Readers Respond: Loving Summer

More than 1,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What activities will you do with your horse this summer?"

results of summer activities poll

Results were as follows: 
  • Trail rides: 85.39% (970)
  • Clinics or lessons: 43.93% (499)
  • Competitive events (horse shows, rodeos, etc.): 42.17% (479)
  • Vacation: 18.40% (209)

Readers shared their plans for summer in the comments below.

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  • I plan and teaching her that cantering is okay!
  • trail riding, barrel racing, working cows, and lessons
  • have fun stay safe
  • playing with horses
  • Playdates, trail rides, and clinics with other Parelli people.
  • Riding with friends. Local shows only. Camping in the mountains with my horse.
  • we'll run barrels poles and do team penning with 4h
  • I want to ride Cody as much as possible this summer!
  • Have Fun
  • on marsh islands
  • I ride and show American Saddlebreds, and own a beautiful Three Gaited Gelding named Watermelon.
  • Horse camping in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mts
  • Eastfork Stables in Big South Fork has 100 miles of trails and super camping facilities.
  • we also enjoy rides on the dirt roads
  • Getting both horses used to wild turkeys on the trails
  • Horse camping with hubby. We also go to horsemanship bible camps. Awesome!
  • I will be driving my horse for the first time this summer and to spend at least 3 days a week I hope
  • Trail riding at state parks and camping with my horses.
  • Enjoy the freedom of riding outside, we're both sick of the arena.
  • Competing in horse trials and training as much as I can.
  • with my kids. Also took them to town for kids at a private school.
  • My daughter and I plan to ride and show her Paint gelding locally.
  • Our horses are right in town, we ride alot here. This is as close as most city kids get to country.
  • the growth of the fols in the horses womb
  • Probably nothing,got to work my tail off to pay for buddies,no time to ride anymore,Kim,Reno,Nevada
  • We have a study group & get together & camp & ride & learn more about our horses
  • Because of the cost of diesel I am not showing this year but am going trail riding instead.
  • I'm limited to how many shows because of GAS PRICES
  • Combine Driving Events, broodmares doing what they do best, making beautiful babies
  • To ensure that my competition horses don't get dull, I vary their work schedules. They're all happy!
  • Also working nags in hay makeing cant' afford to go far.
  • stay close to home
  • Trail ride as much as possible. Wish deer flies were never invented.
  • build an arena
  • I'm getting a total hip replacement so horses will get a summer vacation!
  • Close to home
  • used to show, can't afford it anymore
  • just ride!
  • to damn expensive to show this year
  • teach horse camp
  • Im ganna use a 9 year old for fair
  • Looking forward to our annual camping trailride with 1500 horses!
  • Will make the most of the early summer and then give her a break in Aug-Sept before winter
  • The hot new sport in my area is cowboy mounted shooting!
  • let them loose in the barn and take off their shoes.. let then scot free
  • I plan on doing alot of riding out of the arena. Its time to go explore the mountians and desert!
  • We are planning 2 or 3 week long pack trips in the Montana & Washington backcountry.
  • We love to swim, it's hot in Texas!
  • i plan to show, trail ride, and learn alot from my trainer
  • with gas prices the way they are...trail rides close to home
  • we're leaving for Acadia last week with horses
  • Limited trail rides with gas prices!
  • USPonyClub Championships playing Polocrosse! Also, taking my "B" test for USPC.
  • pleasure driving
  • riding in the woods and trails behind our house and also become involved in basic training
  • Get back on track after having a baby
  • attend the races
  • Me and my daughters just take our 2 horse and go around the area and ride in safe areas .
  • Easy riding in the cool of the day away from bugs
  • work at horse stable
  • I'll get to train my young warmblood.
  • I plan to spend more time with my horse, thereby increasing my sanity.
  • My husband and I will trail ride as much as possible
  • Taking lots of leisurely rides around local vineyards and orchards
  • Trailer to local riding parks to practice and get used to being with other horses
  • parades
  • not much away from home due to gas prices
  • anything and everything I can afford!
  • No traveling due to fuel costs!
  • camping
  • i plan to spend some time in the mountains where it is cooler riding on trails.
  • My horse will have his shoes pulled and be on vacation for the summer as it is too hot to ride in Az
  • Live in AZ, very early morning rides or hand walk on trail, arena or roundpen under lites at night.
  • I plan on getting my horse completely saddle trained by the end of the summer .
  • Because of our location, we ride all year long. Summer heat means EARLY rides!
  • Due to the rising gas prices, we will have to stay home with our horses this year.
  • Our family does a lot of horse camping and this summer we will be breaking in a new horse to packing
  • POLO!!!
  • Horse Camping
  • care for them while they enjoy their pasture
  • Riding in the early morning or late evening is the key as I try to avoid the hot sun and the bugs!
  • Just have fun with my 4 legged good friends and enjoy
  • lots of baths
  • I wait all year for good weather! Don't you?
  • Just enjoy being with them & watching them enjoy being horses. I can spend hours just watching them.
  • traveling to the Big Horns
  • Have fun and ride every chance I get!
  • Just enjoy any time spent with my horse is great, and I enjoy life to the fullest!
  • Mostly Trail riding but some Team Sorting..
  • With the price of gas, we will hit the local trails!
  • My mammoth donkey Louise and I are going to a horse campground in PA with friends to trail ride
  • i cant wait
  • OVer her in Aust we are coming to winter. I just hope to get back in the saddle after the EI thing
  • Learn how to ride better to make life easier for my horse!
  • After years of showing and early mornings, trail riding is it for me and auditing a clinic or two
  • mostly camping and trail riding w/cattle sorting
  • a dream come true, at last, a chris cox clinic at his ranch for 6 days YEAH!!!!
  • I temporarily live overseas, so summer with my horses is a treat
  • Hopefully, during the hottest part of the summer, we'll both get a vacation!
  • I will merely gaze lovingly upon my beautiful horse and his handsome donkey companion
  • Parelli Play Days
  • As much camping and trail riding with my horses and family that time will allow !!!
  • There are about 65 of us heading to Ft Robinson in Nebraska for a trail riding vacation.
  • The cost of gas will curtail some participation.
  • Compete at World Champioship show then go Horse Camping!!
  • Try to do as much as we depending on the heat here in Florid
  • wagon trains,trail drives & parades
  • jump show dressage trail ride i love summer!
  • I live within 2hrs. of the mts. Plus I have a friend to share gas. Helps a lot to "horse pool" 
  • AERC ROCS!
  • Train two young horses.
  • endurance
  • I live in FL, I drive/ride my horse all year round
  • Just get our and RIDE!
  • ride western pleasure horses
  • Endurance racing
  • race
  • But living in the deep south makes it hard to go riding much during the summer.
  • Summer/winter doesn't matter. My horse and mule and I stay active.
  • Competitive Jousting
  • 4th of July Parade
  • Horse camping around Oregon and Idaho
  • Show in local (close to home) Paint shows.
  • driving and fun! only one show because of gas prices
  • Our first Novice event!! =] and my C3 rating!
  • trail riding, ground work,
  • NATRC competitive trail rides
  • breaking her
  • Parades and Exhibitions
  • We do trail drives not rides. Driving was not even mentioned in your list
  • long leisurly trail riding with me and my husband and our 2 winderful quarter horse X's.
  • I will attend my first horse camp with my first horse, I'm 36!!
  • Some will race in Ca. Some will rest for the summer.
  • Turnn them out to pasture - way too whot with 97+ degrees thru August!
  • Gas costs too much to go far
  • I hate summer, it's too hot and muggy and too many horrible irritating biting bugs. I live for fall. \
  • I will attend as many NATRC rides as fuel prices will allow!
  • Since he's a 25 year old trooper, whatever we'll do will be light and fun!
  • In Fla. it is way too hot to ride in the summer. I usually ride in the other season-not summer.
  • I plan on spending as much time with my horse riding and hanging out.
  • Appreciate the fact that snow is finally gone from Eastern Canada!
  • John Deere NBHA Barrel Race in Vegas baby!!!! 6/4-6/8
  • Endurance rides! and LOTS of training rides (I have one competitive horse and one I'm doing LSD on.
  • Longer Rides as the creeks lower and the snow melts.. Extended camping with the horses!
  • a few long weekends at a local park, and a PNH clinic
  • Driving cross country, combined driving events
  • my horses need to be finished
  • Husband has a boat, so summer is trunkated.
  • My ponies are worked in harness
  • Horse camping over long weekends with friends
  • Fewer out of area due to diesel cost.
  • CMO's/camping with my children.They don't need to win any ribbons to prove their worth.
  • more cantering and jumping, less hahaha-look-at-me bucking
  • ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Having fun with friends and enjoying the world around and under us.
  • I'm a fair-weather rider & from April-October I get together with friends for riding!
  • Trails, vacations, and drill team
  • Compete at the 2008 American PoloCrosse Nationals in Colorado!
  • I found a new sport-Trail Challenges they are a blast to ride
  • unfortunately my horses have the summer off ... too hot in AZ to do just about anything!
  • Extreme bug beating!!!
  • arizona desert is too hot. go to mountains up north or ground work at night/early morning
  • More riding & spending time with my horse.
  • Lots of swimming at the lake!
  • work with youngsters on ground training
  • Demo at the local fair and anything else fun we can find to do.
  • Our favorite will be hanging out in the pasture in the shade and taking a deep breath; ahhhh!
  • sell him; too much horse for me
  • business operation
  • In addition to trails rides, lots of camping with my horses!!!!
  • Luckily in Oklahoma we can do all of the above and still stay relatively close to home!
  • We have 20 mi. of private bridle path in our community & ride with friends & neighbors.
  • Camoing in a national forest
  • Local trail riding and pleasure riding
  • My horse is very elderly and unrideable - he's a pet now.
  • Team sorting,trail rides,camping in the mountains. Keeps the horses versatile like they should be!
  • Eventing! so fun
  • Sell my horse
  • Several Trail Rides all ready and a pack trip! Chris Cox Clinic with my mule this summer!
  • And use horses in EAP with at-risk youth
  • Compete in endurance, camp and ride !
  • Polocrosse year round
  • high fuel prices have cut down the number to haul to!
  • Trail riding and working cows
  • Won't compete if weather is too hot (above 95); too hard on all concerned
  • Actually I prefer riding in cold weather, not as many bugs.
  • there is no summer without my horses
  • I'd like to show, but can't afford the gas, show fees, etc. and still provide properly for my horses 
  • competitive trail riding. 7-10 miles trails with obstacles, a lot of fun
  • In Florida our riding season is in the winter.
  • During hot weather, we work our drafts in harness less.
  • ride in early morning. Too hot in Florida in the summer!
  • As long as we can afford diesel fuel, we plan to attend as many events as possible!
  • Parades!!!
  • Trail Trials, Driving Shows, Dressage, Foxhunting, Grocery Shopping, and more
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