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ClassynIvansMom
Aug. 2, 2011, 11:58 AM
Hey, everyone has seen businesses that let you ride their horses on the beach, but where can you go in the southeast (my range would be Atlantic coast as far north as maybe NC and as far south as the top of Florida perhaps, and then the northern side of the gulf coast) where you can ride your OWN horses? Do you have to have crazy expensive permits to bring your own horses to ride on the beach? My OTTB thinks he's a seahorse and likes to go in the water, so I'm trying to figure out locations for a horse friendly beach trip.

PRS
Aug. 3, 2011, 09:02 AM
Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island Florida. A friend and I went there in October 2010 and had a great time. We stabled our horses at T&F Stables 904-261-6004 for only $20.00 per night (self care). He allows camping in his stable yard but i recommend either renting a house, motel room, or camping at the nearby state park unless you are fully self contained. The stable is about 3 blocks from the beach on a road with a decent shoulder. Most of the car drivers we encountered were very respectful of the horses. Beach riding is really only good early in the AM or later in the afternoon due to the tourists. I recommend going in the cooler months to keep contact with beach walkers to a minimum.

There were no permits to get, just a few rules...no riding on the dunes, no horses allowed beyond a certain point. To the left of our access point horses were allowed for only about a mile or so but we could ride to the right for a long ways. For our own safety and the safety of the tourists we made the decision to only ride in early AM or late PM. By noon the beach was getting pretty congested so we exited until later. Neither one of our horses was going anywhere near the water though (sea monsters y'know ;-).

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ClassynIvansMom
Aug. 5, 2011, 06:15 PM
Hey thank you for the info! That's very helpful :) Now I'm already trying to talk my fiance into committing to a trip before his semester starts up again :) UA classes don't start back till Aug. 24th, but since he's also a teaching assistant, he and the rest of the GTAs have to go back early for orientation stuff. I think Fernandina Beach sounds like the perfect getaway! And thanks for all the photos, they were great! The place looks like it's exactly what I had in mind :)

PRS
Aug. 6, 2011, 02:02 PM
I would call the stable to ask if there any rules about what time of year horses are allowed on the beach. I know we went in October....kinda off season for tourists.

oldpony66
Aug. 6, 2011, 03:38 PM
yeah just make sure you have your health papers (CVI) in addition to your Coggins coming from out of state!

ClassynIvansMom
Aug. 6, 2011, 03:50 PM
Yeah, I'll probably put together a travel checklist! Haha, I already bought one of those trailer aid thingies just in case we blow a flat!

PRS
Aug. 6, 2011, 06:36 PM
In Florida you HAVE to stop at the Ag Inspection Station and show your Coggins and Health Cert.
If you try to drive past the Ag Inspection Station without stopping they will send a car after you to pull you over. You don't want to be THAT guy.

N2Equus
Aug. 6, 2011, 09:46 PM
http://driftwoodranchobx.com/

Rowdy Corgi
Aug. 13, 2011, 01:29 PM
Hey Classy

There is a great place you can go with your horse and ride on the beach. Its in Myrtle Beach, SC. The American Heart Association has a fund raiser beach ride every year. Its the 1st week of November 2011, You can stay at a 5 star campground with camping or rental units if you need one.

We go every year and love it! Plus the money goes to a good cause.

here is the website http://www.ahabeachride.org/

ClassynIvansMom
Aug. 16, 2011, 05:20 PM
Myrtle Beach sounds fun, too! I don't know that I'll be able to go this November, though, because that's right after my wedding (we're getting married at the end of October). I don't know if we'll be able to take off again so soon after the honeymoon!

That Driftwood Ranch link looks nice :) Another great place to keep in mind!

Thanks for the tip about stopping at the Ag station, PRS! I probably would have been THAT GUY (girl) who would have blown on by and had to be called back just because I wasn't thinking about it.

PRS
Aug. 16, 2011, 05:37 PM
Thanks for the tip about stopping at the Ag station, PRS! I probably would have been THAT GUY (girl) who would have blown on by and had to be called back just because I wasn't thinking about it.

You're welcome. We saw them pulling someone over last time we were there. It kinda stuck with me. :)

Ebm91
Sep. 2, 2011, 07:53 PM
I'm so excited about this thread! I have been wanting to make a beach riding trip for quite sometime and now yall have told me some places that I could go! Woohoo!!

PRS,
Your pics are fantastic! It makes me a little green :)

AlfalfaGirl
Sep. 2, 2011, 08:50 PM
Southeast Texas!!! You can ride to your hearts content from High Island and down around Gilcrest, Crystal Beach, etc. This is due south of Winnie, Texas. Winnie is on IH 10 and about 60 miles from the Louisiana state line. The beach is 17 miles from Winnie.

I have rode on the beach 3 times, once with my former horse Red and twice with The Biscuit.

Hubby and I rode down to the beach yesterday to check it out. Here is a pic of it yesterday where we rode last October:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2168880055538&set=a.1177549632897.2027686.1052814471&type=1&theater

Last October: This area is a wild life preserve now. A hurricane wiped out the road in 1980...I think it was Hurricane Allen. It was kinda neat seeing the road bed that was over a foot or more thick in some places.

http://dashingbigred.blogspot.com/2010/10/riding-on-beach-in-southeast-texas.html

Here is pictures from last December:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rAzUxvalJLY/TQRvV3sYA-I/AAAAAAAABQc/kqH6ZDNmCPY/s1600/esther+kellie+denise+sue.jpg

This was across from Galveston. I had delivered a wedding cake in Galveston and my cousin brought my horse to the beach!!! LOL I came back across the ferry and met up with everyone and went for a ride for miles.

We are planning a moonlight ride there this fall. The wind was blowing pretty hard yesterday out there but it is a fun ride!!! I am looking forward to going again.

wildlifer
Sep. 2, 2011, 10:25 PM
You can ride on the beach at Croatan Nat'l Forest in NC -- in the Pinecliffs area, there is a big horse trail at the mouth of the Neuse River where it hits the sound. Lovely trail, beautiful riding, we've had great fun there.

UniqueCotton
Sep. 3, 2011, 07:08 AM
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cloudyandcallie
Sep. 3, 2011, 07:40 AM
Several years ago, Seminole feeds published a list of beaches in FL and GA and SC where you can ride on the beach. I would think you could find that info somewhere on the Seminole "world's best freeds" website. Their magazine was published on line on their website as well.

Lots more in FL than in GA and SC. But Hunting Beach SC is one of them.

Also check flahorse.com and see if there is an old thread with the listing of FL beaches.

ClassynIvansMom
Sep. 3, 2011, 09:12 AM
Awesome, these extra posts are great! AlfalfaGirl, awesome photos! :)

AlfalfaGirl
Sep. 3, 2011, 11:15 AM
thanks!!! It is fun to ride on the beach! One of our friends rode out on the beach this summer and had her horse in up almost to his back - a few days later someone was bit by a good sized shark. Esther said she was going to keep her getting in the water fun to our rides at Ebenezer park on Lake Sam Rayburn! She is on one of the picture of four of us. She is the one on the far left on a black Friesan/Morgan cross.

Calamber
Sep. 3, 2011, 09:03 PM
thanks!!! It is fun to ride on the beach! One of our friends rode out on the beach this summer and had her horse in up almost to his back - a few days later someone was bit by a good sized shark. Esther said she was going to keep her getting in the water fun to our rides at Ebenezer park on Lake Sam Rayburn! She is on one of the picture of four of us. She is the one on the far left on a black Friesan/Morgan cross.

Come to Washington and Oregon, no sharkes there and the beach is gigantic and goes for miles, hard packed. People hack and train out there all of the time. A bit of a hike (flight) I know, but it is on my to do list now that I am out here and finally have a horse that will do all of that and more!

cobained
Sep. 3, 2011, 09:16 PM
Come to Washington and Oregon, no sharkes there and the beach is gigantic and goes for miles, hard packed. People hack and train out there all of the time. A bit of a hike (flight) I know, but it is on my to do list now that I am out here and finally have a horse that will do all of that and more!

Going to second this...I lived on the Long Beach peninsula for 3 years and had a horse stabled probably a mile from the beach. Could ride out anytime (if your horse is good for it!). I think it's like 17 miles of hard pack, wide beaches with very little of the tourist activity other than certain festival weekends. Not a sunny swimming sort of beach, but pretty nice for riding on! And you can drive to/on it as well.

AlfalfaGirl
Sep. 3, 2011, 10:21 PM
That sounds gorgeous. I have been to a beach around Florence, Oregon and it was gorgeous...some sand and then rocks and sea lions! I loved it!!

irkenequine
Sep. 3, 2011, 10:42 PM
May have already been said but Myrtle Beach SC has a big kick-off ride in October/Nov and then you can ride on the beach until Feb I believe during normal hours.

PonyPeep
Sep. 14, 2011, 07:41 PM
Oh, it's one of my dream fantasies to do that! Someday!

pAin't_Misbehavin'
Sep. 14, 2011, 08:12 PM
May have already been said but Myrtle Beach SC has a big kick-off ride in October/Nov and then you can ride on the beach until Feb I believe during normal hours.

Yes. It benefits the Heart Fund. Personally, I give it a pass, but I understand that those who like riding in crowds enjoy it very much. They come back year after year, have parties in the campgrounds, etc.

CharingHounds
Sep. 14, 2011, 09:05 PM
Great thread! I've ridden on the beach on stable hacks in SC (wonderful), but it would be a dream to ride my own on the beach.
I'll have to start making a list of great beaches & other places where you can ride your own horse. Maybe someday I'll actually follow through with it...
-Congratulations on your wedding/marriage. Riding on the beach sounds like a great way to start it off!:yes:

pAin't_Misbehavin'
Sep. 14, 2011, 09:15 PM
OP - you can ride your horse in Myrtle Beach state park (http://www.myrtlebeachstatepark.net/)

The beach is open for horseback riding from the third Saturday in November through the last day of February. In addition to per person park entry fees, each horse is charged $25 for entering the park. Horses are only allowed in the park and may not remain overnight.

But avoid that third weekend in November unless you like riding your horse with a thousand or so of your closest friends. ;)

Oh, and Georgetown, SC county council (http://www.thesunnews.com/2011/09/14/2387858/georgetown-considers-restrictions.html#storylink=misearch)? Don't think horse people don't vote. Y'all better make sure those peeps who are grossed out by manure on the beach are your constituents - cause if they're tourons, y'all's behinds are in the wind come election day.

Gavi
Sep. 14, 2011, 09:15 PM
Riding the beach is beautiful.. I live in one of the most wonderful places in Florida/Alabama. I live on the FL/AL line. One of the last beach front places that has held on to Agi zoning. I ride out my gate and down to the beach. I have a 22 mile ride that is along side the bay and under big oaks with hangning moss. You can also ride on the beach at the Gulf States National Sea Shore in Gulf Breeze and several places from Ft Morgan, AL all the way to Appalachcola, FL. The state park in Gulf Breeze, FL allows horses and the Elgin AFB has miles and miles of waterfront riding.

ClassynIvansMom
Sep. 16, 2011, 11:48 AM
Riding the beach is beautiful.. I live in one of the most wonderful places in Florida/Alabama. I live on the FL/AL line. One of the last beach front places that has held on to Agi zoning. I ride out my gate and down to the beach. I have a 22 mile ride that is along side the bay and under big oaks with hangning moss. You can also ride on the beach at the Gulf States National Sea Shore in Gulf Breeze and several places from Ft Morgan, AL all the way to Appalachcola, FL. The state park in Gulf Breeze, FL allows horses and the Elgin AFB has miles and miles of waterfront riding.

Now that's particularly interesting. I have a girlfriend that lives close to that area, so it would be super cool to pack up a pony and head down to stay with her, then haul our ponies over since it's close. Do you have to buy any kind of permit to ride?

moukoyui
Sep. 21, 2011, 10:03 PM
For those riding in Myrtle Beach ~ where can I keep the pony over night? Is there somewhere I could park the pony and rent a room?