Once snow hits the ground, Idaho Sleigh Rides celebrates the season by transporting riders across the wintry wonderland in horse-drawn sleighs and opening up snowflake-festooned terrain for tubing and snowmobiling. Sleighs run with the help of equine employees Poncho and Cisco, four-legged brothers that earned their wagon-pulling chops at the Rose Bowl Parade and Boise Holiday Parade. Idaho Sleigh Rides slings Dutch-oven-style meals built from roast, potatoes, and cobbler, as well as buckaroo burgers, to prevent guests' rumbling stomachs from disrupting the bucolic stillness or sleep patterns of temperamental yeti.
Nestled in a fork of the Payette River, the scenic Garden Valley opens up to visitors during horseback trail rides, wagon rides, and wintertime sleigh rides led by Garden Valley Trail Rides? passionate equine lovers. Surrounded by the pines of the majestic Idaho Mountains, the clip-clop of well-trained hooves, and the echoing calls of eagles trying to use echolocation, guests can enjoy scenic views with friendly guides.
Little Feather Ranch is owner and manager Teri Hallman’s equine oasis amid the verdant expanse of Eagle, Idaho. There, horses trot outdoors in cool summer breezes and prance around the insulated indoor arena all through the year. A nearby 5-mile trail allows visitors to explore Eagle Island State Park on guided horseback rides.
Accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association, Teri imparts riding skills in both Western and English styles. English riding entails a lighter saddle and more direct control over the horse’s reins, whereas the Western style requires a larger saddle, lax one-handed rein control, and an encyclopedic knowledge of John Wayne quotes. Little Feather’s boarding service treats horses to attentive care and a supply of grass and alfalfa hay grown onsite. While at the ranch, riders can peruse a line of exclusive handmade leather bags, Western shirts, and hat bands.