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Southern Ontario Fall Fairs … with Horses. Gotta have horses.

Fall Fairs intended to celebrate the bounty of harvest (even though the food consumed is deep-fried from a truck rather than fresh from the ground), and there are many across the continent.

Most follow the same format: a midway of crazy often over-priced rides, much guilty pleasure unhealthy fried food, barns of competitions for the best cookies, quilting, knitting, wheat … you name it along with competitions for the biggest vegetables grown – one tone or more pumpkins being the most popular.

Foal at KOLI Equestrian Center, Arizona

Travel Arizona: Tour One through Wild Horse Pass

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.

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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 […]

Travel Brant County, Ontario: Riding a Horse of a Different Gait

We’re trotting up hill and I’m bouncing out of this Western saddle like popcorn on Nashville summer asphalt. Good thing it’s for a short time, just long enough for the horses to gain momentum up the inclines along this local hunt club trail. I didn’t know either were here – this trail-riding operator or these […]

Metamora, Michigan: Living and Breathing Horses and a touch of France

Metaphorically, Metamora, Michigan is a one-horse town. Literally, it’s the small town at the centre of Michigan’s horse country. “If you love horses, you have to stop at Metamora,” almost everyone in Rochester, Michigan said when I visited last spring for the Rochester Writers Conference. So I did. Who would have thought I’d discover a […]

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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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Hunstville, Ontario: Warm Saddle and Wandering Hooves Cure Winter Blahs

Riding across the snow-covered golf course streaked with cross-country ski tracks astride Static, a Belgian mare apparently crossed with a comfortable couch, is one of the most relaxing things a person can do outside in negative 12 degree Celsius weather. The sun is warming or at least creating the illusion of warmth as the winter trail ride experience at Huntsville, Ontario’s Deerhurst Resort.

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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/

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 […]

Horse Museums in the U.S. thanks to equitrekking.com

Here’s a list of must see horse-related museums around the U.S. from one of my favourite horsey websites. I’ll start a similar list for Canada. In the meantime, I’m noting a few of these, especially the Morgan Farm/Museum in Vermont, which is on my radar this summer: http://www.equitrekking.com/articles/entry/us_guide_horse_museums/