This ride was part of the Gallop into History package I booked through the Lodges at Gettysburg. It’s obvious why the Lodges work with Hickory Hollow. They have absolutely fantastic tours, horses, and staff. It was the first time my husband and I did a horse tour at Gettysburg, and now we are already trying to figure out when we can come back to do a four hour ride to see more of the battlefield from horseback.
Pam is the owner, and she’s wonderful. She greeted us when we arrived and asked if we needed saddle bags to carry any of our belongings. There were eleven people in our tour, and Pam paired everyone to a horse that matched their skill level. There was an older couple who had never ridden before, and they had no problems. They rode up at the front with our trail guide, Tasha, so she could make sure they were doing okay. Pam even tried to make sure couples were riding horses that liked each other so the couples could stay together during the tour. It was great. All the horses were very gentle and well behaved. At one of the stops along our tour, one of the horses put his head on Tasha’s shoulder and nuzzled her. You could see they had a great, trusting relationship and the horses were well cared for.
We did a two hour tour with a licensed battle field guide, Terry. She was a great guide, very knowledgeable, with a strong voice. We had no problems hearing her. She encouraged us to ask questions and was able to answer them all. The horses would walk for a while, then we’d all stop, circle the horses around Terry, and listen to her explain what was going on in the area we were in. There were lots of opportunities to take pictures, and my horse, Viggo, plodded along at a slow enough pace I was comfortable taking pictures while moving.
Pam drove to meet us at our different stops so she could make sure our horses were behaving, help line us up to hear Terry, and adjust any saddles or stirrups. At our half way mark we were near a road and a bunch of canons. There was a family with a young boy, maybe three or four, taking pictures of the canons. Pam had Tasha get off her horse, then let the little boy sit on the horse and get his picture taken. It was such a sweet gesture and probably made that kid’s day. That pretty much cemented my future business for Hickory Hollow.
Tasha also took pictures of everyone while we were at the Spangler farm, using each person’s own camera. She took pictures of my husband and I together on our horses and separate. The shots turned out great. We will definitely be back to ride with Hickory Hollow again.
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