Best Pony Riding Places In Washington Near Me

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1. Rock Creek Park Horse Center

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127 reviews
Rock Creek Park Horse Center
Facilities
5
Services
5
Prices
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 5100 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 362-0117

Guy: Horseback riding service


Review: "The biggest disappointment is the ride was on a horse, not a pony!"

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Austin Graff: Rock Creek Park Horse Center is an oasis within the city. Deep in Rock Creek Park is a property full of stables and fields. There are 57 horses in the stable. Half are private, but the other half are used for the public. They offer riding lessons and on weekends they have pony rides for kids as young as 2.5 years old. If you're hiking by, you can enter the public stables to see the horses and ponies. You can't pet the horses, but the staff are so friendly and will give you the story of each horse. Once you see the horses, I recommend hiking through Rock Creek Park and visit the nearby Capitol Stones.

Eric Hope: The closest I've been to a real live horse! As opposed to the carousel from back when (you can tell I'm old) also, not counting the horse on duty at the national mall. They were so knowledgeable about each horse, all the way to the point of if they are friendly or if they bite. It's not too far out so recommending this for kids outing or a very different kind of lunch date.

Tom Foltz: Easy ride for small children. Ppl were very cordial

Умбетаева Эльмира: Amazing place with plenty what you can do! Golf, horse riding, hiking, biking and all of just breathing freshest air ever! love it!

Vida B: I didn't get the name of the older gentleman with the beard, but he made our visit very memorable! He took his time in making sure we were enjoying ourselves, and he was extremely patient with our 2 kids (ages 11 & 6). Also, after our pony ride, Lindsey came over and gave us an impressive tour of the barn, so we could meet all of the horses! What a wonderful place! We surely will be coming back!!

Christine Goepfert: I was recently looking for trail rides on a whim of curiosity, and I was so surprised to find this absolute gem in the district. It’s been years since I last rode, but I felt comfortable with a trail ride. The staff were great, the horse was a good gal, it was a lovely ride, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this experience. *book well in advance- their calendar gets filled up fast*

TSEMU: I was excited to take my kids to a pony ride when I first learned about this location. For a 15 minutes ride, never felt pressure to pay $22. It was planned months ahead and the expectation was high. Read reviews, watched pictures with my kids and built a fictitious picture of what it is gonna look. Finally, the day comes and we went there. First, there is nothing fancy like customer service, and second, it is like 7 minute ride for the kids and I walked on their side. So far, everything is fair. The biggest disappointment is the ride was on a horse, not a pony! My daughter was never happy to ride on a back of huge horse.

Don Mcrae: This is a great place to attend. The most pleasant and dedicated people to work with I've ever run across. Great horse management, lessons and camp. Serious about the interaction between the riders, horses and teachers, yet laid back and friendly as can be. I recommend it highly.

Elliott Mattice: We regularly take the kids to visit the horse stables. They love to see the horses and watch if someone is out riding. There could be more activities available for kids, however people are open and welcoming to us as we wander around and ask questions. There's always a part of me that feels like I'm intruding despite the all the great smiles and waves we get.

Raquel Lee: They're very nice the only thing I don't like is since those horses are rescued horses you can't make noises because the horses can go out of control. There's hardly anything to do with little boys that are super active. If it's me alone I love it but with two hyperactive boys and a great grandma with dementia is not a good place to visit. Other than that I love the place.

2. Wheaton Park Stables, Inc.

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50 reviews
Wheaton Park Stables, Inc.
Facilities
5
Services
5
Prices
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 1101 Glenallan Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 6AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 622-2424

Guy: Horse riding school


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Seth Grossman: What a great place to bring kids! I was meeting a friend with her two children (3 y.o. and new born) who were not yet vaccinated, so we wanted to find simplest outdoors where we could easily and safely social distance. This place was amazing. Easy parking, plenty of space to roam about, picnic tables and benches to sit on, and most importantly, the horses! It appeared as if they were offering lessons, but we were just there to enjoy the area and admire the horses in their pen. It was still a wonderful afternoon and a great place to meet up and enjoy the beauty of nature and the majestic horses!

Concerned Equestrian: If I could give this place less than one star I would. I rode here for 7 years and saw truly abusive behavior. In my first year of lessons my instructor told me I was not good enough to ride and was wasting my parent’s money. I was taught if a horse acted up to hit them as hard as I could. The horses are kept in standing stalls, tied up, unable to move. They are used for multiple hours a day until they are tired and over worked. There horses are skinny, miserable, and mistreated. Please do not give them any business.
Response: I'm sorry you had a bad experience. Our horses health and welfare are our number one priority. All of our horses diets and exercise levels are carefully monitored by our vets and nutritionists. Our horses are as happy as could be. We do not have any horses in standing stalls, every horse has a regular box stall with over 8 hours of turnout each day. If you have any concerns, please send us an email.

No Joke: I’ve been riding at Wheaton for almost 7 years this barns is amazing for people who want to casually ride. The barns is very family like and you will make life long friends here. I truly love the memories I have made here. The owner is one of the nicest people I have meet she truly loves the students and horses.

Genevieve H: I have been riding at Wheaton park stables for four years and it has been the best time of my life. The horses have connections to the humans who ride and are very nice. I have made so many new friends at the stables. Everyone is excepted in these stables. The instructors are amazing and will do anything to make you a better rider. The owner, Sandy, runs the barn and is amazing at it. She keeps us all safe and takes care of the horses. She keeps them healthy and happy. Wheaton park stables is the best riding place. Don't be fooled by going to Woodland. Wheaton is better and affordable. I recommend Wheaton park stables if you're looking to ride and have fun.

SuperBlueEQ: I have been riding for over a year and a half here, best riding stables ever. Very affordable and right around the corner from my house. The horses are amazing. The trainers have helped me so much. I love the horses so much. Everyone is accepted. Sandy, who owns the barn, takes great care of the horses and staff. I totally recommend WPS to anyone who wants to ride and have fun.

yee to the haw: I've been riding in lessons for 6 years, and my dad has ridden here before I was born. This is the best place in the world, no doubt. Almost all of the horses are super nice and the staff are great too.

Reese Holbrook: Great barn! Horses are amazing i would give 4 and a half if i could because they do overuse some of their horses but its a great barn, big pastures, great horses, great arenas, for me but maybe not for you
Response: Thanks for your review! All of our horses only work as much as recommended to maintain their health by our vets and nutritionists.

Rahwa: We took a one hour trail ride. The scenery was beautiful, but the terrain included rocks and hills and was rougher than we were prepared for. The horses were mostly well-behaved however, the instructors didn't provide us with very much training beforehand and we had challenges getting our horses to obey our commands. For most of us, it was our first time on horseback we were all a little nervous. When we made a mistake the instructors would yell at us in extremely harsh tones. Every time we made a slight mistake with the positioning of our feet or hands, the instructors would yell at us. If our horse went out of the single file line, the instructors would yell at us. They filled us with anxiety and fear during the entire ride and offered no reassurances at all. After this, I don't think any of us will be getting on a horse again.

Donna Smawley: Wheaton Park Stables is a calm environment with excellent and supportive riding instructors that care about the utmost safety of the riders. My daughter has been riding at WPS for 19 months and has grown into a confident girl. Sandy, the owner of the stable, cares deeply about the safety and development of the riders, employees and horses. Anyone who knows Sandy, loves Sandy. You won't find a better place to ride.

xxEquestrian Juliexx: My experience has been the best of all time at Wheaton. I've made so many new friends and I met the love of my life there (one of the horses). We have such a strong connection and he is the only horse my mom trusts completely

3. Piscataway Riding Stables Inc

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103 reviews
Piscataway Riding Stables Inc
Facilities
4.7
Services
4.8
Prices
4.1
Parking
4.9
Wifi
4.4

Address: 10775 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 297-9808

Guy: Horse riding school


Review: "They even had pony rides for the younger kids."

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Anne Shaw-Hanson: Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Quality, ValueHad a fabulous time at Piscataway horse farm. The horses were happy and healthy. Everyone made me feel so special, going out of their way to make sure everyone had a special time. Facility and trails were great. A fun time was had by all. Thank you

Tavi Libra: I absolutely LOVE riding here. Great staff and horses. You get your money's worth. My daughter is absolutely captivated by horses... ok, well, most animals but she particularly loves horses! Great way to connect with nature! We also love the dogs who are so sweet!

Tiffanie Coleman: This was my first time riding and it was absolutely AWESOME! The experience was even more beautiful going through the fall trees and leaves. I truly felt safe and in good hands. I’ll definitely be going back!

Afsaneh meftahi: Great staff! Fabulous family time!It was our first riding experience and absolutely was wonderful horseback riding 🏇🏇Thank you!

MELISSA REID: My family and friends had an amazing time with the crew at Piscataway Riding Stable. We were all first time riders (12 of us) and the staff provided excellent guidance. Our trail ride was awesome-we will be back.

Rich Santiago: My 5 year old daughter has been asking to ride a horse. I searched Google for places that offer pony rides. Spoke with Nick via telephone and he was very helpful with describing the services offered. My daughter truly enjoyed her experience and asked if we could go back again. The gentleman who helped us at the stables was very friendly. He brought us a pony with a pink saddle, which my daughter loved. The pony's name is Buster Brown. My daughter can't stop talking about how much fun she had riding Buster Brown. She can't wait to return to the stables. I definitely recommend Piscataway Riding Stables!

pavan kumar: Positive: Communication, ProfessionalismAmazing experience riding champ and ben. Will do more horse riding here! Walk-in on Saturday and Sunday without appointment sounds flexible, you would not get disappointed. Totally recommend it.

Lizzy Taylor: Absolutely AMAZING!!! The staff welcomed my daughter for her 4th birthday!! She definitely had the royal treatment and was happy to be around and play with all the stables animals and the dogs! Definitely recommend for a nice outing, a family outing, a date or just to go! It’s amazing!

Thomas Witherspoon: My son's first horse ride was awesome thank you all for the experience... can't wait to see you again 👍🏼

Lawanda Rowley: This was my first time horseback riding and i was terrified but by the time we finished the trail I felt like a cowgirl. Thanks to a great friendly staff.

4. Little Burgundy Farm

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15 reviews
Little Burgundy Farm
Facilities
5
Services
5
Prices
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 5715 Sable Dr, Alexandria, VA 22303

Telephone: (571) 357-4330

Guy: Horse riding school


Review: "Most lessons are private with a few group lessons offered."

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virginie gimenez: My kids tried a summer camp and they loved it. It was focused on dressage. They were in the beginner’s class, which was perfect for their first time. They learned a lot and one of the main important thing about horse riding was to take care of the horse: feed him, clean him, groom him... I highly recommend it for first timer. I can’t judge for the older section but I bet it is as good.
Response: Virginie, Thank you for your review and pictures. I'm glad to hear your children enjoyed camp. We hope to see them again next year.

P Soriano: One of the last lesson barns in Fairfax County not far from Alexandria. The riding program is focused on dressage and provides good opportunities for shows. The stable is small with an outdoor round pen and outdoor riding arena that can accommodate up to 4 riders comfortably. Most lessons are private with a few group lessons offered. The horses and instructors are very good overall.
Response: Thank you very much for your comments. As a small, private farm, we do our best to share our little farm and provide riding opportunities to those in our local community. We always appreciate feedback on how we're doing.

Doris Truong: I've been going to Little Burgundy for about a year to get beginner riding lessons as an adult. I occasionally see younger riders (or summer campers), and they all seem to be really enjoying themselves. The horses are good-natured, and all the tack is provided (they even have helmets to borrow if you don't have one). It's a quiet area that's accessible to major thoroughfares.

Chloe Morton: My sister has been riding at LBF for about 1 year now. She enjoys spending time with the horses and helping out as a counselor during summer camp. The instructors are reliable, kind, and competent and many lesson times are always available. The summer camp director is very friendly and always happy to help the campers. LBF is very accessible from DC, MD, and VA. Our family would definitely recommend Little Burgundy Farm to riders of all different skill levels.

Rani Hammond: My daughter (9) and I (45+) both ride at this barn! We have had a good experience with the trainers and the support staff. We have a regular time slot each week and can pick up extras as available. The horses are great and their is good variety in the selection. I would highly recommend this barn

Mara Winn: My daughter, 11, has been riding here for about 2 1/2 years now. We love her instructor Barbara as well as the horses. Little Burgundy Farm has been a great place for her to learn to ride.

James Andors: A wonderful stable with happy horses and knowledgeable staff.

Elsie Fisher: Love the barn and the staff
Response: Thank you for your rating. We try hard to meet the needs of our riding club members and appreciate any constructive feedback to make us better.

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Mohsen Almihdhar: Very organized

5. Potomac Horse Center

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79 reviews
Potomac Horse Center
Facilities
4.4
Services
4.8
Prices
5
Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.6

Address: 14211 Quince Orchard Rd, North Potomac, MD 20878

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 208-0200

Guy: Stable


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Ellie Valkenburg: I went here a few years ago and sure i got to ride but if i stayed there i would be walking/trotting over poles, i went to this other place (which is AMAZING) and had to fix so much bad habits! I am now jumping at a great position. Sure its a good - looking stable but what would you want a good - looking stable or can ACTUALLY ride really well. I would pick the second one. The staff is ok but not great, i recommend a different place where it does not take you like 8 years or so to get to jumping. I was here for 2 - 3 years and was just canter, trot, walk. In UNDER a year I am working on a great position and learning courses. This is WAY over priced and if you want to be trotting and walking over poles after 4 - 8 something years be my guest but I sure will not be doing that.

Liz Edwards: Been riding here for over 4 years now, and I can't think of a better place to ride. Excellent lesson horses (love Hermione and Twinkie) and even better instructors. Caitlyn is incredible! They also make sure our boy Remi is always taken care of.

Jules Palmer: Genuinely based off of friendliness and kindness itself, the lady at the desk on November first was really unpleasant and seemed highly annoyed with the 70 seconds it took me to ask her if I could take photos because my sisters used to ride here. I under stand they can’t let people do that because people board their horses here. But the way you tell the message matters. The property is lovely.

Sean Liu: Great place to learn about horses and see some of them in action!

Incroyant: My kids rode here for 10+ yrs...basically outgrew the lessons.We were in the area and stopped by only to find that any of the friendliness the place had before was gone. Now it's seemed more for boarding your horse than actually teaching anyone to ride.

Yanping Zhang: Potomac Horse center is a wonderful place for young riders (or maybe adult riders too)! My daughter has been riding for 4 years, we started at Potomac Horse Center about two years ago, and she loves the experience, so we switched to PHC officially last year. The instructors are great, staffs are very friendly, the horses are awesome! She already had a few favorite horses... and considering doing shows and competitions... For the people who really loves horses, this is a great place to ride and connect to them...

Taylor Cusack: I started riding lessons here a few months ago and my experience has been amazing! The staff is very friendly, helpful and has been flexible with my busy schedule. My instructor Maddie is incredible too! I've been riding my whole life on and off, but when I started riding at Potomac Horse Center, it was clear my technique desperately needed some help and guidance. Maddie has been so patient and helpful for me, her instruction is very on point! She's a pro! In only a few months, I've felt a lot of improvement and it's all due to Maddie's instruction-- ask for her when you sign up for lessons! Potomac Horse Center is very reasonably priced, has great schooling horses and lots of lesson opportunities for adults and children in many disciplines and levels of riding. Highly recommend!

James Thompson: I would classify Potomac Horse Center as a factory assembly line of horse training, which is sad because our daughter was really excited about the program. The 30 minute lessons are typically more like 15 mins of actual riding, which does not lend itself to familiarity for a young rider. There is little to no focus on safety or providing the basic skills required for a child to learn how to properly ride horses or be around them in general. Multiple horses are known to try to take advantage of younger, smaller kids, yet the “instructors” don’t pay attention. They’re too busy checking their cell phones to notice. Our daughter was hit twice in the face by a horse. She is five. The response from two employees...”oh he does that to the smaller kids.” Not the answer we want to hear when our daughter is excited about riding and we are paying for appropriate instruction. Sadly, we will not be taking our daughter back to this location. Our daughter is scared of the horses, and we have no faith in the instruction at PHC. I don’t know if there is an accreditation for riding instruction, but this place should not have one. What a waste of money and time. The worst part is how it affected our daughter’s desire to ride or be around horses. Hopefully, another riding center will give her the attention, instruction, and most importantly safety she deserves.

Janine Jabbour: My daughter has been riding at this horse center for 2 years, but recently, I have decided that she will no longer attend after I've had repeated negative experiences with the staff member, "Deb," who answers the phones and takes care of scheduling. She is unhelpful and uncooperative when faced with simple questions, and quickly resorts to being rude and arrogant instead of trying to remedy my concerns. Of these concerns, my biggest was the issue of placement and instructors at Potomac Horse Center. In the past few months, my daughter rode at levels Jump I and Jump 2, and after a 6 month hiatus, was not allowed to resume at this level, and was only given the option to take the beginner jump class. These basic courses are oftentimes full with too many students in a too wide age range, and instructors cannot individualize attention to anybody. When I asked Deb if I could speak with the instructor, she flat out refused, and I believe that she needs to get off her high horse (no pun intended) and receive customer service training. It is my impression that this center slows progression so that they can make the most money out of you while at the same time making it difficult for you or your child to receive the instruction they need to be able to advance. As for the condition of the horses, they seem overworked, and oftentimes act up in the ring. There is a high turnover of instructors, and unfortunately, the good ones don't last very long. In short, I would caution you to choose another stable if you value being treated with respect as a customer and want proper riding instruction.

Stacey Pearl: My daughters attended this camp for the first time summer 2019. I can say that it wasn't the best experience. If you don't have your own helmet, the kids don't wear the same helmet all week (If you worry about things like lice...). The kids rotate to different adults throughout the day instead of having the opportunity to develop a relationship and feel safe/secure with one. Counselors don't seem to be very skilled with how they talk with and to campers or assist them with solving problems and managing their belongings.

6. Woodland Horse Center

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19 reviews
Woodland Horse Center
Facilities
4.3
Services
4.1
Prices
4.9
Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.7

Address: 16301 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 421-9156

Guy: Horse riding school


Review: "Easily the best place for riding lessons in the DMV!"

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Trisha Gupta: I am a intermediate rider, who started riding again as an adult after a major horse related accident. I had spoken with the stable about prioritizing safety as I have spinal stenosis. I wanted a class that worked on a strong seat that was not competative. They put me in an A2 riding class on a challenging mount third lesson in. The horse had bad ground manners and did throw me. Accidents happen and riders fall, but this horse was a terrible fit for me. I was badly injured. I have a concussion, ripped discs and more stenosis. I will not be able to ride again. Considering that I had told them about my situation and was not interested in competition riding - I did not think they heard me at all. And to make things worse the issues with the horse escalated and I should have gotten off. But the instructor did not seem to have time to address the problems in the class. But in general, I was willing to pay for privates or therapeutic lessons. There judgement was awful. And they really have hurt my quality of everyday life. Ride at a school that handles safety better. I competed for 16 years, and I have encountered better schools.

Kimberly Heimert: This is a diamond in the rough. Not pretentious. Excellent animals, absolutely no personality problems with any of them. Various social programs available for children - trips to horse shows, parades. Children and adult riders can get all the exposure and experience in the actual barn that they want, or very little if that's what they want. The tack is well cared for. The riding facilities are very well groomed. The instructors are highly classified - look at the website and check them out. You will not find a better place to ride, especially if you are looking for a place for your children to learn not just about riding, but about life at a stable, and in turn, life in general.

Julianna Ramirez: AMAZING place to ride! The horses are great and they have amazing shows for kids and adults who seek experience. Please don't mind the comment about the moody mares, I promise that the horses at Woodland are well broken. Like all animals(including humans) we get moody and frustrated, any educated person would know that a horses mood can't be controlled.

alex RosIn: My 6 yr the of daughter did a one wk camp. This was her first time riding and taking care of horses. She loved it. The lady running it Karen her assistant Cathryn, and volunteer helpers were all excellent, very caring and really made this a fantastic experience. Our daughter is already asking to return

Joselyn Martinez: If possible, I would rate Woodland Horse Center zero stars because upon my arrival, I asked the workers in their shop located in the entrance, where the introduction lesson takes place. They were rude and did not seem happy to help. Next, the elderly lady in the white barn was also very rude and wasn't lenient when asked if my sister and I can take the lesson. She claimed that we had arrived late and that it was not possible to enter us into the class. In the end, my short experience there was not pleasant and hope that they better their attitudes for other potential clients/riders.

Ashley Christian: Wonderful place with great horses. They have an intro lesson every Sunday at 1 pm, but you must arrive on time, just like to anything else that has a set time....the staff is super knowledgeable and friendly, the facilities give an old rustic feel to the place, feels like home

Gisele Hawkins: It’s always fun and an adventure there! There’s lots of things to do, nice horses and people everywhere you turn. There’s events, party’s and always a chance to meet or learn something new.

La CubanadeMatanzas: I have been going to this ranch for yeers and this is where I learned to ride. IMO its the best in Maryland

Mauricio Veiga: i ride there and it is the best stable ever and vary nice and prety hroses

Giles Jacknain: Easily the best place for riding lessons in the DMV!

7. Tamarack Stables

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161 reviews
Tamarack Stables
Facilities
4.1
Services
4
Prices
4.6
Parking
4.2
Wifi
5

Address: 9905 Old Colchester Rd, Lorton, VA 22079

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 339-5160

Guy: Horse boarding stable


Review: Their website mentions horseback riding

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David Dudley: We love Tamarack Stables! And, we have had nothing but positive experiences there. My daughter came with some experience, but since she began taking lessons here, her riding and confidence has grown. Madeleine’s ability to control the horse is now intentional, and her general knowledge of the ring and understanding of why she is being asked to do certain things has reached new levels. Some horses are better than others, but that’s everywhere you go. And, Ms. Courtney, her instructor, teaches my daughter and the other girls the way I would teach them if I could. I highly recommend this place if you want to learn how to ride and care for a horse. It is also a great place for children to learn personal responsibility.

Angela H: Blaze & Grant are knowledgeable and down to earth young men. This is a family owned horse stable. Blaze said it goes back over 60 years. I rode a retired show horse named "Artie", he was a wise man for sure. I'm on the larger side and so was he so I'm sure that's why he was assigned to me and I'm glad (just a hint for the big girls and tall men) in case you would like to request Arti by name. My mate rode "Joker" who he loved! We rode with a family of three, the dad had teenagers so inquire when you make your reservations. We had an amazing time with them. We weren't aware until we arrived, but it was no big deal for us (we went as a couple and no kids). They keep the riding instructions very basic/ entry level. We had two guides. Come dressed comfortable and relaxed. Because we lucked up with amazing weather we went through a pond. So beware you may get wet. The young horse "Sierra" wanted to play in the water. Her rider jumped off into the water after the horse wouldn't move! Again everyone had a blast and was so down to earth. I will be back later in the fall or perhaps sooner. Thank you DCFox5 for recommending this zip trip. P.S the bonus view is Lilly the pot-belly pig that roams the property.

Amy Tux: Everyone here: trainers, people, kids, owners, are all very rude. It is impossible to get a response unless you go there directly, so don’t even try. The owners are so very rude. The horses are worked 3 times a day every day and given poor turn out in muddy areas. Harsh bits are used in the hands of beginner lesson students who have not learned how to have soft hands. Lesson students are jumping+cantering before learning the basics of riding. This is unsafe for horses and riders. One time, the horse my daughter was riding refused a jump. She is older know and has learned that it was her fault for not sending clear signals. The trainer had her halt the horse in front of the jump and whack it with a crop. These horses were practically abused for not responding to rider error. How are you going to punish a horse for not being a mind reader and doing exactly what you want, before you tell the rider how to communicate with them? Awful business and people. My daughter had never been more uncomfortable to the point where she was scarred to ride. If you ever didn’t feel comfortable with a horse or a jump height, they would force you to do it anyways with little to no assistance. My daughter was once in a stall with a horse called Rusty, who kicked and tried to bite her. This was so very dangerous and no one tried to tell her or help her before she almost got kicked, so she had to go get someone. How can you give a beginner rider a dangerous horse with no warning that they might kick you while tacking up? Do not recommend whatsoever.

alejandro mendoza: We had a great experience at Tamarack Stables, Tim the owner was super nice, friendly, and understanding. The staff was also super friendly when we first came out there, they let us meet the horses and allow my 5 yr old to get acquainted with them before riding. Our guide Blaze was super nice and very engaging as we took the trail. Overall a great experience and a hugh recommendation to visit this guys. It's best if you book them online, they will respond faster than over the phone. Lastly. The horses looked very healthy and well taken care off.

Smells Bad: Horrible horrible barn. Even if you’re doing a trail ride. Horses are let to roam free in the barn, others are left in a muddy paddock where their hooves are cracked. Most of them are malnourished. Tried to schedule a lesson and one of the people working there was very sweet, proceeded to explain to me that the owner was not. Most of the people “working” are children that drag around brooms and stare at you uncomfortably, turns out most of them are somehow related to the owner. The barn itself is disgusting and only the paths are remotely cleaned. Went to watch the lesson going on and there was someone who seemed to be well versed on a horse, and another that could barely post in the trot, both were jumping 2-3 feet. I wouldn’t go here if it was the last place I would ever get on a horse. Horrific practice and horrible business. Can’t believe I was recommended this place. Pros: potbelly pig

Marnie Alexander: My daughter took lessons for a season at Tamarack and I don't recommend it to other parents. I was surprised driving up how unkept the place looked, but the reviews were good so I overlooked it. At first I was surprised by how either angry or distant all the horses seemed and now I know why. Once my daughter was tacking up a horse that started to try and bite her and one of the teens working at the barn brought in a stick and started to beat it. No one batted an eye...apparently this is normal there. What shocked me the most was how often my daughter was handed a horse from the class before. I took this picture of the horses work schedule and it looks like many of them work 3-5 hours per day and apparently don't get a day off. Also once my daughter was told to ride a horse without a shoe. I asked if this is comfortable for the horse and they said no, but they didn't have any other horses because they had a trail ride...How is that acceptable?! It sounds like they have too many riders, not enough horses, and no adults to step in and say that the horses aren't treated well. We'll be taking our business elsewhere.

Meagan Gregory: We had an awesome trail ride experience today. The introduction to the horses was safe an efficient, and the wranglers took care to make sure we knew how to handle the animals. The actual ride was a beautiful walk through the woods and across a large creek behind the stables. Our guide, Grant (I think?), did an *amazing* job coaching my seven-year-old, inexperienced rider through the ride. This was my daughter’s first solo ride so she was a little nervous at first, but our guide talked to her the entire time and made her feel comfortable and safe. She spent the rest of the day talking about how much fun she had. My parents and I are more experienced with horses and we also had a wonderful time. The trek across the creek was a highlight, for sure, especially when the horses started playing in the water! We will definitely be back!

Warren Graves: Tamarack Stables gave our family a wonderful riding experience. Our teenage girls were asked to brush the horses first, and we watched all their apprehensions turn to smiles and admiration for the beautiful horses. We were quickly instructed on the necessary techniques, and enjoyed a marvelous ride along their natural, scenic trails with exciting and varying terrain and landscapes, including a wide creek crossing. Our guide was friendly, personable and professional. We even got to enjoy the company of Brandy, the Australian cattle dog, who frolicked along our trek and entertained us with her frequent dips in creeks along the way. I would recommend Tamarack Stables to everyone! W. Graves

Kane Able: My wife and I had a amazing anniversary ride. The trail is gorgeous and the trail guides are very helpful, understanding and professional.I plan to return and ride with them again.

Aleah Larson: Great little stable, family owned and operated. They were super responsive when we emailed them and we had a fantastic 1 hour trail ride on a lovely spring day. My 9 year old had a great time for her annual birthday ride, we'll definitely be back! The horses seemed happy and well taken care of, the crew who helped get the horses ready were friendly and astute, and our trail ride guides (Blaise and Tim) were super personable and attentive without being overbearing. We had a great time with Gracie and Scooby, thanks guys!

8. Center Peace Farm

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Center Peace Farm
Facilities
4.9
Services
4
Prices
5
Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.9

Address: 9020 Howser Ln, Lanham, MD 20706

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (917) 686-5071

Guy: Horseback riding service


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Ebony Sanders: By far the most peaceful, tranquil, and inviting place in the area for therapy and horse fun. Lyndi is so sweet, a powerhouse and great with the trainees. My 11 year old absolutely love it. I enjoy just being in the atmosphere with the sounds of the horses, birds, chickens, roosters…😊

Bonnie Erbe: Lyndi is the best h/j trainer there is and so much more! An expert on human and horse anatomy, she can teach you so much more than most trainers know. She is kind and honest, which are somewhat rare traits in this field

Maria Lopes: Great place for all people to enjoy horses. Fantastic hunter/jumper training for all levels, beginner to advanced. Center Peace Farm strives to add value to horse and rider through a holistic approach. You can benefit from essential oil classes, yoga, and wellness educational series all held right at the farm. This is truly a great place for people looking for peace through horses.

Mandy S: A little slice of heaven right off 450. Beautiful location and the horses are amazing. So well mannered. Chickens clucking around and Blaze the boxer horsing around with his jolly ball. A great place to get away and learn about animals and getting back to nature.

Harleykins: Ive ridden here since 2006! Lyndi is amazing! Do your self a favor and book your intro lesson!

9. Reddemeade Equestrian Center

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24 reviews
Reddemeade Equestrian Center
Facilities
4.5
Services
4
Prices
5
Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.2

Address: 1701 Ednor Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 421-4481

Guy: Horse riding school


Review: "The lessons are affordable and the instructors and super friendly and ..."

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Eli Levine: I have been riding here for about a year now and I love it. The lessons are affordable and the instructors and super friendly and wonderful. The rest of the barn staff is also amazing, from the people doing stalls to the people working the office. I strongly recommend coming here for horse riding lessons!

Diane Yateman: I have been riding at Reddemeade Equestrian Center since 2010 and I can’t imagine riding anywhere else. The riding program and EquiShare are great. There are a variety of instructors for all levels of riding. There are both private and group lessons throughout the day. The horses are wonderful and again great for all level of riders.

leilani ames: I have been riding at Reddemeade for over a decade. One of the best things about this barn is that they are like a family. Everyone is helpful, encouraging, and there aren't cliques. This barn is very friendly to kids and adults. Everyone seems to care about each horse in the barn as well, that's important to me. I rode English and Western growing up but had to stop once I started college and for several years after because of finances. I came back as an adult and haven't looked back. I started in adult group lessons, my instructors were excellent, encouraging, and knew how to teach. I really like having adult lessons without kids, riding as an adult is a different experience. Their instructors are trained and approved, I don't know the full process but it must be good because it is very consistent from instructor to instructor. The working student program is excellent, I wish I had known about it when my finances were tight, I would have joined. Essentially a working student puts in time at the barn grooming, tacking, watering, cleaning, essentially doing anything to be done. In exchange they get a free group lesson for X hours of work (you need to check with the barn about the time). I think it's a great way for kids or adults to spend time learning about horses while earning lessons. I've moved on into the Equishare program, it is the right fit for me. It is best described as owning horses without vet's, farriers, or training bills. They have 2 flavors, one is cheaper and allows 2 rides a week, the other is unlimited. I am in the unlimited program, I can ride as much as I want, 7 days a week. The program is set up so that the horses have a set number of rides, and days off. The ES member calls in to schedule a ride, or can come in unscheduled. In addition, the ES program includes 1 group lesson a month. You can develop relationships with the horses and find your favorites. I'd recommend taking some group lessons to really get the feel of the barn. The group lessons have camaraderie in them, in the adult lessons we always cheer each other on.

Janet Condino: I took lessons here quite a while ago and I thought this center was really great. The school horses were more than adequate and there were riders who had access to better horses (which they did not own) through a special program. I thought the instructors not only knew how to ride but they knew how to teachand I even have a couple of ribbons I won. To helped defray the cost of two lessons/week I swept and tidies the main barn after my last lesson. At one point we had a visitor who taught every one who was interested how to do an equine massage - it was wonderful to see the horse you were working on relax under your hands!

Rene Vidal: We bought a two-week summer camp experience for our daughter at Reddemeade Equestrian Center. As they did not have availability for two consecutive weeks, they gave us two separate weeks. Some time after my daughter had already completed the camp, they called us to ask for $50 because the weeks were not contiguous. I found this business practice quite unprofessional.
Response: I'm sorry you had a bad experience with a bookkeeping snafu. Some changes got miscommunicated when we reorganized from the shut down.

Ellie Hoskyn: They have a great working student program for people who are experienced enough to work for a group lesson. I have have been at the barn for about 5 years and have been in the working student program for about 4 years. I have learnt a lot about horses through this program and have had more opportunities to be able to ride and improve on my riding.

Debby Rosenfelt: I've been riding at Reddemeade for almost 15 years, taking lessons, riding in the Equishare program (choice of horses at your level), and finally boarding horses of my own. My daughter rode too, joining the Young Riders and winning ribbons in local and regional competitions. I love Reddemeade--the quality of the instruction is excellent, the horses are well-cared for and appropriate for many different levels of riding, and there's a strong community of kids and adults.

Log Deleon: I purchased a Groupon for an hour lesson for my daughter. The staff was unprofessional the instructor Ingrid was very rude because we were five minutes late and wanted to cut the training to half an hour, I insisted to get what I had paid for. Nevertheless I DON’T recommend this place and I urge you not to waste your money on any training at this place. There are far better places than this dump.
Response: I'm sorry that you had a bad experience. We ask people to arrive at least 15 minutes early out of respect to the instructor and the people who may have the lesson following yours. This way you have plenty of time to fill out paperwork so that your lesson can start and finish on time. We cannot run lessons late because there are other clients waiting for that Horse or that instructor and it is especially not fair to our ongoing clients.

Megan Lilly: I called and left messages enquiring about advanced riding lessons at several stables within a 20mile radius of downtown Silver Spring. The first, and only barn to call back was Readdymead! I got a great a great 100% free introduction group lesson where the instructors were great!

Kamilah Carlisle: The barn was nice enough. However, the instructor lost track of time and we were unable to jump. She capitalized on us being 5 mins late and had no intention on delivering an advanced lesson. Very unprofessional.

10. Misty Brae Farm LLC and Pony Club Riding Center

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16 reviews
Misty Brae Farm LLC and Pony Club Riding Center
Facilities
4.8
Services
4.8
Prices
5
Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.8

Address: 40295 New Rd, Aldie, VA 20105

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 7AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 403-6422

Guy: Horseback riding service


Review: "The owner Tori, instructor Joanne, and the ponies are all nice."

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Amani Zayed: The owner Tori, instructor Joanne, and the ponies are all nice. However, avoid signing up a lesson with Megan, she is unprofessional and is not friendly.

BLACKFILMS87: My wife always wanted to ride a horse but we weren't so sure if she could do it since she was involved in a car accident and it is hard for her to fully move one of her legs. But we took our chances and decided to give it a try. They have this summer camp going and we weren't trying to get involve in any program we just wanted one time ride. The owner made some space for us the same day we got there and she introduced us to this amazing instructor, her name is Christina and she along with other girls helped my wife to horseback riding. It was an awesome experience for my wife, her first time and everyone there was very helpfully and Christina was very patient, professional and she knows her job very well. Overall it was a wonderful experience for my wife and we would definitely come back.

L Taylor: I have been riding at Misty Brae Farm for about 10 years, and I have to say that is is the best place to ride at. All of my peers are friendly and always willing to help. Lessons accommodate all levels of riding and you are truly encouraged to become better. Tori is always willing to help, and the working students/student teachers are very well educated and meet all the requirements in becoming a teacher. I would have to say that Misty Brae Farm Pony Club is the best for rallies, everyone is willing to help each other and they are always positive. There is a wide variety of horses for people to ride. It has been a pleasure to be one of Tori's students and I highly recommend this riding facility to anyone!

Maria Winters: My twins (11 years old) have been at Misty Brae since the summer of 2014. We started out by participating in the week long Summer Camps. Immediately my girls were hooked on the farm and the horses!!! I attended a the 2014 Winter and 2015 Spring Break Camp, then signed them both up for group lessons. Since April 2015 my girls have been in a one-hour a week group lesson. The instructor is awesome and very knowledgeable about dressage, jumping, horses, and the farm. She has really given my girls a passion for riding and a desire to learn more about horses, jumping, safety, and riding confidence. It is wonderful to see them succeed and want to learn more. My girls love the lesson and practice time! BUT -- what I like MOST about MISTY BRAE is the overall FAMILY environment. The farm owners, the instructors, the horse owners, the helpers, the camp moms, and the girls.....are all family. It is an environment that is safe, nurturing, caring, and promotes development. I cannot say enough about the staff and families at Misty Brae. I feel each and every one of them accepts horses and riding with an open heart. I am very happy at Misty Brae! Come check them out!!!

Bailey Moriarty: It is a wonderful stable where both of my girls grew up and learned to ride and become amazing horseman. She teaches them all aspects of riding and caring for horses. Has a great leasing program too so the kids can ride often and improve their skills quickly. And she has a wide variety horses and ponies for everyone level and stage of riding. And the camps are so much fun.

Karwan Zebari: Very nice place for hose boarding. Compost. And having lids enjoy the scenery. Incredible people (owners) with so much passion.

Megan Rotzler: Misty brae is like family to me. I love it so much.

11. Serendipity Horse Meadows Farm

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17 reviews
Serendipity Horse Meadows Farm
Facilities
4.1
Services
4.8
Prices
4
Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 17907 Spielman Rd, Fairplay, MD 21733

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 514-5671

Guy: Horse riding school


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Niroj S: We stopped by to see some horses because our daughter is big fan. Karen and her team were super friendly and patient. They showed us everything, including 3 month old foals, goats, chicken, cats, calves..... We are super excited to go back. Thank you again

Lisa Rhodes: Today my granddaughter, her best friend, (both 10 yrs old), and myself, the grandmother, went on a trail ride at Serpendipity. May I say, it was simply perfect! Our trail ride instructors, Shane and Sierra, were amazing! They were friendly and very professional from the beginning to the end. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous! There were all kinds of farm animals that they allowed us to interact with. The horses were so well behaved! As I said, the day was perfect! We highly recommend Serpendipity to everyone!

Michael Arnel: Wonderful horse farm. We brought our cub scout pack for a weekend of camping and horse work. Deanne was amazing.

Karen Randolph: Deanna and the girls are very good at what they do. Those girls work so hard. Deanna is super nice and very specific when giving us our lesson.

ldub: Everything about Serendipity Horse Meadows Farm was an amazing experience. The location is perfect and everyone is so nice, knowledgeable and really care about all of the animals on the farm. This was our first time riding but Shane and his girlfriend (sorry I cannot remember her name) really made us feel comfortable throughout the entire process. They show you how to brush the horse, put the saddle on them, and show you how to control the horse. They lead you around a circle track to get you comfortable with the horse before taking you on the trail. I wish I would have known about this place years ago, but now that I do we will make this an annual summer time activity. If you’re looking to try horseback riding for the first time this is definitely the place for you! Thanks again for a great afternoon Serendipity Horse Meadows Farm!

Gwehyr: The owners are nice and friendly, the horses are very well trained. The baby animals are adorable, and the cats are very friendly. The dust coloured cat (aka the "orange" cat) is actually Loki, the god of trickery and mischief, and will lie to you about wanting pats on his side when he lays down. He is a liar and is not be trusted, unless he is standing up on his feet.

Liz H: I was super nervous about taking a lesson and going for a trail ride but my daughter really wanted to do it and it felt like a good chance to stretch my horizon a little. Like many things in life, I put off going riding until I was "thin" enough. When I told Deanne my hesitation she said come one down and will get you on the right horse. I will say I felt very supported and empowered. I think the weight limit is around 300lbs for anyone who is curious. They definitely match you to the right horse not only for your size but your personality and experience. The horses are well care for and healthy. The manager Deanne and her daughter, gave us a lot of attention and was very supportive. When you first arrive you brush your horse down, you learn to saddle them up, and then off to a fenced in area for a basic lesson. You ride there until it's clear you are well versed in the basics of riding (at least for a short trail ride). The ride was just long enough maybe about 45 minutes and our guides were attentive and helpful. I definitely recommend this place! The only note I would make is if you need an man's or extra large helmet in the case of my husband, bring your bike helmet if you have one.

Nicoleta Pribag: We came here to ride horses for the first time. All the people here are amazing and so are the horses and the environment. Friendly horses and friendly staff. They helped us ride the horse no problem. 10/10

Shane Minor: Definitely recommend coming! All ages are allowed and everybody is extremely nice, horses are trained very good, and it is a awesome experience!

Gary Aschenbach: Youll not find anyone to give your horse the same meticulous care and personal attention as Meg does. She cares for them as if they are her own. The farm is magnificent with multiple pastures, trails and indoor arena for all weather riding. Seeing is believing.

12. Magic Mountain Farms

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37 reviews
Magic Mountain Farms
Facilities
5
Services
5
Prices
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 151 Magic Mountain Rd, Winchester, VA 22602

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (540) 336-4267

Guy: Horse riding school


Review: Their website mentions riding lessons and pony

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Salman Latif Khalil: Simply love this place. I`m learning horse back riding and constantly improving. My instructor Jess is amazing and very nice. Probably the best in Winchester, VA

Danika Lagorio: Magic Mountain Stables lives up to its name! We had a spellbinding adventure thanks to the amazing staff and the most glorious happy trail horses ever. We took my sister and her family trail riding for her birthday and it was so beautiful and memorable. The staff really takes care to make sure that adults and children are safe and happy. Everyone should experience magic mountain stables at least once!

Anne Kirk: My daughter Runa loves coming and training with all the cool teen girls who work here. They’re all very capable trainers and take good care of her. Special shoutout to Claire, Runa’s favorite instructor. We’re so happy we found this farm for beginner lessons!

Erin Hunt: They took 10 of us on a trailride for my daughter's 12th birthday. Adults and kids. Jess was great!! Everyone had fun. ❤️

thomas davis: So our first pony ride for our 3 1/2 year old daughter. Excited when got there but said she didn't think think she wanted to ride today... Our trainer Charlotte put her at ease, truly made the experience fun for her and by the end of it she was riding. All we could'a hoped for and we'll go again. Great job!

Rhonda Boggs: Took some friends here and had a blast. Great people and awesome horses. I'm definitely going back for more.

Tanya Giacchina: Wonderful experience! Very nice instructor and beautiful horses. We will definatley be back.

126Boxing: Trails, staff and horses were all an awesome time! We took our two kids, 5 and 7, and they were very accomodating to both of them. Very patient and can tell that they genuinely love what they do. They went out of their way to make sure that everyone was set and felt comfortable to ride before leaving the stables. Trail ride was just as great. Even at the end of the ride they let the kids take off the saddles/tack and brush the horses. Kids had a blast. Highly recommended.

Rhonda Sayen: My 12 year old daughter started lessons a year ago. Everyone is so nice and they work together very well. The trainers are genuinely enthusiastic with every student. They seem to enjoy what they do very much and it shows in how they train. It isn't, here get on the horse and we will walk you around for an hour. They taught her about how to groom a horse and about the tack that goes on the horse. My daughter started as a western rider but after learning more she wanted to learn English and she loves it. She is learning to jump now. In the past year my daughter has gained more than knowledge of horses she has gained confidence in herself and great friends. Magic Mountain is her second home now.

Don: We took our 12 year old granddaughter for a ride and she had a great time . Charlotte was great and the horse’s were gentle

13. Royal Horseshoe Farm Inc

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79 reviews
Royal Horseshoe Farm Inc
Facilities
4.6
Services
4.1
Prices
4.3
Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.6

Address: 509 Morgan Ford Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6AM Thu

Telephone: (540) 636-6375

Guy: Horse boarding stable


Review: "Horseback riding is a great exercise that is good for the mind, body, and soul."

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David Yauch: Great folks, very nice casual trail ride over creeks & thru beautiful forest (walk only), suitable for any rider or first timer. Very good at matching horses & riders, reasonable rates, & they have very happy horses, well cared for & treated kindly. Highly recommend!
Response: David, so glad we have your recommendation! It's great to hear our skilled team members and fun rides both impressed you. We'd love to have you visit us for another ride sometime soon! -Charles Asper, Owner

Alex Hirsch: I visited for a birthday party where horses are available for riding and the indoor pool/rec facility was open. Staff was courteous, venue was mostly clean and up to snuff, pool was well maintained. I did not rent the venue so I can't speak to price, but if it is within your budget I would recommend this place.
Response: Alex, so glad you joined us for a party! It's great to hear that you had a good time enjoying our horses and clean facilities. We'd love to have you back another time! -Charles Asper, Owner

Critina Perez: This was absolutely fantastic. If you on the fence about which place to go this is your cue to make an appointment with them. The trail ride is beautiful, with some hills, meadows and even crossing a River. The stables were clean and organized and ready to receive us. They matched us with our horses according to our riding experience, and we both got fantastic horses. They also reminded us of the basics to help them stay on and enjoy their ride. Our trail ride instructor was Heather and she was incredible! Definitely recommend asking for her. Very experienced rider and clearly with a love of horses. The views were beautiful and a very fun trail to ride. Highly recommend it!
Response: Critina, beautiful views and a fun trail is all that you need! We're so glad that you enjoyed your trail ride with us and appreciated Heather's expertise. Whenever you're around, we'd love to take you on another ride! -Charles Asper, Owner

ROGER “2 Wheels 2 Eat” ROMEO: Very accommodating. Grandpa promised granddaughter a horseback ride. They were open by appointment only, but they figured a way to let her ride and it was not something they had to do. Nice people
Response: Roger, so happy to see this! Even though we run by appointments, we'd never want to keep someone from enjoying a ride. It's great to hear that you appreciated our accommodating team. We'd love to have you back again soon! -Charles Asper, Owner

Coraline: Fantastic fun! The drive to this trail ride alone was so enjoyable. The stables were clean and organized and ready to receive us. They matched us with our horses according to our riding experience. They advised the inexperienced riders of the basics to help them stay on and enjoy their ride. Our trail ride instructor was a sweet young lady. Very experienced rider and clearly with a love of horses. She was great with instructions and leading the ride. The views were beautiful and a very fun trail to ride. Highly recommend to anyone considering this as a fun option!!
Response: I couldn't ask for better feedback about your experience here, Coraline! I'm so glad that you enjoyed coming by to ride the trails with us. Thank you for the kind words of support! If you're ever inclined to come back, we'd love to have you anytime. -Charles Asper, Owner

Chelsea Adams-Perez: I booked a guided trail ride this past New Year's Eve. I was thrilled that they were still offering tours on a holiday. It had been years since I'd ridden a horse but the staff was very patient and gave a quick tutorial. They are very safety oriented and make sure that all riders are comfortable and practicing safety protocols. Our guide was friendly, professional, and informative and she took us through a gorgeous trail. I got to ride Sadie, who was a gentle giant. Overall, this was a great value and the next time I'm in the area, I will book again! I would highly recommend Royal Horseshoe Farm to anyone who is interested in horseback riding.
Response: Chelsea, it's great to hear that your NYE ride exceeded your expectations! It makes me happy to hear that you felt safe, comfortable and welcomed by our team. I would love to invite you back for another ride on Sadie -- or another one of our beautiful horses -- anytime! Hope you're doing well. -Charles Asper, Owner

Vielda Robinson: This was so much fun. I took my 2 teenage daughters and they loved it. We were informed on how to turn our horses, how to dodge trees, how to stop a horse if it tore off running, how to stop them, how to back up, how to go up hill and down hill. Not to let them eat while on the trail. Because of this great experience my 16 year old is seeking lessons and a summer job working with horses. We will definitely be back with a larger group. Thanks Heather and Rose.
Response: It makes me smile to hear how much you and your daughters enjoyed coming by for the trail ride, Vielda! Thank you for taking a minute to share some kind words of support for our farm and our employees. I absolutely look forward to hosting you all again in the future! -Charles Asper, Owner

Nikki Santillo: Horses were very calm and sweet. My 9 year old and I went. She rode bid light and I had Oakley. Bud light is probably one of the most chill lakes backed horse I've hever meet and Oakley I reminds me of a Cadillac, a big ride but very smooth and sweet to boot. He was a ver BIG guy tho. All in all it was a wonderful time.
Response: Nikki, it makes me happy to hear that you and your daughter loved riding Bud Light and Oakley! Thank you for the kind words about our horses here. I would love to have you both back for another fun adventure in the future! -Charles Asper, Owner

cliff diver: When we got there I was a little skeptical, but I was completely wrong. The owner and staff were great, very knowledgeable and experienced and the horses were amazing! The horse I rode was a beast,, but he was so cool to ride.. My daughter and I had the best time there! We are definitely going back and would recommend that you go. Beginner or experienced rider it is well worth the trip. A great thank you to all the staff for ending our trip in such a great way. 👍👍.
Response: It's great to hear that you and your daughter had a blast on your ride! Between our experienced guides and our well-behaved horses, you can rest assured that you're in good hands -- and hooves. We'd love to welcome the both of you back in the future! -Charles Asper, Owner

Horse Maiden: It was a great day....what a nice not boring ride.....the trail is up down and all around...really fun
Response: It's never a boring ride with us! So glad that our fun trail ride really impressed you. Come back and visit us again soon for another great day! -Charles Asper, Owner

14. Skyland Stables

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10 reviews
Skyland Stables
Facilities
5
Services
4.4
Prices
4.1
Parking
4.5
Wifi
4

Address: Skyland Upper Loop, Luray, VA 22835

Telephone: (877) 847-1919

Guy: Horseback riding service


Review: "Our kids love the ponies even though they just take them around the stable."

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Ryan: This place is great. I took my girlfriend and we had such a perfect ride through the park. The staff were so friendly and seemed to really care about the animals. If you’re planning a trip to Shenandoah or Skyland I’d put this as a must. Just be prepared for a saddle sore the next day or two.

Kristin Jones: Meant to review after I visited last summer, and was reminded while planning this year's trip. The staff is friendly and the horses are clearly loved and well cared for. The ride was great! Not just beautiful scenery, but enjoyable conversation too. Looking forward to another ride this summer!

Chad Yiengst: Friendly staff and reasonable prices, at least for the pony rides. Our kids love the ponies even though they just take them around the stable. The same staff member has been giving them rides on the same pony for the last three years and it is their favorite part of annual trip to the park.

Jessica Hodges: The girls absolutely loved their ride and the guides are very knowledgeable and kind. The horses, we’ll be sure to give Sugarfoot a snuggle for us!

Tamijo Sarver: Loved the whole experience!

Daniel Liggett: Pony rides are not available, although the website says they are. I called multiple times and used social media to request more information, but no one responded. I didn't find out until I arrived at the park and asked several employees.

Douglas Tyler: Not easy to find the place so leave extra time. Staff was very nice and they are extremely caring of the horses. The horses were easy to manage.

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15. Marriott Ranch Trail Rides

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Marriott Ranch Trail Rides
Facilities
5
Services
4.7
Prices
4
Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.1

Address: 4439 Fiery Run Rd, Linden, VA 22642

Telephone: (540) 364-3741

Guy: Horseback riding service


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Brian Roda: Ms. Jean is one of the best humans I have ever encountered. She is extremely personable and makes the trail rides very unique. Her sense of humor, equestrian expertise, and calmness all contributed to a very enjoyable trail ride. I worked with her to setup a proposal ride and I couldn’t have been more impressed with her communication before the event, her organization day of, and how accommodating she was. I changed the time of the ride 3 different times and she was very easy to work with. The proposal went very well and Ms. Jean was a integral part of that. The property is beautiful and the horses are well cared for. I hadn’t ridden a horse in over 10 years and it was easy to grasp it again thanks to Ms. Jean’s memorable instructions and my horse being very docile. I would highly recommend her trail rides to anyone.

Kathleen Ross: I am SO very impressed by this facility and Jean French! I have been to many barns over the last 40+ years and I have to say, this one is top notch. I love that Jean takes the time to educate all the guests about horse behavior and mentality. She is also very careful to chose the right horse for the rider. My husband has never been on a horse before and had a lot of fear and anxiety. Jean was so patient and encouraging with him. Today he had his second lesson with her, followed by his first trail ride, which he really enjoyed. Thank you Jean, for finding a non-threatening way to introduce my husband to something I have always been passionate about! I would encourage anyone who is interested in learning to ride to book a session at Marriott Ranch with Jean ❤️

Tara Smith: I am the Marketing Director for two Chick-fil-A's in Arlington, VA and my Operator wanted to take our restaurant Leaders on a different type of bonding trip! Our trail ride with the The Natural Connection was truly incredible. Our trip was just this past Sunday and our Team is still talking about it! A few of us had never ridden a horse while some of us had a lot of experience. It was great coming away from this trip with information on horses and how we can take the concept of approaching and interacting with a horse and apply it in our everyday lives, especially for people-focused businesses. Any group, organization, or business thinking of doing something like this for your Team, like Nike says, "just do it"! It was a great experience and we are hoping to do it again when it gets warmer! Thanks Ms. Jean, Ms. Tasha, and the other Wranglers who made our time both safe and enjoyable!

John Noren: My wife and I went on a private group trail ride today. Jean was so welcoming, knowledgeable, patient and encouraging. We had a great time. The horses were sweet and easy to ride. Great atmosphere to enjoy the area. Highly recommend it if you want to have a wonderful time.

Hunt Taylor: Great people. Trail ride was a bit slow for anyone with experience but still great scenery and nice horses.

Paula Mansour: This was such a great location for a Girl Scouts event. Our girls loved every minute of this day. With grooming the horses, learning new facts about then and a trail ride to top it off. The staff was a bit firm but understandable due to the fact they're dealing with a 1000lb animal. They have a great picnic porched area to enjoy lunch or parents to watch the kids interact with the horses.

Devon Craig: This is one of the absolute best horseback riding experiences I've ever head. I make a point to ride wherever we travel, and we came to Virgina for my birthday weekend to stay at The Marriot B&B and ride. Mrs. Jean is the BEST teacher, she clearly loves her horses so much and takes incredible care of them, and all of that contributes to an absolutely wonderful experience. No words can do justice to how wonderful Mrs. Jean is. Look no further - book your rides and lessons here. You will not regret it :)

Rania Hanna: Friendly wranglers and the horses were great. First time riders and we felt comfortable and enjoyed the whole ride.

Jane Zimmerman: Ideal trail-riding experience, especially for novices, beginners, or people who haven't been on a horse in a long time. The owner, Jean, is on top of it all. She carefully paired riders with horses, offered excellent safety overviews, and adhered fully and conscientiously to COVID-19 precautions. Her wranglers were wonderful with both the horses and the riders, including families and people riding for the first time. I hadn't been on a horse in 34 years after a negative experience. Thanks to Jean, I fell back in love with horseback riding, and look forward to riding with them again!

C H: Jean and her team run a first class operation. The level of care and respect accorded the horses is amazing, and shows in every conceivable way. Enjoyable and relaxing, great place to relax and reboot.

16. Jordan Hollow Stables

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Jordan Hollow Stables
Facilities
4
Services
4.8
Prices
4.2
Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.5

Address: 657 Pine Grove Rd, Stanley, VA 22851

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (540) 778-2623

Guy: Horseback riding service


Review: "Horses are tend to with much care and adoration."

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Rachel LeCroix: Jordan hollow stables is a great place for horseback riding in the Shenandoah Valley for tourists and locals alike. My husband and I went on a ride while on a recent trip to Virginia and it was great. The owners and instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly. The horses were also very friendly and sweet and they made the ride very enjoyable. The trails were hidden away which made for a very peaceful and relaxing experience. I would definitely recommend them for anyone wanting to do riding in the area.
Response: Hi Rachel, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so glad you had a wonderful time. If I remember you both were celebrating your Anniversary that day🎉❤️🐴🎊🤠❤️🎉🐴🤠 Glad you had such a wonderful time. Happy Trails Lisa 🤠🐴

Ada Rich: So I know I'm not going to do this review any justice but I'll try. 🤦🏾‍♀️ Lisa is such a gem! I called a few times trying to put together a nice Valentine's Weekend getaway for my man. I thought horseback riding should be included if we're gonna be in the area and I'm so glad I picked Jordan Hollow. Lisa assured me a few times that we'd enjoy it even though we've never been. She told me everything I needed to hear because I was so scared. 😔🤣🤣🤣 We did the private tour, just the 2 of us. It was amazing! Please add this to your bucket list and choose Jordan Hollow when you do! You can't possibly regret it.
Response: Hi Ada!! I am so glad you had a wonderful ride! Jasmine and Harmony are great horses! Thank you for your kind feedback. We hope you can visit again in the spring/summer. The trails are breathtaking then! Happy Trails my Friend, Lisa🐴🤠

Christine Mair: FANTASTIC place to enjoy a horse ride!! The owners are so nice and knowledgeable. Molly was our guide and she was careful to check on everyone, give us all the info we needed, and also make sure we got in some extra fun. The trails are beautiful with deer. The horses were very well behaved but still energetic so you could relax and also have fun. It's clear they take very loving care of each horse. They have a very clean port-o-let on site for bathrooms, washing hands. You have the option to wear a helmet. Also the drive to the location is beautiful. Highly recommend and I'll definitely be going back. :)
Response: Hello Christine, We are so glad you enjoyed your trail ride with us. Molly is a wonderful young lady we are very fond of as well. She was very first riding student at the age of 5 years old. Happy Trails, Lisa & Molly🤠🐴

Catherine Wood: Me, my sister, and friend did a ride at this stable. The owner Lisa and guide Molly were great. We had a peaceful ride in the woods with another couple and there daughter. I highly recommend this stable. Horses are well taken care of and well trained on the trails. Will definitely stop in again if in the area. Friendly service and a smile.. loved it❤️
Response: Hi Catherine! Thank you so much for your kind words! We were so very happy you, your sister and friend had such a good time! You even beat the rain! Have a wonderful Spring! Hope you visit again soon! Happy Trails, Lisa and Molly🤠🐴🤠🐴

Leigh Tivol: Like so many others, our experience here was fantastic. Lisa welcomed us warmly and made our young daughter feel like a proper rider. We loved that our horses were rescues and are clearly so well cared for in their current situation. Molly led us on a wonderful walk/trot on peaceful trails and took great care of us along the way. We appreciated every minute of the experience and will definitely be back the next time we're in the area!
Response: Thank you Leigh for your kind comments. We are so happy you and your daughter had such a nice time! Our guest are so kind to our horses. That is why they enjoy their job! Molly is such a wonderful guide she has been at the barn for many years. We are so proud to have her💖 Happy Trails, Lisa Owner. 🤠🐴

Kelli Maxcy: We LOVED our experience at Jordan Hollow!! We made a last minute decision to go horseback riding and when we called, only hours before the 1:30 time slot, Lisa was more than willing to accommodate us. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a very energetic, cheerful young lady, Miss. Ella. Both Ella and owner, Woody, were very professional and friendly while going over the basics of riding. We were lucky enough to have a private ride, as it was just the two of us and our guide, Ella. During our ride, we were fortunate enough to spot numerous deer up close and personal. Ella sure does have an eye for spotting those deer!! We will definitely be coming back here again next year, we HIGHLY recommend Jordan Hollow Stables! Kelli and George from Virginia Beach
Response: Hi Kelli, I am so very glad you had a great ride with us! Ella is a wonderful guide! I knew she would show you both a great time! Merry Christmas and Happy Trails!🤠🐴🎄🎁 Lisa, Woody And Eleanor

Hannah Knowles: I highly recommend visiting Jordan Hollow Stables to anyone who is interested in becoming more familiar with riding a horse, or simply for a fun experience. My significant other and I visited last weekend for the first time, and we couldn’t have been happier with our time there. We reserved a private ride through the trails and had a great time with our horses Jack and Cash, and also with our awesome guide, Reagan. Reagan was friendly, professional, and did a great job helping us feel comfortable on our horses and checking in on us throughout the ride. Lisa, the owner was also very friendly, professional, and helpful during our reservation setup. We would love to come back again!
Response: Hello Hannah! Thank you so much for you kind review on your riding experience with us. I am so glad you both had such a wonderful time! Cash and Jack are true buddies. They hang out in the field and graze check to cheek. We are so proud of Raegan she loves her job and takes it very seriously. I am so proud of our horses and staff and our guest are so kind to our horses.that’s what makes them a great enjoyable ride. Happy Trails Lisa🤠🐴

Amy Faulk: My husband, daughter and I went today and had Molly as our guide. What an awesome young lady. Very polite and went above and beyond to make sure our experience was amazing. I highly recommend this place. Looking forward to returning in 2022 with my grand daughter.
Response: Hi Amy, Thank you for your kind review! Molly was my first riding student in 2006 and followed me around my stables volunteering as a young child until she was old enough to take rides out. She has been here at our stables for 16 years and has earned her position as assistant Barn Manager and head guide. She has been such a delight to have. I am so glad you and your family had such a great time with us. We are looking forward for you to bring your granddaughter when you visit us again! Happy Trails and Happy New Year! 🤠🐴❤️🎉🎊 🤠🐴 Business owner, Lisa Cubbage

Tabetha Wilsher: The highlight of our Easter weekend trip was when we went to Jordan Hollow Stables in Stanley, VA for a private 1 1/2 hour trail ride. Besides horses, they had 2 pigmy goats, a peacock and 2 friendly Great Pyrenees dogs who were brother and sister! All the horses were beautiful, well cared for and loved. I rode Colorado, my husband Mike rode Swift, my daughter Alli rode Tonto and my daughter Jenna rode Dream. Our young guide was very nice and talked about interesting things as we rode the trail including the background of the horses we were riding. We got to see a family of deer and they were not scared of us they just watched us as we rode paste. The most exciting thing was we got to trot our horses about 10 times during the ride and the horses loved it! The owner was very nice to us and the whole staff was super friendly. I highly recommend doing this if you visit the area. We hope we can do this again sometime soon.
Response: Hi Tabetha! Thank you so Michael for your very kind words the pictures are amazing! I shared them on or Facebook page! I am so glad you had a great time! We hope you join us again soon! Happy Trails! Lisa, Woody and all the guides!🤠🤠🤠🤠🐴🐴🐴🐴

M. Mietzner: Absolutely wonderful. A beautiful experience. Novice to trail riding, and received easy to follow instructions. Ride lasted just over 1.5 hours. Was grateful for the few extra minutes. Guides were lovely, knowledgeable and provided good conversation on Page County history. Will definitely visit again
Response: Thank you so much for riding with us today and your kind comments about our Trail rides. It was indeed our pleasure. It was a beautiful day! Happy Trails, Lisa and Molly🐴🤠

17. Legacy Riding Stables

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Legacy Riding Stables
Facilities
4.3
Services
4.5
Prices
4.1
Parking
5
Wifi
4

Address: 3333 Bordentown Ave, Parlin, NJ 08859

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (732) 727-3838

Guy: Horseback riding service


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Daniel Lipetz: The trail was really nice. James, the guide, was super helpful and fun. We all had a lovely time riding out horses. There's also a cute zoo with goats and donkeys to see.

George: It's great place for horseback riding. The trainers are great day. James is definitely cool. He trains my daughter and did a great job teaching my daughter to sadle up a horse and how to ride a horse the right way.

Anacary de Jesus: We had such a great time. Amazing experience... Liz, Maria and the staff were so attentive and supportive as we had a large group with a disabled person and a very nervous child. Would definitely go again. I cannot recommend this place enough.

Stephanie Popielarczyk: Excellent stable for trail rides! Beautiful scenery, great guide, and very well taken care of horses. Also farm animals for the kids to pet.Will definitely be going back and highly recommend 👍

Hyun Park: No frills horse/pony riding stable. If your kids are riding for the first time, it's a great place to go learn. Instructors James and Sam are patient and great with the kids. Take the 30minute lessons. It's definitely worth it!

Lucy Rushing: We had an amazing time!! Jan was super!!! Thank you for making our first experience fun! We were scared and nervous but the staff took great care of us!!

Max: Great service! Awesome trainers and always good time there. Kids loved it!

Angels AUTOGLASS: Awesome place very friendly staff great for kids and all ages my five-year-old loved it ....half hour lesson ... affordable ...!great place can't wait to return.... kids loved it not too crowded ,nice and clean ,plenty a parking .

patrick miller: We had to wait 45 minutes past when our reserved time for the trail ride was set. The experience for my daughter and her friends was 10 out of 10. Although we had to wait, there was a lot for the girls to do, including exploring in the woods, petting pigs and watching the goats and chickens. The staff was very helpful and was great with the girls. Aside from the late and loads of salt in the late appointment, I have no hesitation to recommending legacy stables.

Margaret Schock: My friend and I had a GREAT TRAIL RIDE with a very nice guide. Everyone we met was friendly and the horses and tack are in terrific shape. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we booked another ride before we left.