The Rural System Riders
developing healthful outdoor exercise and experiences and quality stables and spaces for horses and their caretakers
Insurance costs for horseback riding and stable care are said to be high. This does not stop some groups. Specialized insurance will be sought. Initial work will be with creating trails, loading areas and corrals, and developing a membership and clientele.
Several stables throughout the region may be marketed as a unit. They provide superior horse care under a veterinarian's supervision. A computer-based nutrition program for each horse will become available.
A computer simulation and system provides an analysis of status, finances, health scores, and shows achievement of system objectives.
Publications and presentations on web sites and elsewhere include sections on ecosystem management, the role of horses in wildlife management, the attitudes of horse owners to a cooperative system of horse use and trail rides, the behavior of wildlife related to the wildlife-observer whether on foot or on horseback, the horse trail and its construction and use in recreation and wildlife management, and the potential role of horses in ecotourism.
The group works cooperatively with Stoneworms, The Fence Group, and The Wildland Walkers. Superior trails demonstrate concerns for watershed quality.
A website will be developed, veterinarians recommended, fencing crew created with superior fencing recommended, quality hores care encouraged, members encouraged to use Rural System Tracts, tack sold, conferences held, socials held. Arrangements (tours ) will be made for western rides and hunts and angling trips.
The proposed enterprise may provide:
At Lake Tahoe (1999) trail rides were $22; half-day rides were $80;a breakfast ride was $30; a barbecue ride was $40; a wagon ride was $12; an overnight pack trip was $300; extended pack trips were $150 per day. Group rates were available.
Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
January 3, 2006