In the Older Old West, horses rode blacksmiths and blacksmiths wore shoes that were never intended for fun and games. Celebrate modern mare-tivities with today's Groupon: for $25 you get a beginner trail ride (a $50 value) at Carousel Horse Farm in Casco.
Carousel Horse Farm takes aspiring equestrians on a saddle-straddling tour of the Maine woods and Nature Conservatory Land. The 45-minute to one-hour beginner trail ride walks rookie riders across babbling brooks and pasture-friendly plains atop trail-tested steeds. On a clear day, riders can sneak peeks of the nearby White Mountains, and on any day, terrain hoofers can lend ears to the knowledgeable guides, who audibly whisper tales of the surrounding native New England wildlife, including foxes, deer, turkeys, and Ben Franklin's feral lightning bolts.
Maine Today featured the Carousel Horse Farm:
- A successful return to the saddle - and a much better memory than the last. – Shannon Bryan, Maine Today
Carousel Horse Farm
With access to thousands of acres of forests and fields, Carousel Horse Farm's expert equestrians take riders of all skill levels on scenic jaunts through the Maine countryside. Private or group trail rides in Casco explore the local woods, hills, and fields, sometimes including stops to fetch ice cream or to wipe down horses' windshields.