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    10-11-2007, 09:31 AM
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Oklahoma !

Got home from our trip to Horse Heaven Resort in Talihina Oklahoma. We had a great time but sure wish we had put some shoes or hoof boots on the girls. Lesson learned if they say shoes recommended they mean it! It was pretty rocky but most area we made it through. We could have ridden more areas if they had shoes on.It was beautiful and we will be going back. Heres a picture of hubby on Sassafras.
     
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    10-21-2007, 10:18 AM
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Horse heaven resort!!! Wow that sounds nice. I suddenly feel the need for more horse related holidays in australia :) what did you do there? Other than ride of course :) did you stay in luxury or was the heaven part only for the horses :)
     
    10-21-2007, 03:13 PM
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Wow, I haven't seen that many tree's in years!!!!!!! Lol........what part of okla was this in?,
     
    10-21-2007, 05:15 PM
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No it wasn't exactly luxury. We have a horse trailer with small living quarters. Small being the key word here, a set of bunk beds, small shower, small sink and a toilet. We cook outside weather permitting. Its still better than sleeping in the back of the truck Its pretty comfy for about 3 days then I start getting grumpy. If its nice enough to keep the windows open and we are someplace where we have to leave the horses in the trailer at night, Vida's head is about 2' from my head when I'm trying to sleep. I discovered she is a night owl and will stand and chomp hay till the wee hours of the morning
Horse Heaven has 2 fairly large pipe pens with each campsite, so I slept good while there. They have VERY nice cabins each with large corals and barn too, but a little pricey for us. We are talking about splurging and getting a cabin for our wedding anniversary next year. Its about 300 miles from us or 6 hour drive if that's easier. It is part of the Ouachita (pronounced "wah-shi-tah") national forest. Talihina is a little town of about 1000 people so not much to do there besides ride horses.
Kansas twister, its in SE Oklahoma just across the state line from Arkansas. Here is their web site http://www.horseheavenranchresort.com/ Its a really nice place and friendly folks.
Jazzrider, It is really great that so many of the state and national parks here in the US are open to equestrians. Many have areas designated for "horse camping" with cleared trails and horse friendly campsites, some have picket posts, hitching posts or corrals. Do you have public areas set aside in Australia? Maybe you could get something going there to open them up to equestrians after the EI quarantines are over.
     
    10-21-2007, 05:59 PM
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No it wasn't exactly luxury. We have a horse trailer with small living quarters. Small being the key word here, a set of bunk beds, small shower, small sink and a toilet. We cook outside weather permitting. Its still better than sleeping in the back of the truck Its pretty comfy for about 3 days then I start getting grumpy. If its nice enough to keep the windows open and we are someplace where we have to leave the horses in the trailer at night, Vida's head is about 2' from my head when I'm trying to sleep. I discovered she is a night owl and will stand and chomp hay till the wee hours of the morning
Horse Heaven has 2 fairly large pipe pens with each campsite, so I slept good while there. They have VERY nice cabins each with large corals and barn too, but a little pricey for us. We are talking about splurging and getting a cabin for our wedding anniversary next year. Its about 300 miles from us or 6 hour drive if that's easier. It is part of the Ouachita (pronounced "wah-shi-tah") national forest. Talihina is a little town of about 1000 people so not much to do there besides ride horses.
Kansas twister, its in SE Oklahoma just across the state line from Arkansas. Here is their web site http://www.horseheavenranchresort.com/ Its a really nice place and friendly folks.
Jazzrider, It is really great that so many of the state and national parks here in the US are open to equestrians. Many have areas designated for "horse camping" with cleared trails and horse friendly campsites, some have picket posts, hitching posts or corrals. Do you have public areas set aside in Australia? Maybe you could get something going there to open them up to equestrians after the EI quarantines are over.
unfortunately we don't have anything like that that I know of. There are sooooooooooo many places you can't take your horses and not many that you can :( pretty much all forests, unless they arent run by national parks and wildlife, are no go zones. Even the places we can ride in certainly arent equipped for horses for the most part.

I wonder what I could do to get some places like this going...if the stupid horse flu is ever over lol

Sounds lovely to be able to take your horses camping :)
     
    10-21-2007, 06:22 PM
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There are some areas that were originally set up for hikers and mountainbikers that just recently opened to horses. Most parks have rules that horses have right of way over bikes and people but it can be tough if your horse isnt used to these things on a trail. We have the Kansas Horse Council that I think has been instrumental in getting some of our state parks open to us. Do you have any national or state groups that you could make suggestions to? We have a lot of trail riders in the states and the number is increasing. We live about 4 miles from a city lake that has been opened to horse camping, no water, elect or horse accomodations but I am always surprised at how many people are there with their horses every weekend and it seems there are more and more all the time.
     
    10-21-2007, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
There are some areas that were originally set up for hikers and mountainbikers that just recently opened to horses. Most parks have rules that horses have right of way over bikes and people but it can be tough if your horse isnt used to these things on a trail. We have the Kansas Horse Council that I think has been instrumental in getting some of our state parks open to us. Do you have any national or state groups that you could make suggestions to? We have a lot of trail riders in the states and the number is increasing. We live about 4 miles from a city lake that has been opened to horse camping, no water, elect or horse accomodations but I am always surprised at how many people are there with their horses every weekend and it seems there are more and more all the time.
hmmm, I really don't know where I would start. Maybe I could start by writing to the city council and they may be able to point me in the right direction. If not...dunno, but im sure I could do something if I pushed hard enough :)

Because I have the grave misfortune of living in the big city these days :( there isnt much at all on offer for horse people. Aaaah, how I miss the country and can't wait to get back there. Anyhoo, there has to be something I can do. This has got me all fired up to do somethign now. I've often thought about our lack of riding places. Seems to sight a horse over here you have to go to a pony club, stables or a racetrack lol you never see them anywhere else. I wanna come and live in kansas now
     
    10-21-2007, 07:37 PM
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Kansas isn't everyones cup of tea. You would have to like prairie. We live in what are called the flint hills. One of the last remaining tall grass prairies in the US. Not to many trees and lots of cows. The ranchers burn off the grass every spring to keep trees out of the pastures. Its really something to see when they do it, at night there are just lines of flames in the darkness. I think you are on the right path starting at the local level for direction

Here are a couple of photos one of a range burn and one of us on a ride with our saddle club on a fellows ranch about 15 miles from us.
Edit: sorry that's not us, I was taking the picture :)



     
    10-21-2007, 08:52 PM
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Wow that first pic looks like the fire that meade had last year, started down at the lake and moved it's self up towards the town
     
    10-21-2007, 09:19 PM
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Wow!!! What I wouldnt give to have that much space around me again.
I grew up in the country and only stayed in the city because my hubby is a city boy but he's starting to appreciate more space since weve had the horses :) the citty was what made me have to give up my horses to start with :( stupid old city lol but then it was ok cause I got them again :)

I've found an email address for someone who may be able to help me so im going to email that off when I finish doing this. Hopefully he can help if not point me in the right direction
     

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