Show-Me Trail Ride Outfitter
Big River, Big Fun
Show-Me Trail Ride Outfitter, located on Big River Ranch at Lexington, supplies horses, tack, training, lodging, and food, depending on a customer’s vacation package. Some adventures include tracing the trail along the Mighty Missouri or meandering down old wagon trails where the scent of purple phlox perfumes the fields.
Owner Jeff Strahle wants his guests to relax and enjoy their time. “I had a family visit, and the grandpa was dragging his feet as soon as he got out of the car,” Jeff says. “After the ride, he shook my hand. Told me he didn’t really want to come but was so glad he did. He said, ‘We knew you were good. You took the time to teach us about your horses before we even got on.’” And it’s true. Jeff educates riders with a 30-minute demonstration before each ride.
One of the most notable trails is a five-mile stretch along the Missouri River. A breeze might spray mists of water off the river to cool you down, and the setting sun’s light steadily recedes from the surface of the water. The property holds trails for beginners, children, and those who want to take it easy. Some are so flat you could drive a car on them.
Trail rides range from one to three hours to several days. Recent visitors, Cindy Matchell and her daughter, Heather, hailing from Franklin County near St. Louis, chose a weekend camp out. They drove more than three and a half hours for the trip. When they arrived, it rained.
“Jeff was totally awesome,” Cindy says. “He rode with us for three hours in the rain. I’m sure he was miserable.” Jeff customizes rides and cooks pioneer-style food on camp outs.
Big River Ranch also offers an extensive outlet for experienced riders. A rider can explore approximately 2,100 acres on the property. The acreage contains many natural obstacles: log crossings, steep descending slopes, and water features to wade through.
Visit www.showmetrail.com for more information.