Hidden Springs Rockies

 

Rocky Mountain Horses and Kentucky Mountain Horses

2016 TRAIL RIDING AND/OR CAMPING WITH HORSES



MYRTLE BEACH, SC RIDE

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION


NOVEMBER 9 THROUGH NOVEMBER 13, 2016



Had a wonderful week at the American Heart Assocation ride in Myrtle Beach, SC.  This is the second time I have been; the last time was 11 years ago.  It is held at the Lakewood Campground which is located right on the beach.  My friend Alice and her horse, Beauty, went with me.  This was my first time pulling our living trailer camper and I did an excellent job!  Me and Alice set up our site and got our electric fencing put up-it wasn't real pretty, but it got the job done.   There was another couple that went and another lady that we ride with also.  There were around 1200 horses there I believe was the count.  You had plenty of beach to ride on and they had photographers on the beach that were snapping pics constantly. 


We arrived Wednesday afternoon and by the time we got camp set up and the horses settled we didn't have ttime to ride on the beach.  We did walk them down there and let them check out the waves-they were not impressed!  I took my 5 year old mare, Sierra, that had a foal this year and she did wonderful!  She wouldn't get in the water at all, but I wasn't surprised! Those waves really can scare them when they come at them!  The weather was wondeful on Thursday and Friday but chillier on Saturday.  We did ride each day and really enjoyed seeing all the horses that were there.






IRON MOUNTAIN HORSE CAMP

IVANHOE, VA


SEPTEMBER 2 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5, 2016



Had a great weekend at Iron Mountain.  There were 7 of us camping and the weather was absolutely perfect.  Days in the 70's, nights cooler at around 60 and no bugs.  There were no flies, and didn't run into any horse flies.  Trails were really nice, some mud in spots but nothing too bad.  Rode Friday afternoon after we got set up for a short 2 hour ride.  I took Sierra with me this time. She is my 5 year old Silver Grulla mare that had a foal this spring.  This was her first ride back since last fall.  She was excellent and boy, that gait, hasn't went anywhere. She gaited wonderfully well and acted excellent. 


Rode again on Saturday for a longer ride and explored some new trails.  We had some really good food this weekend as Bob, camp cook, really cooked up some nice meals for us. 


Couldn't have asked for a better time.




HUNGRY HORSE EAST, FRIES, VA

AUGUST 12 - AUGUST 14, 2016



Had a really nice weekend at HHE. We love this place and go several times a year.  Rode my girl Tia and she was excellent on the trails. 


FAIRYSTONE STATE PARK

STUART, VA

JUNE 17 - JUNE 20, 2016


Had a nice weekend camping at Fairystone State Park. This was mine and hubby's first time camping here and we liked it quite well. The campsites are pull through which is nice, and it is a smaller, more intimate setting. The stalls are really nice and face each other so that your horses can see each other and they have a nice wash rack for the horses also.


Campsites are level with gravel. They have a pit toilet at the campground but no shower house. You can go to the main campground, which is about 2 miles away, and use their shower house if needed.  Trail leads directly from the horse camp and there are about 9 miles of trails.  Not a lot, but we liked it anyway. It is scenic and nothing too strenuous for out of shape horses.  I took my newly trained 3 year old filly, Tia, and she did excellent.  This was her first camping/trail riding experience.  We met quite a few hikers, one barking dog with them, ran across a deer on the trail, and several creeks.  After jumping the first 2 creeks, I took her through the second one several times in a row, she settled down and walked through the rest of them.  She led some, was in the back and the middle of the group.  She was a well behaved, nicely gaited girl


This was also our grandson's first camping trip with us also. He is 2 and really enjoyed himself.  In the late afternoon, we went to the lake and swam at the beach. They have a children's area with lots of water things set up and he just had a ball.


We did miss 2 of our friends that we camp with as they had a sick family member and were unable to attend. 





IRON MOUNTAIN HORSE CAMPGROUND

MEMORIAL WEEKEND 2016



Had a great weekend riding at Iron Mountain Horse Camp in Ivanhoe, VA.  Weather was very cooperative and it only sprinkled on us Friday evening for a very short time.  Temps were in the 80's and there were no bugs or flies anywhere.  Not sure why, but it was wonderful. Took my Walking Horse Mac and had a nice relaxing time riding.  This place is very nice, plenty of room with our sites, trails are great, and even though they were muddy in places, it wasn't too bad. 






Riding at Twin Oaks Farm with my friend Alice Masters

May 15, 2016


Took my horse Tia to Alice's for the day to ride her for the first time since she came back from training.  She is a 3 year old and was trained for 45 days and I was so excited to ride her.  She was great!  Started out riding her in the round pen to get used to her and to let her get used to me.  No problems there so we progressed to the trail that Alice has at her house and then we went down her gravel road for a ways and she was excellent.  She has a nice, faster walk and a nice smooth gait.  Very mannerly and a good whoa on her. 


I was well pleased with her and hope to ride her again this weekend if weather cooperates.




Leatherwood Campground

Ferguson, NC  April 29 through May 1, 2016


Had a wonderful weekend riding at Leatherwood.  Took Mac, my sorrel Waking Horse gelding with me this time as my riding mare, Sierra, had her foal and stayed home being a mom.  We arrived around noon and got settled in our campsite and we decided to go for a ride. There  were 4 of us, temps were in mid 80's and it was quite hot when we got saddled up and started out.  However, the riding there is up in the mountains and it is in the woods so it did not feel that hot when we were riding.  Rode for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours and it was great.  Horses did really well, trails are nicely marked and you stay mostly in the woods so it was just perfect.


Got up Saturday morning and it was a little chilly.  Temps were only lower 60's that day; close to 70 so not too bad.  Rode for a shorter ride this time and our trails took us up quite high up in the mountains.  Glad I had a terrific horse as it would have been nerve wracking on a less experienced mount.  I have to says the views and scenery are really great there and it just a nice place to visit. 


We left on Sunday as planned, and it had started raining the night before and looked to be settled in for the day.


Hope to go back another time this year.




2015 TRAIL RIDING


Camp Creek State Park

October 24 and 25, 2015


We got one more camping trip in before the cold winter hits.  Camped right down the road, 20 miles from our house, at Camp Creek State Park in Camp Creek, WV.  We have done many day rides there but not actually camped there.  They have a primitive campground for horses, our site had a corral for our horse, and a vault toilet close by.  The creek runs right beside the campground so you could water your horses there or they had a water station close by also.  Sites were level and corrals were right beside your camping area.  Picnic table and fire ring at your site and wheelbarrows and shovels also.


The trails are absolutely wonderful.  There are more than 30 miles worth of trails and they are well marked with signs telling you the name and type of trail you are on.  They also have a nice map with the trails marked and descriptions of the trails also.  The leaves right now are breathtaking!!  We had a great time and the weather was cool but I just had a small jacket on.


Would love to do this again next year.



Iron Mountain Horse Camp-Ivanhoe, VA

Labor Day Weekend 2015


Had another wonderful weekend at Iron Mountain this labor day weekend.  There were 7 of us camping this time and our campsites were along the creek.  We arrived Friday afternoon and us girls decided to take a short ride that afternoon.  We saddled up and our weather was really nice, not too sunny, and warm and we rode for about 40 minutes.  We then turned around and within 5 minutes, it started thundering for a little bit and then the rain started.  We proceeded to get soaked and then the rain turned into dime/quarter sized hail.  It really hurt when it hit us, nobody had any rain gear, and the hail lasted for about 20 minutes.  Have never seen hail last that long.  The ground was covered in white; it looked like snow.  It was raining and hailing so hard you couldn't see where you were going.  There was so much rain that anywhere on the ground that there was a path, it was filled with water and we then got turned around and were a little lost.  We ran into a gentleman that was out in the rain too and he informed us we were going in the wrong direction!!!   He then went with us and we had not been far from camp at all-we just turned in the wrong direction. 


We got back to camp and got the horses unsaddled and cozy in their stalls and we were so happy to get back.  All the horses did wonderful with the commotion of the storm and with the thunder over their heads.  We were so proud of them.  We were so thankful that nobody got hurt and everyone was back safe.  Needless to say the rest of the weekend was perfect.  The weather cooperated with us, had really nice rides, and no more getting lost.  My hubby was camp cook and made us some delicious meals, the camp had a dinner on Saturday with music and we met some really nice people.


This was our last camping outing we have booked for this year!  Sad, sad.  Plan on getting some day rides in this fall if the weather holds out for us. 





HUNGRY HORSE EAST-IVANHOE, VA

AUGUST 21 - 25, 2015

What a great weekend at HHE.  The weather was beautiful, just the right temps, no humidity, and the flies were practically non existent.  We arrived Friday evening and set up camp. Our friends were already there and had took a short ride that day.  They had some muddy areas but not too bad.


We saddled up Saturday and took a 4 hour ride through the mountains.  Went up a really long, uphill grade, also through a muddy, boggy area along a creek where my horse and I got tangled up in a grapevine around 3 of her legs and the men with us had to cut us free. That was a scary situation but my girl handled it really well-her mom was pretty upset though.  I was so scared that she had gotten hurt but she was fine and off we went.   Ended up at another Horse camp 5 miles from where we were staying.  We proceeded then to go down the main road for a few miles until we could hit another trail to take us home.  Encountered some barking dogs that ran out at us, several cars, and 2 motorcycles.  My mount had not encountered these before so it was a new learning experience for her.  She took it all in stride thank goodness.  We caught our trail back to camp and arrived happy but quite tired. 


Rode several more times during the weekend and really had a nice time.   This girl has the 4 beat gait that the rockies are known for and gaits like an older, seasoned horse and she is only 4 this year.  I couldn't be prouder.  For a video of her gaiting, go to our Video page. 


I would highly recommend HHE to anyone for camping.  Their campground cannot be beat and we hope to go back one more time before the season ends.



HUNGRY HORSE EAST-IVANHOE, VA

July 30 - August 2, 2015


Had a great weekend at HHE in Virginia.  Hubby and I went and stayed 3 nights and had a really nice, relaxing time.  They have 14 sites and 13 of them were booked but this campground is very quiet and spacious so you hardly know anyone else is there.  We arrived Thursday evening and got set up and we rode Friday evening.  There were hardly any flies or bugs on the trails, so it was very pleasant.  Didn't ride very long as it was late but on Saturday we had a nice 2 1/2 hour ride and stayed in the woods the whole time. It was hot and humid outside, but in the woods it was very pleasant and the bugs left us alone the whole time.  Took my 4 year old mare and she did great and Bob rode Mac.  


EJ Cottages-Dunmore, WV

July 10 - 12, 2015


Had a wonderful weekend at EJ Cottages in Pocahontas County, VA in the Monongholia State Forest.  This place is beyond beautiful.  We saw deer every time we rode.  Rode to Cass and visited the country store there and had an ice cream cone and the local children enjoyed petting and sitting on our horses.  Campground right beside the trail and it is nice and flat to ride on-missed my trails in the woods though!  But all in all, had a great time.  Gave my 4 year old Rocky filly a break this weekend and rode my Tn Walker.  I had a good time on Mac but missed my girl! lol



Big South Fork- Jamestown, TN

June 24 - June 28, 2015


This is my favorite place to ride!  It is beyond beautiful, 100's of miles of trails, plenty of equestrian campgrounds to choose from, and always a great time.  Had a great 5 days here, just hubby and I, had some rain mostly at night, and hot temps during the day.  Loved our campground too-Timber Ridge Campground.  Just a great place to visit.



June Camping Trip-Pilot Mountain, NC



MEMORIAL WEEKEND  MAY 2015

IRON MOUNTAIN HORSE CAMP, VIRGINIA




TRAIL RIDING 2014


Here are a few pictures from our trail ride we took at 3 Oaks Farm in Camp Creek, WV.  This was my fillies first trail ride after I got her back from training.  She did exceptionally well, followed and lead some on the trail, went down a gravel road for about 2 miles, and went across a wooden bridge without any hesitation. We rode August 24, 2014.


Trail Ride at Cherokee Trails Campground in Bluff City, TN, Sept. 2014


Sierra sporting her new ears!


LEATHERWOOD CAMPGROUND, NC

JAMES RIVER STATE PARK IN VIRGINIA

Hungry Horse East, Fries, VA  August 2014


DOUTHAT STATE PARK IN VIRGINIA-OCTOBER 2014