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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:15 pm    Post subject: Land Between the Lakes Reply with quote

So our trail riding trip there last weekend was a bust - the reason? ROCKS!

The camp itself was quite nice. Bathhouse, typical (didn't want to spend any more time in there than I had to, lol). The people there were very friendly. The trails were well-marked and they had a very good trail map.

You were allowed to picket your horses at your campsite, which I saw lots of people doing. The stalls were clean and airy, but quite small (I'd say 8x12, maybe even narrower, my horses who aren't large - 14.3 and 15.1 - could barely turn around in them) and each had a couple of large strips of conveyor belt material in them, which were not flat at all, had a large ridge down the middle.

On the three trails we tried, there were long areas of streambed-type rocks, a combination of stones from golf-ball-sized to ostrich-egg-sized. They were in place on most climbs and descents (don't know if they were added for erosion). A big learning for me as I didn't ask particular enough questions when I called. My horses are barefoot. I did have 2 pairs of trail boots for the front feet of my horses. I wrapped the rest of the feet of our four (2 ponies) with a baby diaper for padding and duck tape. Shoes all the way around would have helped, but I don't think I'd have been comfortable unless they also had pads! We did get away from there with no stone bruises that I know of. We pulled up stakes the next day and headed to another campground closer to home with predominantly dirt trails. My horses can handle a few rocks here and there, and a gravel road for a short distance, but these were big beds of loose stones with no way to go around.

We did see lots of wildlife (but no snakes!) during our short stay.
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