Trail riding


I headed out on a last-minute trail ride last week with my barn owner, barn best friend, and two small children who seem to have taken up permanent residence at the barn now that school is out. We went to Walnut Creek Park, in the heart of Osage County. It was originally a state park, but budget cuts forced its closure in late 2014. It’s open again (I think it’s now under the authority of the Osage Nation), but obviously not operating at full capacity.


The park has an extensive network of equestrian trails, but they’ve mostly fallen into disrepair. Most of them are overgrown and not well marked. We doubled back on our trail more than once because we encountered grass as high as the horses’ backs, fallen trees, and gulches too narrow to ride through. Parts of the park were blocked off to cars, but our horses had no problem skirting the gates and exploring these areas.

The unused parts of the park were a little eerie.


We rode for about an hour and a half. Moe confidently led the way, eagerly weaving through trees and finding a path through dense grass and uncertain footing. He’s such a joy to take on trail rides- as long as you let him stay in the front of the group!


Trail riding was a nice break from our usual routine, and I hope we’re able to go on more rides this summer! (Maybe we’ll even do some equestrian camping!)



Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

17 thoughts on “Trail riding”

  1. Go camping! Do it! I’m definitely not an enabler or anything.
    I actually think it would be kinda cool to wander around an abandoned park, but I am sorry that it’s fallen on such hard times. I’m glad you had a good ride.

  2. I had a blast on the trail ride – who knew Roscoe was such a good trail horse, when the only trails I ever think that he’s traveled are the mean streets of Tulsa – and I definitely want to do it again. But I think I will skip the camping…

      1. I will ask Roscoe about the swimming. I just checked his police file. He was not a fan of streams, although he was okay with puddles, when they evaluated him. Nothing about lakes. He also didn’t like carpet, steps, smoke, wooden bridges, aggressive people, and the bit. He was fine with red lights (no comment), writing citations, standing still, and greeting the public. You know, this is starting to look like Roscoe’s online dating profile.

    1. Well, “close” is relative- it was a 40 minute drive! But you know how it is. Everywhere in Oklahoma is at least 30 minutes from everywhere else!

  3. Just make sure you stay on the trail there. There is actually quick sand!! Friend of mines horse got into it some years ago!!! Yikes!

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