Horseback riding fun in New Hampshire can be an unexpected and exciting addition to your personal list of fun things to do with free time in New Hampshire. Whether you are in New Hampshire on vacation or you live in New Hampshire or a nearby New England state like I do, you will already have made plans to hike, bike, camp, swim and fish but it might not have occurred to you how much fun you and your family can experience by signing on at one of New Hampshire’s many riding stables for a trail ride. Even if you are a beginner you will discover that some of these stables will assist you by providing a gentle horse and plenty of supervision so that you can relax and enjoy your ride.
Lucky 7 Stables, Londonderry, NH. For just $35 per hour you can climb aboard one of Lucky 7 Stables friendly mounts and proceed on a trail ride that will carry you through open country, forest and even onto roadways. The major requirements are that riders must be at least 8 years of age and their weight cannot exceed 285 lbs. If you can comply with those requests the good news is that no experience is necessary. You will be led out on a guided ride of about 5 miles of pure fun for you and your family. The other good news is that if more than one person is riding the trail ride will only cost you $30.
Trail rides leave daily on the hour beginning at 10 a.m. and ending during the months of April – October at 5 p.m. If you are really looking for something special possible to end a vacation week or get one started, Lucky 7 Stables offers sunset trail rides on Friday evenings timed according to the sunset. During July and August this means rides leave at about 7 p.m. and the rest of the year closer to 6 p.m. The price of this ride is $35 and what a wonderful way to embrace New Hampshire’s full beauty. The wild west apparently is not the only place to enjoy the beauty of nature from the back of a horse.
More information can be obtained from the Lucky 7 Stables website at http://lucky7stables.com and you can reserve trail ride space by calling 603-432 -3076
Cobble Mountain Stables, Gilford NH If you are vacationing in or live near the Lakes Region of New Hampshire you are well acquainted with the Gunstock Recreation Area in Gilford, NH . Cobble Mountain Stables sit in the midst of this scenic area and are prepared to offer you an unforgettable tour of this area via a one hour expedition on horseback. Mounts are gentle and receptive of beginners. The age requirement here is 8 years old and the weight limitation is 240 lbs.
With those minimum requirements attended to you can select from 3 types of rides available at Cobble Mountain Stables. For $50 you can join up with an hour long trail ride that circles Cobble Mountain furnishing you with a great view of the countryside including Lake Winnipesaukee and the nearby Belknap Mountains. You may even be too taken with the scenery to remember for all 60 minutes that you are actually experience the surroundings while riding a horse. The combination of adventure and the beauty of natural surroundings is a tough duo to beat. Most of the groups that go out are small, sometimes only reaching a half dozen so you are unlikely to feel uneasy or under supervised.
For more experienced riders or couples who prefer riding away from a group there is also the option of paying $70 per person for what is called the “Private Ride”. For those riders used to being on the back of a horse for extended periods of time there is even a two and a half hour ride that will cost you $150 per person and needs to be reserved at least a day in advance.
West Meadow Stables, Bradford, NH. Even though there are lots of horses and many stables in New Hampshire you will likely discover that it is a little more difficult to find stables that include trail rides as part of their menu of services. It is far easier to find sables that board horses, train horses or even give horseback riding lessons. Taking a bunch of inexperienced out for an hour long trail ride is something that is offered with more hesitation. Still with a little patience you can find places like West Meadow Stables in Bradford, NH where trail rides are the order of the day. Oh they board horses and give lessons too but if its a trail ride you are looking for West Meadow Stables is ready for you.
At West Meadow Stables you will riders are welcomed as long as they are at least 10 years of age. Group rides are based on ability level. So it’s okay if your whole family are beginners as far as horseback riding is concerned. You can still enjoy the fun of horseback riding and the beautiful scenery, you ‘ll just do it at a walk instead of at a trot or canter reserved for more experienced groups of riders. During the week beginner rides are offered at $50 per person and on the weekends the price rises to $60. Before going out for your trail ride you will receive some precautionary instructions and beginner’s assistance to get you feeling at home in the saddle. West Meadows keeps its beginner rides down in number to between 2-6 riders. Rides are also offered for intermediate or experienced riders. These rides are longer and accordingly more experienced. West Meadow Stables offers trail rides throughout the year, during all seasons so it doesn’t matter when you are visiting New Hampshire you can still have a chance to get into the saddle and explore the world around you from horseback at West Meadow Stables in Bradford, NH. For more information contact West Meadows via the website at http://www.westmeadowstables.com .