This season, get a taste of the great outdoors straight from the saddle. Spring and early summer are the perfect times to try horseback riding if you’ve never done it before. If you are an experienced rider, try taking your rides up another notch with a day-long or overnight tour. This list of spots across Massachusetts and other parts of northern New England will give you plenty of ideas for enjoying all types of rides including day and sunset tours, as well as longer overnight vacations. All resources in this guide are less than a two-hour drive from the greater Boston area.
145 Litchfield Road
Londonberry, NH 03053
www.lucky7stables.comPerfect for beginners and experienced riders alike, a guided trail ride with Lucky Seven Stables will offer you scenic views and years of memories to come. Riders ages eight and older are welcome to join in on the fun. Sunset trail rides are offered daily and by appointment. Special rates are also given to groups. Please contact the owner for more information about scheduling tours with groups.
www.ridingtours.comAlthough its home base is out of state, Equitours Worldwide Horseback Riding Adventures offers full horseback riding vacations in the Merrimack Valley. Riders of all abilities are welcome to join these tours. All that is required is an adventuresome spirit and the desire to try something new. Vacations can be booked from April through October in 2013. Tour fees include horse rentals, accommodations and breakfast. Guests are required to provide their own lunch and dinner. After taking a Massachusetts-based tour, you may be inspired to try an equestrian-themed vacation in another part of the country. For additional information about tours and pricing, visit the Equitours website or call the toll free number.
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64 Mount Surprise Road
North Conway, NH 03860
www.buttonwoodinn.comIf you would like your horseback riding adventure to take you outside of Massachusetts, look no further than Buttonwood Inn in New Hampshire. Located on the slopes of Mount Surprise, Buttonwood Inn offers the Black Mountain Horseback Riding Trail Package to take you to nearby Black Mountain, known for skiing and recreation during the winter months. Enjoy guided rides from elevations of nearly 2,000 feet. Riders of all abilities are welcome to join these tours. The package includes overnight accommodations, tickets to attend the tour, as well as resources to enjoy other sites nearby.
210 Ossipee Mountain Road
Center Ossipee, NH 03814
(603) 539-5510Ossipee Mountain Trail Rides offers guided tours of the Ossipee Mountains. Riders of all abilities are able to join these tours. If you are traveling with younger children, ponies are also available. Tours are offered May through October, and day-long tours include a packed lunch. Day-long tours are by reservation only. For more information about tours, contact Mountain Side Trail directly.
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