Happy trails to you, as you and yours take to local riding centers of Mount Washington Valley to enjoy the sights and sounds from horseback.
Trail rides are offered at White Mountain Horseback Riding at the Fields of Attitash (603-374-0961) in Bartlett, Black Mountain ( 800-698-4490) in Jackson, the Farm By The River B & B with Stables ( 888-414-8353) off West Side Road in North Conway, and the Stables at Bretton Woods ( 603-278-8989). Boarding of horses, riding lessons and training are offered by Donna Mori of Amori Stables (603-662-9079; www.amoristables.com) at 28 Banfill Road off Tasker Hill Road in Conway. Amori offers a horse camp Aug. 22-26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Human Horse Balance (603-716-6335; www.humanhorsebalance.com) of 281 Odell Hill Road in Center Conway offers boarding, training, healing/rehabilitation and Reiki as well as summer day camps for children. Training is also offered at Burnt Meadow Stables in Freedom (603-367-8600).
White Moutain Horseback Riding
Located just 1/4-mile east of Attitash Lodge, the White Mountain Horseback Riding is home to horseback riding and hand-led pony rides along the banks of the Saco River and through the Fields at Attitash. The stables are open daily, June 16 to Oct. 8, 2018. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Attitash’s trail guides lead groups on horseback rides at walking pace along the tranquil Saco River and through the Fields of Attitash. Hour-long and 30-minute rides are available. No riding experience is necessary.
Riders must be 8 years old or older and taller than 54 inches and weigh more than 70 pounds to ride. Weight restriction is a maximum of 225 pounds.
Young riders may experience the magic of a shorter pony ride, hand-led by Attitash guides, exploring wooded paths and the Fields of Attitash. For more information, go to whitemountainhorsebackriding.com or call (603) 374-0961.
Scenic Black Mountain Stables
Scenic and fun, Black Mountain Stables’ diverse trail riding programs are great for all members of the family.
Elevation is what sets Black’s riding trails apart: the base of Black Mountain is at 1,250 feet and their rides venture up to a 2,000-foot elevation. The views at this altitude are simply breathtaking. In addition, Black’s skilled guides and well-trained horses offer a safe and enjoyable experience for even the most novice riders. Trail rides are offered daily at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. through the end of October. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (603) 383-4490. Children’s riding lessons are offered. For younger children, Black offers pony rides at the base from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For a truly memorable adventure, go for an overnight horseback tour — ride halfway up the mountain to Black’s ski patrol cabin, and enjoy s’mores and great cooking by the campfire. Sleep in the cabin, rise to a great breakfast and then ride down for a fun family outing on the trails. Visit www.blackmt.com for more information. Saddle up!
Farm by the River B & B with Stables
This is an award winning, owner-operated stables and bed and breakfast inn. The horses are selected for soundness and good temperament and are cared for and trained by experienced wranglers all year round. This helps to make this a fun experience for all.
The equestrian stables have 18 resident horses and is surrounded by views of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and located 2 miles from downtown North Conway. Open to the general public year round, daily for scenic horseback rides (offered even in the winter), horse-drawn sleigh or carriage rides and wagon rides. Private Victorian carriage rides for 2-4 people or join in with others in the large sleigh or wagon (takes up to 12-16 people). Pony rides are available, too.
Voted a “Yankee Magazine Editors’ Pick, 2001,” the Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables is a great place to go for a New England horseback riding vacation. The farm has been in co-owner Rick Davis’ family for over 240 years.
For further information, call 1- 888-414-8353 or (603) 356-2694 for the inn, or (603) 356-6640 for the stables or visit www.farmbytheriver.com.
The Stables at Bretton Woods
Just a few steps from the Mount Washington Hotel and Bretton Arms Inn, the Stables at Bretton Woods offer equestrian activities for all levels. In addition to daily group and individual rides, interactive programs invite you to engage in some equestrian fun with friends and family. Carriage rides are also offered. Advanced reservations are encouraged. Programs run from mid-May through mid-October. For reservations, call (603) 278-8989 or for more information, visit www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/BrettonWoodsMountWashington/ResortActivities/SummerFun/EquestrianCenter.