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October, 2013

Tres Mesquite Ranch - A Sneak Peak

Kelly Hurd on her American Indian/Spanish Mustang, Reflection's Angel
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Kelly Hurd on her American Indian/Spanish Mustang, Reflection's Angel
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Tres Mesquite Ranch located in Weatherford Texas is kindly opening up their gates every other weekend to equestrians who are looking to ride trails and improve their obstacle skills. Ranch owner Bill Fuller expressed that he wants to share this special ranch with others and feels this is a place where people and horses can learn to trust each other. The ranch has been in Bill's family since 1948 and this particular section is approximately 335 acres with about six miles of trails and growing. Ranch manager Charlotte Morris is enthusiastic about future expansion plans and blazing new trails and obstacles throughout the property. Currently Charlotte has creatively harnessed the ranch's history and natural landscape to designate approximately 10 to 12 obstacles. Some of these obstacles showcase the heritage of Tres Mesquite such as the 1930's homestead foundation maze and pedestal and the old Roman rock wall. Other obstacles use the rugged land and water sources such as the dry creek crossings, the swimming hole at Lonesome Spring, eye of the needle, the pin wheel, and Cougar Hill climb.

Charlotte gave WTTA a sneak peak of the Tres Mesquite Ranch trails in mid August, first by foot and then by horseback, the latter of course being my preferred mode of exploration. Hiking up Luna Meadow Crossing was a rocky ascent leading to a scenic sunset overlook. I clumsily hiked up the rugged hill attempting to carefully pick my course while wearing my cowboy boots, oh how I wished to be in tennis shoes. I imagined how gracefully my horse could manage this terrain and then I enjoyed riding her through this same spot the following day. Boy did she put me to shame with her natural athletic agility!

Nicole Martin on client's Quarter Horse mare
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Nicole Martin on client's Quarter Horse mare
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Charlotte has kept the obstacles natural to the land and items one would expect to encounter on a ranch. The obstacles range in difficulty, from basic to advanced; my favorite being a walk past an overturned canoe and then taking a dip in Lonesome Spring. Charlotte pointed out the future trailhead location which is primitive at this time. A horse watering trough will be installed and there are tall oak trees to provide shade. Future plans are also underway to add pens. Currently there is no running water or electricity. Camping will be allowed.

Charlotte Morris on her thoroughbred, Bruce
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Charlotte Morris on her thoroughbred, Bruce
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Tres Mesquite is only five minutes away from Teskey's. Initially that did not mean much to me until I stepped foot into the largest tack, riding apparel, equine, ranch, feed, and western clothing store I've seen. The smell of leather and sight of wall to wall saddles was overwhelming. Teskey's even has its own restaurant inside the store. To top everything off, Charlotte is a licensed equine and human massage therapist! So be sure to book a message for yourself and your four legged companions. What a relaxing way to end a good trail ride, and my four legged friend Angel especially appreciated this aspect of our visit to Tres Mesquite. Angel was also quite taken in by Charlotte who is an accomplished equestrian. Riding scenic trails, overcoming obstacles, getting a message, and going shopping for horsey items all in the same day, is that possible? It is!

Charlotte will be hosting a full moon ride in October 18th at the ranch. To learn more about Tres Mesquite Ranch and other places to ride pay a visit to www.wherethetrailsare.com or if you want to share information about your favorite trails contact Kelly Hurd at hurdkn@gmail.com. To get notifications of trail post updates, just "like" Where The Trails Are on Facebook.