This is a good trail ride for someone who has never been on a horse before, novice riders, or even more experienced riders who need to get their 'fix' of getting back on a horse again for a little while. The value for the price (especially the groupon price) is very good considering what you would have to pay for similar trail rides at other places. My wife and I are just a bit above novice, having been taking riding lessons at a different stable over the last several months. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience here.
I found Sue, the owner very engaging, taking the time to personally insure that the horses are tacked up properly and all the riders are mounted safely and are comfortable (cinch tight, stirrups the correct length, and where to hold the reigns). The instructions before the ride and during the ride are really geared towards someone who has never ridden before and how to remain safe. The horses are very gentle.
The trail ride itself goes through a wooded area before breaking out into a long open stretch that goes downhill at a gentle rate past a couple of ponds. It then goes up a hill at the half way point that has enough steepness for a short time (while still being safe) and ends at an open area that lets you look back at where you have come from to give the rider (especially the novice ones) a sense of accomplishment. Because of the time of year, our ride also had us going past some large pussy willows and some almost ripe raspberries, while Sue pointed out some signs of wildlife. Part of the ride is in a power line right of way but I did not find that distracting at all.
I would highly encourage people considering this to read the FAQ's on their web site. It provides much better directions then you will get off of Google. Their cancellation policy is fair trying to find the right balance between recognizing that people's plans can change and the ability to fill that time slot again (airlines are much less forgiving). Also, read what to wear. Wearing shorts on a horse is not a very good idea.
My wife and I plan to do this again, probably sometime in the fall during the foliage season.
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