Taking a horseback ride during a vacation is a popular excursion, and people climb aboard our equine friends for rides along trails and beaches all over the world. It’s generally a fun and relaxing experience, and the view from the saddle can give you an entirely new perspective on a new locale and its landscape.
Horseback riding in Niagara Falls is a wonderful experience to add to your family’s itinerary and there are a number of local stables that will happy to make your horsey dreams come true. Just be sure to always keep safety in mind, follow the stable’s rules, and be honest about your experience level before you ride and a great time will be had by all during your visit to Niagara Falls when you need a break from the awesome waterpark.
As one of the most popular riding facilities in the region, Horseplay Niagara is the perfect place to book trail rides of all types and for all experience levels. Their only mandates are that riders be over 6 years of age, (over 8 years of age for more demanding rides) and weigh less than 300 pounds.
They offer a number of rides, including family rides, beach rides, adventure rides, private rides, and rides for those with experience and can safely handle a horse at a gallop. They even offer a romance ride that is perfect couples and includes a ride to the beach and a private picnic.
Reservations are required so book your trail ride early!
Niagara Riding Stables
Another Niagara equestrian institution, Niagara Riding Stables offers trail rides open to the public. They do require riders to be older than age 10 and the weight of the rider cannot exceed 225 pounds. Niagara Riding Stables keeps a barn full of horses that are suitable for all experience levels and are obviously very well cared for.
Rides take place along the Niagara Escarpment and are usually about an hour in duration. Guides give a brief introduction to the horses and basic commands that new riders can utilize. Reservations are required and while rides are scheduled daily they can occasionally be canceled due to inclement weather.
Spruce Meadow Farm
While Spruce Meadow Farm in Clarence, New York is not the type of facility that offers group trail rides, it is one of the best training barns in the region. Therefore, if you or one of your children is an active rider and doesn’t want to miss out on training or lessons while on vacation, this is a great way to ensure that your training and fitness levels don’t slip while you’re away from your home barn.
Spruce Meadow Farm focuses on English riding and offers instruction in dressage and jumping on carefully trained horses. Schedule a lesson while you’re visiting Niagara Falls or check out one of the many horse shows they hold throughout the season. Even the non-riders in your family or group can appreciate the fun and fanfare that comes with a horse show.
Horseback riding is a wonderful addition to any vacation. Consider one of these companies and make your trail riding or riding lesson reservation today!