If you find the smell of fresh hay, tack oil, manure, and horse some what appealing then a trip out to N. Texas horse country might be for you. In an article on GoNOMAD, they list a whole slew ranches open to horse enthusiasts throughout northern Texas. Visits to these glorious farms allow guests to get an up close and personal look into the lives of breeders, trainers, and horses alike. Here is a short snippet from “Riding into North Texas Horse Country”:
A Horse Country Trail Guide provided by area tourism bureaus and Chambers of Commerce lays out an easy day trip into a 912-square-mile area that contains some 300 horse farms and ranches.
What lies out of view behind miles of fences and inside cavernous barns is one of the country’s most concentrated horse-breeding areas, a place where an ancient pursuit of perfection is tackled before the second cup of coffee.
At stores along back roads here, you can buy everything equine — including every potion ever invented to get a reluctant horse to stop chewing at itself (my no-nonsense favorites: No Chew, Chew Stop and the appetizing McNasty).
The horse people came for the soil — loamy earth that drains well because of its nature and the cant to the land. It is considered ideal for running horses. “They can run on that soil and how it feels on their hooves doesn’t ever change,” says Kim Phillips, vice president of the Denton
Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Horse Country Trail guide lists 19 farms and ranches.
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