Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The Florida Trailtrotter Program

Become a Trailtrotter

Do you enjoy riding horses? Have you wanted to explore on horseback but haven't had the opportunity? You are now holding your ticket to a grand tour of Florida's state forests.

Saddle Up

The best way to learn about a state forest is to experience it first hand, and this is what the Florida State Forests Trailtrotter Program is all about. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Ride a total of eight trails in a minimum of four state forests, selecting trails from the Trailtrotter's Trail List. At the trailhead of each trail that you ride, obtain one pre-paid postal survey card. Fill in the card and put it in the mail after you complete the ride.
  2. Record your progress in the Trailtrotter's Log [ Adobe PDF Document ]. As you send in your postal survey cards, we will send you a sticker for each one. You will affix the sticker next to the entry for each trail you ride.
  3. When you have ridden and logged your eight trails, complete the Trailtrotter's Log and mail it to us. We will send you a beautiful patch that you can sew on a shirt, vest or jacket. In addition, you'll receive a certificate commemorating your achievement signed by Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam.
  4. A supplemental handout, available at trailhead kiosks, provides directions to all of the state forests involved in the Trailtrotter Program.

Ride On

There's more to this program than one patch and one certificate. Much more. There are two additional levels to this program. The same brochure can be used for all three. Once you have completed the first level, just pick up another one of these brochures and start on the next level.

  • Trailsaddler: If you ride 16 trails from the Trail List, you will achieve the next level: Trailsaddler. For your accomplishment, you will receive a new patch and certificate.
  • Trailwrangler: If you ride 24 trails from the Trail List, you will achieve the third and final level: Trailwrangler. For this accomplishment, you will receive one last patch and certificate. When put together, the three patches form one interlocking pattern. But remember: you must complete all three levels of the program to obtain the completed design.

Reap the Benefits

The benefits are many when you participate in the Florida State Forests Trailtrotter Program. You can improve your riding skills at your own rate without the pressure of competition. Your only competitor is yourself.

Also, you get to experience the beauty of Florida's state forests. The opportunity to have personal experience with nature is rare these days, and this program will give you that opportunity.

Finally, you will feel the pride of accomplishment. So find the nearest state forest on the Trail List and get started.

Tips for Your Visit

  • Current certified copies of Coggins Test are required for all horses in all Florida state forests.
  • Stay on marked trails to avoid trampling sensitive vegetation.
  • For safety, keep horses at a good distance between each other when riding in groups.
  • Bring plenty of drinking water for horse and rider.
  • All riders should be aware of what is going on around them at all times.
  • Be courteous to hikers, bicyclists and hunters when they are met in the woods.
  • Place ribbons in the tails of horses for stallions (yellow), biters (blue), and kickers (red).
  • Take your time and enjoy the beauty of our state forests.

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