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    04-06-2012, 04:41 PM
Smile Beach or mountain riding?

Which place to ride do you prefer beach or mountain? I have never been able to ride at either place but I do know that for my Arabian it was said to strengthen his back riding up and down hills would be very good for him but I have also seen and heard many people ride their horses on the beach. So which do you prefer?
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    04-06-2012, 05:08 PM
Mountain riding. I adore the mountains, and the scenery is always breathtaking.

Beach riding is nice, but a lot of horses literally fall out when they're confronted with the ocean for the first time. Apparently, it looks like some big, wet, horse eating monster to them!
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    04-06-2012, 05:28 PM
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I went on a pack trip two years ago to the Appalachian mountains. As long as I have a sturdy, brave horse- I'd take that over beach riding any day!
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    04-06-2012, 05:35 PM
Endiku, if you ever get the chance, go riding in the Grand Tetons. The Appalachian range is beautiful, but for jaw droppingly gorgeous scenery there's nothing like riding in the Tetons.
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    04-06-2012, 06:13 PM
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I'll have to keep that in mind! I just loved riding in the mountains. I remember one of the trails, called the 'Rollercoast' that was a blast to ride- but you definitely had to have a fit horse! There were so many giant hills and crazy cliffs that you almost had to have a goat to get up some of them!
    04-06-2012, 06:16 PM
I think you should go ride on mountains! That would be so funn and give your horse really good exercise
    04-06-2012, 06:17 PM
I've ridden on the beach and it was beautiful, but I'm dying to go for a trail ride near Lake Louise in Alberta or something. I don't know which I'd prefer though. :/
    04-06-2012, 06:51 PM
BEACHBEACHBEACH!! Dream of mine, also I love messing with my horse ;) *kidding*

Actually all that wide flat ground so good for running is just TOO tempting(:
    04-06-2012, 07:54 PM
I ride in the sierra nevada mountain range all the time but have never been riding on the beach. Well, not the ocean anyways - just the "beaches" around the lakes up here. I'll take mountains any day. :)
    04-06-2012, 09:21 PM
Actually all that wide flat ground so good for running is just TOO tempting(:
It IS very tempting! When I went on a trail ride in the DR, my sister came with me and everybody in the group but I was a beginner. On our way back we still didn't gallop and I really wanted to (only trotted and walked, guess they thought we weren't up to it) so I asked if we could. They were surprised but we're pleased I asked and OMGOSH! IT WAS SOOO MUCH FUN! Crossing that lovely beach was breathtaking and my little horse had a lot of go. Was trying to pass my sisters big guy. (My sister was holding on for dear life during all of this, lol :P) Ahh good times.

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