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Reasons of Crashes in Extensive/EnduranceTrail Riding:
1. Dehydration
2. Heat Stress/Exhaustion
3. Electrolyte Depletion/electrolyte imbalance.
4. Energy Depletion

FOOD:
Should be 60-70% Forage
Any diet transition should be over
5-10 Days

NOTE: Trailering is proven stressful to horses, some don't drink enough
and gives Glycogen depletion
See trailering articles here.

For Hay Analysis: See online at
Lichfield and Dairey


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El Dorado County, CA

COOL-PILOT HILL TRAILS

South Fork of American River, Cronin Ranch Trails- Pilot Hill

This gorgeous 1,414 Acre Ranch in Pilot Hill off of Pedro Hill Rd. from Hwy 49, was acquired in 2004 for public use. This very scenic 10 mile trail meandering through gentle hills, by the American River and then around an Old Movie Set, includes 440 acres of river frontage in Pilot Hill area, off Hwy 49 and Pedro Hill Rd. Overall this is part of a 20-mile regional trails park including an eight-mile river trail from Highway 49 to the Salmon Falls Bridge at the upper ;end of Folsom Lake. Large grants from the State Wildlife Conservation Board and the State Resource4s Agency provided funding to acquire six of the eight parcels.

OLMSTEAD LOOP
(Cool, El Dorado County) behind fire station in Cool, CA, Hwy 193 and possible future home of an elite Equestrian Center. The most popular trail on scenic gentle hills through the beautiful Cool countryside with picturesque large oaks, creeks, and wildlife. Was referred to as the Knickerbocker trail.

THIS COOL STAGING AREA
This is a gorgeous 9-mile loop on Knickerbocker Flats with a Staging Area behind the Fire Station in Cool, off Hwy 49, crossing the Auburn-Cool Trail weaving in and out there is probably 20-25 miles of riding.

Cool - 3rd Gate Staging &Trail

3rd Gate 3rd Gate Stage
Here is the 3rd Gate of Auburn Lake Trails (ALT), 1/4 mile off of Hwy 193 near Greenwood. You have gone 100 feet to far to stage if you reach this gate entrance. This is the staging area; it is big enough for about 4-5 rigs. Leads to trails around ALT and onto the Western States Trails/Tevis.

Western States Trail
Foresthill, Auburn Areas.
(El Dorado and Placer Counties)

1. French Meadows Reservoir to Foresthill - 46 miles
2. Foresthill to Auburn - 33 miles
Auburn to Sacramento at Discovery Park - 54 miles
3. Sacramento to Antioch at Contra Loma Regional Park - 73 miles

Traylor Ranch Nature Preserve
Placer County (Penryn)

88 Acre Nature Preserve with 3.5 miles of trails, 3 picnic areas with tables and portable toilets, horse tie posts and horse watering troughs.  Previously it had been a small cattle ranch for 42 years.  Located in Penryn in Placer County. All 11 trails are marked. Some trails closed during wet times. No motorized vehicles. Trailers and cars may park at the Humphrey Road Lot near English Colony Way.

North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRA)
There are a number of competitive trail ride organizations in the United States. A competitive ride competition is not a race but more of a time trial type event. The horse is judged on condition, soundness and trail ability on natural trail obstacles. The rider is judged on presentation (not showmanship!), grooming (no artificial enhancements, polished hooves, etc.), trail equitation (not prettiness of form), trail safety/courtesy, stabling and other factors.

Cool Horse Trails in the Greater Cool, Auburn Area of Northern California

HORSE CAMPS for EQUESTRIANS
CAMPGROUNDS
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Cool Trails
Cool Trail Trials in September

More Great Trails
The Auburn-Cool Trail

SAVING THE TRAILS

WHERE TO FIND TRAIL HELP
Equestrian Land Conservation Resource
www.elcr.org
A national voice for a united equestrian land conservation movement dedicated to promoting access to and conservation of land for equestrian and other compatible uses through education and partnerships.

WESTERN STATES TRAIL

This trail was established by the Gold Rush emigrants to California. Later it was an historic trail route of miners from the gold mines of California to and from the silver lodes of Nevada across the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The Western States Trail Foundation was established to preserve this trail.

The Western States Trail originally stretched from Sacramento to Utah. The Sierra Crest portion of the trail, blazed by Paiute and Washoe Indians and later used by miners and Pony Express riders, is now the route of two world-famous endurance races: the Tevis Cup Ride for horses and riders, and the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run. Both races begin before dawn at Squaw Valley in the Lake Tahoe Basin and end in Auburn after nightfall, traversing roughly one hundred miles. This part of the WST (from Ruck-A-Chucky campgrounds to the Hwy 49 crossing) is different for runners and riders.Endurance Runners hug the canyon wall on a narrow, winding trail about 600 feet above the river, while Tevis Cup riders take a wider, flatter trail closer to the river, following the route prospectors used to get from bar to bar along the river.The Quarry Road Trail joins with the lower WST from Maine Bar to Murderers Bar.

NO. CALIF - BAY AREA, ORGANIZATIONS, PUBLIC LAND AND TRAILS

Marin Pt Reyes Beach
Pt Reyes and Similar Coastal rides: Enjoy rides along the beach at the coast in Pt. Reyes, Marin County which provides a combination of beautiful landscape and quality riding. The contrast of the majestic redwood forests and the long, sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean in this rural area of northern California affords some wonderful opportunities for long canters.

Pt. Reyes Natural Preserve, Ocean Rides, 1 Hr. from San Francisco - Lots of Trails and a Great "Horse and Bed Place."

Trail to Watch for: Bay Ridge Trail (over 365 miles completed) and will completely link together several hundred miles of trail around the San Francisco bay

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Hidden Valley Wildlife Preserve 11401 Arlington Avenue Riverside, California 909-785-6362 To get there from the 91 Freeway, go east to the city of Riverside. Exit on La Sierra Ave. and turn left (North). La Sierra dead-ends into Arlington. Bear left at the signal. Drive past the hills until you come to the sign that says "Hidden Valley." Take the first dirt road to the right. It is located along the Santa Ana River just east of Norco on Arlington Avenue across from Crestlawn Cemetery, one mile west of La Sierra Avenue. Gates to the preserve are closed and locked at 4:30PM.

Catalina Beach
Annual Trail Ride at Catalina Island by the Las Caballeras, a Women's Horse Club in Torrence, CA. Mission:To foster and encourage horsemanship and camaraderie of the membership; to promote and preserve horse activities; to practice and promote trail etiquette and safety; to promote the spirit of helpfulness and goodwill to the community at large
View of Catalina Beach
One of the views on Catalina Island
Hidden Falls - Placer County Regional Park
AUBURN, CA (between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, off Hwy 80).

Nice horsey trails in the Auburn Area where you can enjoy viewing the morning and evening vistas overlooking the Sacramento Valley. The water falls are about 30 feet high along Deadman Creek. The staging Area will fit 8-10 horse trailers and horse people share the trail with hikers and cyclists. Presently (2007) you can enjoy about 7 miles of trails on 220 acres with many loops with plans for a larger park on adjacent county-owned property of 961 acres. The county is considering linking the two parks together with a possible 25-mile trail, skirting 3 miles of Coon Creek, which also lies on the property. Hidden Falls ( Mears Place) is off Hwy 49; turn at the BelAire Market, go left on Atwood and then stay to left on Mt. Vernon for about 2 miles. It is shaded (very good for summer riding) and also scenic. See picture below.

Hidden Falls
Hidden Falls Park

GARDEN VALLEY STAGING

Garden Valley Staging Area

Above, The Meadowbrook/Garden Valley Staging Area (off of Hwy 193, near Black Oak Mine Rd. intersection) uses the Mar-Det Trail with a 2- hour ride, about, to Camp Verner in Georgetown. For easy riding it is about 2 to 3 hour ride or about 12.5 miles up hill riding; somewhat rocky at the beginning; horse should be shod. Staging for about 8-10 rigs.


GEORGETOWN STAGING - DRU BARNER HORSE CAMPING & HORSE TRAILS(Click here)

DRU BARNER CAMP SITE --; HERE HORSES ARE USUALLY TIED ON A HIGH-LINE. Dru Barner Horse Park. (Horse Camping) Leads to USFS Great Trails, fairly gentle trails, scenic, Camp entrance Appx. 5.5 miles up Wentworth Springs Rd. from downtown Georgetown, (measured from corner of Hwy 193 at Main Street) down Wentworth Springs Rd. Watch for sign on left 1 mile before Camp Chaquita.

DONALDSON PARK

(A Volcanoville Area Park (15 min out of Georgetown) -- A Community Park with Equestrian Staging Area  being developed with U.S.Forest Service with the
El Dorado Equestrian Trails Association and Bear State Property Owners Assn. There is about 3.5 miles of trails at present and has a bathroom and picnic tables.

PRIVATE AUBURN LAKE TRAILS

There are 29 trails inside Auburn Lake trails (ALT) Gated Community with over 30 miles total distance for residents and guests of ALT.

AMERICAN CANYON TRAIL (El Dorado Cty)

2.4 miles to river / 1 hour down, 2 hours up (hiking)

MORE TRAILS AT: AUBURN STATE RECREATION DISTRICT HIKES

For a description of hikes in the Auburn State Recreation District, (some already noted above) please see the following link. Each hike listing includes the Trailhead/Parking, Distance, Difficulty, Elevation Change, Use, Description and other information.
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CALIFORNIA COMPETITIVE RIDES: AERC Rides (Google: Endurance Rides and NATRC RIDES)

ENDURANCE RIDER: April Battles

April Battles, the holistic body practitioner and training lady who advocates, "no more sore backs--go treeless"   gives candid comments on her recent 50-Mile Endurance Ride March 2007 as follows: --"long hard ride-deep sand-moguls-whoop de do's-felt more like 55 miles!!!! don't forget this same horse came in 9th last weekend at quicksilver! go dynamite horses go!


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YUBA/NEVADA COUNTY

SPENCEVILLE TAILS - WILDLIFE PRESERVE -
HORSE CAMPING LINK


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Observe Wild Mustangs

Riding Tours in California
-High Sierras
Mustang Range
The hills north of Boundary Peak look far too barren to support any animals larger than a chipmunk. Yet, ride deep into this high desert along the Nevada/California border, and you'll find cool springs, a few emerald meadows--and the wildest mustang herd in North America.

Mustang Horses

Track wild horses and relive the old west in the seldom visited Pizona area of the lnyo National Forest. From a central meadow camp, riders will track the mustangs in their natural Pinyon forest habitat. Observe and photograph present day herds and wildflowers. Enjoy spectacular sunsets of the Sierra and White Mountains while the cook prepares dinner over an open fire. Later, around the campfire, our experienced tracker guides will, share their knowledge of the wild horses and other wildlife.

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