You're kidding! That's terrible! How do they manage to stay open? I liked the barn a lot and got a good feeling from the people, but when I saw the massive horse they chose for me to ride, I knew it was overkill. He would have been able to handle me 70 lbs ago. That was strike 1. Then when I saw that 15 minutes of the 60 minute ride was walking along the roads in a rutted path, then leading to what looked like a dry river bed that went up hill (rocks just the right size to get jammed in their hooves,) and then strike 3 was no anything but walking them.
That's when I decided that I needed to seek something better. I heard of the Terryville place but when I have been on their website, it doesn't seem like they offer trail riding per hour. I would have gone there if I had known they did riding. Maybe I'll go check them out. I can't afford lessons right now, and the therapeutic riding stable offers very inexpensive lessons for volunteers. I'll be giving them my money!
Let me guess, the massive horse was a paint named George
. Way back a few years ago, I went on a trail ride there, and that horse scared me and didn't listen. Thats when you get when you have a horse just follow the other.
When I ride up there, at Topsmead, I go much faster a walk ;) Theres some nice fields up there, and I let my horse up and we canter along. I've been up that hill(the rocky one) since the other way to get in by horseback is washed out, and its not terribly bad, my barefoot guy can handle it, who I don't ride often.
If go with the right people and to the right spot, that place is lovely, I've taken so many nice pictures, and there is a gorgeous english tudor home up there, the state owns everything now, but it was owned by Ms. Brass I believe.
B & R Stables in Prospect is a decent outfit. Many times when I was younger, I went there, Patty is super nice, and will let you pick your mount. Its not walking along, Walk Trot Canter, woods, fields, no roads. And its $35 an hour, I believe she goes to Florida for the winter but don't quote me.
TerryAllen doesn't do trail rides, but their lessons are reasonable and its worth taking a lesson here and there. If your bitten by the horse bug, also volunteer at rescues, Scarlet Rose Farm Equine Rescue is great and Kate does a lot with everything and loves volunteers and is in Washington.
Right now I am looking into purchasing a cow/trail horse thats sane and calm. I'm super excited to try him out, right now I'm selling my tack like a nut, to get some money together. I plan on selling the pony who is to small for me in the spring, but right now hes out on free lease.