When you imagine a vacation in Miami, Florida, probably the last thing you would think of is horseback riding. An agricultural area known as “Horse Country” is a popular destination for people who love horses and want to see some lush country scenery. Horse ranches are well-maintained and are dedicated to helping equestrians to experience Miami in a different light. Most of the places in the area are designed for giving lessons and experiencing the horse trails this way. A few are open to visitors to go for it on their own.
Why go horseback riding?
- Horses are majestic creatures. To interact with one and to connect with one can be a truly amazing experience.
- Horseback riding provides great exercise. As you find your balance, you are also getting a great core workout. Inner thighs and pelvic muscles also get toned. You will probably feel it the next day, but it is a great feeling!
- Riding is very calming and provides a mental vacation. You find peace as you engage with the animal and observe nature. The clip-clopping rhythm soothes your mind.
- See the world from a different point-of-view. You are up higher on a horse and will see things you would normally miss when walking or riding in a vehicle.
- Make your vacation unique by doing something nontraditional! How many other people do you know go horseback riding when they visit Florida?
The Bar-B-Ranch, just a short drive from Miami in Davie, is the largest and most experienced stable in the area. They can accommodate riders of all experience levels and have enough horses available that reservations are not necessary. Ride on the trails in the nearby public parks to catch a glimpse of what Florida used to look like before populations took over.
Lady Palm Ranch
The Lady Palm Ranch in Miami allows you to take a trail ride along the Everglades Canal Waterway. The rides only accommodate four riders at once, but children are welcome to double up with parents. Reservations are required and can be made and paid for online.
American Horse Trails
Choose from three different packages at this popular location in Southwest Ranches. Those who want an easier terrain with just walking can choose the Sugar Mill Trail. If you’re more comfortable on a horse and want a longer ride, walk and trot along the Harvest Moon Trail on their two-hour ride. Experienced riders will enjoy the three-hour tour on the Wind Cove Trail that allows walking, trotting, and cantering. Not sure which one is the best option? Contact them for a personalized custom package. Reservations are required. They do have a cancellation fee if you cancel three days or more prior to your scheduled ride. Cancellations made within three days are only given a make-up date.
Where do you like to go horseback riding in the greater Miami area? Share your tips with us in the comments!
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