For kids who say they love horses, a one-time horseback riding experience is a great way to find out if the reality of riding lives up to their fantasy. Saddle up at one of these Atlanta area stables where beginners can take the reins and learn about horse care.

Georgia Frontiers

Get the true cowboy experience on a Western-style one-hour trail ride through wooded trails. Riders must be age nine or older and under 22o pounds. Rides are tailored to experience level, and guides often share stories about historical events that happened along the route. Request a ride time at least 24 hours in advance; there isn’t a regular schedule.

The Details: 545 Ruff White Rd., Canton; 678-234-8852

Sunburst Stables

Sunburst Stables offers daily one- or two-hour guided trail rides into the Chattahoochee National Forest on mountain trails for any experience level. Riders ages seven and older get their own horse, but younger children double with a parent. On two-hour family adventure rides, trot a mountain path to the mini animal farm and enjoy an up-close visit, stop for fishing at a stocked pond, and take a snack break. Families can also see a blacksmith demonstration, ride a train through a gold mine cave, and check out the bird aviary.

The Details: 251 Sunburst Lane, Clarkesville; 706-947-7433

Linda’s Riding School

Take a family trail ride any day of the week, by appointment. Beginners and families with younger kids can reserve slots in Saturday Camp, where a trail ride is combined with instruction in bridling, saddling, and grooming. Participants learn that there’s more to riding than what happens while on their horse!

The Details: 3475 Daniel Bridge Rd. SW, Conyers; 770-922-0184


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