If you’ve always wondered what it’d be like to ride a horse, autumn is the perfect season to saddle up and give it a try! What better way to immerse yourself in the colorful fall foliage than atop a majestic horse in the crisp, cool air? Just imagine taking a step back in time to explore unbridled wilderness with the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair. At Funsherpa, we offer horseback riding lessons, guided trail rides, couples expeditions, and overnight ride/camp adventures in some of the country’s most scenic destinations. Once you learn the basics, these are some other amazing places to go horseback riding in America, as well as a few tips to get you started.
Triple Creek Horse Outfitters – Napa Valley, California
Experience the beauty of California wine country the old fashioned way, while learning about 19th century Native Americans and ranchers who once rode through these open oak woodlands and shady redwood groves. Guided rides are available by reservation six days a week and include a complimentary tasting at the nearby winery.
Rapp Corral – Durango, Colorado
This corral offers one-hour beginner rides, cave rides, old wagon road rides, wooded rides, and advanced mountain rides. Depending on what ride you choose, you can expect spectacular views of old-growth forests, endless wildflowers, and towering mountain peaks.
Big Red Stables – Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Kentucky Derby and Bluegrass music fans will fall in love with this family owned and operated farm with 200 acres of riding space. The stable offers 1-hour beginner rides, two-hour Eagle’s Nest rides, and rides through the rolling meadows of a nearby Shaker Village.
Biltmore Estate – Asheville, North Carolina
To experience the historic luxury of the equestrian lifestyle, head to the Biltmore Estate to explore 80 miles of wooded estate trails. Biltmore offers one-hour guided rides, private trail rides, and group rides that serve a picnic lunch.
Icelandic Horse Farm – Waitsfield, Vermont
This farm offers half-day trail rides, full-day trail rides, and two to six-day treks on five-gaited Icelandic horses. On these rides, you’ll experience the quaint scenery of the Vermont countryside, along the back roads of the Mad River Valley and onto the slopes of the Green Mountains.
Tips for Horseback Riding Beginners
- Wear long denim pants to protect your skin from chafing or getting scratched
- To mount, put your left foot in the stirrup and gently swing yourself to the right side
- Push down on the stirrups with the balls of your feet
- Remain calm and confident to let your horse know you’re in control
- Wear a helmet to protect yourself from falls
- Keep your muscles loose and move your body as the horse moves
- Keep your hands still while holding the reins, but don’t pull them too tightly
*Photo Credits: fermicat & New Brunswick via Flickr