Budget Horse Getaways within a day's drive of Chicago, Illinois
So I've just taken up western pleasure riding after several years - I've been taking lessons once per week for about four months. I've been cantering and trotting in the arena and in a small state park in a suburb of Chicago, and am looking something more.
I'd really love to go on a sort of horse vacation - just a day or two of all day riding, maybe with some horsemanship related activities. I see many expensive vacations that are way above my budget. I also see many places nearby, in western Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin where I could just go for a simple one or two hour trail ride. But I want more than that.
Can anyone recommend a stable? I was hoping for a couple days or three of all day riding, preferably for less than $500. There's not much good horse country in Illinois, so I wouldn't mind driving over to Ohio or Kentucky.
I'd appreciate any recommendations!