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QOS 10-12-2009 12:44 PM

Camping out and trail riding
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I had my first camp out with my gelding, Red, this weekend. I went to Ebenezer Park on Lake Sam Rayburn in east Texas. I have been there 3 weeks ago for the day and couldn't wait to go back. My friend joined me with her LQ trailer. I camped in a tent! The weather was wonderful - cool and overcast so it wasn't blazing hot like it was on Wednesday!

Ebenezer is full of little creeks, streams, hills, etc and you can ride down to the lake in two different places. We rode twice Saturday and more friends joined me Sunday and we rode different trails then. My gelding had a great time. He loves going up the hills and down as fast as I will let him. I just had a blast. I am returning on Oct. 30, 31 and Nov 1 for the entire weekend and my hubby is supposed to join me.

I was told they used to run endurance races there. Has anyone ever been there for an endurance race?

Vidaloco 10-12-2009 03:09 PM

Ooooo pretty! I've not been but it sure looks nice. I like anywhere that my horse is welcome :D
We are hopefully going to Lake Carl Blackwell near Stillwater Oklahoma on Friday. We can only spend one night but it should be fun, they have some nice trails. The AHA does do endurance rides there this month.
I'll look up Lake Sam Rayburn. Looks like a great place

QOS 10-12-2009 04:14 PM

Sam Rayburn is known for world class bass fishing. They have big tournaments there on a regular basis. I have never been to the lake until 3 weeks ago and I live just 95 miles away. We had a camp elsewhere so I'd never been. The lake is huge and there are tons of parks and campgrounds all around it.

Ebenezer is the only equestrian park. Has a terrific brand new bath house. Bathrooms on one side, individual private showers on the other. Ten camp sites with corrals, covered tables, fire rings, electricity (woo hoo :D) and a poop spreader! It is not very expensive either! There are tons of trails all over the place. I image one could ride for days on different parts and never see the same thing. I did see a deer and her half grown fawn - they were gorgeous. The forest is gorgeous there, tons of flowers, ferns, berries, lots of hardwoods and evergreens. The trails are marked too, which is nice. I am going to look up the place you are talking about - I want to go ride in other places next year and need to get a game plan going!

Vidaloco 10-15-2009 11:35 AM

The closest we have been to Texas is SE Oklahoma. We rode the Ouachita Mountains on the Arkansas border. I believe its part of the Ozark mountain chain. Very pretty but rough riding!

kiwigirl 10-16-2009 12:33 AM

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Hi there, I got all excited when I saw this thread. I haven't actually been camping with my girl yet but have a horssey adventure planned for the summer (when it finally gets here!!)

I have always wanted to go camping on horse back and this summer a couple of gf's and myself have a plan. My husband and I have a guided hunting business and at the back of the property we hunt on is a hut called the Whare (moari name for hut pronounced far ray). We are going to ride back to the Whare and camp for a couple of days, my plan is to go in on the quad bike with our supplies before hand so all we have to worry about is the ride in. By using the bike I can also slip in a couple of good bottles of wine for the evenings which I am sure will go down a treat.

Don't know if this post is relevant to the subject quite yet, hopefully in a couple of months can report on my camping excursion. In the meantime here is a pic of the Whare where we will camp.

Mingiz 10-16-2009 07:40 AM

I just got back from 5 days of camping. I have been the last 2 weekends.Was planning on this weekend but the weather here isn't the best right now. So were planning on next weekend. Since I got my LQ I go camping every chance I get...I started out in a stock trailer and as the years went on I upgraded until I could afford the lq. I usually go to the mountains in VA. It's a 3-4 hr haul where ever I go. I love it just wish there were more closer areas to go....
Top of Kennedy's Peak in Fort Valley VA
My mountain goat Reno..This was his 2nd ever and he was awesome 4yro MFT
Our Trail Dog
Looking at Kennedy's peak from the campground..It's the tall peak
My Rig bad shot but all I have now

toadflax 10-16-2009 09:59 AM

Oh-h-h, I'm SO jealous of you all!! We used to do a four day ride about 100 miles total, around a game preserve in New Hampshire. Lots of work and someone was always cranky but it was awesome riding (when it wasn't raining.) So cool going to sleep at night with firelight and the sounds of horses chewing.

Vidaloco 10-16-2009 12:38 PM

Great stories everyone! Our plans to go to Oklahoma got canceled :-(
We called to make reservations and found out its homecoming for OSU. The park, which is owned and operated by OSU, is already packed.

Painted Horse 10-16-2009 05:51 PM

Well it's hunting season here and I spend pretty much every free day up in the mountains hunting. We packed in a camp and set up a wall tent with a stove at 8000 foot elevation. We leave the tent, cots, sleeping bags, and just come and go as time allows. We will pack everything out Halloween day.

We are 7 miles in from where we park the truck.

kiwigirl 10-16-2009 06:30 PM

Hey painted horse. What will you be hunting? You guys have hunting seasons don't you? Here in NZ we are lucky we hunt all year round with no limits. My husband and I have a guided hunting business here, I would eventually like to offer our clients the opportunity to ride horses back to the hunting area. They are the two best things in the world - hunting and horse riding. It doesn't get any better than that!

By the way there is an awesome buckskin horse in the bottom pic, what breed is it? I love it, it is stunning!

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