Riding trails are categorized by their difficulty level, ranging from smooth pasture trails up to rocky mountain trails. Identify different types of riding trails with helpful advice from an experienced trail boss in this video on horseback riding. The best locations for trail riding are back country regions that offer diversity and different sights, sounds and challenges throughout the trail.
Rent a Horse for Trail Riding
Before I had my own horse I was always looking for places where I could go on an organized trail ride on a rented horse.
Bobby’s Ranch Public Trail Riding
Bobby’s Ranch is a riding stable that offers guided trail rides to the public in Eastern Massachusetts with many acres of trails to enjoy. Their horseback rides are guided by well qualified personnel. Experience the New England scenery, old rock walls, streams and forest year round. Offered are scenic Western style trail rides, year-round on over 1500 acres of conservation land. Bring your family, horse and saddle not needed.
6 Durkee Lane, Westford, Massachusetts
Call for reservations: (978) 263-7165
Cornerstone Ranch Public Trail Riding
Horse rental at Cornerstone Ranch is a wonderful experience! Open for your horseback riding pleasure year round it is conveniently located in Central Massachusetts, just one mile off of Route 68 in Rutland. Trail rides an hour long cost $45 per person and trail rides for approximately two hours cost $70 per person. Check their website for trail ride dates and times.
29 Dowds Lane, Princeton, Massachusetts
Call for information: (978) 464-4570
Crowley’s Public Trail and Pony Rides
Crowley’s Sales Barn & Stables in Western Massachusetts is known for their guided horseback trail riding on scenic trails. The rides are about 50 minutes long–no reservations necessary, just walk-in. They have plenty of horses from small to large, and if you don’t wish to ride yourself, bring your kids for a pony ride for some spontaneous family fun. Riders must be 8 years or older for the “big horses” Western style trail rides, children ages 7 and under may go on pony rides. Please note that Crowley’s trail rides are closed for the winter.
32 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam, Massachusetts
Call for information: (413) 786-1744
Amethyst Farm Wagon and Sleigh Rides
Amethyst Farm in the heart of Amherst, MA offers publc wagon and sleigh rides.
89 North East Street, Amherst, Massachusetts
Call for information: (413) 461-8877