I used to be an avid rider back in the mists of time and at one point was even quite good. Sadly I’ve let that slip but I’d like to get back into doing it.
I was wondering if any Dopers know of good places to ride around the Chicagoland area (say within 50 miles of downtown Chicago)? Obviously I can just look this up but I have a requirement that I can’t find in a simple search. I’d like to find a place that lets you go out on your own and does not insist that you be accompanied by a guide. Most places I have looked at so far require that a guide accompany you. I prefer a nice, relaxing ride on my own or with a good friend without a third party or (worse in my view) a gaggle of other riders along for the ride. I have been to places that allow this in Arizona and Iowa but those are a little far to go. Although it has been awhile since I’ve ridden I am confident I can convince the owners I’m not a complete moron on a horse. I don’t want to race or jump…just a simple ride.