Horseback Adventures in the Shawnee National Forest
Grab the reins for an adventure that will have you feeding, grooming, saddling and riding a horse — all with the help of certified and experienced riding instructors!
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Program No. 4835RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Grab the reins for an adventure that will have you feeding, grooming, saddling and riding a horse — with a general introductory program for beginners or a fast-paced advanced program for experienced riders. Ride through beautiful pastures and out into the Shawnee National Forest, past sandstone bluffs, rock-bottom creeks, waterfalls and oak-hickory forests as you gain new appreciation for the bond between human and animal, as well as the great outdoors, on this extraordinary adventure.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Varies by date. Outdoor Spirited: Horseback riding for up to 2 hours at a time; trail rides increase in length and difficulty throughout the week. Outdoor: Challenging: Horseback riding for up to 5-6 hours a day and trails pass over more challenging terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With a max group size of ten, enjoy individual instruction from our knowledgeable and experienced certified riding instructors.
  • Bond with your assigned horse for the week, and learn about horse behavior, personalities and breeds.
  • Explore the unique beauty and biodiversity of Southern Illinois on either an in-depth introductory program or a more challenging advanced program.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Shandril Dayton
Shandril Dayton’s love of horses began after her family adopted a yearling Thoroughbred and she has acquired experience in many aspects of the horse industry including training, doctoring and breeding/foaling. She attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale and graduated with a degree in animal sciences. After working as a wrangler on a guest ranch in Wyoming, she returned to southern Illinois to join the Ondessonk staff as the full-time equestrian coordinator. Her favorite part about working with horses is sharing her passion with others.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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