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post #1 of 29 Old 03-22-2020, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Are your riding trails closed?

Mine are, just wondering how widespread this is.
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post #2 of 29 Old 03-22-2020, 12:26 PM
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No. I live in a rural area and the state forest behind my house where my rides start from is little used except by a few hikers. More in the past week though ... a lot of people off work. I bet there were five or more.

There's a downed tree from a winter storm that has closed off a loop, and no one is going to cut that except my husband, as the trail is too narrow for the snowmobile club to bother with. And there are patches of ice still -- and a snowstorm predicted for tomorrow ...

Three riders just went by down the road, one I knew.

It's a lot like normal out here, if you don't turn on any news.
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post #3 of 29 Old 03-22-2020, 12:38 PM
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Mine are just places on public land. No one monitors anything and the gates are barbed wire ones without any kind of lock. So they are open - but after going a month without riding because I twisted my right hip, just as I got good-to-go I twisted my left hip. Can't ride because only one sideways hop would undo the last week's worth of healing. I suspect even a trot would hammer things I cannot afford to have hammered!

SOOOO anxious to get my hip/back fully up to speed again. I can walk, though, so been out daily walking a few miles on MY feet. I don't spook much personally.

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post #4 of 29 Old 03-22-2020, 04:29 PM
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Where I am, all BARNS are closed, let alone trails. Only essential staff are allowed on premises. Boarders can't see their own horses. Facilities face huge fines if they break the rules. :(
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post #5 of 29 Old 03-22-2020, 04:39 PM
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Where I am, all BARNS are closed, let alone trails. Only essential staff are allowed on premises. Boarders can't see their own horses. Facilities face huge fines if they break the rules. :(
Ugh, that's terrible! I really hope it doesn't come to that here. As long as the internet works (so I can work) and I can see my horses, I am OK. If I had to go weeks without seeing them, I would be really unhappy. Partially because, TBH, the standard of care at my barn is not up to MY standards. One of them could go three-legged lame and no one would notice...
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post #6 of 29 Old 03-22-2020, 05:56 PM
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My favorite trail has been closed for a while due to unsafe boardwalks and bridges. There was an alternate trail that was still great, but a tornado tore recently through it. Let's just say it will take a LONG time (and many chainsaw hours) to make it even remotely passable again

Other trails (that also have some camping spots) are officially closed since a few days ago and I am expecting more to follow...
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post #7 of 29 Old 03-22-2020, 05:56 PM
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I am fortunate that my horses are right here on the farm. I feed and interact morning and evening plus when I am outside they come to the closet fence. My filly has learned that she can come around the outside fence 20' from my work shop and look in the window and watch me. My problem is it is like a swamp. We've had twice as much rain as normal this year and it has been too sloppy to ride.
As far a normal life, we usually only go to town once a week and one weekend night we usually go to dinner. Restaurants have been closed for a 1 1/2 weeks and we won't go to town shopping around big groups, so we only go in for milk and such instead of our town shopping. Really our life hasn't changed much. Our freezer is full and have a well stocked pantry, we normally buy store bought bread but it has all been bought out so we have been having homemade and it's is better anyway. A neighbor has laying hens so our eggs come from them.
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post #8 of 29 Old 03-22-2020, 06:34 PM
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I ride the national forest off-trail, or on forest service roads. I just went out there first ride in about 2 weeks, man, I needed that! My mare felt like she was on rocket fuel all the way home, but it was good, so very good, to ride.

I haven't heard about trails being closed, but I am surprised that would be the case, because even in places that restrict people's being out and about, they seem to allow solitary exercise. So why would they close the trails? Being out in fresh air, away from others, is probably the best place anyone could be! As a matter of fact, I think I heard the national parks were open free of charge (like the Grand Canyon) to encourage people to be outside. Am I wrong about that?

That would really, really be horrible if you couldn't even be out in nature alone or with someone you live with. It would be horrible not to be able to see your horse. If you can go to the grocery store with 5-6 feet distance between you and the hungry hoards, why couldn't you see your horse and go riding. That makes no sense.
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post #9 of 29 Old 03-22-2020, 06:47 PM
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In our area the Provincial Parks are closed so no going there, if you do, your car can be towed and maybe fines handed out.
The trails we ride on are private property, farms, so we can still go there but because of the wet conditions we don't ride much there until it dries up some as we should be respectful of neighbours property.
I keep my horse at my sister's so no problem going to see him and we can ride together but right now I don't go into the house and we try to keep a "social distance' and so far it is working.
We are retired and don't have to go out much anyway and a neighbour offered to pick up groceries for us tomorrow.

I have heard on the news that we should be looking our for our elderly and frail neighbours to be sure they are doing ok. I think to myself yes I should be thinking about who in the neighbourhood needs a checking up on and the phone rings and someone is calling to check on us. I then realize that we are the oldest in the area, the frail and elderly, that set me back on my heels. But the neighbours have all been good here, we've had several calls offering help if we need it.
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post #10 of 29 Old 03-23-2020, 10:23 AM
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The state of Illinois has shut down all State Parks - so no riding. It is still pretty early here for riding anyway. We got a couple inches of snow yesterday but mud season is in full swing. I have seen some posts that National Parks are not closed and horse back riders are still going to Shawnee National Forest to ride those campgrounds are still open.

We do have a local forest preserve that has said on FB that they are still open but alas, their equestrian trails are closed due to the mud. Most trails in my area do not open until mid-April in a normal year.
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