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post #1 of 24 Old 07-19-2009, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone from IDAHO?? Hows the trails....

HEY!
Anyone from Idaho out there?? We are thinking about moving to Idaho and wonder what kind of horse country it is.
We moved to Texas a year and a half ago from oregon, thinking Texas was BIG horse country, well I got news fer ya' it aint!
I dd more horse activities when we lived in CA and AZ than here in TX!

We want a good place to raise our little one, clean fresh air, hunting,fishing etc..but I am looking for the horse activities! Is there LOTS of places to ride trails?? I am in my 40's and have done all the showing I need to, I enjoy a GOOD trail ride. Although I wouldn't mind getting into barrel racing!
We will bring one horse with us, my hubbys/and daughters Pinto. But I am bound and determined to get me either another Morgan or Arabian.

Anyway, let me know what area there are horse friendly and what kind of riding is up there.
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post #2 of 24 Old 07-20-2009, 12:59 AM
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the best ever!! lots of nice trails! here's some pictures i took a few days ago. I live in spirit lake idaho, its a great little town! About 1,500 people if that, we have our own cops so really safe town! i love it here!! Also lots of horse shows! the play days are my fav to go to!! lots of lakes for fishing and good hunting as well.







P.s. if you dont like looking at brown everywhere i would move to north idaho! always green and nice out!!
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post #3 of 24 Old 07-20-2009, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Trails

Thank you SO much for those pictures! Now thats what I call TRAILS!! This is for everyone to use?

I will look at your neck of the woods. We are in a town of the same number, but things in this town are a little messed up. Because it is small you get the cops pulling favorites and that's not right.

Here they also have the attitude if you don't go to their baptist church then you really have a hard time doing anything here...

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post #4 of 24 Old 07-20-2009, 11:54 AM
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Idaho is beautiful country to see by horseback! I was born and raise there (left at 19) and spent much of that time on the back of a horse in the mountains. We used to take the horses camping every summer (mainly in the Payette National forest - but also in the surrounding forests) and our home was in such a location that I could hop on my horse and be in the foothils in minutes). A lot of what you will see and how horse friendly it will be will depend on where yo uare in the state -- the central and panhandle area are, imo, more likely what you'll want rather than the southern part of the state (the "flatlands" as we called them back home).
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Thank you SO much for those pictures! Now thats what I call TRAILS!! This is for everyone to use?

I will look at your neck of the woods. We are in a town of the same number, but things in this town are a little messed up. Because it is small you get the cops pulling favorites and that's not right.

Here they also have the attitude if you don't go to their baptist church then you really have a hard time doing anything here...

Nice horse
They sure are!! the trails around were i live are very well kept and there so many of them its pretty rare to see anyone else out there when your riding, witch is what i like.

This is a really nice town! The cops here are really nice, i normaly stop at the gas station at night on my way home and chat with the cop. He helps all of the late night bushiness close up, even though he doesn't have to.

There's a few church's here but no one really seams to go to them, lol!! i will tell you though stay away from Sandpoint Idaho, worst town ever!!!!!! just take my word for it.
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LOL - my mom used to live in Sandpoint - many, many years ago.
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post #7 of 24 Old 07-20-2009, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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..so I had been considering Boise,Pocatello and Idaho Falls...would you consider Boise, south and flatland?

What a dream to ride off your property and onto wonderful trails such as these.

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post #8 of 24 Old 07-21-2009, 12:28 PM
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I miss it terribly and would go back in a heartbeat!
For what you are looking for, I would go further north than those areas. They are fairly flat and, what elevation/hills/mountains there are tend to be pretty brown. For the lusher, green treed areas like the pictures above, you would want to go up around the McCall and north area into the panhandle. Of course, that will depend on what else you need in the area - for example, work -- is there a particular industry you need, or is living in a smaller/rural area going to work for you? There are some nice bigger city areas in the north as well - Coeur d'Alene comes to mind. Kind of depends on what you want.
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post #9 of 24 Old 07-21-2009, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Rural

Rural is good, however we do need amenities like work

Those picture is what I like and we would love to ride right off the property and love to fish and hunt not far from home too..my hubby does HVAC stuff..heating and air, but he also has a background in Landscaping and Maintenance work.

Also have a 5 year old and need a place that has good schools!
We JUST want it all

If anyone wants to post anymore trail pics of Idaho I would adore them!
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post #10 of 24 Old 07-22-2009, 12:10 AM
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I live in Utah but ride a lot in South East Idaho. My wife grew up about 30 miles north of Idaho Falls. There are plenty of green mountains within a reasonible drive of Idaho Falls or Pocatello. Both cities have lots of farm land around them. This area of the state is much much colder in the winter than the other areas of the state.

This area is not far from Idaho Falls. Would be an easy day trip. The picture is in September and the green grass has already been frosted.


Down off the ridge tops, the grass hadn't been frost bit yet and was still green.




The trails are not as wide as those in the above post. But there are plenty of them to ride. But we often have to switch back and forth to climb over the passes.


We make several trips a year up and ride in South East Idaho. It is great riding.

I know a lot of the horse people in SE Idaho bring their horses down into Utah for horse sales and to compete in the World Championship Chariot racing etc. I don't know how much 4H and other kinds of stuff you find. But you will find lots of horse.

And from South eastern Idaho it's not too bad of a drive to come down for a weekend ride in the Canyon Country of Southern Utah during the winter months in Idaho, We have several friends who come down from Idaho Falls to join us each Jan-Feb to ride the desert areas.
Like this February Ride in the San Rafael of Central Utah


Or an April ride in Bryce Canyon

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