Horse trail riding including equestrian riding trails in Dade, Miami, Homestead, Hialeah, Broward, Davie, Coconut Creek, Green Acres, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee, Delray Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens.
The areas described below offer South Florida horse trail riding facilities for experienced riders with their own horses. To find guided trail rides with horses provided, horse rentals or beach horseback riding, click here. For trail riding gear, pack saddles and trail saddles click here.
Trail Riding Tips
May 12, 2013
Trail etiquette tips, to keep you in the know! http://www.bayequest.info/horset...
Pleasure trail riding like all aspects of equine use has its rules and regulations pertaining to trail use and manners. How a person rides a trail can determine not only his own enjoyment but the safety of himself, his own horse and other trail users too.
With the high demand for trails throughout the nation, there are very few trails dedicated for horse-only use. On the average and especially in highly populated areas, most trails are "multi-use" or "combined usage".
One of the first rules of trail etiquette is to make sure that the trail one is riding is a horse trail! Most trail systems use international trail symbols -- a stick-type figure on a horse. This sign designates a trail for horsemen. If the sign has a red slash over the figure, this means the trail is closed to horsemen. And other trail systems use a combined sign. One that shows all users with the exempt ones having a red slash over them.
Some trail systems use not only international symbols or combined signage but accompanying signs that could state "No horsemen beyond this point," "Horse trail this way", etc. In some parks and trail systems you'll not only have signs but general directional/conditional use postings designating who can the trail, in what direction, times open and so on. I've ridden some trail systems where speed reading was required in order to read all the trail rules. If one rode any faster than a slow walk, you won't have time to read all those signs! More info...
May 12, 2013
Explore Canyon de Chelly
By Christine Duval-Senty
Destination: Canyon de Chelly (de-shay) National Monument, located in the heart of the Navajo Indian reservation in northeast Arizona, near Chinle. The labyrinth monument is made up of three canyons: Canyon de Chelly, Canyon del Muerto, and Monument Canyon. Canyon walls rise to more than 1,000 feet above the floor. Elevation ranges from 5,500 feet to just over 7,000 feet.
History: Anasazi (a Navajo word meaning “the ancient ones”) inhabited the canyon for about 600 years, from about 700 to 1300 AD. Evidence of their existence can be seen throughout the canyon: homesites tucked into the canyon walls; pictographs; petroglyphs; and pottery shards.
Since the 1700s, the Navajo Nation has inhabited these lands. In 1931, Canyon de Chelly National Monument was established to preserve archeological ruins and their record in human history.
Embracing 84,000 acres within the Navajo Indian Reservation and comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land, the monument is administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the Navajo Nation.
Horses: You can bring your own horse, or rent one there. Canyon de Chelly has strict health requirements for horses and mules. All documents must be submitted to the National Park Service a minimum of two weeks prior to arrival. Click here for a downloadable PDF on livestock use, provided by the National Park Service. More info...
May 8, 2013
Take a Pack Trip
Zapata Ranch in Colorado– the most authentic ranch in North America – has two very special trips planned for the 2013 season.
Promising the holiday of a lifetime, choose from a packtrip or a natural horsemanship clinic and enjoy a vacation you’ll never forge More info...
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South Florida Horse Trails
Larry and Penny Thompson Park Bridle Trails Equestrian trails are available at the 270 acre Larry and Penny Thompson Park which is located at 12451 SW 184 Street in Miami Florida.
Markham Park 666-acre County park is perched at the edge of the Everglades Conservation Area. Markham Park is west of the Sawgrass Expressway and just north of West State Road 84 and there are equestrian trails available.
Tree Top Parks The 243.3 acres of this Broward County Park range from 23 acres of restored freshwater marsh accessible by a 1,000-foot boardwalk to the 101-acre Pine Island Ridge, an archaeological site that includes equestrian and nature trails. Includes equestrian trails.
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park The preserve maintains 60 miles of trails, with most being available for horseback riding.
Saint Lucie County Tours on horseback. Guided horse beach riding available.
Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area (South Florida Water Management District) Equestrian trails available.
Savannas Preseve State Park explore the many miles of equestrian trails available to foot traffic, bikers and horseback riders.
Allapattah Flats equestrian trail 5.5-mile trail that runs parallel to Fox Brown Road and winds south through brush and oak
Martin County Trails Horse riding trails in county parks. Located just north of Palm Beach County.
Johnathan Dickenson State Park Visitors can enjoy paved and off-road biking, equestrian, and hiking trails.
Florida Horse Trail Directory (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)
Florida's committment to the equestrian community is witnessed by 18 state forests and 26 state parks in Florida that offer horse trails.
Florida Greenways and Trails
Explore recreational maps and descriptions of equestrian greenways and horse riding trails throughout the state.
Florida State Parks
Listing of all Florida State Parks and those that feature horseback riding trails
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