Let’s All Go on a Trail Ride!


    Do your group trail rides often include brief flirtations with disaster? Mine do. About once a month my like-minded friends and I meet at a pre-selected trail site, along with our trusty steeds. Sometimes it’s a local staging area; other times it requires a caravan of horse trailers to reach our destination. Despite our decades of experience in the saddle, and the unwavering reliability of our horses, these group rides invariably include some degree of calamity. Fortunately, it’s never anything traumatic. It’s just enough of a silly circumstance to make the day memorable.

    Just in case you’d like to ride along, I’ve created an illustrated diagram. It includes actual misadventures from my many years of group trail rides. See if any of them have happened to you:

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    Let's Go on a Trail Ride

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    Cindy Hale’s life with horses has been filled with variety. As a child she rode western and learned to barrel race. Then she worked as a groom for a show barn, and was taught to harness and drive Welsh ponies. But once she’d taken her first lessons aboard American Saddlebreds she was hooked on English riding. Hunters and hunt seat equitation came next, and she spent decades competing in those divisions on the West Coast. Always seeking to improve her horsemanship, she rode in clinics conducted by world-class riders like George Morris, Kathy Kusner and Anne Kursinski. During that time, her family began raising Thoroughbred and warmblood sport horses, and Cindy experienced the thrills and challenges of training and showing the homebred greenies. Now retired from active competition, she’s a popular judge at local and county-rated open and hunter/jumper shows. She rides recreationally both English and western. Her Paint gelding, Wally, lives at home with her and her non-horsey husband, Ron.



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