This Saturday is the 19th annual National Trails Day, and all equestrians, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to get outside and celebrate. The day is spearheaded by the American Hiking Society, but all non-motorized trail activities can be included as recognized NTD events.
Why Trail Ride?
- Studies have shown that being outdoors, particularly in green environments, can improve a person’s mental health, mood, and physical condition.
- Getting out of the arena and taking a break from schooling is good for your horse’s mental health, too. Taking a trail ride can combat boredom and ring-sourness and increase your horse’s fitness by adding hill work and natural obstacles to your ride.
- Time on the trail could be a healing agent. Researchers have found that children with ADHD are able to focus better after spending time outdoors in the wilderness, moreso than when spending time outdoors in green, natural environments than in cities or residential neighborhoods. Other studies have shown that surgery patients recover faster and with less pain if they have more exposure to natural light.
- While hikers, cyclists and equestrians may not always get along on mixed use trails, all three groups share a common goal: Preserving wilderness and public access to wild lands. Coming together to maintain trails and preserve natural landscapes today means there will still be somewhere to ride tomorrow.
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Organized events to mark National Trails Day are planned across the United States. Visit americanhiking.org/ntd.aspx to find one near you.
Enjoy the day everyone.
I WONDER IF THATS WHY THAT ACTHA RIDE THAT GOT CANCELED WAS ORIGINALLY ON JUNE 4? MADE GOOD SENSE TO SCHEDULE IT THEN WITH IT BEING NATIONAL TRAILS DAY. TOO BAD IT GOT CANCELED THO. WELL, HOPE EVERYONE CAN GET OUT TOMORROW WITH THEIR HORSE, AND JUST AS PKL SAID BELOW, ENJOY THE DAY!
Cool! Wish I could go! That would be so fun!
I think I celebrated that yesterday! But you can’t have too many trail rides.