The Horse Forum banner

Where do you ride?

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 20 of 51 Posts

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,689 Posts
On average half the time is spent on schooling in an arena (indoor or outdoor depending on light and weather) and half the time on trail rides where the purpose is to reinforce what has been worked on in the arena, improve fitness, and let the horse relax.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
631 Posts
since i'm a full time trainer,i'm alway's in the round pen or arena when i'm not at a show.i sometime's take a young horse out in the pasture to check on or bring in my buffalo or cattle.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,766 Posts
I like to go, I usually ride at Petersburg Battlefield park, (ever seen the beginning of the movie "Cold Mountain") Its about a 12 mile circle except for when they close of 4 frikking miles over a single Eagle nest, It has its advantages but I am getting oh so bored with the same circle, I would go insane if I had to ride in an arena.
I do understand arena riders are doing different things, and there are many sports and activities that take place in arenas, it's all good. Just not really my cup of tea.
Seems like the cool things I'd like to do are girls events.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
229 Posts
I used to ride in an indoor and outdoor arena and on trails, but with my new lease at this tiny house I just have a small field in front of the road to ride. Its not that bad though :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,917 Posts
Always outside, sometimes in an arena and sometimes on trails.
Posted via Mobile Device
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
409 Posts
It depends on the weather, time, people to go with, how I am feeling (amount of pain that day).

If everythign is great, it is down the road about a mile (some friggen busy and scary ones at that!!) and out onto a couple thousand acres of logging trails with the filly dallied to my saddle! :happydance:

If just some things are going right, it is down the road in the other direction. The stable is on a dead end one-lane road that takes about an hour to ride to the end and back. Kinda boring, but better than nothing. :wave:

Most of the time, especiall in winter, it is poke around the indoor arena because it is better than not riding at all. :neutral: Sometimes, because we have two riders and only one ridable horse, my daughter will take him out down the road and I will do the cool off from thier hour gallop in the indoor arena. While she is out galloping my horse - I groom and love on her filly. :hug:

My kid? Spoiled? Ya think?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
539 Posts
I don't have a whole lot of choice. If we had an indoor or access to an indoor, I'd definitely ride in it. It gets to be a pain riding outside with -20 windchills and all weather.

Other than that...trails, or hacking around.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,490 Posts
I don't have an arena so I ride on our property. There's a nice, mostly falt area near the barn where I do most of my schooling. I trailer to lessons which has indoor & outdoor. We have some trails around I use for conditioning.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,131 Posts
We ride Spring and Fall in the Cherokee National Forest of SE Tennessee and the Chattahoochee National Forest of N. Georgia, and a fair amount in the Cohutta Wilderness area which is only about 40 miles east of me. With so much forest to ride we seldom get bored.

We're blessed to have a lot of good riding within a few hours, and have ridden at various places on the Cumberland Plateau and on occasion ride in the Big South Fork Area.

We plan to ride in the Great Smokey Mountains during the elk rut in September.

This winter, when the days are short, we ride the Chickamauga National Battle field when weather permits.

It's almost spring, and we'll be riding somewhere most every weekend until the heat comes in June. We seldom ride in July or August.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,163 Posts
Whenever it is nice enough, in an outdoor arena. Where I live, this is about seven months, not counting stormy days and such as well as being generous. Otherwise I'm in an indoor arena. Occasionally I will go on a trail ride but only about once or twice a year until horse camp.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,531 Posts
I almost always ride outdoors as I don't really have an indoor riding option anywhere nearby.(I ride for fun or work,no showing) Anything from round pen work,trail riding,checking fences and crops,occasionally herding cattle and sheep,or just taking off cross country and exploring,that's always fun!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,152 Posts
Most of the time I ride in my outdoor arena. Sometimes we go for trail rides, lots of trails minutes from my house, there's even a lake within riding distance.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,689 Posts
I truly hate the indoor arena. But if it weren't for it I'd almost get no riding done this winter.

Now that spring is almost here I am outside virtually 100% of the time.

I just got back from the barn and had an awesome dressage schooling ride. It was 50, sunny, and breezy. Calypso had been turned out all day and it took her no time to warm up. Once she got going she was a connected monster and I was able to sit her trot for over half of our schooling time. It was a joy to lean back a tad, squeeze my calves on her and feel her take the bit and give me more and more impulsion with each half halt. It was like riding a Cadillac.

I don't get no better than that for arena riding.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,077 Posts
Seems like the cool things I'd like to do are girls events.
Oh which ones Joe?

I truly hate the indoor arena. But if it weren't for it I'd almost get no riding done this winter.

Now that spring is almost here I am outside virtually 100% of the time.
Same here... I loathe the indoor. It's convenient though.. but I much rather be out and about.

I ride in arenas and sometimes on trails. My old barn had amazing land to hack on.. this one not so much so it's mainly arena work. But we find ways to entertain ourselves :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,225 Posts
I usually just ride around the front and back yards. We have eight acres, so it's not too bad. Gets boring after a while, though. I'd like to get back into trail riding if I ever get a trailer.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,226 Posts
We use to have a really nice Indoor that was open to the public....but then they layed concrete and turned let the Tennis people have it :) Who knew how many people played tennis.

Not very many people have indoor arenas in the county....I think a total of 4 people have small indoors.....

We have our own outdoor and ride in it when spring drys it out and use it through October till the ground freezes. How I would LOVE to have an indoor arena of my own. But I am lucky to have a friend who is one of the few that have a nice indoor so she lets us ride there during the winter months.
 
1 - 20 of 51 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top