This is a great time of year to consider our blessings–and I think horse people have more than most. Here in Central Florida, we have just about the best weather in the country for year-round riding. We have wonderful trails, relatively close, that are low-cost or free. Our club members provide a fabulous support system–buddies… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season…
Last night was the club’s annual Christmas party, which I consider one of our best non-riding events. Mike and Barbara Charron again opened their beautiful home to us; Barbara cooked an enormous 26-pound turkey, and Donna F. baked a ham. Not much was left of either, in spite of all the great side dishes that… Continue reading What a Great Club Party!
I had a wonderful conversation with Jeff Spence, Director of Polk County Natural Resources, this afternoon about the Panther Point trail expansion. Here are the current facts: There are 3 separate governmental agencies involved in the project: Polk County Natural Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and the Department of Transportation. A considerable amount of… Continue reading Update on the Panther Point Expansion
We cover a lot of different things during our club meetings, and learn some interesting tidbits about our members. Last night we discovered that when Barbara and Mike Charron met, Mike was WAY more into waterskiing than horses. He was really good with barefoot skiing and even into the pyramid formations. And that led to… Continue reading Horses and Water Skiing…Who Knew?
Last year contained some sobering events for me. I took a hard fall, and watched my panicked horse vanish into 5000 acres of wilderness (fortunately, he was found quickly along the trail). I heard multiple stories about riders who suffered similar incidents and did not fare so well–one horse was found too late and died,… Continue reading Trail Riders: Consider a GPS Tracker
Hunting season is about to start, and the last thing we want is to drive all the way out to our chosen trails only to find it’s closed due to hunting–or worse yet, get out on the trails because we didn’t see the hunting signs when there are guns in the woods. You can always… Continue reading Know Hunting Dates Before Riding
It’s a good idea to refresh our trail etiquette manners at the start of Florida’s riding season. You can find a whole list of guidelines on the “Club Documents” page, but here are a few of the top tips: Be on time. If the ride is scheduled to start at 9am, be ready! Don’t make… Continue reading Do You Follow Good Trail Etiquette?