TRAIL MILEAGE & SADDLE HOURS 

TRAIL MILES & SADDLE HOURS

We ask that all members of the club keep a record of the miles they ride throughout the year. On an annual basis, members report their mileage and hours logged to the county representative. This county data is then submitted to the State Trail Mileage and Saddle Hour Committee Chairperson who compiles the information for the state.

IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU TURN IN 1 OR 1,000 MILES.  THIS IS OUR (OHC) WAY TO SHOW THE POWERS-THAT-BE (STATE) THAT WE ARE UTILIZING OUR PARKS AND FORESTS.  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!  I CHALLENGE EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF OUR CLUB TO MATCH OR BETTER THEIR MILES EACH YEAR.  MAKE A NEW RESOLVE TO "GET R DONE" EVERY YEAR ! !

Effective 2009, the OHC Trail Mileage Program was modified to better represent the wide variety of club member interests. The program collects trail miles as well as saddle hours. Saddle hours include showing and competing, pleasure driving, riding in parades and schooling.

The Trail Mileage and Saddle Hour Program has three goals: to provide OHC with documented and quantified support to maintain, improve and expand the trail systems/facilities in Ohio; to recognize individuals who have reached various levels of enjoyment and/or accomplishment with their horse(s) that all horsemen respect and admire; and to recognize the wide variety of interests and activities in which our members and their horses are involved.

Miles ridden in an arena, small field, or on a track now qualify under riding or “Saddle” hours. Saddle hours are further classified within three categories: Competing (any type of show or competition), Schooling (any work to improve equine & equestrian performance whether in clinics, lessons, or home arena), and Pleasure Driving (schooling, competing or just enjoying the trail from on top a cart or rig).

Miles ridden on county and state roadways continue to be reportable trail miles as are as are those ridden on park and forest trails as well as public and private trails. You may even report miles ridden on out-of-state trails.

The Trail Mileage & Saddle Hour Program is an honor system. Therefore, it is up to the individual to report their mileage as accurately as possible (SEE BELOW FOR DOWNLOADABLE PDF FORM).

 For general calculation purposes, you should figure 3-4 miles per hour when trotting and 5-6 miles per hour when gaiting.