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Getting Out in the Ozarks: Horseback Riding

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Bear Creek Trail Rides is nestled in the Ozark Mountains on Highway 65, between Springfield and Branson, and it's been around for the past 13 years.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Bear Creek Trail Rides is nestled in the Ozark Mountains on Highway 65, between Springfield and Branson, and it's been around for the past 13 years.
    
It's an hour long scenic trail ride, that takes you back into the timber and across the creek.
Mary Beth Calkin is a wrangler at Bear Creek, she leads trail rides but she also helps take care of the horses on a daily basis.

It’s her job to make sure they’re healthy, trained and spoiled. "These horses have been doing this a lot longer than I have. They know their job very well, and they take good care of the customers," Calkin says. 
    
Calkin explains that each rider is paired with a specific horse, "We try to match up sizes and ages and saddles to riders to make sure everyone has a comfortable ride."

It’s a practice that Calkin says,  makes the ride very enjoyable but more importantly very safe, "I would say in all confidence,  these horses are about as trustworthy as horses come."

The ride is unique to the area. Bear Creek Trail Rides tells KOLR10, it's a very real trail ride, that goes up and down trails and around trees.

They run four trail rides a day, 6 days a week, everyday except Friday. 
Each ride is an hour long, and costs $25. 

Each ride will also have a guide, so you won't be alone. 
If you want to go on a ride, appointments are a must,  and they can take up to 13 people per ride.

You must be older than 7 years old and weigh less than 250 pounds and, when it comes to what you wear, they don't turn anyone away, but jeans and closed-toed shoes are recommended…cowboy hats and boots are optional!

For more information on Bear Creek Trail Rides or to make an appointment, you can call (417) 337-7708.

You can also find them on Facebook.

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