The North Tract of the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge (the only Fish and Wildlife property to allow horseback riding, thanks to TROT members turning out en masse several years ago) has impressively sturdy trails. Remember: the trails’ packed stone base, originally designed for military tanks, makes this one of the few area venues to ride without causing trail damage when the ground is soaked. We will cover much of the ~10 miles of scenic, hard-packed-dirt/gravel woods trails. They are flat with no stream crossings, so good for out-of-shape and/or green horses, and are generally soft enough for bare-footed horses.
We will have a walk/trot group, possibly also doing a few controlled canters, and if desired also an all-walk group.
After the ~2 hr. ride, we will enjoy a lunch together, so if you are already vaccinated bring a contribution for a pot-luck lunch; but if you are not yet vaccinated, bring your sandwich. Helmets required on this ride.
Contact: Barbara Sollner-Webb 301-604-5619, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rain date, Sunday, May 9.