Unlike rocking horses, live horses are covered in fur, travel great distances, and are generally unwelcome in living rooms. Trot along vivid trails with today's Groupon to Circle B Ranch in Chestertown. Choose between the following options:
• For $16, you get a 60-minute horseback trail ride (up to a $33 value).
• For $98, you get a 90-minute horseback trail ride for four people (a $196 value). A reservation is required with this option.
The expert horseback riders at Circle B Ranch, which is nestled next to Friends Lake in the foothills of the Adirondacks, have dedicated more than 40 years to shepherding equine expeditions through the ranch's 500-plus acre expanse. For the horseback adventure to begin, an experienced ranch hand first gauges each rider's experience level, personality, and resemblance to horseflies before pairing them with the best-matched hoofed companion. During the 60-minute trail ride, lone rangers can join a group of riders to walk, trot, or canter through fields and forests as eyes revel in the surrounding mountainous tableaux. Those wishing to bring along three of their friends can opt for the extended 90-minute ride that allows them more time to view the Adirondacks' verdant landscape and to make horse noises with their mouths.
Circle B Ranch can furnish English- and Western-style equestrians with the appropriate saddle and tack, and a herd of more than 30 horses accommodates riders of varying skills and sizes. Helmets are kept on-hand to keep wee ones safe when mounted on their ponies and to protect them from dive-bombing ostriches (helmets are required for children aged 14 and younger). Riders should arrive 15 minutes before their trail ride for an orientation, including an instructional video and a brief one-on-one training.
Though Circle B Ranch sometimes offers other discounts online, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
Circle B Ranch
The experienced ranch hands at Circle B Ranch specialize in horse-drawn entertainment, orchestrating trail rides, carriage rides, hayrides, and sleigh rides across 500 acres in the Adirondacks. Each trail ride begins with a brief orientation that includes a 15-minute video and personal training before guides lead their groups along paths that wind through mountain forests and stretch across expansive fields.
During carriage rides, riders load in to the back of a 1908 Sears Roebuck model for trips around Friends Lake. Seasonal rides include old-fashioned hayrides in the summer and fall. In the winter, passengers are whisked across the snow in sleighs, keeping warm by snuggling down into provided blankets or cheek nuzzling each other.
771 Potter Brook Rd.
Chestertown, New York 12817