It shouldn’t be too surprising that New Hampshire offers some of the best horseback riding trails in New England. Many of the ski resorts transform during their off season into a wonderful world that is best explored from a saddle. The mountains, valleys and plains all offer trails that can take you anywhere from a few hours ride out, to several days on a pack trip for a more intense experience. Best of all, almost all the stables in the state are set up to handle a range of age, skill and ability for riders so it can be something the whole family enjoys.
Bear Brook State Park
Just outside Allenton is Bear Brook State Park. This state park offers many different activities and for those interested in horseback riding, it has a true range that will make it suitable for any level of rider. There are guided trail rides, free trails and rings so that you can do what you came to do with the best equipment and horses possible. You can also bring your own horse to the park. With advance notice you can arrange for stabling. If the park stables are full, you can arrange lodging for your horse in one of the local stables while you are finding suitable lodging for yourself as well. When you are done with your day in the saddle, you can swim, hike, camp and have a cook out too. There is much to do in the local town as well if after a day on the trail you are more interested in amenities than more sun and wind.
It should come as no real surprise that some of the best horseback riding trails are located on some of the best ski resorts in New Hampshire. The fields of Attitash welcome riders of all different levels and ages and can provide an incredible way to explore the mountain during the spring and summer months. As long as everyone in your party is over 8 and over 48 inches in height, the stables will provide horses and gear for your rides. Most of the riding here is free trail, which means it is not a led ride and you are free to explore. You can also bring your own horses. There are also rings at the stable with jump set-ups if you are more interested in improving your overall ring skill.
Black Mountain provides trail and pony rides. This site is more geared towards the family in the equestrian services it can provide. If you have little ones that are too small to really take to the trail, their pony rides can provide an excellent introduction to the horseback riding. It gets even easier as you can download all of the needed release forms online so everything is filled out and taken care of before you arrive. Black Mountain, and other locations in Northern New Hampshire are some of the most beautiful to be seen from the saddle in the state.