskatchewan, I’m listening to stories about horses spooked by oddities in the woods (like wild bison) when my own horse stomps the ground in front of us, possibly stumbling. “Watch your footing I warn her.” But too little too […]

Meet Your Food and More at the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto

Congratulations to Yann Candele, and his horse Aboard Game Ready, who earned his third title win at the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship opening weekend of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 2, 2013. While the fair is all about bringing the country to the city, specifically Exhibition Place along Toronto’s downtown lakeshore (farmers still […]

Wild Horses of Cumberland Island

Even from a distance, the images of wild Cumberland horses etched themselves into my mind’s eye. I only discovered Cumberland Island, Georgia because I visited Florida’s Amelia Island that’s 18-miles long and three miles wide and a half hour drive from the Jacksonville International Airport. I was there to experience one of Florida’s lesser known […]