In Arlington, Golden Gaits Stables offers 30-minute lessons for kids under age 6, and hour-long lessons for older children (and adults) who have a little more control. I love that the stable, which teaches Western-style riding, backs up to the city’s Bad Konigshofen Park (where horses are welcome). Whether you’re looking for a novel party idea or a real trail ride, they’ve got something for you.
Denton and the cities that surround it make up North Texas Horse Country –– a 900 mile-area with over 300 horse farms and breeders in the US! There are several stables where you can get up in a saddle and off the beaten path. Black Mustang Ranch offers everything from a simple trail ride to endurance riding, while Four Fillies provides equestrian camps and trail rides along Lake Ray Roberts. If you’re interested in breeding, Willbanks Paints ‘n‘ Pasos focuses on two specific types of horses: The beautiful American paint horse and the “people-oriented” Paso Fino.
Here in Cowtown, The Stockyards Stables in Fort Worth’s historic Northside offers rides on the Trinity River Trails –– and I can’t think of anything more Texan that riding the area where cattle and horses came to market 150 years ago. At Trinity River Farm, you’ll find riding lessons, camps for all abilities, shows, and even an arena you can rent. Benbrook Stables has been catering to horses and the people who love them for 60 years: you can take a trail ride or a lesson, or plan an event in their glorious gardens.
In Plano, Southfork Ranch Trail Rides is another facility that offers everything from trail rides to lessons to event planning on their 300 acres of cultivated ranch land. Karma Ridge Arabian Farms and Treeline Stables in nearby Parker, TX both focus on the art and practice of horseback riding. You won’t find trail rides here, but if you’re serious about learning to ride and jump, these facilities will help you with the fundamentals.
In Southlake, Widowmaker Trail Rides won’t teach you to jump but they will provide a fairly perfect trail riding experience around Lake Grapevine. Marshall Creek Ranch will give you a trail ride experience where the deer and the antelope play –– ok, where the deer, coyotes, and hawks play on their 39 miles worth of trails.