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8 Unique Equestrian Experiences to Try This Summer

by Aoife O'Riordan

Apr 13, 2023

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Destinations / North America

This summer, plan a getaway to one of these luxurious ranch properties to enjoy days filled with equestrian activities, outdoor adventures and more. From Lanai, Hawai’i, to Aspen, Colorado, these eight ranches and resorts invite family travelers to ride horseback beneath sunny skies.



© Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel, California

Spanning 500 acres, Carmel Valley Ranch recently launched its signature Equine Experiences program, offering guests therapeutic ways to bond with horses and celebrate these majestic animals. Developed and led by Robert G. Magnelli, guests can enjoy five immersive activities, including Discover Joy, where guests work with and watch horses to discover what prevents and brings joy, as well as learn methods to improve emotional and physical wellbeing with Growing Awareness. These sessions are available for guests of all ages looking for moments of calmness.


Unbridled Retreat

© Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort

Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, Lanai City, Hawai’i

Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort hosts its second women-only Unbridled Retreat this summer, July 26–30. On this retreat, guests embrace the healing power of horses to find internal peace. Led by Devon Combs, guests embark on three equine coaching sessions and hands-on interactions with horses. Other features of the retreat include luxury meals at Sensei by Nobu, wellness credits for spa treatments, and wellness consultations and more.



© Magee Homestead

Magee Homestead, Saratoga, Wyoming

At this all-inclusive, adults-only property, guests enjoy an unparalleled range of ranch activities, including bespoke horseback riding experiences tailored to each person’s riding level. These experiences offer group or private trail rides across meadowlands, cattle drives and private riding lessons, which can include general horsemanship, barrel racing, pole bending, arena games and full-day rides with a picnic.


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© Mission Point Resort

Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island, Michigan

On an island where motor vehicles are banned, this island is the perfect spot to enjoy some time in nature without the noise of cars. A stay at Mission Point Resort, situated on 18 acres of lakefront land, entails a carriage tour, one of the best ways to see the island and learn about the history of the region. Those wanting to spend more time with horses can head to Mackinac Community Equestrian Center, a popular spot for horseback riding lessons and summer horse camps.


© The Residences at Aspen Valley Ranch

The Residences at Aspen Valley Ranch, Aspen, Colorado

This enchanting equestrian playground covers 813 acres and pairs world-class Western living services and amenities with a ranch lifestyle. While staying at the property, guests enjoy access to Horse Barn, featuring an on-staff, award-winning horse wrangler, available for training horses and taking guests out on trail rides. With just three homes left for sale on the property, this highly sought-after region invites travelers to stay for a while and enjoy long horseback rides through trails with unobstructed mountain views.



© Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

Perfect for children of all ages, Blackberry Farm aims to build confidence in guests with introductory lessons in grooming and horseback riding. Each child can enjoy time on the back of a horse. This farm also embraces natural horsemanship, a philosophy and experience where humans learn to speak the language of the horse and establish an appropriate relationship. The Natural Horsemanship Experience is available for guests ages 8 and up, only offered when paired with a Field and Stream Trail Ride.



© Triple Creek Ranch

Triple Creek Ranch, Bitterroot Valley, Montana

Saddle up at Rider’s Roost at Triple Creek Ranch and go horseback riding through wildflower meadows in spring and beneath blue mountain skies in summer. Guests can also try a cross-country ride on Triple Creek’s 26,000-acre CB Ranch May–October. The property also offers cattle drive experiences June–September.



© Reid Creek Lodge

Reid Creek Lodge, Douglas, Wyoming

Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co. announced the opening of Reid Creek Lodge last summer and, as the property prepares for its second summer season, there’s much to look forward to. While staying at Reid Creek Lodge, horse lovers can explore the region on horseback or learn tricks of the trade in the American Quarter House arena, an award-winning facility. These experiences are available to riders of all skill levels.


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