Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Western Michigan
• Horses: 0
Well, I voted nice and quiet trails but I don't know if that is accurate.
Today I went riding with my riding instructor to a local county horse park. The trails were mostly quite narrow (tuck your feet in or loose your stirrups at many points), had some hills, lots of tree roots, lots of twists and turns, branches to duck and dodge, etc. At some points (not sure we were on the "real" trails though at this point) we had a narrow trail with trees on one side and a deep ravine on the other. We had logs we could have jumped but instead we just walked over them.
We took these trails mostly at a walk and trotted just a bit (saved the loping for the wider open trails) so I considered them nice and easy. We had to pay attention and the horses had to pay attention but there was nothing there that I felt was really intense.
I think it is a lot perspective. Some people would consider these trails intense (compared to the groomed, wide enough to ride side by side, etc. trails) while others would consider them a walk in the park and boring--compared with the intense mountain climbing trails they do.
For me leisurely as means doing most of the trails at a WALK--so we can just chat and enjoy the scenery. Taking the same trails today at a trot or lope, they would have been much more intense.
15 15hh QH/Arab gelding Spy--my horse
30 16hh Qh gelding BJ--my girls' horse