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post #11 of 59 Old 09-14-2012, 02:58 PM
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What an amazing ride, I am so jealous. The pictures are beautiful. Talk about trail riding at it's finest. What an incredible way to clear ones head and leave all your troubles behind.

Painted horse, not only is the scenery beautiful but your horse is too. :)
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post #12 of 59 Old 09-14-2012, 04:31 PM
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That is one of my mares and good friend riding her.
My mares are my babysitters that I can put anybody on.


There is often water in many of the canyons of Southern Utah. Especially during Spring snowmelt


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post #13 of 59 Old 09-14-2012, 04:39 PM
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If you go, give me a holler. I live in AZ south of I-10 not far from the trail & would be glad to help. This is probably within 10 miles of the trail. Very little water out this way:



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post #14 of 59 Old 09-14-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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That looks like the Rincons in the background. I spent my high school years in Tucson. If you haven't been up on Reddington Pass yet, you should take the time to go. Get up on top over by Bellota Ranch Road and just ride back in there. I spent a lot of my youth up there exploring and tracking deer and javelina. When we get this together, I'll get in touch with you. It would be nice to have a place where we could stop over or drop supplies. Thanks for the offer.

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Where are you located? I was figuring northern Utah until I saw the pics that look like Bryce Canyon. I have some cousins that are outfitters in the St George area.

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post #15 of 59 Old 09-15-2012, 09:59 AM
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I'm in northern Utah, But I ride in the Southern portion of the state when the weather is cold up north and I ride up in Wyoming and Idaho in the summer when it gets hot.

So I am pretty familar with the country from St George on the South to Yellowstone on the North.
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post #16 of 59 Old 10-07-2012, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Well, plans have already changed. Had to move the departure to spring 2015. Daughter graduates high school in June 2014. Can't miss that. Then wifey wants to move back out west as soon as daughter graduates. Mom doesn't like Virginia and it appears we'll be moving closer to the kids and granddaughter. So, 2015 makes more sense, especially since I may be living out that way by then. A shorter haul to start the trek and easier to take some shorter prep trips along portions of the trail as we get ready.
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post #17 of 59 Old 10-08-2012, 12:18 AM
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That will give you time to get your horses legg'd up. The country in Utah is far from flat.

You will be crossing one mountain after another
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post #18 of 59 Old 10-08-2012, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Keep the pics coming! I can't wait. I dream day and night of "crossing one mountain after another." Heading for AZ this month to see my folks. Dad and I plan to do a couple short day trips while I'm there. Maybe an overnighter or two. They live in the White Mountains. I'll post some pics. Apparently things greened up after the fires, but there is still a lot of dead standing wood and a lot of areas are still closed.

There is no place out here in VA to get a horse "legged-up". Hopefully I'll be able to get my mare out west for at least several months before the trip and get her into shape for the hills. Starting out at the Mexican border near Douglas, AZ will help as well. The first week or so will be at fairly low elevations. From what I see of the trail map, knowing something of the region, very few portions of the AZ Trail will reach 7000' or higher. That should help get the horse ready for northern Utah and north of that.

I'm starting to look at saddle trees. I don't think my old Hamley will make it without a total restoration, besides the fact that it doesn't fit my mare well. I'm thinking about building myself a new saddle. There's nothing like getting ready for a big trip...except for the trip itself.
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post #19 of 59 Old 10-09-2012, 11:48 AM
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I had 9 guys come out from South Carolina in late August. They brought their flat land horses with them. I rode for 5 days with them at 8,000 to 10,000 foot elevation, doing about 18-20 miles a day. Their horses did just fine. What ever riding they did at home prior to the trip had gotten them Legg'd up just fine.

Don't accept that there is no place in VA to condition your horses. Get them in shape for long rides in VA and they will do just fine out west.
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post #20 of 59 Old 10-09-2012, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Good to hear that. The Shenandoah NP is within about two hours of me, and they boast about 180 miles of trails. I was mostly concerned about the elevation. My dad's place in AZ is at about 7,000', so I've never worried about it when using his horses.

The biggest headache about riding out here is all the regulation. In the Shenandoah they even have a rule that if you can see your horse's hoof prints you have to stay only on graveled trails. Hoof prints? Sheesh! Heaven forbid your horse leave droppings on the trail! Somebody might step in it! And forget horse camping in the park. The brochure says overnight camping with a horse is allowed, but discouraged. Huh? So you tell the warden...I mean ranger, you want to camp and he says what? "Well, I'd rather you wouldn't"? So they put regulations on it that make horse camping almost too difficult to be any fun at all. Give me the USFS and BLM lands out west every time.
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