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post #11 of 18 Old 04-24-2012, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Jolly Badger View Post
Boots and barefoot are fine for some horses, and some footing. And I know it's one of those controversial things that some people will just never agree on.

I continue to shoe my horse.

Boots just don't work in the trails I ride, because we hit a lot of mud and that mud will just suck a boot right off. My money is better-spent on other things, IMO.
The use of boots is totally decided by the terrain you ride. Mud would be very problematic! It's whatever works for you, your horse, and your trails. No one wants to have to climb off and lead their horse in the middle of a ride.

@ paintedhorse: I've got a pic of hubby and I at that same rock formation. Do you guys camp in that great equine camp ground just outside the park to the west?

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post #12 of 18 Old 04-24-2012, 10:32 PM
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Awesome trail ride! Nice pics!
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post #13 of 18 Old 04-26-2012, 11:16 AM
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Boldcomic, it depends who we are riding with. If I have friends who want to stay in rooms at Ruby's inn, We stay in the horse motel at Rubys' in. They have a nice facility for the horses, lots of room for the trailers. and we can eat their buffet meals instead of cooking. Those wanting some ammenities get a room at the Inn , others may pay to park their trailers in the camp ground where they can hook up.

But more often than not, I prefer to camp out in the trees someplace away from the crowds. There is a nice Forest Service equestrian camp at the end of the Coyote Hollow road. Just before the Upper trail head for the Thunder Mountain trail. It has 5-6 spots and hitchen rails to tie the horses at while you camp.

I've also just pulled off the road into the trees near the entrance to Losee Canyon. Just put up a highline for the horses. It's primative camping and nobody charges any fees. Losee creek usually has water running in the spring for the horses to drink.

Most folks ride/hike the Peak-a-boo trail in Bryce Canyon itself or the Thunder Mountain trail in Red Canyon. Both are great trails and someplace that you should see at least once. But there is so much country around Bryce and most folks just don't have any idea. By riding some of the out of the way trails, I get away from all the tourist.

The rides up Losee, Casto canyons and Butch Cassidy draw are just as spectacular as the trails in the park.

I also like to camp up Corral Hollow. There are lots of stock pond for the horses to drink out of. And most of the riding is thru Ponderosa forest. You loose a lot of the red sandstone, But it is still a great place to explore

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post #14 of 18 Old 04-26-2012, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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We usually camp at Coyote Hollow. I've been to Ruby's Inn but never stayed there with horses. I prefer to camp away from the noise. I'll have to check out Corral Hollow. Great pics. Thanks for sharing :)

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post #15 of 18 Old 04-26-2012, 03:29 PM
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Corral Hollow is a just a few miles down the canyon from the Coyote Hollow turn off, and on the opposite side of the hiway. ( it is actually in Red Canyon before you top out on the summit) They logged that area 10-20 years ago. So it is a logging road that the county maintains. It is in pretty good shape.

Everything in Corral Hollow is primative camping. Just pull off in the the trees on a flat spot. We just pick a shady spot that is not too far from the stock ponds so we can water the horses. There is great riding right from camp, and you are only 15-20minutes trailer ride to Bryce or Thunder mountain

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post #16 of 18 Old 04-27-2012, 12:45 AM
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It is a great place to live.
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post #17 of 18 Old 04-27-2012, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. It'll be nice to camp some place new in that area.

I think Utah in general is a great place to live when you have riding in mind. We can ride deserts and amazing red canyons to mountains and pine forests. Huge diversity in scenery. Not many places have that. :)

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post #18 of 18 Old 04-27-2012, 03:16 PM
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Beautiful area. I'm adjusting to the riding here in AZ. My horses are barefoot,but I know their feet wouldn't hold up to everyday riding, but they are fne w/a couple of rides each per week,so that is working.
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