Tag Archives: trail riding
Happy New Year! I kissed a horse and I liked it. Ok, I do that all the time. New Years’ Eve, no exception. Clearly, in this photo I’m not shivering in negative 20 degree Celsius winter temperatures in Ontario, Canada. In this photo, I’m at the Farmer’s Pantry pick-your-own-apple farm (last fall) located in Clarksburg, […]
Western saddles are designed for Quarter Horses, Hud Roberts of HR Saddles & Tack said at the Western Saddle fitting clinic held at the Can-Am Equine Expo, March 31 to April 2, 2017 in Markham, Ontario, Canada. HR Saddles makes custom saddlery and tack in Frisco, Texas and sells through distributors across North America, including […]
If you’ve been to Medieval Times, the Tournament of Kings is similar – it opens with feast hosted by a king and attended by a wizard who set the story stage. Actors and dancers fill the arena more than horses, and dinner – Cornish Hen or ravioli if you’re vegetarian.
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.
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It’s busy out here – especially after sunset – but this morning at the crack of dawn when my ride starts, the desert is inhabited by harmless birds of no interest to horses.
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 […]
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 […]
The tack shop is open and it’s for a good cause. Need another reason to buy more horse stuff? Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue in Hagersville, Ontario (about 30 minutes west of Hamilton) renovated a barn and stocked it floor-to-ceiling with ten years of donated Western and English second-hand horse tack. A wall of saddles, piles […]
Wordless Wednesday, one day late because life isn’t perfect…. enjoy!
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 […]
When I’m on a horse, the world disappears. Unless, I’m trail riding when travelling – then the scenery around me intensifies. There’s no better way to be in the moment. When riding, it’s about you, your horse, staying balanced (literally) and breathing. Frequently. Horses are intuitive animals. As herd members, they are highly in-tuned to […]
There is something…
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 […]
The night Little Dipper was born, his namesake constellation shone brightest in the sky. Or that’s the story my guide tells me as I ride the peppy eleven-year-old Arabian known as Little Dipper, or Dip to his friends. Really, his mother was named Star, and the stable wanted to keep the constellation theme. His lineage […]
Last year at this time, I was thinking about the next year and all the places I’d like to ride. This year, I’m reflecting on the past 12 months and all the fun I’d already had. Here’s a list of the top six pics I loved from last year. Some are because I love the […]
“Help, help,” my 10-year old grandson shouted as he flailed in the water, his arms slapping the ocean surface. “What’s happening?” I asked, imagining the worst. But thanks to the clear underwater visibility in Turks and Caicos, I could he was actually kneeling in water less than a foot deep. Puzzled, I stepped closer to […]
Today we’re riding in the morning and a large group has already gone out ahead of us. Chica barely reacts to Winston’s antics as he spooks off the path several times and leads the trail with uncertainty. She does however compete with him at a trot overtaking him easily, likely because he’s not a comfortable leader preferring to walk beside side her rather than in front.
And it’s muddy alright. It’s been storming three days straight in Nashville and the tornado siren has gone off twice today, I’m told. During some strange twist of fate, I’m riding in the window of rain reprieve. It’s stopped for the time being, and there’s only wind infrequently blowing.
Horsetrotting.net is two years old and to celebrate I’m reflecting on my six favourite horse adventures posted on the site – of course, I’m writing more bi-monthly.