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Best DFW Places For Horseback Riding

June 1, 2013 7:00 AM

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Let’s face it, horses and commuting do not mix. However, equine travel is still a popular form of relaxation for North Texans. Whether it be leisure riding for beginners or dressage lessons for the trained rider, galloping through Dallas and Fort Worth can be done in any style or just your own personal style.


Fort Worth Stockyards Stables

128 E. Exchange Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 624-3446
www.fortworthstockyardsstables.comWhat could be more Texan than riding a horse in view of the Fort Worth Stockyards, traditionally trodden by cowboys and their cattle? No reservations are required to ride any day of the week and this fitting find for horseback riding only costs $30 for half an hour or $50 for an hour on the Trinity River Trail Ride. True country style will take riders through varied terrain and into a memorable horseback riding experience.


Black Mustang Ranch

Lantana Resort
2200 Farm-to-Market 1192
Pilot Point, TX 76258
(817) 915-8455
www.blackmustangranch.com

Mustang Ranch rides include specialty rides and variations on the one-hour ride for $30 and two hour ride or $50, including a two and a half hour picnic package for $70 (bring your own food). The picnic package is stand-out; from the ride over smooth and rugged land to the peaceful picnic in the sand on the edge of Lake Ray Roberts. No matter which ride, all begin at the barn at Lantana Resort and all riders will be matched with a horse that meets their skill level for the most enjoyable ride in these parts.

Dallas Polo Club
Bear Creek Ranch
4340 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 979-0300
www.dallaspoloclub.orgThe Dallas Polo Club is one of the most unique ways to get into the saddle. Most polo players, according to the club, began to learn polo with little to no riding experience. So, by signing up at the Dallas Polo Club for Polo school or one simple lesson, riders can improve their riding skills and gain some new tricks at the same time.  For only $100, an hour lesson will get participants ready to sign up for Polo School and ready to play.Related: Horse And Carriage Rides Around DFW

Marshall Creek Ranch
4401 T.W. King Road
Southlake, TX 76092
(817) 490-8796
www.marshallcreekranch.comTrail rides may start in the woody wild at Marshall Creek Ranch, but they end at the gorgeous shore of Lake Grapevine. Modestly priced at $40 for an hour and a half ride and $50 for a two hour ride, riders of all four levels from beginning to advanced will be accommodated. Child ride-alongs are allowed with reservations and approval, but advanced riders attending with beginners will ride on the beginner trail. Solo rides are also encouraged for those who need some one on one pep talking through the experience or for those who are true mavericks.
Bryn Melyn Farm
1929 Highway 731
Burleson, TX 76028
(817) 426-4332
www.brynmelynfarm.comBryn Melyn Farm (Welsh for yellow hill), specializes in formal training and skills more than trail rides. Here, riders can learn dressage, eventing and hunter/jumper techniques to become not only horse-enthusiasts but even professional riders. Private lessons are very affordable, at only $45 per session. Semi-private lessons are even more affordable at $35 per lesson. All you need to do now  is decide if you want to be a cowboy or a horseman.Related: Ask A Guide: Packing List For Your Next Campout

Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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