I am in a very urbanized area of southern California. Fortunately, there is a nearby park with over 18 miles of trails and encompassing over 3,000 acres. Because of the nature of southern California development, a large number of horse owners are located around this park.
My local ETI has an opportunity to work with this park on the improvement of their equestrian facilities. They have good trails that provide connectivity into other areas, a very large arena, several round rings and equestrian camping facilities (with stalls).
I've been thinking about developing a "trail trial" trail in the park. The idea would be to have several "stations" along the new trail where riders could work on specific skills. If you have ever seen PAR courses for runners, I'm thinking of something along this line. For example, I could see placing the following obstacles:
Gate (for mounted opening/closing)
"z-pattern" trot poles for backing practice
Logs for step overs
Maybe something for a rope drag
A "horse wash" (arch with flagging, fabric hanging down you walk horse through)
Maybe a teeter totter
A "step up" pedestal
So, I'm looking for other ideas. What type of obstacles do you think would be useful (and practical to build).
Equestrians are not the only folks who use the park, so it has to be somewhat vandalism proof.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.