We adore horseback riding, but have only experienced it in the mountains. Riding on the beach, next to the Atlantic Ocean? That’s a whole new level of awesomeness!
When we visited Outer Banks North Carolina, we took a magical horseback riding tour with Equine Adventures. Here’s the scoop.
Where is it?
Equine Adventures is in Frisco, NC…just about 10 minutes from Hatteras Island. You know, where you go to see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The lighthouse makes the perfect side trip before your horseback tour – that’s what we did.
Who Can Ride?
Riders must be 10 years or older to ride (and at least 4’8″ tall) and no…younger kiddos cannot ride on the same horse with you. If you have a horse-loving child right on the brink of turning 10 then give them a call. Sometimes they make exceptions…but don’t assume they will. Always call first.
There is a 225 lb. weight limit for riders. If you’e close to this, give them a call so they can make sure they have the right horse available for your ride. No exceptions about exceeding the weight limit, for the safety of the horses.
What Should You Expect?
We arrived about 15 minutes early, making sure they had our waivers and finding helmets to fit the boys.
After that, the guides gave us some initial training. The horses here are trained in English-style riding, which was a little different than we had experienced before but the transition was easy. These horses are perfect for beginners (or those new to English-style.)
We begin the ride through the Buxton Woods Maritime Forest, with a guide in front of the line of riders, and another guide in back. We saw dragonflies and other creatures, and made our way through a few water holes (which was super fun!)
We took a brief pause to separate into two groups. Those who wanted to ride hard, and those that wanted to take it easy. We appreciated this with our two young kids. Experienced riders appreciated it as well.
Those with experience don’t want to walk in a line for two hours with Happy Trails playing in the background. And I’m guessing the horses don’t much like it either.
The horses, of course, knew exactly what was going on. As we came out of the forest and over the dune…POW!
There are no words. It’s spectacular to see the wide open space with rolling waves. You can even feel the horses’ energy change.
Once on the beach, you can ride side by side. For people who want to trot the horses, the guides taught us how and gave us some pointers before letting us try it out a few times.
After walking and running the horses on the beach, the guides gathered us up and posed each group of riders against the water for pictures.
After pictures, we all filed back through the forest for the ride to the stables.
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Disclosure: Thanks to Outer Banks Visitors Bureau for hosting us on this amazing adventure. We appreciate Equine Adventures for taking us on happy trails as well. Opinions here are all our own, as always.
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