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So your little one has been begging for a horse because what kid doesn't? Well, I wouldn't advise buying anyone a pet pony just yet, but learning to ride horses can actually be a great experience for children. There are more than a few places in the Dallas area that will allow you to borrow their horses for a day and get a taste for trail riding. After all, this is Texas. Whether you're looking for a day-long excursion or a quick guided trip around the ring, there's a place that can meet your needs. 

Widowmaker Trail Rides in Southlake 

People can't help but rave about this location. A personal guide will lead you through beautiful surroundings while making you feel comfortable on one of the company's horses. If you're feeling brave, you can work your way up to trotting with your horse, or you can keep things simple. Just come ready to learn and have fun. 

Mill-Again Stables in Plano

This establishment has been open for more than forty years, and in that time, they have produced numerous world and national champion riders. There are several gentle horses on the premise, so it's a great place for beginners to learn the basics. You can look into private or group lessons for a reasonable price, or you can call and ask about their various summer camps

Whitehorse Farms in Fairview 

Professional and helpful, Whitehorse Farms will impress you with its animals and staff members. Their trail rides are perfect for riders of any experience level, and they are very kid-friendly. With plenty of gentle horses, even the most inexperienced rider will feel comfortable. If you are interested in signing up for lessons, they offer plenty of options at a reasonable price. 

Capricorn Equestrian Center in Sachse 

For more than thirty years, this center has focused on providing a safe environment for learning. They offer lessons and camps during the summer, which you can find out about on their website. If you're not interested in lessons, you can also contact them about arranging trail rides or riding parties. With more than 80 acres of land and flexible instructors, Capricorn Equestrian Center will make you feel comfortable during a fun riding experience. 

Chisholm Trail Rides in Rockwall 

If you're looking for a unique and personalized riding experience, look no further. This center allows you to book private appointments and is open to both visiting and regular clients. For many years, they were one of the only places in DFW that offered the ability to "own" a horse, without the huge commitment. They love considering riders' preferences and utilizing their private trails. 


Keep in mind that these are just a handful of suggestions. You can also reach out to facilities near you for options! If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments below. 

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