I have ridden English most of my horse life. I had to give up horses when I first got married because of money. I always vowed I would have more horses. I always thought that I would ride English and start with lessons...dressage and pick up some jumping again once I got in shape. Now that I am way older and way out of jumping shape I have realized that trail riding seems more my speed now. What I want to do is to be able to go state parks and different trails and ride. Other than a comfy saddle what do I need? What should I be doing with my horses to get them ready? What is a good distance to start at for them? I don't want them to get sore. Should I take them out on the road here? Any tips would be appreciated.
Oh just so you know I have a grade mare(front shoes because she toes in and is not level) a QH gelding (shoes all around can't go barefoot something about the back of his hoof I can't remember) and for my boys a pony who wont be doing anything soon because she has a foal at her side right now.