We are just ordinary women who own horses and would like to help pay for them and get them exercised. We thought of inviting other women to ride with us for a minimal fee and so started this small business. Eventually we got so many requests to give their kids over age 10 lessons as well as take out their families for a ride that we decided to open up our business a bit more. Our experience, however, showed us that on trail rides
the kids have to be at least 12 years old to handle the horses safety. This is not a nose to tail type ride. These horses have a mind of their own and you have to be big enough to tell them no when they want to stop to graze without your telling them they can. Most of us have ridden for years and can help you get back into riding again or start for the first time with lots of tips and ideas from our own experience. We have altogether just over a dozen horses who are beloved and excellent trail/lesson horses of all types. And we ride on some of the most beautiful peaceful trails in the piney woods of Texas across and along the Spring Creek which has miles of trails in both shade and sun in forests and fields. We have discovered that this is an ideal way to connect with and sooth your soul and rebuild your energy for your busy 'take care of everyone else' life. We don't jump or race or do anything fancy, just walk trot and lope our horses at whatever level you feel comfortable. We are in it for the love of these horses and totally enjoy spending time with other people who are also H+, if you know what we mean [did you read all the horse books growing up and do you practically drive off the road when you see horses out in a pasture?]. We would love to have you join us for a couple hours for a ride and a chat.
We meet at the horses and teach you to groom and tack up your mount if it's a lesson, or we have them already tacked up if it's just a trail ride
, take you for a great ride which usually lasts about two hours, depending on how sore your rear end gets, and then untack and give them a bath if they needs it and maybe sit around for a bit to snack and chat till we are all ready to head back to our lives.
Age range, type of group
Us Gals that own the horses are aged 45 - 65 so that is our preference to ride with other women of all ages. But we all also have kids ages 13 to 30's, so that is partly why we decided to also take out older kids. OK, we will also take out you guys if you absolutely promise to be very gentle with our horses. Even though it's Texas, we believe in natural partnerships with our horses, none of this 'I'll show you who's the boss' stuff with this group please.
Sleeping and meals
We always provide cold bottled water. You can bring other drinks or your own snacks if you want. If we go long enough, we usually stop to let the horses graze for 10 to 15 minutes or so and may get off to have our 'picnic' and stretch our legs or go for a swim.
No smoking or littering on our rides. Feel free to bring one low alcohol drink like beer or wine or limeritas. For our lessons we will take kids over age 10 [limit 2 kids per lesson], but for our trail rides they have to be over age 12. If you are crazy enough to attempt a ride over the age of 90, we might have you double sign our liability form, although several of us trail guide/owners are RN's or nurse practitioners, so why not? We don't have the manpower to keep more than about 4-6 riders supervised safely, so please don't ask for exceptions to that rule on the trail rides unless you have a couple of very experienced riders with you who can help us guide the ride.
$60 per ride weekdays, $75 weekends and holidays
Sorry, we are already so low with our prices that if we go any lower we won't be covering even our minimal costs. But thanks for asking.
Donna Stedman (View My Profile)
Ordinary women who have wonderful friendly safe trail horses of all types and sizes seeking those who would like to help us exercise and pay for our horses by coming out on trail rides with us. We go out for a couple hours through some of the most beautiful and adventurous trails in the piney woods of Texas. Come ride in our comfortable western saddles for some zen time or a fun gallop or two.