For over 20 years, I’ve been more of an arena rider, focusing on improving my dressage. That might change after this weekend’s ride at Crow-Hassan State Park. Two-and-a-half glorious hours riding through woods, open fields, along lakes, up and down hills, along the bluff overlooking a river. The ride renewed my spirit being overcome by God’s creation on a beautiful early autumn day.
Not only that, the varied terrain made for excellent conditioning exercise for my horse. It strengthened new muscles, improved her balance, and expanded her experiences. My horse seemed to love the ride and the company as much as I did.
The best part of riding gaited horses on the trail is no soreness the next day because of how smooth they are.