Something I have been wanting to try for a long time now is horseback riding. I have never ridden a horse but while rediscovering myself and my interests, this is an adventure that I realized I wanted to try. So I began doing some research on where and how I could make this happen.
It did not take long for me to find a place nearby that offered “date night” moonlight horseback rides followed by dinner by a campfire. Upon seeing this I thought, “That sounds like so much fun!” Followed by, “My husband will never go for that!” My husband is just not an outdoorsy type of guy but I presented it to him anyway. Luckily for me, he is awesome and agreed to do it because he knew how much it meant to me!
These moonlight rides book up extremely fast, and when I say fast, I mean fast! I’m talking I had to make reservations in June to do this in September! One week before our horseback riding date, my husband does the tough mudder and breaks his finger to the point that he needs surgery. His surgery is scheduled for the two days after our riding date is scheduled to take place. Despite my husband being in the worst pain of his life, he sucks it up and still goes with me.
So we showed up at the ranch. There was a group of about 40 people and they bring out the horses. It was pretty amazing how smoothly everything ran. They matched everyone up with a horse that was appropriate to their riding level and helped everyone get on. We were then led out to begin our ride! At that point, it was pitch black but the horses didn’t seem to be thrown off a bit! They are so well trained that I didn’t even have to do anything to guide my horse, whose name, by the way, is Lumpy. Lumpy just followed the horse in front of him!
Our ride was one and a half hours long and led us in and out of the woods, up and down small hills and might I add, some pretty rough terrain! There were definitely moments where I had to remind myself that Lumpy was used to this and wasn’t going to let himself fall down!
I enjoyed this experience, although for the majority of the time we had to ride in a single file line, which made it hard to talk to your date. Unfortunately, we did not stay for the dinner by the campfire portion because the riding did a number on my hubby’s finger and he was in terrible pain.
I would definitely do this again! Although I have no desire to become a professional horseback rider by any means. It would be fun to explore horseback riding a bit further and see what other options are out there for us beginners!