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Merging with Nature ~ Horseback Riding Adventure in Ontario

Updated on May 20, 2014
Horseback riding inside Bruce Trail of the Niagara Escarpment.
Horseback riding inside Bruce Trail of the Niagara Escarpment. | Source

Crisp air, cool winds, bright hues, blue skies, or soft snow…take a hike out or choose to go horseback riding.

If you are a novice rider, get carried away to the grace of a horse ride and the surroundings yet to explore. If you are an experienced rider, make every horseback riding adventure be an awe of inspiration, spirit-stirring and memorable.

I have never ridden a horse during my youthful years, not even a domestic water buffalo (back home). I have much wished to ride a horse one day, and so it happened here in Niagara, Ontario. My first riding a horse was unforgettable and forever will be a cherished memory.

While trail riding in springtime, there was the cool air of the season's fresh beginning, blending with the fragrance of what was winter’s asleep forest. The sun’s rays peeking through the tall trees, making its narrow ways in between branches and leaves, appeared heavenly above and before us. A family of deer in the woods, too curious and swift, was a remarkable sight. Trotting was an exciting beat and galloping was more exciting and thrilling. The atmosphere at the stables is different, a country-feel where I wanted to be; strong horses at play, and mister donkey surely let a big hee-haw welcoming me. Most of all, I have fallen in love with the horse assigned to me. His name is Earle, and bidding goodbye to this new friend was hard.

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Discover Ontario’s Nature & Beauty on a Horse Ride

Niagara Riding Stables, Niagara-on-the-Lake

471 Warner Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S-1J0, Canada,

Telephone: 905-262-5101 | Email:

Scheduled year round horseback trail rides along the public trail of the Niagara Escarpment and vineyards nearby. Rides are on varied trails and into the woods, and out to a refreshing scenery of surrounding nature. First timers will have a great opportunity and enjoyable time like us. Niagara Riding Stables have a horse to suit each rider and match their level of experience. Reservations recommended.


HorsePlay Niagara, Ontario

20961 Wilson Rd., Wainfleet, Ontario L0S 1V0, Canada

Telephone: 905-834-2380 | 1-800-871-1141

Horseback riding tours include along the beach of Lake Erie and through the remarkable trails and conservation areas of Niagara, Ontario. Experienced riders wishing for more private advanced trail rides are available for a group with a guide. Experience is not necessary and is open year round.


Wildwood Manor Ranch

14097 9th Line, RR.5 Georgetown, Ontario L7G 4S8, Canada

Telephone: 905.877.6852 | Email:

Exciting horseback rides will take you to the inspiring and uplifting experience of the woods and refreshing, soul-stirring fun out in the fields. Wildwood Manor Ranch is located an hour north of Toronto, in the essence of nature’s Halton Hills. Check out Wildwood Manor Ranch’s romantic offers and other packages. Open daily.


The Ranch

2401 Burnhamthorpe Rd. West, Oakville, Ontario L6M 4H1, Canada

Telephone: 905-469-2989 | Email:

One hour of miles ride and guaranteed fun. Beautiful horses safely would take you to the fields and into forest trails that surround The Ranch farm.

See the beautiful palette of flaming hues of trees during autumn as you glide along the paths in horseback.


Collingwood Horseback Riding Adventures

Beaver Valley Trails and Saugeen River

305042 Southline A Road , R.R. # 3, Priceville, Ontario

Telephone: 416-898-3573 | Email:

Ride your way to hours and even an overnight trail horseback riding escape in Beaver Valley. Become mesmerized with the thrill of meeting other nature's wild inhabitants in the area such as the white-tailed deer, ground hogs, or perhaps admire a freely gliding hawk above you, or spot a shy country fox. Open your eyes to sighting a variety of birds, and listen to its singing, serenading the day along your path.

Rides along the Saugeen River offer breathtaking, gorgeous and tranquil landscapes of valleys, hills, grass meadows and even wetlands, all blessings of Priceville’s country haven.


Comeback Ranch, Blue Mountain

302 Osler Bluff Rd, Grey Rd 21, Blue Mountain, Ontario

Telephone: 705-444-5552 | Email:

Love the horses, love the adventure trail rides, and love the wildlife of the Blue Mountains. Located below in the hilly sides of the Blue Mountains, Comeback Ranch offers 183 acres of memorable package on “beautiful days” that is, of horseback riding amongst picturesque views you will ever be astonished of, molded with history.


Horseback Riding All Year Round

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Knowing Horse Movement Terms

The Walk
The Trot
The Canter
The Gallop
A natural pace.
The horse pace is slow between a walk and a run, but definitely faster than a walk.
.A three beat gait between a trot and a gallop, otherwise known as an easy gallop.
This is the fastest of a horse pace.
The walk sends each foot touching the ground separately.
The legs move in diagonal pairs and reaches the ground at the same time.
The canter uses one diagonal pair touching the ground simultaneously.
All four feet are off the ground synchronously.

Let's Do the Trot


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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Isn't sitting on a horse the best feeling in the world !.......awesome ride .sharing it up !.........Thank you !

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi coffeegginmyrice.... great read today and the thoughts of getting out coming up again. I have some friends who do an annual trail ride through the mountains, about 150 miles in three days and they have asked me to come along this year. Looking forward to the time out....

      Hugs and Blessings from Alberta

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      It makes perfect sense that horseback riding would be popular in beautiful Ontario--thanks for highlighting the opportunity for us!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love horses and being able to enjoy nature in this fashiong would be so lovely. Thanks for shraing this idea.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Enjoying Niagara views on horseback must give a special experience for you. It really is a beautiful and perfect place for horse riding.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like lots of fun for anyone of any experience. Riding must be popular in your area!