Poll Recap: Camping Out

In last week's online poll, TheHorse.com asked if you bring your horses along on your summer camping trips. Nearly 500 readers responded and we've tallied the results.

Of the 472 voters, 147 (31%) said they look forward to horse camping every year. Another 75 readers (16%) indicated they've camped with horses in the past, but don't do so on a regular basis. Another 120 readers (25%) said they'd like to try horse camping sometime in the future, while 130 respondents (28%) said they haven't camped with horses and have no intentions of trying it out.

Additionally, 34 readers shared comments about their individual situations.

Some readers explained that horse camping's not in their future this year:

  • "My mare is horrified to be taken out of her groomed arena."
  • "(My horse is) 30 so it's too much for him to handle. I would love to otherwise."
  • "If I took my horse camping, I'd never see him again!"
  • "No, I don't do vacations! Camped when I was younger, but now trailer out for day rides only."
  • "No camping, but lots of riding—great trails in my area."

Others would like to give it a try in the future:

  • "I will retire soon, which will allow new activities."
  • "Would love to go trail driving with my Minis!"
  • "I don't know enough about horse care to embark on a camping trip with him, but it sounds like fun."

And many shared their horse camping plans and experiences:

  • "I take several weekend camping trips a year with my horse."
  • "It adds such a larger dimension to experiencing areas of wilderness that are not easily accessible."
  • "We camp every weekend with our horses until the snow prevents camping."
  • "I live in the mountains of Utah but it's nice to get away with my trusty mare. She loves it too!"
  • "Camping at trailheads, packing in, participating in trail work parties, it's all good!"
  • "I can't do it this year, but there is nothing better than horses and camping in the mountains!"

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About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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