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Best Horseback Riding Trail: Arbuckle Trail Rides


Left to right: Jo and Em Wolfe, Cheri Wolfe, Ashley Fleming, Donna Johnson and Pete Wolfe leading one of their trail rides. Photo by Amanda Lester


By Amanda Lester S


addle up, buckaroos, and head out year-round to the winner of the Best of OKL’s Best Horseback Rides, Arbuckle Trail Rides. Located just north of Sulphur, Okla., visitors can enjoy a ride with


Pete and Cheri Wolfe, members of People’s Electric Cooperative. The Wolfes have around 20 horses to ride on private ranches, Duncan


Lake, McGee Creek State Park and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area (CNRA). They run the trail rides and raise Quarter horses along with employees Ashley Fleming, McKenzie McCaleb and Donna Johnson. Pete, a native Oklahoman, and Cheri, a native Coloradoan, have been


riding the CNRA for 36 years and have owned Arbuckle Trail Rides for the last 16. They were both professional horse trainers, specifically rein- ers, show and all-around Quarter horses. “Do you know what old horse trainers do when they can’t ride young horses anymore?” Cheri asks with a laugh. “They trail ride.” Trail horses have to be able to navigate any and all terrain, including


rocks, water, bridges, flat and hills. They have to be gentle, calm and obedient. “We buy horses from people or raise our own to use on the trails,” Pete


says. “Before we put anyone else on them, we ride them for a while to make sure they can handle the terrain and they have the correct temperament.” “Sleepy there, he’s had kids and people that have never been on a horse before,” Donna says as she points to the bay horse by the fence. The Wolfe Ranch Quarter Horses is the beginning and meeting place


for most trail rides. The Wolfes and their crew will have the horses sad- dled and waiting. Depending on where and how long the trail ride will be, the customer will follow them to the location or meet them there. Most of the rides are in the CNRA, about 15 minutes from the ranch. Upon arrival, someone will help to tighten the cinch, give a few words


of wisdom about the horses and the fun will begin. As the ride goes through valleys and small trails, the horses line up nose to end and walk, following each other. The scenery is absolutely beautiful and photo op- portunities are readily available. For more information or to make reservations visit arbuckletrailrides.


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