Tennessee Trail Riders

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I'm beginning to really dislike SPAMMERS!

Every day more than 100 spammers try to break onto our website. Why the heck do they do that?  We are just a small, intimate group of horse folks, trying to learn and share our knowledge, time and experiences with other horse people. Spammers are trying to sell you something, infiltrate our website with viruses and sometimes to even sell sex.  We spend a lot of time keeping them out and continue to invest in advanced tools to protect the integrity of our horse lovin' community.  Bear with…


Added by Mike Murphy on September 9, 2013 at 9:36pm — No Comments

TTR Website Updates...

As of 5-7-2013 you can now ALSO log into the Tennessee Trail Riders website using your Facebook or Twitter login and ID.  

Added by Mike Murphy on May 7, 2013 at 12:56pm — 2 Comments

Horse lovers!

Get this!

Tennessee Trail Riders (TTR) Update:

- There are 2,711 members on TTR, 7 new members this week.

- Members have posted 22,293 photos, 239 videos!

- And we chat! There are 1,071 forum topics, 361 blog posts.

- No reason to be longely or just sit in your barn: There are 701 events posted and 33 different groups you can join!

Ride safe! Ride with friends!

Mike & Catherine Murphy



Added by Mike Murphy on May 17, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments

Why Tennessee Trail Riders is the #1 website in the U.S. for horse enthusiasts:

Why Tennessee Trail Riders is the #1 website in the U.S. for horse enthusiasts:

1) within the past three years, membership has grown by more than 2,700 people.

2) there are 22,000+ pictures posted by our members, with more every day (you can view them any time).

3) there are 239 videos, some are educational, promotional, and others "plain fun".

4) there are 1,066 forum topics posted and shared; things like "horse care", "news updates",…


Added by Mike Murphy on April 11, 2012 at 9:56am — 1 Comment

Looking for pasture land for horses in or near Franklin, TN

I just lost a pasture that I have been using for the past four years. The new owner says I need to be off the property with my four horses within five days.  Do you know of any available pasture in or near Franklin, TN that I can use temporarily or permanently?  Thanks.

Mike Murphy

(615) 202-9912…


Added by Mike Murphy on March 10, 2012 at 5:27pm — 2 Comments

Those in need of HELP from flood damage in Middle Tennessee:

I have received emails and calls from people volunteering supplies and help to those in need due to flood damage. If you are in need of feed, supplies, fencing, etc, please post your need here so that this BLOG will serve as a bulletin board for those able to help. Please include your name, phone number and email address if possible, along with your immediate need.

Yes, we suffered damage at our farm too (fencing destroyed and flooded barn), but our damage was insignificant to…


Added by Mike Murphy on May 5, 2010 at 2:20pm — 3 Comments

Did you know this about Facebook and Twitter?

For those of you who use Facebook and Twitter, you can now link your Tennessee Trail Riders (TTR) account to Facebook and Twitter. Whenever you post a photo, discussion, blog, or event on TTR you can select the FB or Twitter checkbox to also have it posted on your FB or Twitter page. That's exciting...now you can expand your TTR equine network to all other major social networks and spread your postings to the world!!

Happy trails partner.


Added by Mike Murphy on March 19, 2010 at 6:41am — 1 Comment

TTR Facts:

TTR Facts:

There are 1953 members on Tennessee Trail Riders

- 9 new members joined within the past week

There are 15,157 photos on Tennessee Trail Riders

- "Me and Spot" is the most popular photo this week

There are 178 videos on Tennessee Trail Riders

- "Freestyle Kody..." is the most popular video this week

There are 566 Forum topics on Tennessee Trail Riders

- "Barefoot Trail Horses is the most…


Added by Mike Murphy on March 19, 2010 at 5:40am — No Comments

An inspiration to everyone who "is" or "dreams" of being a LONG RIDER...

Bernice Ende, a courageous and spirited Long Rider is living the dream: experiencing North America on horseback, riding 25 miles per day, covering 7,000 miles over a grueling yet amazing two and a half years. If you want to be inspired, meet her and follow her trip

Added by Mike Murphy on March 9, 2010 at 3:58pm — 5 Comments

TTR now has Online CHAT...click on CHAT ONLINE, main menu.

If you'd like to talk horses with other horse people who are online, try the the new TTR CHAT feature.

Added by Mike Murphy on February 18, 2010 at 12:33pm — No Comments

WANTED: Mini-donkey well trained to pull a buggy

I already have two mini-donkeys but they are not trained to pull a buggy. I would like to buy a mini-donk that is already trained. I would also consider a trade for one that is well trained.

Added by Mike Murphy on February 10, 2010 at 4:16pm — No Comments

WANTED: Pasture to rent or lease for horses...

I'm looking for pastureland to rent/lease in the Williamson County Area, close to Franklin. I need at least 30 acres of pasture with good fencing and access to water for about 15 horses and prefer a good barn for stalling, foaling, etc. If interested, contact me at ranchmanager@bellaterraranch.com or 615 202-9912.

Added by Mike Murphy on February 10, 2010 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Sign up for the TTR Coggins Service in partnership with Tennessee Equine Hospital

To sign up, please reply/comment at the bottom of this blog with your name and the number of horses that you will have tested.

Tennessee Equine Hospital is a full service facility located in Thompson’s Station Tennessee just 40 minutes south of Nashville. We are easily accessible from I-65, I-840, and Hwy 31. In October of 2009 our new surgical and diagnostic… Continue

Added by Mike Murphy on January 31, 2010 at 3:00am — 21 Comments

A BOLD challenge to all TTR Members: Invite 15 new members in January

During the winter months is a great time to increase our TTR membership so that all the great spring rides and events can reach more people soooo, I have a challenge for everyone: invite at least 15 new members to the website this month so we can reach our goal of 2,000 TTR members by the end of March 2010. I know the goal is bold, but with everyone's help we can DO IT! All you have to do is click on POSSE - INVITE and input emails of your horse lovin' friends and business associates.… Continue

Added by Mike Murphy on January 12, 2010 at 12:08am — 9 Comments

To order your 2010 TTR Calendar(s)

The TTR Calendars have arrived and will begin shipping on Monday, Jan 4th to all of those who have paid. For those who have not paid ($12/calendar), please send your check or PayPal as stated below.

For those who have not yet ordered and would like to order some TTR 2010 Calendar(s), email to me (ranchmanager@bellaterraranch.com) the quantity of calendars you want along with your shipping address, and then issue payment to:

Bellaterra Ranch

1313… Continue

Added by Mike Murphy on January 3, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Hey ladies (and even men), read "I RIDE"

This letter/poem was forwarded to me by one of our members; it's a reminder of why you ladies do what you do, and a lot of it applies to us men too.


I ride. That seems like such a simple statement. However as many women who ride know, it is really a complicated matter. It has to do with power and empowerment. Being able to do things you might have once considered out of reach or ability. I have considered this as I shovel manure, fill water barrels in the… Continue

Added by Mike Murphy on December 31, 2009 at 10:12pm — 9 Comments

Federal Recreation Trail Program About to Expire, Need Help to Re-Authorize

The American Horse Council (AHC), in conjunction with a broad coalition of recreation trail users is requesting that Congress re-authorize the Recreation Trail Program (RTP) and increase funding for the program.

The RTP, which was last re-authorized in 2005 funds projects consisting of construction, maintenance and restoration of trails and trail-related facilities as well as the acquisition of easements or property for trails. Although each state manages its own program, 30% of RTP… Continue

Added by Mike Murphy on May 19, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

My trip to Ireland...

Hey all, I've been traveling in Ireland for the past week and have been amazed to see the cattle population. Sure enough, everyone probably knows that there are far more sheep (>8M) than people (5.6M) in Ireland but there's also cows about everywhere you look. Most of them seem to be dairy cows but i see a lot of herefords and black angus too. The cattle are quite large (tall and fat). Horses are popular in Ireland and quite revered, there is a big horse racing interest here. The pastures… Continue

Added by Mike Murphy on April 13, 2009 at 6:47am — 1 Comment

You Gotta Meet Molly...

Ya gotta meet Molly...

Meet Molly. She's a grey speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana . She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was… Continue

Added by Mike Murphy on March 18, 2009 at 7:14pm — 1 Comment

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