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HI Spy: Your Favorite Place

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Trail rideA ride on your favorite trail or open field can turn a mediocre day into a day worth celebrating. Whether it’s the scenery, the terrain or the way your horse seems to perk up when you get there, having a favorite place to ride is almost as important as having a favorite horse to ride there.

Some riders prefer the familiar trails that wind around their own property or boarding stable. Knowing exactly what you’re going to face can help you customize your ride to be a relaxing way to unwind or a challenge to work on training and conditioning.

Other riders have a favorite off-site location, a network of trails they can only visit on certain weekends or even just once a year. Perhaps your favorite place to ride is somewhere you’ve only visited once.

If trail riding isn’t your thing, your preferred location could be the main arena at a showgrounds you frequent, a cushy indoor arena with footing like a cloud at a stable where you once attended a clinic, or even the reliable training area in your own backyard.

Click “Submit a Comment” below to tell us about your favorite place to ride. Some of our favorite responses could be published in a future issue of Horse Illustrated.

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Tesla    Western, NC

12/4/2012 5:36:36 PM

The small twisting logging roads that have been scattered across the mountains surrounding my house. Some of the roads that I find are brand new and others have been around for a century or two. My favorite thing about these hidden paths is that I never know where they will take me, and sometimes a surprise like an amazing view is waiting for me at the road's end.

Adeline    Vandalia, IL

11/29/2012 6:37:06 PM

I have been to the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois and it is beautiful. You are surrounded by trees, creeks, and giant boulders. I have only been there twice but it is still my favorite. Luckily my Welsh Pony can make it through the whole thing so I can see all the beautiful sights.

Lauren    Quemado, NM

8/21/2012 7:59:33 PM

My favorite place is at home on my ranch.I love to ride the pipe line, driving cows, or just checking the ranch. When I am sad and tiered,I look at the big, blue,mountains garding our home.They make me feel at home.

Autumn    Gillette, WY

8/13/2012 9:56:36 AM

I enjoy riding on early summer mornings when the gorgeous Ozark Mountains of Missouri are cool and the night sounds can still be heard. Any where will do but my favorite place to ride is through my neighbors apple orchard,where me and my horse can stop and have a snack anytime we feel like it. Just cantering through foggy orchard and gazing of into the Ozarks is enough to take your breath away. Even though we have moved, that place will forever linger in my mind.

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