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This, way up on the top of a mountain, was quite the experience. Quite the treat too. Very relaxing and obviously enjoyable. Brilliantly docile horses. Piece of cake to ride — and I had my Fuji X-E2s in my hand much of the time. SMILE.
Definitely get close to an hour (say 55 minutes) of riding. About 10 minutes longer on horseback. But it is not ‘cheap’! SMILE. However, I suspect that this is probably the going rate in New England (though we have not ridden anywhere else (as yet) though Devanee did take some lessons quite a few years ago).
About 80% (maybe 85%) of the trail is through woods. That was great today since it was the hottest day of the year. Being in the woods mitigated the heat. Yes, there was a babbling streams in parts, a few small waterfalls and we had to go across a wooden bridge. That was neat. Some sweeping distant views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountains beyond. That was nice. A cute little pond right at the end. It was fun.
Very professional outfit — run in the main (as is to be expected) by a very enthusiastic group of young ladies (assisted and abetted by a lone male). Everything was on schedule. No messing around. Very regimentalized.
Not the same as the incredible experience we had last year in Canyon de Chelly — but everything is magical in that enchanted Canyon.
You do NOT have to visit the ‘Castle’ or do any other tours to do the riding. Separate enterprise, separate entrance.
IF you are interested in getting some riding you should give it a try.