Monday, December 8, 2014

Best Trails in Oklahoma

There’s no better way to explore a state’s natural beauty than with a trusted horse. At South Texas Tack, we’re always on the lookout for great trails in various states across the country. This month, we’re showcasing our favorite trails in the backyard of our neighbors to the north, Oklahoma.

Old Frisco Trail

Oklahoma’s Old Frisco Trail in Le Flore County, Oklahoma has to be one of the more scenic horseback riding trails we’ve seen. While most of the trail is crushed stone, you’ll also find some dirt, grass and wooden trestle areas across the trail. The trail is flat, perfect for beginners and those looking to have a serene ride. Along the trail, you’ll see Cavanal Lake, a gorgeous spot to watch the sunrise. The trail ends just outside of stunning Lake Wister State Park, so consider packing a picnic.

Osage Prairie Trail

Following the corridor of the now-defunct Midland Valley Rail, Osage Prairie Trail goes north out of Tulsa, winding through urban and rural scenes. This 14.5-mile trail is lit in some sections for night riding, and much of the trail is shaded to make daytime rides more pleasant. As you ride the trail, you’ll pass over three scenic bridges that offer fantastic views of the countryside.

Arcadia Lake Trail

As its name implies, the Arcadia Lake Trail follows gorgeous Arcadia Lake outside of Edmond, Oklahoma. The trail begins in Scissor Tail Park and continues southbound around the north side of Arcadia Lake. Riders will find the trail to be mostly shaded. The trail is 4.89 miles and mostly even.

Lake Carl Blackwell Trail System

Boasting more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, the Lake Carl Blackwell Trial System is one of the most extensive available in Oklahoma. The lake offers camping, restrooms and picnic areas, so expect to make a full day of enjoying this trail. The Yellow Trail begins at the campgrounds and continues for a total of 5.76, though it makes a full loop. The trail zig-zags for a while, and is considered an intermediate trail.

Where do you love to ride horses in Oklahoma? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Friday, December 5, 2014

10 Reasons Why We’re Thankful for Horses

It’s the time of the year where we’re especially focused on the things in our lives we’re thankful for. While there’s a lot for us to give thanks for — our families, great friends, health and, of course, fantastic customers — one major part of our lives comes to mind when we’re thinking about the blessings we’ve been given: the horses who have improved our lives immensely.

There are so many reasons why we’re thankful for our horses, so we decided to create a list with ten of the many reasons why these magnificent creatures are blessings in our lives.

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1. They’re the world’s most gorgeous animals. With flowing manes and
strong, beautiful bodies, is there anything more majestic than a horse?

2. Horses help us with our work. On a farm or ranch, there are few
things more useful than a reliable horse to help you do your job.

3. And they help us play. Once the work is done, horses are
always willing to help us unwind. Whether it’s a nice trot through the
field to unwind or jumping hurdles for some exhilarating fun, there’s
no better way to relax and enjoy life than on the back of a horse.

4. Riding is a great exercise for burning calories and toning muscles.
Spending time on the back of a horse is a fun way to tone your core
and stay fit, which is especially important this time of year.

5. Horses impress us with how smart they are. Researchers have shown that horses have memory at least as good as an elephant and they can respond to voice commands better than most people might expect.

6. That impressive memory is why horses are so loyal. They can remember people even after a long separation and positive encounters go a long way to creating lifetime loyalty.

7. They’ve helped us make friends. You know that feeling when you meet another horse person and have an instant connection? You can thank your horse for that.

8. Going for a ride is a great way to clear your head. If you’ve owned a horse for very long, you probably already know this, but horseback riding is a sure-fire way to leave your cares behind.

9. They teach us responsibility. Whether it’s making sure we’re always stocked with health products for our equine friends or just making sure we’ve given them the best care we can, horses help us learn to be responsible in every facet of our lives.

10. The friendship and love our horses provide has meant the world to us. Our horses are there for us in bad times, providing a mane to cry on, as well as the good times. No matter what happens in our lives, our horses are always there for us, and we couldn’t be more thankful.

What are you thankful for this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below!

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