January 9th, 2014
I friend of mine and several of her friends and family members spent the day a few months back at this park with their horses. I asked her to send me the pictures and tell me how their day went because I have never written from the horse riders point of view at any parks yet. Even though I have had horses my whole life I do not have them anymore so I am taking full advantage of people that still do!!
This was a fund raising day for St Jude so all riders were there to raise money as well as enjoy beautiful Colt Creek State Park. This park is located in Lakeland which is a pretty central location no matter where you are in Florida.
While at the park they saw gators, hawks, and deer. They could see that there was evidence of hogs in the area by the ground being pretty rooted up but did not see any while riding.
There was plenty of water for the horses to drink and also to rinse them off after riding but absolutely no shade. They had to even rush their lunch because they felt so bad for their horses being in the full sun. The trails were maybe 2/3 shade and as you can see by the pictures she sent me, it is a gorgeous park! They all really enjoyed riding here.
Now onto the area for parking the horse trailers; Only one porta potty,not a good thing in the Florida heat!! By the time they were ready to leave no one wanted to use it. They were all told they could have stopped at a building that had indoor facilities towards the end of the trail but no one ever saw this building.
Most of the trail was grass or sand. Very little rock, which is wonderful.
All in all this was a very positive day for all and they would love to go back. Chris mentioned that maybe in the cooler months so it isn’t so hot for the horses. The visit was cut short because they were so concerned about their horses being too hot.
Chris mentioned that she will be camping and visiting other parks this winter so maybe we will get some more articles with wonderful pictures from her soon!!
Thank you Chris and all of your friends and family for the awesome pictures and for your major contribution to this article!!