Trail riding gets you out and exploring. It helps me enjoy the simple things like seeing wildlife in their various habitats and the subtle sound of the pitter patter of your horse's hooves on the dirt. I also love the smells of the various seasons mixed with the smell of a warmed up horse.
And, of course, like Painted Horse said, trail riding helps to take you to places you might not be able to get to on foot in a timely manner.
I'd like to think that horses like trail riding as much as riders do for similar reasons. That may be a silly idea in some people's minds, but I know my mare often doesn't want to go back to the barn after a good trail ride, she will try to pass it up and keep going!
Oh geez.....there is nothing better! The smell of the air miles and miles away from where any car can go. The scenery, the wildlife, the feeling of trusting 1000lb animal to get you in and out safely, Idk, everything. I was diagnosed very young with a severe depressive disorder and trail riding has kept me off tons of medications. Its everything to me. I would never settle for an arena. Horses are surefooted why should I have to stay in an arena? They have 4 wheel drive all the time and can go some incredible places!!!! I could never imagine being confined to an arena. Our horses love to go places just as much as us. If they even think we are hooking a trailer up everybody is at the gates waiting and ready to leave. If I left my trailer a few of them will go in and stand like "alright, when we leaving".
We had horses when I was a kid. But as I grew up, Motorcycles, fast boats and faster cars all came into my life. Through college and my early adult life, I was hooked on both Snow and Water skiing. And there is still something to the adrenaline rush of going 60 mph down very steep mountains on two thin boards strapped to your feet.
In the early 80's the Forest Service began shutting down more of the old logging roads and access roads that ventured into the back county. Where we used to drive a truck/camper into camp for Deer and Elk hunting was now 7 miles past the end of the road. About this same time in my life, I started to be much more successful at harvesting big game. And I can tell you, it was serious work to hike 7 miles up the mountain early in the morning, kill and elk and pack it 7 miles back to my truck. It only took once for me to decide that there had to be a better way.
Hence my true association with horses. I bought a horse to go hunting with. Ride up the mountain on the horse, and let the horse carry the deer or elk off the mountain later in the day. All too quickly I learned that I needed to use the horse more than just for hunting season. In order to be any good during the hunt, the horse needed to be worked all summer. Beside the exercise and conditioning aspect, you are not going to load a bloody elk carcass onto a that don't have a relationship with.
So my adventure began with working a horse all summer to get him legged up and have him trust me. So you can basically say, "I own horses so I don't have to pack heavy dead animals off steep mountains" But they became so much more than that. A way to escape the heat after work on a summer evening, get on a horse and ride to the top of the mountain where the temps were 20° than home. Trips into remote lakes to catch wild trout. Weekend camp outs with my daughters and trying to keep up with the girls as they raced over a mountain trail.
And while I still use the horses to ease the burden of packing heavy loads off the mountain, they are used more now to just get out and enjoy a sunny afternoon away from home. I have a friend who was a marine sniper for 13 years. He often says, I've seen most of the world while in the marine corp, But I have seen the most beautiful places on earth while riding horses with me.
I have a friend who was a marine sniper for 13 years. He often says, I've seen most of the world while in the marine corp, But I have seen the most beautiful places on earth while riding horses with me.
I bet this is true. Perspective of the world changes when you're on the back of a horse. Surroundings seem totally different on horseback than hiking or biking the same trail.
Trail riding helps me escape from all the BS from the world. Nothing like being at one with the outdoors and with your horse, great therapy. My cousin and I get to ride almost every day so we trail ride much of the time, except when it is raining heavily we ride in the indoor.