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post #11 of 19 Old 04-06-2011, 09:34 PM
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Thanks for sharing the spectacular pictures! OMG I want to GO there!!

It is a shame that it is difficult to ride in the gorgeous parks. I can understand that there are rules but it is not like you are driving an 18 wheeler through the park tearing up the terrain.

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post #12 of 19 Old 04-06-2011, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by TTristan788 View Post
anyone know of any parks in T
exas that allow horses?

Texas, believe it or not, was actually the easiest place for me to google. Here is a link that has different parks/areas that you can ride horses in. Including, Big Bend State Park. I didn't know you could ride there with your own stock. I have been there, and absolutely loved it. Anyway, here is the link.

TPWD: Equestrian Use in State Parks


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post #13 of 19 Old 04-06-2011, 11:23 PM
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Texas has a number of equine friendly parks. I will be riding at McKinney Roughs just east of Austin this weekend. I am so excited! I spoke to my riding buddy, my cousin, Kellie, and we are planning out the next two months of riding. Weekend after next is Ebenezer up at Jasper, Texas in Sam Rayburn. It is really my favorite. We are going to ride at Pundt Park the following weekend which is near the Houston International Airport. I told Kellie I wanted to ride at 7IL Ranch which is west of Houston....but that is private property not state land.

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post #14 of 19 Old 04-06-2011, 11:42 PM
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No BLM up around Yellowstone, That is all Forest Service. And if you don't know where to look, it can be a challenge to find a place. PM me and I can give you some suggestion of where to camp. But if you are willing to get away from West Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, There are places, You will just be an hour out of the tourist traps.
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post #15 of 19 Old 04-07-2011, 01:58 AM
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Amazing pictures. It really has me thinking I need to get to a nat park for some backwoods riding. Problem is that I might not want to come back (always fancied the movie Jeremiah Johnson).

Also a great explanation of being prepared when entering a park. As most encounters with uniformed personnel, being prepared and helping them do their job goes a long way.

The only thing I don't understand is:

Originally Posted by Painted Horse View Post
The rules are simple.
1. Trailer must be swept clean. No manure on the floor.

How is it possible to have a horse(s) in a trailer WITHOUT manure on the floor? They seem to produce it faster than I can sweep it!

Seriously - do you stop just before entering the park and sweep it into the woods? Is that OK to do?
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post #16 of 19 Old 04-07-2011, 10:29 AM
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They understand that horses produce manure on an ongoing basis. And I've never seen a problem with a fresh green pile. What they don't want is a floor covered in straw or shavings with two weeks of manure mixed in.

It's a 5 hour drive for me to get to Yellowstone, We usually come up the night before and camp out some where., Before we load the horses in the morning to enter the park, We sweep out the trailer. Often it's an hour or more before we get to the park entrance after we leave our campsite. We stop at a sandwich shop and get a sandwich to put in the saddle bags plus what ever the drive is from where we camped to the entrance. In that hour there is always some fresh manure. Never been a problem.

Hayden Valley In Yellowstone

The Bechler River
You cross this river at Rocky Ford, And you will get your feet wet sittng in the saddle

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post #17 of 19 Old 04-07-2011, 10:32 AM
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If not, you can always claim plausible deniablility!!! lol!!!! I have actually
stopped and swept mine into a car wash trash can~not nice, I know. Now
I carry one of those big plastic tubs with handles and leave it in the back
of the truck until we get home. It is biodegradable, so what's the big deal
about leaving out in the woods, (or anywhere like away from humans on the
grass somewhere appropriate) honestly??? I dont get it~Gorgeous pics btw!!

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post #18 of 19 Old 04-07-2011, 11:36 AM
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JDW, the problem with leaving manure around is that it might have weed seeds in it and definitely don't want that in the forests! Cleaning out all the old manure gets rid of any seeds from the horses' normal feeding. Before entering public land we're "supposed" to feed certified weed-free for three days to clean any weed seeds out of the horses' digestive tract. At least, that's the theory.

Some areas I can see it making a lot of sense to be extra careful. Some areas not so much. Our hay would qualify for certified weed free if we wanted to pay to get it inspected. Hay we buy I don't trust so much although it does appear to be pretty clean. But there is also the problem of horses foraging when riding locally and there's no telling what weeds are being injested.

At any rate, especially in an area like Yellowstone or our Wilderness Areas, it's worth it to be careful how we dispose of manure to try to minimize the spread of noxious weeds.

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post #19 of 19 Old 04-07-2011, 12:38 PM
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i hope this link works:
i've found these books helpful in locating where i can take my horses. from there contacting the park service fills in any gaps in rules, etc. :)
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