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Horse Riding Trails East Peoria IL

Local resource for horse riding trails in East Peoria. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to horse trails, as well as advice and content on horseback riding, horse training, hiking, and nature trails.

EastPort Marina
(309) 694-3034
701 Mariner Way
East Peoria, IL
 
Pekin-Peoria Yellow Checker Cab Co
(309) 676-0731
107 W. Cass
Peoria, IL
 
Greater Peoria Mass Transit
(309) 676-4040
2105 NE Jefferson St.
Peoria, IL
 
Evanston Cellars, LLC
(847) 864-0199
1427 Greenleaf St
Evanston, IL
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SW Michigan Lake Shore Wine Trail Tours

A NEW BEGINNING VENTURES
(224) 772-0551
2618 GILEAD
ZION, IL
 
Spirit of Peoria/Private Charters/Sightseeing
(309) 637-8000
100 NE Water Street
Peoria, IL
 
Peoria Charter Coach Co
(309) 688-9523
2600 NE Adams
Peoria, IL
 
Peoria Barge Terminal Inc.
(309) 671-1455
1925 S. Darst Street
Peoria, IL
 
Chicago Theater Stories Walking Tour
(773) 508-4894
2421 W Pratt Blvd
Chicago, IL
 
Spirit of Peoria/Private Charters/Sightseeing
(309) 637-8000
100 NE Water Street
Peoria, IL
 

Living Springs Ranch

The ranch horses are, in fact, a part of Moyer Ministries Inc., and play important roles in the outreach programs Ronnie and Becky Moyer use to positively influence people of all ages. In addition to horsemanship and rodeo Bible camps, the couple's active music ministry involves them with many organizations, such as the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.

Ranch facilities include a large multipurpose building with kitchen, baths and attached indoor round pen, a small bunkhouse (campers are welcome), practice bucking and roping machines, barn, outdoor arena and corrals. In addition to trail rides and riding instruction, Living Springs also offers team sports, such as volleyball and softball, and campfire entertainment.

Riding activities regularly scheduled throughout the year include: Wrangler's Weekend: basic horsemanship skills for third- through sixth-grade students or for those in sixth through 12th grades.

Colt-Starting Clinic: basic instructional skills taught from the horse's point of view for sixth- through 12th-grade students, with student-parent weekends also available.

Ranch Retreat: ranch riding, roping, and working stock for sixth- through 12th-grade students and their parents.

Rodeo Bible Camp: basic instruction in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, rough-stock events and breakaway, calf and team roping with emphasis on safe equipment and riding techniques; for students in sixth through 12th grades.

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The Beauty of Weekday Trail Riding

I camp Sunday through Thursday night, or possibly Friday morning so I can enjoy the beauty and solitude of the trails, clean facilities and my horse's quiet mind, because he's not distracted by other horses. The whole park becomes a private enclave.

Here are a few tips for weekday trail riding.

  • Call before you haul to make sure the facilities are open. Some camps are closed to overnight visitors on Sunday and/or Monday nights.

  • Make a reservation, if necessary.

  • Tell someone exactly where you're going. Leave them a map with the location marked, and provide camp/park contact numbers.

  • If possible, arrive late Sunday afternoon. Often riders leaving camp will share any unusual circumstances of which to be aware.

  • Choose a campsite near the park's entry. It's easier to navigate your rig from that area, and emergency vehicles can find you.

  • Make an emergency contact card from a brightly colored 5-by-7-inch file card. On it, list the date, time and area you'll be riding and your cell-phone number. Update the card every time you leave camp.

  • Secure a cell phone to someone's body, not a saddle.

  • Pack saddlebags with appropriate items: a compass, temporary horseshoe, sunscreen, insect repellant, a multipurpose tool, collapsible water bucket, first-aid kit, food and water.

  • Plan your turnaround point, so you can return to camp before dark.

  • Practice zero-impact camping and trail riding...
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    IL Equine Law

    Illinois

    Under the Equine Activity Liability Act, each participant who engages in an equine activity expressly assumes the risks of engaging in and legal responsibility for injury, loss, or damage to person or property resulting from the risk of equine activities.  (Sign posting required.)