i liked the horses and all, but the trail was not good at all. we would go up and down some pretty steep hills that the horse were sliding on. I got slammed into trees because the trail width wasn't really big enough for a horse to go through. i wanted to just ride in the field or something, but unfortunately all wat was offered was the trail ride which was very slow and not that intertaining.
My husband and I went here with our six year old dtr and had a wonderful time. The trail ride was very relaxing with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The horses were very gentle and even though our dtr has weekly lessons on a full-size horse, she enjoyed the slow pace on a smaller horse. We felt the price was very reasonable. Would definately go back!
Mr. Castleberrry runs a terrific, down home, easy going stable. The horses, in typical trail horse style, are slow, tame, and easy to ride. Although I'm an experienced rider, I appreciated the slow pace. It gave me time to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Perhaps if you have never been around a live, breathing horse you may find this ride acceptable. As an avid horse rider who was taken here on a date (by a city boy who knows nothing about horses), I couldn't disagree more.
First of all, our poor horses seemed to be quite exhausted and VERY worn out. Mine kept tripping throughout the entire trail as though it were going to fall at any time. Second of all, the "trail" is no adventure! It is quite boring, vague, and extremely slow. Let me stress that it is VERY VERY SLOW! There weren't any notable views of what Hot Springs has to offer--just a slow, redundant drag through a bunch of nondescript woods.
Please do these poor, tired horses a favor and let them rest--go somewhere more exciting!
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